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Nintendo Switch May Get More Wii U Games In The Future; Won’t Be Straight Ports

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Jun 16, 2017
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With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being so successful and the upcoming release of Pokken Tournament DX, it’s clear how Nintendo wants to give a second chance to titles that have been released on Wii U. Apparently, these two games many not be the only ones to receive this second chance, judging from what Reginald Fils-Aime recently revealed.

Speaking with IGN at the E3 2017, the Nintendo of America’s president revealed that the company is considering bringing other Wii U titles to the Switch to let the development teams showcase their content to a wider base.

The internal conversations we have is that on one hand, the development teams would love to showcase their content to a wider base, and certainly in short order the install base on Nintendo Switch will be larger than the install base we ended with Wii U

Just porting games, however, is not enough, with Reggie citing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as an example. If a Wii U game has to be released on the Nintendo Switch, it has to be the definitive version of it.

So there is that opportunity. What also drives the discussion, though is ‘what more will there be?’ Meaning, let’s take Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as an example. It needed to be the definitive version of that software for the consumer to be as excited as they are. Pokken Tournament DX with the additional fighters, the additional Pokemon, that was important for it to be an element of the game. What we are internally resisting is just a pure port, versus thinking about how not only do we showcase a game to a wider audience, but how do we make sure that there’s something more? So it’s an active discussion.

Pokken Tournament DX, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, is setting out to be the definitive version of the game thanks to new features such as 3 versus 3 battles, enhanced online modes and all the new Pokemon that have been introduced in the arcade version of the game.

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