11 Former Wii U Exclusives The Nintendo Switch Can Save

For the first time in years, a Nintendo console millions actually OWN.


The Wii U didn't last long: 2012 to 2017, hitting only 13 million sales worldwide. Its successor, the mighty Switch however, has sold just shy of 15 million in nine months. Those are great sales figures in anyone's book, and testament to just how mismarketed the Wii U was.

Going forward, if the Switch tis to ever get ahead of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it needs games - and a continued sense of brand identity. Impressively enough, ports from the seventh and eighth generation of consoles are present and correct (Doom, Skyrim and L.A. Noire), with more third-party greats on the way like Dark Souls and Wolfenstein II. Then you've got rumours of Black Ops IV swirling, too.

But with such low sales of the Wii U, there's plenty of chances for its older games to get a new lease of life on Switch. Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and Hyrule Warriors are both confirmed already for 2018. Both add extra content beyond their original releases, and there's plenty scope for other former exclusives to make the leap across.


Bryan Langley’s first self-bought console was the sublime Super Nintendo and he hasn’t ever stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.