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We are now almost exactly halfway through the year 2023, and it’s been a pretty good year for games, with high profile remakes and remasters bolstered by some incredible sequels. Metacritic has put out a list of the Top 20 games released so far this year by score, and in what will surprise nobody who’s paying attention, the number #1 and #2 positions were taken by The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (96) and Metroid Prime Remastered (94) respectively.

They weren’t the only Nintendo Switch games to make the list, either. Rhythm title Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (87) cracked the top ten, almost surpassing its main series’ new title Final Fantasy XVI (88). Fellow Square Enix titles Octopath Traveler II (84) and Paranormasight (85) also did well, along with a couple beloved indie titles: the Indonesian period piece A Space for The Unbound (85) and the monster collecting Cassette Beasts (84). Rounding out the list is dungeon crawler Labyrinth of Galleria (83). You can see the full list of titles below:


  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (96)
  2. Metroid Prime Remastered (94)
  3. Resident Evil 4 remake (93)
  4. Street Fighter 6 (92)
  5. Dead Space (89)
  6. Final Fantasy XVI (88)
  7. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (87)
  8. Hi-Fi Rush (87)
  9. Diablo IV (87)
  10. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (85)
  11. Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo (85)
  12. Humanity (85)
  13. A Space for The Unbound (85)
  14. Octopath Traveler II (84)
  15. The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog (84)
  16. Hogwarts Legacy (84)
  17. Cassette Beasts (84)
  18. Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society (83)
  19. Age of Wonders 4 (83)
  20. DOOMBLADE (83)


The year end list will undoubtedly look different, but we’ll have to see if the Hunter and the Champion hold their top spots after the wave of high profile holiday titles.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.