Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Wii U Games

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  • Publish Date: June 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 October.

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

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

  Game   Metascore
1 Box Mario Kart 8 NEW Buy From Amazon 88
Is the latest Mario Kart release (and the first one in HD) reason enough alone to buy a Wii U? Nintendo fans seem to think so; the game has had a "significant impact" on console sales.
2Shovel Knight NEW 87
3Child of Light NEW 84
4Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Buy From Amazon83
5Stick it to the Man! NEW 80
6Pushmo World NEW 79
7Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails NEW 79
8Swords & Soldiers HD NEW 77
9NES Remix 2 NEW 73
10Wii Fit U Buy From Amazon72
11Unepic  71
12Squids Odyssey NEW 69
13Wii Sports Club NEWBuy From Amazon68
14Pure Chess  62
15F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition  61

Includes games released between January 1, 2014 and June 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 June 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
4Skylanders Swap Force (2013) Buy From Amazon89
5Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (2013) Buy From Amazon88
6Mario Kart 8 (2014) NEWBuy From Amazon88
7Shovel Knight (2014) NEW 87
8Pikmin 3 (2013) Buy From Amazon87
9Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (2013) Buy From Amazon86
10Mass Effect 3: Special Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon85
11Assassin's Creed III (2012) Buy From Amazon85
12NBA 2K13 (2012) Buy From Amazon85
13Darksiders II (2012) Buy From Amazon85
14Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon85
15Trine 2: Director's Cut (2012)  84
16Child of Light (2014) NEW 84
17Mutant Mudds Deluxe (2013)  84
18Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (2013)  84
19New Super Mario Bros. U (2012) Buy From Amazon84
20Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon83
21Star Wars Pinball (2013)  83
22CastleStorm (2013)  83
23Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014) Buy From Amazon83
24LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013) Buy From Amazon82
25Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (2013) Buy From Amazon82

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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