All The Nintendo Games Ported From The Wii U To The Switch

The Wii U wasn’t exactly a raging success. The Nintendo Switch certainly is. So you can’t blame Nintendo for wanting to bring a bunch of games that a lot of people missed on the former over to the latter.

From Mario Kart to Captain Toad, the Switch is now home to a sizeable Wii U Catalogue In Exile, with an increasing number of Nintendo-published titles having made the jump.

To give you an idea of just how many Wii U ports have been shuffled over since the Switch’s release in 2016, here’s a list of every game Nintendo published for the Wii U.

Those that have been ported to the Switch — or at least been announced — are in bold.


Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Party

Bayonetta

Bayonetta 2

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Devil’s Third

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Dr. Luigi

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Game & Wario

Hyrule Warriors

Just Dance Wii U

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Lego City Undercover

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Mario Kart 8

Mario Party 10

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge

NES Remix

NES Remix 2

NES Remix Pack

New Super Luigi U

New Super Mario Bros. U

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge

Nintendo Land

Paper Mario: Colour Splash

Pikmin 3

Pokémon Rumble U

Pokkén Tournament

Pushmo World

Sing Party

Splatoon

Star Fox Guard

Star Fox Zero

Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario Maker

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE

Wii Fit U

Wii Party U

Wii Sports Club

The Wonderful 101

Xenoblade Chronicles X**

Yoshi’s Woolly World

* - Not technically a port, but close enough** - It’s a port of a Wii game, not a Wii U game, but I’ll count it


I’ve been exhaustive for the sake of it here, but look closer at that list and most of the games that haven’t been ported are because of specific timing (the Olympics games), have sequels on the Switch that make going back to the original redundant (Smash, Splatoon, Super Mario Maker), were made specifically for the Wii U (Wii Fit U) or were already ports themselves (Twilight Princess, Wind Waker).

When you look at the big first-party releases for the Wii U that stood alone, so many of them have been ported, from Mario Kart to New Super Mario Bros and even Captain Toad. Pretty much the only games that really stand out here as not having been ported are Super Mario 3D World and Pikmin 3.

And maybe the Zelda ports if you’re getting fussy.

That’s a lot of re-releasing, more than even Sony and friends have pulled on the PS4 with ports like The Last Of Us and Shadow of the Colossus. And while it’s easy to label a practice like this as a shameless money grab, I think when it comes to Nintendo and the Wii U there’s probably also a humbling practicality at play where the company figures, you know what, the Wii U bombed so hard a lot of people never got a chance to play these great games.

Now that the Switch is doing great, maybe we can push them out once more and give them a second chance.

We’ll update this list going forwards, because there’s no way Nintendo don’t have more ports planned.

Oh, and before we go, check out Kohler’s 2017 predictions on which Wii U games did and didn’t deserve a port, in which he absolutely nails Mirage Sessions, but like most folks never saw Captain Toad coming.


Comments

    Super Mario 3D World next pretty please, that game was an absolute gem and would be great for multiplayer with the missus.

    I’ve been waiting since the switch launch to rebuy it

      Would be difficult with the touch screen controls no? U Deluxe didn't feel quite as good to control from what I've heard.

        I used to play 3D world with the Wii-U 'pro' controllers, and the touch levels were entirely optional.
        For completionists nintendo have already solved the conversion issues anyway as they've ported Captain Toad (although it is far better handheld)

        I think Super Mario World 3D must be coming up soon.

          You'd hope so if you were a switch owner, because it's much better than U

    In light of today's Nintendo Direct, I misunderstood this article as "games that ARE being ported to the switch" and now realise that I'm not getting to play Wind Waker for a while longer.

    Alas, they announced Xenoblade Chronicles 1, not Xenoblade Chronicles X. The former is a Wii game, the latter is a Wii U game.

    Xenoblade Chronicles X hasn't been announced as being ported yet. And was a Wii U original.

    I think the original author meant Xenoblade Chronicles from the Wii & then the 3DS.

      I've been trying to figure out what the hell the author meant here. Xenoblade Chronicles X was an amazing game that deserves to be ported to everything but only exists on the WiiU. I just read elsewhere that Xenoblade Chronicles is getting a definitive edition. Definitive without stereoscopic 3D. Sounds like Rayman Legends Definitive Edition that doesn't have 5-player.

      Last edited 05/09/19 3:27 pm

        I didn't really use the 3D function much.

        Personally, after seeing the trailer, am looking forward to the graphical improvements.
        Am also hoping it'll have new content too.

      Yeah was gonna say this. The original Wii game Xenoblade Chronicles has been announced, but the Wii U exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles X has not.

    As someone that scored a half price WiiU at DSE, and has a bunch of these games - yet another reason to not get a Switch.

      I owned a Wii U (still do, actually) and played almost all the games that are being ported to Switch already, so my Switch library is currently very small.

      Exactly this. Picked one up for $100 just for the Wii (Metroid Prime Trilogy) and GBA Virtual Consoles. My interest in the switch has now never been lower.

    At least I can understand porting exclusives from a not very successful console where a lot of people would have missed it.

    What I can't understand is why so many games are getting reheated for the Switch YEARS after they already had an outing on other consoles / PC / mobile etc. I guess somebody is buying them since they keep porting them, but pretty much anything I've got an interest in I've already played long before these belated Switch ports have shown up.

    GIVE ME YOSHI'S WOOLLY WORLD ON THE SWITCH!

    pretty please :)

    I would like to see wonderful 101 as I never got to play that on WiiU.
    Fatal frame/Project Zero would probably work as well. It wasn't the best game though.

    Didn't realise how keen I was to play Wind Waker again in HD until I saw it on the list.

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