Last week, Nintendo presented its first “mini” direct showcase of 2018, outlining some new announcements of titles coming to the Nintendo Switch in Quarters 1 and 2 of 2018. Amongst the announcements of titles, another two of them were ports on originally Wii U games both being Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. (see full list here).
Since the Nintendo Switch’s launch, a number of titles for the console have been ports of originally Wii U titles, each coming with the base game and including all previous DLC content that was originally available separately. Games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokken Tournament Deluxe have seen rising success in almost matching monetary sales over a shorter time than in the Wii U’s longer lifespan.
Recently through the past few weeks, we have seen that the Nintendo Switch has been a rapid success for Nintendo already blowing away past the original Wii U’s sales within the matter of mere months. Even in places like Japan where console sales have hit a staggering minimum, the Switch in 2017 has caused Japanese hardware sales to nearly double in amount from almost 117 billion yen to nearly 202 billion yen in the matter of one year (Source: Famitsu). The Switch itself shows to be quite the interesting trade of a system because while the Wii U was Nintendo’s first attempts into a degree of portable gaming, it never took off as strongly due to its caveats of battery life and range from the home system itself. The Wii U gamepad served more as an accomplice to the home console, while the Switch shows that while the battery life can be varied, its truly a portable console to take with you anywhere on the go.
Since the emergence of the Nintendo Switch back in March of 2017, we have seen nearly a handful of the Wii U’s library of first party titles along with major third party ones, make their way onto the Switch with a rousing success in sales. And with the announcements of more ports making their way onto the Switch later this year with games like Bayonetta 1+2 collection and Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition, Nintendo looks to be using the Switch to do the rights the Wii U shortly lived up to.