However you feel about Metacritic's methods and impact, it's hard to deny the statistics it generates can make for some interesting reading. With the first six months of 2010 now behind us, the site has released its midyear report, showing how each console stacks up against the opposition.
Quality titles see the DS top the list of consoles: with 30 games netting the seven reviews needed to qualify, 60% of those received a Metascore between 75 and 90%, though no titles scored above 90%. With median scores of 75% for both platform exclusives and multiformat titles, the DS is level-pegging with the PlayStation 3 in that regard, but just emerges on top due to not having received a single game with an average score below 50%.
The Wii hasn't had a bad year so far either, nestling in at fourth place above the Xbox 360 and PSP. With 44 games hitting the seven review mark, 45% of those sit in the "good" range, with just one game achieving a Metascore over 90% – no prizes for guessing the game. In fact, according to Metacritic's figures Super Mario Galaxy 2 is also the second best-selling game of the year so far, just behind Sony's Grecian sequel God of War III.
Plenty of top titles are on the way for both consoles before 2010 is out. Wii is set to welcome back favourite characters in Kirby's Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Metroid: Other M, among others, with DS getting a wealth of quality RPGs including Golden Sun Dark Dawn, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies and Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light.
How do you feel Nintendo's machines have fared in 2010 so far?