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14 Wii Games That Switch Ports Deserve

It’s now been 15 years since the Wii hit the market and the world was introduced to the inclusive joys of Wii Sports, Waggle Gaming, and Wii Elbow. This little box of tricks, the size of three DVDs, provided some real gems over its long life – many of which were bespoke for the system’s innovative motion controller and remote-style nunchuk and would not work alike on any other platform.

Well that is not quite right? The Joy-Con controllers that slide onto the side of your Nintendo Switch have all of the gyroscopic motion sensors you need to control any Wii game in the most authentic way possible. In fact, we’ve seen quite a few previously Wii-exclusive games on Switch, including classics like Super Mario Galaxy, Xenoblade Chronicles and World of Goo, the first two games in the No More Heroes franchise, the HD port of The Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword and the great Okami HD (okay, we cheat on it when it debuted on PS2, but the Wii port was good).

Even so, we gamers are forever dissatisfied and tearful, and there are a number of brilliant Wii games that we’d love to see on the Switch. Here is a non-exhaustive list of gems – in no particular order – that Team Nintendo Life would select for a Switch port on occasion. Let us know which ones you would end up supporting in the survey …

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD

Release date: May 23, 2010 (United States of America) / June 11, 2010 (UK / EU)

The exclusion of Super Mario Galaxy 2 from the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection caused endless questions and general upheaval among Mario fans, as the sequel is equally well-regarded and our personal favorite switches between the two on a daily basis. Galaxy 2 is not just “more of it” – it takes over the baton from the first game and runs into infinity and beyond.

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Excitebots: Trick Race (Wii)Excitebots: Trick Race (Wii)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Monster games

Release date: April 20, 2009 (United States of America)

Excite Truck was an underrated gem in the early years of the Wii, with satisfactory motion controls that paired beautifully with the puffy physics of the arcade monster trucks you drove. This follow-up kept the arcade sensitivity and challenging terrain, but swapped the trucks for robots on wheels. It’s a fantastic game and one that was never released in Europe so we’d love to see it come back on Switch.

Wii Sports (Wii)Wii Sports (Wii)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD

Release date: 11/19/2006 (United States of America) / 8 Dec 2006 (UK / EU)

The game that defined a console because it’s pack-in (and it’s very good too), Wii Sports’ inclusive motion-controlled games would be a great fit with Switch with its local co-op focus. Elements of this have appeared altered on Switch, with similar golf and bowling activities available in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. And of course there’s always Mario Tennis Aces and Mario Golf: Super Rush, but they’re not quite as approachable and accessible as Wii Sports’ super-simple approach.

Whether it’s a deluxe offer with the Wii Sports Resort activities or a phased offer launched as another sweetener for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers – possibly including the peripheral online elements of the Wii U port, Wii Sports Club – this is an evergreen game that would surely do well again on the Switch.

Punch out !!  (Wii)Punch out !!  (Wii)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Next level games

Release date: May 18, 2009 (United States of America) / May 22, 2009 (UK / EU)

Canadian studio Next Level Games is now entirely under the umbrella of Nintendo, which was acquired by the Kyoto company in 2021, with great games like the Mario Strikers couple, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Punch-Out !! that they secured Nintendo’s continued support and hard-earned trust. This is a beautiful update to the Arcade / NES / SNES series, with great animation, optional motion controls, and a hell of a lot of character.

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: sweetheart

Release date: 06/27/2010 (United States of America) / May 7, 2010 (UK / EU)

With the original Japanese classic now available for the Switch as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, now is the perfect time to bring back the excellent Treasure sequel as well. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor really lives up to its name, with innovation, stunning set pieces, and some of the best shmup action from a developer of incredible form in the field. We’d love to see it fly in HD again.

The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)

Editor: SEGA / Developer: Idiosyncratic games

Release date: February 10, 2009 (United States of America) / February 13, 2009 (UK / EU)

At some point we’re supposed to get the House of the Dead remake on Switch, and we’ve got plenty of time for this pulpy spin-off, which first appeared on Wii in 2009. The House of the Dead: Overkill has B-movie spirit and exploitation cinema that bleeds from every open wound and was a thoroughly bloody treat when we first shot through it over a decade ago.

Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Good feeling

Release date: Oct 17, 2010 (United States of America) / February 25, 2011 (UK / EU)

Kirby’s Epic Yarn was republished on 3DS with added extras, but the chance to see this exquisite game rendered in high definition would make a triple dip inevitable. We love this game and see it on this Switch OLED screen … Oh my.

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