It is without question that Nintendo fans love and hate the Wii U equally. Regarded as one of Nintendo’s biggest failures, we all have mixed relationships with the system that slowly limped its way across the finish line so its hybrid hero could run the next generation. Whether it was that bulky tablet controller or a lack of third-party support, we all had our complaints to rightfully speak out about for the Wii’s not-so successor. Everyone wanted to see it reside in Nintendo’s reputable history of consoles that have taken off since the NES but it clearly was not able to… yet it still does in the most important way possible: the games.
If there is one thing we can all unanimously say about the legacy of the Wii U it is that the system had a notable lineup of exclusive games worth playing- a considerably low amount compared to other Nintendo hardware albeit the majority being high-quality titles worth your time. Customers and developers of these games know that they deserve a better legacy then what they are going to be subjected to in the future if they remain locked to its niche player base. Based on Nintendo’s last three years of financials, it is practically undeniable at this point that the Wii U’s catalog of exclusive games is still one of the most desirable line-ups of game releases that Switch adopters are yearning to play on the more popular hardware.
Its Not Game Over Yet For U
Taking a quick glance at the highest selling Switch games currently, there are an overwhelming amount of titles predating the Switch’s launch. Mario Kart 8, New Super Mario Bros U, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta, Pokken Tournament, and more games that were forged on Nintendo’s so-called “failure” of a console, reign supreme over some of the company’s newest original and ongoing franchises. An unprecedented amount of ports from Nintendo’s darkest years flood the top sales charts for not only their newest system but the entire gaming market. Many of these releases unsurprisingly are eclipsing the number of copies sold on the original hardware by the millions.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe alone has sold more than double the amount of copies Mario Kart 8 had in almost the same amount of time (a little less than three years) and sequels to titles released on the Wii U such as Splatoon 2, Yoshi’s Crafted World, and Super Mario Maker 2 are also well on their way to becoming – or already are – the most sold titles on Switch. The vast majority of exclusives from Nintendo’s previous generation are jumping over to a new age of duel portability and home entertainment with more than promising results. The games that are ditching the exclusive bright blue banner branding in favor of a more distinguishable red are rising to fame well past the expiration date of their original source hardware.
The Wonderful 101 helped mark another special day in the books for the Wii U’s legacy recently. Just this week, the surprise announcement continued to show just how much people want to play the titles they originally missed out on – and those fans were willing to throw an overwhelming amount of money at PlatinumGames for it. It only took 10 minutes for the underrated action game from Bayonetta and Viewtiful Joe producer Hideki Kamiya to receive the needed fifty thousand dollars in fan-funding for a remastered version on Kickstarter for the Nintendo Switch. The hype, however, did not stop there as the Kickstarter campaign will continue to bring in funding for the project for the next 26 days.
“What an amazing campaign it’s been so far. In half a day, we’ve already crossed $1 million dollars, smashing through our initial goal, and our first three stretch goals! Through all of your wonderful support, we’re truly bringing the dream of The Wonderful 101: Remastered to life! Thank you so much!” The PlatinumGames’ team commented on the official Kickstarter page.
Currently, the game has been backed by over twenty-one thousand individuals and has received funding worth more than thirty times the amount of its initial proposal- an extremely impressive result considering the original’s low sales worldwide. Due to exceeding the needed funding, the developer is now promising that The Wonderful 101: Remastered will release on Switch, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows in the future. Here you can see the team’s thrilled reaction to the successful Kickstarter Campaign when it had crossed one million dollars on its first day of going public.
For those interested in supporting The Wonderful 101’s Kickstarter, you can click the link right here to directly visit Platinum’s page. Whether you are willing or unwilling to place money down on the title right now, it is going to be released regardless – just like the high probability of more Wii U games coming to the Switch in the near future. If The Wonderful 101 can get a second chance, then there is no doubt that Nintendo’s all-stars could see the same treatment. With titles still left in the shadows such as Yoshi’s Woolly World, Pikmin 3, Game & Wario, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Super Mario 3D World, it is only a matter of time until Nintendo’s remaining list of hit games from the last generation will be given a second life on Switch.