It’s debatable on a large scale whether or not Nintendo’s current strategy of porting Wii U games over to the Nintendo Switch is a strategy worth exploring. I think it’s worth questioning whether or not it’s fair to expect $60 on a title that numerous people have already played.
Above all else, when looking at the figures, we have to accept that the Wii U as a console was a colossal failure. As an owner of the console myself, and someone who put many fantastic hours into it, even I cannot elude the reality that this system failed at practically everything it attempted to accomplish. That’s not speculation. That’s a concrete empirical response to poor sales figures and arguably the most lackluster 3rd party support we have ever seen.
That being said, first party games on the console were substantially quality and original. From Mario Kart 8, which served as an incredible system seller to Xenoblade Chronicles X and Hyrule Warriors, which brought a layer of depth and originality to their respective genres, it’s good for Nintendo to recreate the opportunity for those games to be enjoyed. The Switch has already accrued a moderate user-base, so it can be expected that more people are interested in playing games that were on the Wii U.
That being said, it’s important to consider that the games that will do best on the Switch are those that fit the theme of breaking away from conventions. Games like Zelda and ARMS that use new technology to stimulate a certain frame of thinking for developers, are integral to the success of this console. As always, the measure of Nintendo’s success just can’t be the same standard as it is for other companies, because they never aim to be like other companies. They always break off and do their own thing, and that’s what makes their systems worth buying.