The 10 Best Nintendo Games of All Time, According to Metacritic

Nintendo’s history dates back to 1889 when founder Fusajiro Yamauchi created the hanafuda playing cards. The company did not experiment with the video game console industry until its first system in 1977, known as Color TV-Game. However, Nintendo didn’t become a well-known company until the success of the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong.

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Since Nintendo’s inception, countless video game titles have been released on multiple systems under their name. The company has grown in popularity for various characters like Mario and Kirby over the years, and many other franchise titles. Some were huge successes while others are better forgotten.

ten The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker Sold 3 Million Copies Less Than Ocarina Of Time – 96


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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is the tenth part of The Legend of Zelda series. The game was released on GameCube in 2003. Wind Waker begins with the famous video game protagonist, Link, on his quest to save his sister from a wizard named Ganon.

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While the game is among the highest-rated Nintendo games on Metacritic, its sales were somewhat low at 4.6 million copies, three million less than Ocarina of time. Wind Waker later received a remastered edition for the Wii U in 2013.

9 The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess Features More Realistic Art Styles – 96


Twilight Princess Link Blue Rupee

After the relatively rare sales of Windwaker, Nintendo went in a different direction in terms of art style in Twilight Princess. Therefore, the game features a more realistic art style compared to previous games. Twilight Princess was supposed to be released exclusively on GameCube, but after some time the game was released on both GameCube and Wii in 2006. The game features Link on his quest to stop the kingdom of Hyrule from turning into a dark dimension parallel called Twilight. Kingdom. Twilight Princess performed much better than Windwaker, and was later remastered for the Wii U in 2016.


8 GoldenEye 007 Makes First Person Shooter History – 96


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GoldenEye 007 is the game everyone’s brother wanted to play which was limiting people’s time with games like Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. GoldenEye 007 was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1997 and is a groundbreaking entry into the history of first-person shooters. The game lets players control the familiar secret agent character of James Bond in a campaign mode to prevent London’s financial downfall. However, the most entertaining aspect of GoldenEye 007 is the multiplayer deathmatch mode to defeat your friends.


seven Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best-selling Switch titles – 97


The best kingdoms in Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is one of the previous Nintendo Switch releases in 2017, and a sequel is reportedly in the works. The game follows Mario and his new companion, Cappy, who is a playable hat in co-op mode. Mario and Cappy travel across several kingdoms to collect Power Moons and prevent the wedding between Bowser and Princess Peach. Many mario fans praise Super Mario Odyssey for its originality, which makes it one of the best-selling Switch games in history and one of the best-selling mario titles to date.


6 Metroid Prime is a favorite among Metroid fans – 97


Games Metroid Prime Hunters Attack

While the success of Metroid Dread is unforgettable, fans can’t forget the acclaimed entry, Metroid Prime. Metroid Prime is the first entry to receive a first-person perspective and 3D computer graphics. The game was released on GameCube in 2002 and is the fourth main installment in the metroid series.

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Players control the protagonist, Samus Aran, and must face opponents and solve puzzles throughout her adventures. A remastered version of the game was released in 2009 as a Japanese exclusive for the Wii.


5 Perfect Dark is a great successor to the game GoldenEye – 97


perfect dark is one of the lesser known titles compared to other top rated video games. It is a first person shooter released for Nintendo 64 in 2000. perfect dark centers on the life of Joanna Dark, who is a research officer at the Carrington Institute. She is on a mission to prevent the spread of an alien conspiracy theory in a rival corporation named dataDyne. perfect dark can be considered an improvement over the 1997 title, GoldenEye 007and received praise for its campaign and co-op modes.


4 The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild remains a beautiful title – 97


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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild take Zelda fans on a whole new level in this 2017 release for Nintendo Switch and Wii U. The story begins with Link waking up after being asleep for a hundred years, and immediately sets him on a journey to defeat Calamity Ganon and save Hyrule from its imminent peril. The success of this best-selling video game is reflected in the creation of the derivative game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and a sequel coming this year.




3 Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a successful sequel to the original game – 97


Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the 2010 sequel to the first super mario galaxy game, released in 2007 for the Wii (and it was the first time players met Princess Rosalina). Super Mario Galaxy 2 follows Mario to various planets in space as he tries to save Princess Peach from Bowser and stops her from taking over the world with Power Stars and Grand Stars. This game remains one of the best-selling video games on Wii despite its notorious difficulty.


2 Super Mario Galaxy introduces players to Princess Rosalina – 97


Rosalina with a Luma in Super Mario Galaxy

Nintendo fans first meet the iconic character Princess Rosalina and her star friend, Lumas, in the 2007 game Super Mario Galaxy. This Wii game is the third 3D title in the Super Mario series and goes down in Nintendo history as the first title to win the BAFTA Best Game award.

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super mario galaxy remains the highest rated video game on GameRankings and is a favorite among mario Fans. The game was then selected for inclusion in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection for the Nintendo Switch.


1 The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time is the highest rated game on Metacritic – 99


Ghost Ganon and Link

According to Metacritic, the best Nintendo game is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The Nintendo 64 game, released in 1998, is just one point away from a perfect score on Metacritic, which is the highest score in the site’s history. Players take on the familiar role of Link and complete dungeons throughout his adventures in Hyrule. This title makes history by being the first to include 3D graphics and is a cult favorite among Zelda Fans. Ocarina of time lives up to its hype as one of the greatest video games ever made.

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