On the fifth day of Switchmas, Nintendo gave to me…
Five Wii U ports!
Three Knights a-Shovelling,
Two Snippers Clipping
and Super Mario Odyssey (2017).
Like many fledgling consoles, Switch has had its fair share of first-year ports of last generation games. The key difference with these ports, however, is that they were originally Wii U games, meaning they were owned and played by a relatively tiny percent of gamers. So, unlike the first year of PS4 which saw many buying The Last of Us HD because there was little else to play on the console, the Switch’s lineup has been interspersed with greatly undervalued and underplayed gems.
Setting aside Breath of the Wild’s existence as a cross-generational title, the first port Nintendo brought over was arguably also the most significant: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Next game a slight revamp of the Tekken team developed Pokken Tournament. In the offing are the fantastic Captain Toad and both Bayonetta 1 and 2. Yippee!