4cr Plays – Mighty Switch Force 2 (WII U)
Mighty Switch Force 2 was first released on the Nintendo 3DS in June 2011 making it one of only two games to ever get a sequel from WayForward (The other being the wonderful Shantae series).
When Mighty Switch Force was ported to the Wii U WayForward not only ported it but went back to the drawing board (literally) to redo all sprites and update them from pixels to HD hand-drawn sprites (similar to what they’ll do for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero) and was renamed to Mighty Switch Force Hyper Drive Edition. For part 2, we are getting a direct port where the pixel sprites have been cleaned-up, taking into consideration that the game would be displayed on TVs and on the Wii U Gamepad. Despite the 16:9 display, it definitely is a port that is closer to the 3DS release.
In Mighty Switch Force 2, the Hooligan sisters have reformed and are minding their own business when a big fire suddenly spreads across the city. When this happens, Patricia Wagon takes on a new job as part of the Fire Brigade for Tangent City to save everyone before it is too late. You must save the five Hooligan sisters in each level (called an “Incident”) before you can exit and carry on to the next level. This time around you can also look for a special baby that is so ugly, it must be kicked to safety. No wonder it is called the Ugly Secret Baby!
Even with the new water gun and puzzles that go along with the new premise, Mighty Switch Force 2 still focuses on what made the first game great: the switch switch! Jumping and pressing a button to make a platform materialize at your feet while making another platform disappear is still a great gameplay mechanic and mixing it with the water yields some interesting puzzles. On top of that, lets not forget that there is an extra goal you can work towards in each level: aside from finding all five hooligan sisters and the Ugly Secret Baby, you also have to aim at finishing a level below a specific par time limit. This means you’ll usually have to do 2-3 runs per level (one to get all sisters and get to know the level, maybe another one to find the Ugly Secret Baby, and a final run to get your time total below the par limit), but since levels are only a few minutes long at most, going back to perfect your runs isn’t a hassle.
As for the sounds and music that are part of the experience, Jake Kaufman’s soundtrack compliments the action and helps you get “in the zone” for those harder puzzles on the second half of the game, and it is available for purchase (which you should definitely consider) at this link.
So, is Mighty Switch Force 2 still a fun game on Wii U? The answer is yes! Considering I had already beaten Mighty Switch Force 2 on the 3DS for my review, going back to the game on Wii U reinforced to me that it is a well designed and engaging game since I ended up playing until 1 A.M. on a couple of days just to get my time total below par and to secure every Ugly Secret Baby even though I had already done it on my 3DS.