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Metacritic 2022 game publisher rankings 1

It’s an annual tradition for Metacritic to share its publisher rankings, and we now have the results for 2022 – which includes news about Nintendo.

You may recall that in 2021, the company ranked at #14. This year, Nintendo moved up to #12. That’s not a huge increase, but it’s a bump nonetheless.

Nintendo’s average “Metascore” for 2022 releases, which is based on reviews factored into the site, sits at 78.6. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was the Big N’s top-rated title of the year, and Bayonetta 3 and Splatoon 3 also did well. However, Metacritic notes that “over a third of Nintendo releases last year failed to impress reviewers,” including Pokemon Scarlet / Violet and Nintendo Switch Sports.


metacritic publisher rankings 2021

Metacritic published its game publisher rankings for 2021, and it includes some interesting news about Nintendo.

Xbox Game Studios, Sony, and Humble Games make up the top three. We also see other familiar names like Capcom and SEGA in the top ten. Nintendo, however, is a few places beyond that sitting at #14.


As is a yearly tradition, Metacritic has shared its game publisher rankings based on titles released in 2020. Scores were calculated by factoring in reviews from critics.

Nintendo actually slipped several spots in 2020, coming in at #9. The company ranked third the year prior. Nintendo’s average Metascore based on included reviews from various outlets was 75.4, which was lower than 2019’s value of 80.0. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the Big N’s best-reviewed game with an average of 90.

Here’s a look at the full rankings:


Nintendo Switch

Metacritic is looking back on the year that was 2020 by examining the best-reviewed games over the past twelve months. Naturally, we’re most interested in what came out on Switch.

Hades and Ori and the Will of the Wisps were the top-rated titles of 2020 having scored 93. Animal Crossing: New Horizons followed in third at 90. Rounding out the top five are Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition with a score of 89 and A Short Hike at 88.

Here’s the full list of best-reviewed Switch games of 2020:


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Metacritic has published its tenth annual game publisher rankings based on titles released in 2019. Critic reviews were used here to determine the best and worst companies of the year.

Nintendo ranked third in 2019, earning an average Metascore of 80.0. Its Metascore actually rose close to four points year-over-year. 79 percent of Nintendo’s 2019 releases earned positive reviews, which is an increase of 65 percent from 2018. Switch titles Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Super Mario Maker 2 helped contribute to the Big N’s strong year.

Here’s a look at the top forty publishers as ranked by points:


Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Metacritic has a reputation of being one of the top sites when it comes aggregating reviews. Now that 2019 has wrapped up, the site has offered a look at the best-reviewed Switch games of the year.

It’s actually a port that takes the top spot, as Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition is sitting strong at 93. In terms of the best-reviewed exclusive, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is at 83.

Here’s the full top 50:


In what has become an annual tradition, Metacritic has provided new analysis regarding game publisher review rankings.

Nintendo dipped to the fourth spot after charting second last year. The company’s average Metascore was 76.4%, with Smash Bros. Ultimate being the best game at 93% and Kirby Battle Royale as the worst at 57%.

Metacritic provides the following analysis of the reviews Nintendo received:


Metacritic published its rankings today based on publishers with the overall highest-reviewed games of 2017. Nintendo climbed to the second spot, up one position from the year prior. Across Switch and 3DS, the company’s average Metascore was 78.0, which is 1.5 points higher than in 2016.

Metacritic provides the following analysis of the reviews Nintendo received:


Metacritic has a new piece looking at the highest-rated games of 2017. Zelda: Breath of the Wild took the top spot across all platforms, just edging out Super Mario Odyssey by less than 0.3%.

To start off, here’s a look at how Switch / PS4 / Xbox One / PC reviews compared last year, as well as a comparison for 3DS and PlayStation Vita:


Metacritic’s year-end report has arrived. In its piece recapping game reviews of 2016, we’re able to get a closer look at how Wii U and 3DS performed in the eyes of critics.

Wii U accounted for 44 reviewed games on Metacritic. The console had no games with an average of 90 or higher, but had four exclusives with scores of 75 or higher.

There were 57 3DS games in Metacritic’s database, of which no titles had an average of 90 or higher much like Wii U. However, 20 exclusive releases scored 75 or higher.

Here’s a look at the top-rated Wii U games:


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