The Wii U was never very popular—the Switch has already far surpassed its lifetime sales—but there was one major complaint that was always near the top of fans’ lists: a lack of games. While the Wii U did have a number of great games that flew under the radar, it’s now clear that Nintendo was listening to all of the complaints.
Kotaku UK recently ran the numbers, and as it turns out, the Switch already has over three times as many games as the Wii U had at the same point in its life cycle.
Kotaku UK got the data from review aggregator site Metacritic, which, although it may not be 100 percent accurate in covering every game, does provide a pretty decent overview of the library of games on the Switch and Wii U’s libraries.
279 days after release, the Switch had 191 games available, a number that the Wii U only matched on its 857th day. In fact, as Kotaku’s graph shows, the Switch has even firmly surpassed the number of games available on the original Wii.
That’s not the end of the story, however. Kotaku UK continued to run the numbers, and as it turns out, the Nintendo Switch has far more titles than even the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 did at launch.
The Nintendo Switch has a few advantages helping to boost its early library. A number of the most popular Wii U games, such as Bayonetta 2, Splatoon, and Mario Kart 8, are getting a second chance at life on the Nintendo Switch. Other big-name games, like Doom and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, have gotten early ports as well. However, the Switch also has a strong starting lineup of first-party titles by itself.
The question going forwards will be whether the Switch can keep up such a strong lead. Things look promising, though—yet another graph by Kotaku shows that the Switch’s library, though comparatively big, is actually much higher in quality (in terms of well-rated games) than its predecessors. Here’s hoping that Nintendo can keep up the strong start.
Source: Kotaku UK