Nintendo is planning “at least” two Wii U ports for 2020, it’s been claimed.
According to noted Nintendo insider Emily Rogers – who has a strong record of leaking accurate Nintendo information. The two unannounced ports “are not difficult to guess because there aren’t many Wii U games left to port.”
In addition, Rogers claimed Nintendo’s first quarter of 2020 will mainly be focused on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is due to release in March.
The platform holder is likely to detail its release plans for 2020 in an upcoming Nintendo Direct live stream.
Nintendo has actively made Wii U ports a part of its software strategy for Switch. Although Wii U hardware sold poorly, it hosted a strong line-up of critically-acclaimed first-party software which has been given a second chance to shine with Switch’s larger audience.
Likely titles to be ported include Super Mario 3D World, – Wii U’s second best selling game behind Mario Kart – Pikmin 3 and Platinum’s The Wonderful 101 and Star Fox Zero.
An industry analyst recently suggested that Nintendo Switch could have a prolonged life cycle during which it surpasses Wii’s sales record.
“This is typically where sales begin to peak out, but it looks like the Switch may have a longer life cycle,” Kazunori Ito, an analyst at Morningstar Investment Services, told Bloomberg.
“With a desktop console and a portable player in a single machine, Nintendo has a very effective platform for selling game software.”
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter also said: “The Switch can sell 20 million units annually for the next three years. So, it should easily get to 100 million.”