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Top 5 Wii U games we want to see on the Switch

Published: 14:35, 21 December 2017
Updated: 16:38, 21 December 2017
Nintendo Switch with one blue and one red joycon on a white background.
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The Switch library is filled with games from the Wii U, and even though there are some mighty fine picks to choose from, we still feel that the lineup is not as good as it could be. That's why we've made a wish-list with top five Wii U games that we'd like to see ported to the Switch.

Nintendo Wii U had a great library of games that not many people played because the console itself was not successful. But we did. A lot. So here are our top five Wii U games that we'd like to see on the Switch.

#5 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Coming out in 2014 is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze which continues Rare’s great legacy for the franchise that they established on the Super Nintendo. That being said however, this game was developed by Retro Studios and Monster Games.

It sees Donkey Kong and his friends travelling through six different islands in order to defeat the Snowmads - a tribe of snow vikings led by Lord Fredrik.

Nintendo Donkey Kong standing on a concrete surface. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

The controls of the game allow you to pluck items from the ground and pick up and throw stunned enemies. Players primarily control Donkey Kong who is assisted by a companion, who either provides additional abilities to Donkey Kong, or can be controlled individually by a second player.

The game was met with critical praise but it did not transpire into sales.

#4 Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, known as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in Europe, was released in 2015. The game is a successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse for the Nintendo DS.

The plot of this game might buy into the “Nintendo is for kids concept”, but, as we know, Kirby is the most sociopathic monster to grace Nintendo controllers. He eats things to gain their power, which makes it miles away from being an innocent title.

Nintendo Kirby spinning on a giant flower. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is one of the rare games that actually utilised the Wii U gamepad, so this could be a fully portable exclusive. We want to see the game ported for its excellent art style alone.

#3 Star Fox Guard

Just so we are clear: Star Fox Zero is terrible. We do not want that touching the Switch. Star Fox Guard, on the other hand, is a neat little game.

In Star Fox Guard, you are helping Slippy’s uncle, Grippy, gather rare metals in planets throughout the Lylat system, but you are constantly being attacked by robot enemies.

Nintendo Robots approaching the central core. Star Fox Guard

This was another Wii U game that utilised the gamepad well which shows you a map of the mining base with the twelve cameras and where they are pointing. Your TV displays the twelve camera feed. There is a larger feed in the centre that shows the camera feed you have selected with the Wii U Gamepad. You press the cameras to control them. The left analogue stick is used for moving the fixed camera around. Any of the buttons are used to fire your weapon.

If there was ever a need for some sort of Chromecasting device needed for the Switch, this is the first game that should be with it. Star Fox Guard is really exciting and very fun to play.

#2 Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

You know who liked Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker? We did. And it’s our list so it’s going on.

Released in 2014, the game is a spin-off of the puzzle levels first seen in Super Mario 3D World. It opens with Captain Toad and Toadette ascending a tower together to claim a Power Star. The villainous giant crow Wingo appears and steals the star, taking Toadette along with him when she grabs hold of it.

Nintendo One of the puzzle islands in the game. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

The player guides Toad as he tracks Wingo down to his lair and rescues Toadette. The main goal of the game is to reach the one Power Star in each stage - the player must do so by navigating each stage and solving puzzles to reach them.

It’s a great puzzle game and would be a great addition for the Switch.

#1 Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge

Simple reason why we want this game: some people at AltChar have spent the last three years trying to scalp and collect Amiibos. And ,on the Switch, you can hardly do anything with them! The same problem kind of happened on the Wii U. The answer: Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge.

Nintendo Gameplay screenshot of the game, showing Yoshi. Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge

The game is based on the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. You control a Mini Toy that you need to get to the end of the stage. By scanning a compatible amiibo, the player can receive the corresponding toy to play as. At the end of each stage, players are given a score based on their performance, and by clearing it with a high enough score, the player earns a Gold Trophy for that stage.

Simply put: we want this game ported to the Switch to justify our Amiibo purchases.