Posted on December 22 2014 by Fernando Trejos
Nintendo of America recently tweeted a graph that takes a jab at other gaming consoles by pointing out just how much better the games are on the Wii U and the 3DS. It makes the point that, between the 3DS and the Wii U, there are 19 different games with a Metascore of 85 and above, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One put together have a grand total of 8.
As you can see here, three of the games listed are Zelda titles, proving just how good the series is at providing quality games: there’s Wind Waker HD, A Link Between Worlds, and Ocarina of Time 3D, and we all know that Zelda U would make the list if it was already out.
I’ve heard some people say that a few of those titles don’t really deserve to be there, for being remakes or two games that are essentially the same, but even if you remove one of the Smash games, the Zelda remakes, the first Bayonetta game, and one or two of the Hoenn remakes, that’s still 13 or 14 games, way more than any other console out there.
However, it’s important to recognize that Nintendo didn’t choose to include every game that got reviewer ratings above 85, they only included ones with reviewer AND user ratings over 85. If you include every game with reviewer ratings over 85, which is a lot more logical considering the quality of the user reviews, then the grand total is 41 “good” games between the Wii U and 3DS, and 36 “good” games between the PS4 and Xbox One. Those numbers are still good, although the ratio is obviously a lot lesser than before.
And that’s not even including the PS Vita at all in either calculation, although I don’t think it should be counted, since that would be comparing the games on all three non-Nintendo consoles to only two Nintendo ones, meaning the competition wouldn’t exactly be fair. It’s notable, though, that the PS Vita alone has 21 games that have reviewer ratings over 85, which is an impressive number, even though a lot of those are ports and remakes of older games, more so than with any other console.
What do you think of all this? Does this graph really mean very much? What’s your favorite game out of the ones shown? Is Nintendo right in showing us this, or is it kind of manipulating the data a bit to make it seem more favorable?