The Wii U did not mount to much, but one area where it shined was being a damn good game console for party games, or local multiplayer games. games such as Nintendo Land, NSMBU, and Game & Wario, among many others were all great games and I loved getting a group of friends together to play them. Even this year I have found myself pulling out my Wii U again just to play these games. And it really feels strange that with the Switch console supporting 2 players right out of the box, there has been a surprising lack of good local multiplayer games (4 player local, specifically), which is weird for Nintendo.
So far there have only been a few big hits. Off the top of my head I can only think of Mario Kart 8 DX and Super Bomberman R. one of those is a port, and the other is of questionable quality. other than that we have Kirby Star Allies which releases soon, and Smash Bros which releases later this year. for a Nintendo platform that is an incredibly small pool of games, to a point where I have to rely on indie titles such as Overcooked to fill the void.
now, am I saying this is a bad thing? No. from a single-player standpoint the Switch's lineup is the best Nintendo has has in years, and I am still anticipating a good amount of upcoming Switch titles. but it just feels odd that Nintendo, who has been known for making great party games for decades, has not been pushing that for the Switch. Im really starting to crave a new Mario Party, or a new 2D platformer, or really anything that i can play with friends as were all waiting for the Switch's big titles to drop. or maybe there are some other great party games for the Switch that Ive just been blind to, and if so, let me know what they are.