Five Nintendo Wii Gems We’d Like To See On Switch
The Nintendo Wii was a high selling console with a lot of trash titles on it, as most high selling consoles generally have. Among the system’s library of games were a lot of hidden gems that we would love to see make an appearance on the Nintendo Switch.
This list will show five titles that I personally would love to see either remastered for titles that were flawless but underappreciated or remade for titles that had great potential but the execution wasn’t where it needed to be. If you have any thoughts or questions on this list, feel free to leave a comment below or reach out on Twitter or Facebook.
Farewell Dreams: Fragile Ruines of the Moon
Originally developed by Namco Bandai Games with Tri-Crescendo and released in January 2009 (2010 in North America), this action RPG game for the Wii was released to average scores from critics.
While some critics gave it praise, like GameZone’s Michael Lafferty saying that the story was “intriguing” with beautiful graphics and amazing audio. Other critics highly criticize its gameplay mechanics execution not living up to the spectacular concept.
Given this games promise and lack of execution on its original launch, a remaster or remake of this title for the Switch could give the developers the chance to fix the flaws of the original. This could be a killer title for the Switch.
Originally released in 2011 in Japan, 2012 in Europe and finally in 2013 in North America, this action RPG was developed Ganbarion and published by Nintendo and Xseed Games. It’s release on the Wii saw mixed reviews from critics and overall praise from fans. While the game did see favorable sales in the North American market, it’s release in the UK saw underperforming sales.
The game sees players take on the role of Aeron as he explores the Thirteen Towers on a quest to cure his lover Elena of a curse. The make objective of the game is to reach the masters at the top of each tower by solving puzzles. To add extra pressure to the game, every time Aeron is in a tower a counter is displayed showing the advancement of Elena’s curse.
The original games development was extended due to the Wii’s unconventional control schemes, with the Wii’s more conventional controller setup, I think this title would fit beautifully on the Switch as a remake/remaster. Not an entire remake, just updating the visuals and controls.
The Last Story
Another action RPG for the Nintendo Wii was The Last Story. Developed by Mistwalker and AQ Interactive and published by Nintendo worldwide except in North America, where it was published by Xseed Games. Initially released in Japan in 2012, it would see release worldwide in 2013.
It’s really hard to call The Last Story a hidden gem as it was highly praised by critics and fans alike, and sold rather well with Xseen Games saying it was their most successful title to date. The game was also nominated for multiple awards in 2012.
A Boy And His Blob
A Boy and His Blob originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in the ’80s and was a ton of fun way back then. When the title released for the Wii, it was hailed as a complete reimagining of the original NES odyssey created by David Crane.
The plot of the game is simple, the planet Bobolonia is threatened by an evil emperor and the titular “blob” flees to Earth to seek help. After crashlanding, the Blob runs into “A Boy”. They team up to defeat the emperor and his minions.
A Boy and His Blob on the Wii focused on using the Blob’s myriad of adorable transformation
abilities to avoid obstacles, solve puzzles and defeat enemies.
A Boy and His Blob got largely positive reviews with many praising the games art design and faithfulness to the feel of the NES title. This would be a title I would love to see simply remastered for the Switch. With re-releases on the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and iOS/Android devices a few years back I feel this would be the most likely to see a release.
Released originally in 1997 for the PlayStation as Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, this title was a remake that released in 2008 for the Wii by developer Paon. The original PlayStation version did not see much praise, gaining a second life with the definitive Wii remake.
Described as a top-tier platformer built around enemies being used as springboards for complex sequences of rebounding leaps. A challenging difficulty and surprising story come at you hard, alongside the adorable appearance of the game.
The Wii release saw a pretty positive reception from critics and fans alike. An updated remaster of this classic side-scrolling platformer would suit the Switch’s library beautifully.
Was there a title you disagreed with on this list? If so let us know in the comments and we’ll respond. As always, this list is not an all-inclusive list of the great titles that were available for the Nintendo Wii, just a very small list that was on my mind when I decided to write this article.