Two Wii U games are confirmed to have a new home on Nintendo Switch, in the previously-released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the upcoming Pokkén Tournament DX.

Though Wii U was Nintendo’s worst-selling home console to date, it was home to
some of the most critcially-acclaimed games of its generation. Switch, on the other hand, shows more promise, as it’s already outpacing sales numbers from the early days of the Wii. It would make sense, then, for Nintendo to give more games from Wii U’s library a new shot at life.

Nintendo of America’s President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé publicly acknowledged this business opportunity in an interview with Waypoint, agreeing ”
there was some fantastic content that consumers did not get to play.” He adds that when Nintendo has discussed this subject internally, they’ve come to the question of additional content.

Pokkén Tournament DX supplements the Wii U game with five additional fighters, including Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s Decidueye, who was created specifically for the Switch release. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe goes even further with additional characters, vehicle customization parts, and an all-new battle mode. It would seem this approach is key for Nintendo.

“I think the way we will continue to evaluate this is: yes, do we have opportunities with great games that maybe were not played as broadly on the Wii U, but then what’s the plus alpha that’s going to make it really compelling for the consumer?” —
Reggie Fils-Aimé

Reggie didn’t mention any specific Wii U games in the works for Switch, but they do have a number of titles that would make great additions to the Switch’s lineup, including
Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Maker, and Hyrule Warriors, to name a few.

To read Waypoint’s full interview, you can find it
right here.

Source: Waypoint

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