It’s been 15 years since the Wii was released, and the world is familiar with all the delights of Wii Sports, the wiggle and elbow of the Wii. This little trick box, the size of three DVDs, has yielded some real gems over its long life, many of which were specifically designed for the innovative remote motion controller and nunchuck system and wouldn’t work the same on any other platform. …
Well it is not enough true true? The Joy-Con controllers that slide on the side of your Nintendo Switch are equipped with all the gyroscopic motion sensors you need to control any Wii game in the most authentic way. In fact, we’ve already seen a bunch of Wii-exclusive titles on Switch, including classics like Super Mario Galaxy, Xenoblade Chronicles and World of Goo, the first two from the No More Heroes series, the HD port of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and sublime Okami HD (okay we’re kidding him since it debuted on PS2, but the Wii port was fine).
That said, we gamers are nothing short of the perpetually disaffected and whiny, and there are a whole slew of brilliant Wii games we’d love to see given a new lease of life on the Switch. Here’s a partial list of gems – in no particular order – that the Nintendo Life team will manually select for the Switch port, if the opportunity arises. Let us know which of them you would support at the end of the survey …
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
The dropping of Super Mario Galaxy 2 from the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection has caused endless questions and shock among Mario fans as the sequel is equally well rated and is our personal favorite between the two changes on a daily basis. Galaxy 2 is not just “something similar” – it takes the baton from the first game and runs with it to infinity and beyond.
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Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Monster Games
The Excite Truck was an underrated gem in the early Wii age, with satisfying motion control that matched perfectly with the chaotic physics of the arcade monster trucks you drove. This sequel retained its arcade sensibility and challenging terrain, but replaced trucks with wheeled robots. This is a fantastic game that has never been released in Europe, so we will jump for joy if it appears on Switch again.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
A game that defined the console because it was packaging (and also very good), Wii Sports inclusive motion control games would be a great addition to the Switch, with its focus on local co-op play. Elements of this appeared on the Switch in altered forms, similar to golf and bowling action available in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. And, of course, there is always Mario Tennis Aces and Mario Golf: Super Rush, but they are not nearly as affordable and accessible as Wii Sports’ super simple approach.
Whether it’s a Deluxe offering with Wii Sports Resort activities included, or perhaps a partial offering released as yet another sweetener for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers – perhaps including peripheral online elements from the Wii U port, the Wii Sports Club is an evergreen. a game that is sure to do well again on the Switch.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Next Level Games
Canadian studio Next Level Games is now completely under the umbrella of Nintendo, which was acquired by Kyoto in 2021, and that was with great titles like the Mario Strikers pair, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Punch-Out !! that they have secured the continued support and trust they deserve from Nintendo. This is a gorgeous update to the arcade / NES / SNES series with gorgeous animations, additional motion controls, and a heck of a lot of characters.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Treasure
With the original Japan-only classic now available to play on Switch as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, now is the perfect time to bring back the excellent sequel Treasure. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor really lives up to its name with innovation, stunning decorations, and some of the best jokes from a developer who has incredible shape in this area. We would love to see it in HD again.
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Headstrong Games
We’ve got to get the House of the Dead remake on Switch at some point, and we’ve got plenty of time for this meaty spin-off that first launched on Wii back in 2009. House of the Dead: Overkill has the spirit of Category B films and exploitative cinema bleeding from every open wound, and was an utterly bloody treat when we first shot it over a decade ago.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Good feeling
Kirby’s Epic Yarn has been re-released on 3DS with additions added, but being able to see this exquisite game in high definition would have made a triple failure inevitable. We adore this game and see it on the Switch OLED screen … Oh my God.