However, for the first time since the roundup began in 2011, Nintendo has failed to make it into the top ten.
Every year since 2011, Metacritic has ranked publishers based on a points system, calculated by four factors:
– Average Metascore for all games released in 2021
– Percentage of scored products with “good” reviews (Metascore of at least 75)
– Percentage of scored products with “bad” reviews (Metascore of 49 or lower)
– Number of “great” titles (Metascore of 90 or higher)
A publisher also needs to have released five games to be included in the rankings.
Xbox Game Studios topped the chart after releasing 10 products across 2021 (five games over various formats). All of them were rated “good” while three of them were rated “great” (Forza Horizon 5, Psychonauts 2 and the Xbox Series X version of Microsoft Flight Simulator) giving Microsoft an average Metascore of 87.4, the first time a publisher has ever averaged over 85 since the rankings began.
— metacritic (@metacritic) March 9, 2022
The complete top ten is below, while the full results can be seen here.
For the first time in its twelve year history though, Nintendo has failed to make the top ten of Metacritic’s publisher rankings, coming in at 14 on the list despite releasing new Mario and Metroid titles.