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jariw

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I didn't find any thread on this, so my apologies if it already existed. I've been looking for a list on all eShop (non-VC or retail) games that have reviews on Metacritic. Since I didn't find any, I created this thread. Please feel free to add any info you find. There must be at least 4 review available for a game to be listed, due to the rules at Metacritic. Games with 80 or more appear in bold. Games between 75 and 79 appear in italics.

For comparison, there's also an eShop / GameRankings thread.

The format for each game is this: <Game_title> - Metacritic_score (positive-mixed-negative) Metacritic_Link_URL


1001 Spikes - 82 (4-1-0) Link
Abyss - 59 (0-5-1) Link
Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition - 73 (3-4-0) Link
Armillo - 72 (8-5-0) Link
Art Academy: SketchPad - 70 (1-3-0) Link
Art of Balance - 86 (4-0-0) Link
Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - 84 (16-2-0) Link
BLOK DROP U - 53 (0-4-3) Link
Bombing Bastards - 55 (0-4-0) Link
Castlestorm - 83 (7-1-0) Link
Chasing Aurora - 64 (5-21-1) Link
The Cave - 72 (5-4-1) Link
Child of Light - 83 (7-0-0) Link
Coaster Crazy Deluxe - 69 (1-3-0) Link
Cloudberry Kingdom - 75 (5-3-0) Link
Dr. Luigi - 65 (9-27-2) Link
DuckTales Remastered - 76 (8-2-0) Link
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - 77 (4-3-0) Link
Edge - 79 (6-3-0) Link
Gravity Badgers - 48 (0-3-4) Link
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - 90 (9-0-0) Link
F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition - 61 (1-6-1) Link
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 - 40 (0-2-2) Link
Gaiabreaker - 38 (0-1-3) Link
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - 74 (2-3-0) Link
How to Survive - 55 (0-9-0) Link
Ice Cream Surfer - 55 (0-5-1) Link
Knytt Underground - 76 (8-4-0) Link
Kung Fu Rabbit - 65 (4-9-1) Link
The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths - 60 (1-4-2) Link
The Letter - 14 (0-0-4) Link
Little Inferno - 79 (17-5-0) Link
Master Reboot - 64 (0-5-0) Link
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition - 80 (16-3-0) Link
Mighty Switch Force! 2 - 74 (3-2-0) Link
Monkey Pirates - 62 (1-5-0) Link
Mutant Mudds Deluxe - 84 (6-1-0) Link
Nano Assault Neo - 71 (9-12-1) Link
NES Remix - 71 (21-11-2) Link
NES Remix 2 - 73 (20-16-0) Link
Pokemon Rumble U - 49 (0-16-6) Link
Poker Dice Solitaire Future - 55 (0-3-1) Link
Puddle - 70 (7-12-1) Link
Pure Chess - 61 (0-8-0) Link
Pushmo World - 80 (30-7-0) Link
RUSH - 77 (5-2-0) Link
Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails - 79 (17-8-0) Link
Shovel Knight - 88 (13-2-0) Link
Shut the Box - 46 (0-1-3) Link
Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party - 75 (4-6-0) Link
SteamWorld Dig - 83 (9-2-0) Link
Squids Odyssey - 68 (8-5-1) Link
Star Wars Pinball - 83 (12-1-0) Link
Stick it to the Man! - 80 (8-1-0) Link
Super Toy Cars - 57 (0-10-1) Link
TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition - 62 (0-5-0) Link
Teslagrad - 83 (9-1-0) Link
Toki Tori 2 - 76 (15-12-0) Link
Trine 2: Director's Cut - 84 (22-3-0) Link
Unepic - 71 (9-9-0) Link
Wii Sports Club - 68 (2-9-0) Link
Wooden Sen'SeY - 63 (2-11-1) Link
XType Plus - 75 (4-2-0) Link
Zen Pinball 2 - 71 (2-3-0) Link


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Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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Now, all the currently available eShop games with a Metacritic score have been added.

Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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jariw

3. Posted:

Adjusted Scram Kitty and Stick it to the Man!, based on the additional reviews. I also marked all games in the range of 75-79 with italics.

Edited on by jariw

Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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Dreamz

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jariw wrote:

Adjusted Scram Kitty and Stick it to the Man!, based on the additional reviews. I also marked all games in the range of 75-79 with italics.

75-79 seems to be an awfully small, arbitrary range....

Why not use metacritic's own scale and put scores in the 75-89 range in italics, and everything from 90-100 in bold?

