Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Wii U Games

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  • Publish Date: September 30, 2014

Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in January.

Best-reviewed Wii U games of 2014 (as of September 30th)

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game   Metascore
1 Box Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition NEW   90
This Metroid-vania-style platformer from DrinkBox Studios has displaced mighty Mario Kart 8 as the year's best-reviewed Wii U game.
2Mario Kart 8 Buy From Amazon88
3Shovel Knight  88
4Bayonetta NEW 84
5Child of Light  84
6Teslagrad NEW 83
7Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Buy From Amazon83
8Stick it to the Man!  80
9SteamWorld Dig NEW 80
10Pushmo World  80
11Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails  79
12Swords & Soldiers HD  78
13Hyrule Warriors NEWBuy From Amazon75
14Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition  73
15NES Remix 2  73
16Armillo NEW 72
17Wii Fit U Buy From Amazon72
18Unepic  72
19Squids Odyssey  68
20Wii Sports Club NEWBuy From Amazon68
21One Piece: Unlimited World Red NEW 66
22Wooden Sen'SeY NEW 62
23Pure Chess  61
24F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition  61
25Abyss  59

Includes games released between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from September 30, 2014.

Best-reviewed Wii U games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game   Metascore
1Super Mario 3D World (2013) Buy From Amazon93
2Rayman Legends (2013) Buy From Amazon92
3The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (2013) Buy From Amazon90
4Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (2014) NEW 90
5Skylanders Swap Force (2013) Buy From Amazon89
6Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (2013) Buy From Amazon88
7Mario Kart 8 (2014) Buy From Amazon88
8Shovel Knight (2014)  88
9Pikmin 3 (2013) Buy From Amazon87
10Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (2013) Buy From Amazon86
11Mass Effect 3: Special Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon85
12Assassin's Creed III (2012) Buy From Amazon85
13NBA 2K13 (2012) Buy From Amazon85
14Darksiders II (2012) Buy From Amazon85
15Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon85
16Bayonetta (2014) NEW 84
17Trine 2: Director's Cut (2012)  84
18Child of Light (2014)  84
19Mutant Mudds Deluxe (2013)  84
20Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (2013)  84
21New Super Mario Bros. U (2012) Buy From Amazon84
22Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon83
23Star Wars Pinball (2013)  83
24Teslagrad (2014) NEW 83
25CastleStorm (2013)  83

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all Wii U high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's Wii U section.

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