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Metacritic Takes A Look At The Nintendo Switch In 2017

Metacritic, which most of you will know as the main gaming review aggregator, has produced a feature breaking down each console over 2017. The two top titles for the year were The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Here’s what the site had to say about the overall state Nintendo Switch in 2017:

“It was quite a launch year for Nintendo’s newest console. The Xbox One and PS4 each have just one game scoring above 95 in their four-year histories. In less than 10 months, the Switch already has two such games, and they both rank among the 20 highest-scoring games released for any platform in Metacritic’s history.

In fact, the Switch had four games scoring 90 or higher this year, more than the PS4 and XB1 combined. In all, there were 97 positively reviewed games to choose from in 2017, so if you managed to get your hands on a Switch console, there was no shortage of quality content to choose from.”

  • The highest rated Switch game of 2017 was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with a Metascore of 97
  • The highest rated Switch exclusive of 2017 was Super Mario Odyssey, with a Metascore of 97

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      1. Perhaps not, and perhaps this is simply speculation. Bayonetta 1 and 2 are great titles (probably not above 95 in ratings, but still worthy of praise), a Pokemon mainline title that the developers hope to be the next Breath of the Wild in terms of how revolutionary and innovative it is to the franchise. Wolfstein 2 on Switch, if it can perform well enough, is a fantastic pick up and then you have all the first party titles awaiting more information: Fire Emblem Switch, Kirby and Fire Emblem. Then you have to consider the massive library of virtual console titles that Nintendo will undoubtedly release in the coming year(s). I’m going to wait patiently for the speculated January Direct to see what Nintendo truly has to offer this year.

      2. There’s rumors Bayonetta 3 might be targeted for a 2018 release and could score in the low 90s.

        Furthermore Nintendo has some more franchises up their sleeves that might not score 95+, but sell great: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will not be the last Mario Kart on Switch and MK always sells like hotcakes. Pokemon could be a gamechanger and chances are Smash Bros will come to Switch as well. These franchises are system seller, even if they’re not 95+ rated games.

      3. Bayonetta 3 was just announced, we know for a fact that Metroid Prime 4 is coming, we already have trailers for Yoshi, Kirby and Shin Megami Tensei.

  1. That’s the Nintendo we know from the NES, SNES, 64 and Game Cube. Good to see them back to the their origins.

    1. Umm… “back to their origins” would be them making Hanafuda cards like they did when the company was first started in the 1880’s. The company predates video games by nearly 100 years but has always been about fun and that hasn’t changed in the slightest. The only difference between the Switch and the Wii U is with one Nintendo found something that resonated well with consumers and the other they didn’t. It doesn’t change the fact that there were a lot of fun games on the Wii U and thankfully they seem to be getting a second chance on the Switch.

      1. Yes, I know they once make Hanafuda cards. I was referring to the way they make games because in the Wii and Wii U era they were making games for the casuals. But I like Wii U even if it wasn’t successful.

      2. ” I was referring to the way they make games because in the Wii and Wii U era they were making games for the casuals. ”

        Nintendo’s (video game) roots is in making games for casuals. The PC gaming crowd of the 80’s used the same rhetoric against Nintendo then as they do now. Do you think Mario Odyssey is a hardcore game?

        The Wii was an outstanding system. Just abandoned about two years earlier than it needed to be. The Wii is the most NES like system they’ve made since the SNES, which was a big reason the sales were so outstanding. It was with the N64 and Gamecube, which my fellow Nintendo fans praise so highly, where they fell on their faces.

      3. @cronotose (I had to reply here because there’s no reply button in your reply) you forget that Zelda Breath of the Wild is not an easy game. This doesn’t change the fact that in the NES, SNES, 64 and Game Cube the games were more challenging than the ones in the Wii and Wii U era. Super Mario 3D World is living proof of that not to mention the horrible change in the Mario Party franchise since Mario Party 9 relase. It was clearly they thought they could be successful with just the casuals and kids and we all know how that ended. With bad sales in the last 2 years of the Wii and an even worse sales in the Wii U era.

  2. @princessdaisy I respect each one’s opinions but its true that I didn’t like what they did in the Wii U era. They reached the bottom with the E3 of 2015 which was the worst E3 of this decade.

    1. I think they simply withdrew all the games dedicated to the ill fated Wii U and moved them on the Switch. All those games, except ARMS, were clearly Wii U projects destined for that console.
      They did well in the end (the Switch started well even without real third party support), but the memory of that failure will be remembered for a long time.

      1. You may be right. The absence of a lot of Nintendo games was something that was weird. Some say it was because they weren’t good at making HD games in that time (I think there was an article about Nintendo saying that).

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