As the Wii U gathers its precious few belongings in a bindle and wanders into the sunset with a resigned ‘so long, folks’, the retrospectives are rolling in as fast as Switch rumours. Everyone’s racing to explain the console’s quiet demise. Surpassing its predecessor would always be a challenge but Nintendo’s confused messaging and utter failure to make a compelling case for the Gamepad’s existence (until, perhaps, Mario Maker) are the fundamental reasons production was halted just earlier this month. Even now, the average consumer assumes it’s a Wii accessory. And after failing to escape the shadow of its forebear, Switch looks set to rob Wii U of what legacy it had. The real jewels in its crown – Mario Maker, Splatoon, Mario Kart 8 and (hopefully) the upcoming Zelda: Breath of the Wild – are to be updated with new deluxe Switch editions. Smash Bros, too, if that’s your bag. Even third parties are retooling previously exclusive titles. Unless you transferred your original Wii digital library to your Wii U, chances are it’ll be packed away in the loft come springtime. So long, folks.
|Lego City Undercover, previously an exclusive,|
is now coming to Switch, and everything else.
ZombiSwitch announcement imminent.
My impression is Nintendo were reluctant to simply knock out decent HD versions of these series without implementing some new mechanic/gimmick. Shigeru Miyamoto stated that a new F-Zero would need a different control scheme in order to justify a new entry. Yet Pikmin got a Wii U iteration that added very little to the tried-and-tested formula. And I would argue that the small, precise adjustments offered by gyro controls, as evidenced by (optional) aiming assists in Splatoon, would be ideally suited to a new F-Zero. Every console gets a Mario Kart with only incremental improvements but its existence is justified by the revenue that series generates. The ‘precision arcade racers’ listed above may have their dedicated following, but they’re not system sellers.
|B tier (B tier), B tier (B tier), no-one wants to be defeated...|
|A game that really belongs on|
those ‘underrated gems’ listicles.
|1080° in 1080p?! Get in|
|Bring back the B-tier! And a new Rogue Squadron.|
A Poe-gue Squadron, if you will. Ahem. Guys?...