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I love seeing lists like this.  They show that the power of 1st party games is mad overrated by most people around here.

If we put the X1 vs the Wii U, the X1 pales in comparison.  And yet it was able to outsell it by almost 3:1 in the same period.  And it is even more impressive if we take into consideration all the problems and bad PR the X1 was released with.

And let's not even talk about how the Wii U is just 3 "critically successful" games behind the PS4.

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Depends on exclusivity

but Sony would win with it's larger library

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seems like the general rule of thumb most generations that Nintendo tends to have the highest peak as far as critical ratings at the top (basically the only hardware manufacturer that gets games reviewed at over 95+ on MC), while Sony often seems to have the most titles in the middle range by a fairly large margin. 

Kind of a passive aggressive question to include Microsoft in though, considering they have had such a massively fewer amount of first party releases compared to the other two...

I will state that how you look at the history is a bit skewed if you're only looking at critic ratings for 'home' consoles. Nintendo has a massive number of critically acclaimed portable games over every generation, while Sony has muchhhh fewer, and Microsoft obviously almost none (All that pops in my mind are those GBA Rare games).

If you include the 3DS and Vita from last generation, or the PSP and DS for their gen, suddenly Nintendo gets boosted quite a lot comparatively as, again, Nintendo has been the only hardware player who's put massive effort into quality portable titles.  Due to this, I would expect Nintendo to probably come out on top this gen as far as 1st party critical ratings overall. That said then you have the whole debate of if the Switch is considered an 8th or 9th generation console so.... 

Sony will win that without or with third party exclusives.

damn this thread reminds me just how much reviewers overrated games last gen

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vivster said:
The one the critics are most lenient with.

Sony and Microsoft then. 

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Nintendo looses out during the Wii and Wii u era simply because of their handhelds. The psp had a decent amount of support but if you threw the 3ds and vita into the current gen section I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo pulled ahead

NawaiNey said:

Now let's take a look at where each of them stand this generation:

Microsoft games for XB1:(11)
Games with a 90+ metascore: (1)

Forza Horizon 3

Games with a 75-89 metascore: (10)
Ori and the Blind Forest
Forza 5/6/H2
Gears of War 4

Halo 5/Wars 2
Sunset Overdrive
Quantum Break

Sony games for PS4:(21)

Games with a 90+ metascore: (2)
Uncharted 4


Games with a 75-89 metascore: (19)
Horizon Zero Dawn
MLB The Show 14/15/16/17
Uncharted The Lost Legacy
Ratchet and Clank
The Last Guardian
Gravity Rush 2
inFAMOUS Second Son
Until Dawn
LittleBigPlanet 3
Everybody's Golf
Everybody's gone to the Rapture
Gran Turismo Sport

Nintendo Games for Switch:(4)
Games with a 90+ metascore:(1)
Super Mario Odyssey
Games with a 75-89 metascore:(3)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Splatoon 2


Wait, why aren't you counting BotW when you're including platform and console exclusives to the other systems?

Aeolus451 said:
Sony will win that without or with third party exclusives.

If we take out third party exclusive Nintendo wins.