Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Wii U Games

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  • Publish Date: December 31, 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 April.

Best-reviewed Wii U games of 2014 (as of December 31st)

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NEW Buy From Amazon 92
Informally known as Super Smash Bros. 4 (a title that also includes a separate 3DS version), the recently released fighting game is now the Wii U's second-highest-scoring game of all time.
2Bayonetta 2 NEWBuy From Amazon91
3Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition  90
4Mario Kart 8 Buy From Amazon88
5Shovel Knight  88
6Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 NEW 87
7Bayonetta NEW 86
8Child of Light  84
9Art of Balance NEW 83
10SteamWorld Dig  83
11Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Buy From Amazon83
12Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones NEW 82
13Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker NEWBuy From Amazon81
14Stick it to the Man!  80
15Pushmo World  80
16Teslagrad  79
17Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails  79
18Swords & Soldiers HD  78
19XType Plus  76
20Hyrule Warriors Buy From Amazon75
21Paper Monsters Recut NEW 74
22Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition  73
23NES Remix 2  73
24Cosmophony NEW 73
25Tengami NEW 73

Includes games released between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 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 December 31, 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 Buy It Metascore
1Super Mario 3D World (2013) Buy From Amazon93
2Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014) NEWBuy From Amazon92
3Rayman Legends (2013) Buy From Amazon92
4Bayonetta 2 (2014) NEWBuy From Amazon91
5The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (2013) Buy From Amazon90
6Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (2014)  90
7Skylanders Swap Force (2013) Buy From Amazon89
8Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (2013) Buy From Amazon88
9Mario Kart 8 (2014) Buy From Amazon88
10Shovel Knight (2014)  88
11Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 (2014) NEW 87
12Pikmin 3 (2013) Buy From Amazon87
13Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (2013) Buy From Amazon86
14Bayonetta (2014) NEW 86
15Mass Effect 3: Special Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon85
16Assassin's Creed III (2012) Buy From Amazon85
17NBA 2K13 (2012) Buy From Amazon85
18Darksiders II (2012) Buy From Amazon85
19Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon85
20Trine 2: Director's Cut (2012)  84
21Child of Light (2014)  84
22Mutant Mudds Deluxe (2013)  84
23Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (2013)  84
24New Super Mario Bros. U (2012) Buy From Amazon84
25Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon83

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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