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Now, I’m not opposed to the idea of bringing more Wii U games over to the Switch. There were plenty of titles that should have gotten more exposure but fell by the wayside simply because they were doomed to being an exclusive on a console with abysmal sales. Such titles should be given the time in the spotlight they deserve by releasing on a console that people actually want; Nintendo gets the financial return on the games they put such effort into, and a plethora of players who otherwise would never have gotten to experience the game have their chance to. Bringing such ports to the Switch is not only understandable, but desirable.
HYRULE WARRIORS IS NOT ONE SUCH PORT.
First off, the game already exceeded sales expectations, having been one of the best-selling Warriors games to ever release, as can be seen here. But that’s not all: the game ALREADY got a second version released on the 3DS, which had a HUGE install base. The game has already had its time in the limelight.
This isn’t another Mario Kart 8 situation, where a port is understandable as the game sold poorly for what it was. This game more than made its return financially. Just rounding up the content from the original game and the previous port to release a THIRD port for Switch just reeks of a minimal-effort attempt to pad out the Switch’s library and make a quick buck in the process.
Despite all of that, the existence of this Switch port is relatively inoffensive. It’s skeevy on Nintendo’s part, sure, but it’s easy enough to ignore. Unless… it turns out that we get this Definitive Edition as a replacement for a proper sequel on Switch rather than to prepare us for one. We’ll have to wait and see, but if we don’t end up getting a sequel on the Switch, this port will likely be to blame.