Nintendo Switch has 3 times the games The WiiU did, and more good games too

It has been clear for some time that the Switch is doing very well. Especially when compared to it’s ill-named and almost Nintendo-destroying predecessor, the WiiU. In fact, just last week the Switch had already outsold its older brother. However, few would argue that despite its obvious limitations, the WiiU had a surprisingly strong library of games. Hence, the obvious reasoning of porting these successful games to the new console – hello Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for starters.


However, a comprehensive and rather interesting study conducted by Kotaku UK has shown that not only does the Switch have three times the amount of games available in its library that the WiiU (and the Wii) had at the same time in its life cycle, but it also has more ‘good’ games.

The study found that, at the time of the conducted research, the Switch had 191 games available, a number only reached by the WiiU almost two and half years later. Also, using data collected from Metacritic, the Switch had well over 40 games with scores of 80% or more. At that same time, the WiiU had less than 20 and only reached the 40+ mark near the end of the period of investigation.

Seems that more and more, Nintendo is proving to be the Rocky Balboa of the console arena. The WiiU hit them hard, yet they keep moving forward, and with the Switch they may just be the unlikely new heavyweight champion.

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  • Jumpy Ghostface

    Once again Nintendo has bested themselves, these achievements keep rolling in XD

  • DemonGamer

    Congrats to nintendo . Never thought the switch would be as popular as it is , but looks like there’s a lot of gamers on the move.

    • Timóteo Da Silva

      Yeah I think a lot of us were a bit skeptical about the Switch after the WiiU. Its crazy how well it is doing…

  • I think that beating the Wii U numbers isn’t a huge deal – it really struggled. What is highly impressive is that it’s beating the original Wii. The game attach rate is also MUCH better. Glad Nintendo are back to their best.

    • Timóteo Da Silva

      Yeah me too! I think the Wii was about a “slow burn”, took like a year for the everyone to realise just how popular it was

  • ReverendFunk

    Nintendo has a money printing machine on their hands.

    They can have the same new new game release rate as the WiiU, and drip in ports of the WiiU library.

    That should be more than enough games to not even need much 3rd party support at all.

    • Timóteo Da Silva

      I think you are right, at least for the start. However, in terms of longevity I think 3rd parties need to come to the party… In some ways that was one of the problems with the WiiU. 3rd Parties never came on board and so it was only Nintendo keeping it going and with their focus split between the WiiU the DS series, mobile and even the then upcoming Switch, eventually the support just wasn’t enough

  • MonsterCheddar

    I don’t think any console has taken over the world like this little guy did. I personally don’t want one, but only because it doesn’t (as far as I know) cater for the games I play, but I think Nintendo did awesome work here.

    • Timóteo Da Silva

      Hey MonsterCheddar… What games do you play?

      • MonsterCheddar

        Shooters and looters mainly

        • Timóteo Da Silva

          I’ll admit that those are probably not the Switch’s strengths. Especially not at the moment. Have you tried Splatoon by any chance? If so, what did you think?

          • MonsterCheddar

            Nope. I haven’t. Will give it a look see.

          • Timóteo Da Silva

            Yeah would love to hear your opinion on Nintendo’s take on the genre…

          • MonsterCheddar

            Don’t have a Switch. But Splatoon is on Xbox and PS4 as well?

          • Timóteo Da Silva

            Unfortunately not… Yet another reason to get the Switch

        • I assume you already have a format to play DOOM/Wolfenstein 2? What I can tell you – don’t write Splatoon 2 off as a kiddy game. It’s competitive as all hell and requires some serious skill.

          • Timóteo Da Silva

            A skill I haven’t quite mastered yet…ha ha

          • MonsterCheddar

            I have an Xbox One and PS4. Will have a look. I think I wanted to get it for my wife at a stage. :D. ALso yes, I have the wolfensteins.

            Although, I enjoy Wildlands, Division, WF, and Rainbow Six Siege as well.

          • Do you have Wolfenstein/DOOM in bed? *wiggles eyebrows*

          • MonsterCheddar

            As much as humanly possible XD

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