5 Reasons Nintendo Should Port Smash to the Switch

When the Nintendo Switch gained GameCube controller support, fans rejoiced thinking it was a good sign for the future of Smash on the Switch. Unfortunately, President and COO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé has stated that this compatibility was an accident.

So far, Nintendo has made no sign that they plan to port Super Smash Bros. Wii U to their newest console. Here are five reasons why they should.

5. Improved Graphics

Super Smash Bros. Wii U may already be a good looking game, but porting it to the Switch would take its visuals to the next level.

Games like The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild have shown us just how stunning graphics can be on the Switch. A Smash Wii U port would give the game that same treatment, making it a beauty to behold.

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4. Portability

It seems like every day we see a new, more DIY set up to play Smash games on the go. We've seen setups in cars, in airports, even on planes themselves. Smashers want to play their game at all times.

Porting Smash Wii U to the Switch would make this obsession far easier to execute on, making the lives of Smashers the world over easier.

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3. Reach a Wider Audience

Because the Switch is Nintendo's newest console, it has far more buzz around it than the Wii U these days. Were Smash to land on the Switch, it could tap into that buzz and reach even more potential players.

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2. Keep Competition Alive

Tied up in both portability and reaching a wider audience is the notion of keeping competition alive. While it's true that Melee has survived and even flourished without an update for over a decade, there's no guarantee that lightning will strike twice.

A Smash Wii U port to the Switch would help guarantee that the competition for the game doesn't die out as people move on to newer and shinier games.

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1. Avoid Cannibalizing Scenes

This is a reason not just to port Smash Wii U, but to port it instead of releasing a new game. If Nintendo releases a new Smash game for the Switch with mechanics similar to Smash Wii U, there's a very high chance Wii U players will simply swap to the new game.

In order to avoid this cannibalizing of players, simply porting Smash Wii U to the Switch will continue the Smash tradition of appearing on every Nintendo console while letting the existing games enjoy some semblance of stability.

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