Edit: Nevermind the above - I just realized there aren't any eshop games above 89 anyways, so it wouldn't be worth the effort. Maybe extend the italic range to 70-79?

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Maybe we could add nl's review score for each title too?
I think that'd be interesting.

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jariw

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Dreamz wrote:

Edit: Nevermind the above - I just realized there aren't any eshop games above 89 anyways, so it wouldn't be worth the effort. Maybe extend the italic range to 70-79?

I selected the 75 level because that's the threshold for "Generally Favorable Reviews". With very few exceptions (such as the NES Remixes, where many of the favorable reviews aren't that favorable), this is where you would find the first games with more favorable reviews than meh/negative reviews.

I selected the 80 level to single out approximately the top 10% and because 80 seems like a round nice value.

As a comparison, Mario Kart 8 is at 89 with 55-0-0, and I don't think we'll find many indies above 90 in the future.

LeasTwanteD wrote:

Maybe we could add nl's review score for each title too?
I think that'd be interesting.

The NL reviews for eShop Wii U games are found here.

One of the reasons why I created this list was to have an alternative to NL's reviews, since I think the NL review scores are broken and doesn't help me as a customer (personally, I think the scores by ONM are much more consistent and fair). However, one thing I was thinking of perhaps adding was the Metacritic user scores (which sometimes differ quite much from the metascore).

Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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jariw

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ADDED:
F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition
TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition

Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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unrandomsam

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Add the Famitsu scores those are the best for me anyway. Just very hard to find.

OMN last time I checked just gives anything first party 98% or something like that last time I checked. Sucks they kept that and got rid of NGamer.

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jariw

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Now I've also created an eShop / GameRankings thread, for comparison purposes. Some games are affected getting a quite different total when the average is used instead of the weighted number.

Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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unrandomsam

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Never knew metacritic worked like that. But it explains how EA can come out as the best publisher just by affecting the ones with the highest weighting.

(Or affecting metacritic itself by paying them to weight the ones that they have paid off highest).

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jariw wrote:

. There must be at least 4 review available for a game to be listed, due to the rules at Metacritic.

This is something that "screws" the Wii U/Nintendo platforms all the time.
Games sometimes never appear because of a (false) lack of reviews (a multiplatform review for example that doesn't count for the Nintendo version for no reason). A game could get 36 reviews on another platform but 3 reviews on the Nintendo platform.

unrandomsam wrote:

But it explains how EA can come out as the best publisher

that only happened once.

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jariw

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dumedum wrote:

jariw wrote:

. There must be at least 4 review available for a game to be listed, due to the rules at Metacritic.

This is something that "screws" the Wii U/Nintendo platforms all the time.
Games sometimes never appear because of a (false) lack of reviews (a multiplatform review for example that doesn't count for the Nintendo version for no reason). A game could get 36 reviews on another platform but 3 reviews on the Nintendo platform.

For me personally, I would often not consider a Wii U game to be as good if it worked identical to other platforms in terms of game control. The exception would be a game where the Pro Controller would be the only controller that made perfect sense for the game.

A related question is why some recent eShop games get lots of reviews (such as Scram Kitty) while others (such as Squids Odyssey) get few, when none of them are reviewed as shovelware.

Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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I would completely disagree with the reviews that gave Trine 2 anywhere near an 8.

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jariw

14. Posted:

Added "Abyss" and "Squids Odyssey". Modified the numbers for "Scram Kitty" once again.

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Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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I find the (#-#-#) thing more helpful than the actual metascore tbh.

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jariw

16. Posted:

I've updated the list with a large addition of new releases and tried to update changed scores for existing ones.

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Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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17. Posted:

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jariw

18. Posted:

  • Added "Art of Balance"
  • Adjusted scores for "SteamWorld Dig", "Teslagrad", "XType Plus"

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Current Top 10: DK:TF, Pikmin 3, MK8, Scram Kitty, SM3DW, LEGO City: Undercover, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Stick it to the Man, Wind Waker HD
Looking forward to:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, SSB U, Affordable Space Adventures, Bayonetta 2, X, Hex Heroes, Yarn Yoshi, and more

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SKTTR

19. Posted:

Metacritic, for everyone who wants an uninformative, incomplete, thrown together collection of opinions in form of numbers.
Must be great for clueless people who want to stay clueless.

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Pokefraker

20. Posted:

I normally just trust NL reviews when it comes to getting Eshop titles.

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