Maybe Super Smash Bros. is next.
Some of the best-selling exclusives on Wii U might have get a second chance on the Nintendo Switch, the company’s latest console. This has been suggested by Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, during an interview on VICE’s Waypoint. He implied that the company is considering re-releases of notable Wii U games following the successful launch of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and initial positive reception of Pokkén Tournament Deluxe. Moreover, Fils-Aime believes that gamers had missed out on some good titles due to the mediocre performance of Wii U during its lifetime.
“What I would say is this: the observation you have that, given the install base of Wii U, there was some fantastic content that consumers did not get to play. So that creates certainly a business opportunity. On the other hand, one of the things that we’ve discussed internally is, there really needs to be an additional element to that game to make it fresh, and to further compel the consumer to buy in” Fils-Aime stated when asked if fans could expect more Wii U games to find themselves on the Nintendo Switch.
Fils-Aime went on to share how Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokken Tournament Deluxe filled that requirment, offering new characters and new, improved modes that weren’t previously available. Nintendo acknowledges that there is certainly a market to tap into but what’s important is the “plus alpha,” the new factor that makes the offerings worthwhile for the consumer.
Even so, Fils-Aime didn’t share any prospective Wii U titles we could see in the future, though he did state that more would be announced some time down the line. Many are hoping for, and expecting, a Super Smash Bros. port as not only is it highly requested, but Reggie Fils-Aime himself suggested that there was something to come during an interview back in March. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store.