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Friday, January 12, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Is All That Keeps The Wii U Going

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - And by “going” I mean, “not invalidated.”

Once upon a time I wrote an article bemoaning all of the (downgraded) Wii U ports coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Well, after yesterday's Nintendo Direct Mini (January 11, 2018), now you get that same article but with the Nintendo Switch taking the place of the 3DS.

Of course, in that first article, I wrote that this would happen for Wii U games to “the NX”, but I didn't predict that we would get the unprecedented move on a game released on the Wii U, then ported to the 3DS, and THEN ported to the Nintendo Switch. (That's Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition.)

Hyrule Warriors Legends Definitive Edition Wii U 3DS Switch
I think they're just mad that we never nominated Cia for Best Character of the Year in 2014 or 2016, so maybe they think we will in 2018?
The only thing we've done with Cia is write about the Central Intelligence Agency, so...

We also got an announcement for the previously-Wii-U-exclusive Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (now with a FUNKY KONG mode, aka easy mode), and new stuff you can buy for Pokkén Tournament DX, which has already been out on the Switch from its Wii U origins.

Don't forget Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. ...I say that because I forget about it, often. If there is a one Mario Kart per hardware rule, does that mean Nintendo needs to release a new F-Zero game for the next time they wish to do a racer? ...Or will they use Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as a game-as-a-service and not release any new racing games ever again for the console and just keep updating the existing one?

Not to mention all of the third-party and indie games that were once on the Wii U but are not on the Switch, such as Rayman Legends. For whatever reason, I'm much more tolerant of their ports rather than Nintendo's. Different set of expectations? (This tolerance does not extend to Bayonetta 2.)

There is one advantage the Wii U currently has, and one upcoming advantage: Only the Wii U has Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, and the Nintendo Switch will soon (SOMETIME this year) have non-free online. Those two kind of go together.

Prior to writing this, I played Super Smash Bros. For the Wii U for the first time in... what, two months? On one hand, it was nice to come back to, but on the other hand, it's pretty much just filled with children, trolls, and childish trolls because people with money got a Nintendo Switch and moved on. Put another way, the people I was playing with on For Glory gave me a poor impression, and now there's no Miiverse supplement. It feels a LOT more hollow. It's an advantage, yes, but it's no longer an impressive one. (Really, I just wanted to play Super Smash Bros. again because I was having fantasies about King Bowser's pivot grab range.)

People keep expecting “Super Smash Bros. For The Wii U For The Switch” with all characters and DLC already in the game, with some new costumes added or whatever. Every time Nintendo is to announce ANYTHING, people expect Super Smash Bros.. And then they'll expect “Super Smash Bros. Melee HD” and no one would be happy with that because if they change anything it's bad but if they leave it the same but with new graphics, it also is bad. No one's ever happy.

I'd prefer if they TAKE THEIR TIME to develop a sequel that invalidates the one before it. Look to Splatoon 2 as a model. It's not a remake of the first one. It's a sequel better than the original in every way, except for how they treat the Dynamo Roller. From my point of view, that also applies to how Super Mario Odyssey makes Super Mario 3D World pointless. (Haven't played it, and after playing Odyssey, I don't want to.)

Speaking of which, it's clear that they will never buff Jigglypuff in Super Smash Bros. 4, so... If they are going to rerelease it on the Switch, they better balance her. They better also balance the entire console between old stuff and new stuff.

Meanwhile, I have no idea who was asking for a remake of The World Ends With You, but at least that's of a 10 year old game instead of a 2 year old one.

Vortexica (who isn't dead) disagrees with Ludwig's pessimism and disdain for the Wii U's legacy being dissolved into the Switch, and is happy that Nintendo is validating his decision to have never gotten a Wii U. In his words,“Now all I need is a Pikmin 3 port and I never need buy a Wii U!” (Newsflash: It's not very good anyway.) Which perspective are YOU on? Remember, Nintendo eShop cards can be used for the Wii U, 3DS, AND Nintendo Switch, so get on your way to winning a $10 Nintendo eShop card by participating on KoopaTV, so you can automatically be entered in the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards program and get that prize!

Rawk agrees with Ludwig on the whole Nintendo Switch porting thing, and goes into more detail about how it's bad for franchises.
When Super Smash Bros. actually does get announced, it was done ambiguously. So people don't know if it's For Wii U For Switch, or a brand-new game!
...Yeah, Vortex is dead.
But here is the Pikmin 3 port!


  1. pls port wind waker hd nigtendo-chan

  2. I just reached Level 50 in Splatoon 1 yesterday, and I will continue to play it as well as Super Mario Maker until I obtain a Switch, which will not be too long. It's been a while since I last played SSB, so I am going to have to check it out for myself to see just how terrible the community is. Besides that, I still have not completed Skyward Sword, but at this point I may just wait for the inevitable Switch port down the line and hope that it fixes some of the game's faults.

    1. Skyward Sword was sooooo... long time ago.

      (Skyward Sword has spectacular controls, so the Switch can only make it worse.)


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