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Nintendo is officially the best video game publisher

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Metacritic. You either love them or hate them but in the end it really doesn’t matter as scoring games and having someone aggregate those scores is never going to go away.

So what happens when Metacritic takes all the aggregates it calculated for the year and groups them by publisher? Well you get to work out who the very best publisher… according to professional videogame critics at least.

And as the headline has already given away, 2014’s winner is Nintendo with an average score of 76.5% for the games they released over the year.

However what is truly depressing is that no other publisher was able to get an aggregate score of over 75%. EA, despite a larger percentage, came in third because it released fewer positively reviewed games. It does highlight the one thing Nintendo’s fans keep saying; they may keep using the same intellectual properties, but very nearly every single game the company releases is polished up, shiny gold.

  1. 1. Nintendo – 76.5%
  2. 2. Ubisoft – 74.1%
  3. 3. EA Games – 74.5%
  4. 4. Sony – 72.5%
  5. 5. Square Enix – 71.7%

And if that wasn’t depressing enough Microsoft (68.9%), Bandai Namco (68%) and Activision Blizzard (67.1%) didn’t even get a B average.

When we look at the smaller publishers things start looking a little better with 4 companies getting over 75%

  1. 1. Telltale Games – 79.7%
  2. 2. Paradox Interactive – 77.7%
  3. 3. Capcom – 76.9%
  4. 4. Take-Two Interactive – 75.7%

You may be wondering why Capcom and Take-Two are considered smaller? Well they only published 7 games each last year and they are simply being measured on total titles released. Not cost of titles.

You can view all the details of the awards and calculations right here

So let us know what you think! Ubisoft getting second isn’t something I expected after all the abuse they received last year – but I’m not at all surprised by Nintendo’s number one spot.

Last Updated: January 28, 2015

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