Metacritic’s Annual Game Publisher Rankings Give Win to Nintendo

In 2011, Metacritic began publishing an annual ranking for video game companies, with publishers placed in categories based on how many games they’ve released in a year plus their overall Metacritic scores. Sales and user reviews aren’t accounted for in the overall rankings, with only authorised media outlet reviews counting toward the overall score.

Last year, Nintendo came in at 4 on the list, and this year it pulled ahead to number one!

The highest rated / best rated overall released for Nintendo was Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, with Bravely Default receiving Best New Original Title. Worst Overall Release went to Chibi-Robi! Photo Finder. Users’ Favorite ended in a three-way tie, between Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, and Mario Kart 8.

It’s also worth noting that Nintendo released more unique titles in 2014 than any other publisher, and was the only company to make the “green” bracket. Their average Metascore at 76.5 pushed them just over the cutoff line.

Want more? Check out the full data sets here, then go give yourself a pat on the back for supporting a number one company.


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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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