So about a year ago I wrote an article about how it was time to purchase a Wii U for a couple of reasons. The first being the future value of the console itself, since it only sold 13 million units, it would eventually go the way other failed consoles such as the Sega Saturn, more expensive as time goes on. The second being the plethora of stellar exclusive first party titles that are available to play on the console. Now that was a year ago, right around the time of the Switch launch, and in 365 days we’ve come a long way, and I must say, I’ve changed my tune.
Now when the Switch launched, Nintendo had already announced that ports of Mario Party 8 and Pokken Tournament were on the way, but other than that, you still needed a Wii U to play a majority of its great games. Then, in my opinion Nintendo realized how many gems they had on the Wii U that most people would never play given the low console sales, and with the Switch’s success, those games would have a further reach. The port train was slow in 2017, with Bayonetta 2 being the lone standout, but the caboose is picking up steam in the next few months. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Hyrule Warriors, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, are all making the trek to the Switch, and there’s no doubt that more will follow. Don’t be surprised to see Wind Waker HD, Twilight Princess HD, Super Mario Maker, and Yoshi’s Woolly World get a Switch upgrade.
So this begs the question, what’s the point of getting a Wii U? As a collector, it’s a part of gaming history, despite being a failure, but other than I’d hold off on buying a Wii U unless it’s for its future value. Not only will the Switch eventually get most of the Wii U’s best games, it’ll have their sequels as well. Sure, the Wii U versions are cheaper than their Switch brethren but if you’re going to spend the money, stick with the Switch and as Hannah Montana would say, get the best of both worlds.