Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Wii U Games

  • Publish Date: October 1, 2016
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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 2016

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Axiom Verge   89
This indie "Metroidvania"-style side-scroller was released for Wii U in September after first appearing on other platforms.
2The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Buy From Amazon86
3Mutant Mudds: Super Challenge  83
4Severed  83
5Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Buy From Amazon80
6Jotun: Valhalla Edition  79
7Pokken Tournament Buy From Amazon76
8Paper Mario: Color Splash NEWBuy From Amazon75
9Star Fox Guard Buy From Amazon74
10Star Fox Zero Buy From Amazon69
11Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Buy From Amazon65
12Shadow Puppeteer  57

Includes games released between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 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, 2016.

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) Buy From Amazon92
3Rayman Legends (2013) Buy From Amazon92
4Bayonetta 2 (2014) Buy From Amazon91
5The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (2013) Buy From Amazon90
6Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 (2015)  90
7Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (2014)  90
8Skylanders Swap Force (2013) Buy From Amazon89
9Axiom Verge (2016)  89
10Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (2013) Buy From Amazon88
11Mario Kart 8 (2014) Buy From Amazon88
12Super Mario Maker (2015) Buy From Amazon88
13Shovel Knight (2014) Buy From Amazon88
14Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 (2014)  87
15Skylanders SuperChargers (2015) Buy From Amazon87
16Pikmin 3 (2013) Buy From Amazon87
17Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (2013) Buy From Amazon86
18Bayonetta (2014)  86
19Gunman Clive HD Collection (2015)  86
20The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (2016) Buy From Amazon86
21Mass Effect 3: Special Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon85
22Assassin's Creed III (2012) Buy From Amazon85
23NBA 2K13 (2012) Buy From Amazon85
24Darksiders II (2012) Buy From Amazon85
25Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition (2012) Buy From Amazon85

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.

Comments (2)

  • YellowKirby  

    I am in the minority that like the Wii U, but I don't think it's a good sign its best reviewed game this year is a HD remake...

  • mohamedomer  

    Many girls those of have interested in playing games can play according to their wish if there is a lot of collections of games only for girls. Games like that could be seen in http://www.games2teens.com/games/frozen-game

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