The PS4 and Xbox One launch line-up has been overshadowed by games for Wii U, Vita and 3DS.
Critics heaped praise on Nintendo’s new Zelda and Mario games. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS (this week No.9 in the charts) has a Metacritic score of 90, while Super Mario 3D World for Wii U performs even better with a score of 94.
Meanwhile, Sony’s big Vita title Tearaway, from British developers Media Molecule, has a score of 87.
All three games arrived at the same time as Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen machines. And all three have achieved higher scores than the big Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch games.
“The latest adventures in two of our most loved franchises, Mario and The Legend of Zelda, have achieved 10/10 review scores in mainstream and specialist media and have been credited as ‘must-have titles’ as well as reasons to purchase hardware,” said Nintendo UK marketing boss Shelly Pearce. (pictured, right) “We look forward to hearing more from the fans.”
David Wilson, head of PR at Sony, added: “It was always going to be a challenge to get (paper) cut through for Tearaway in the midst of the massive PlayStation 4 excitement bandwagon – but we are so delighted by the reviews which are highlighting what a fabulous little Vita title this is. It is full of charm and exactly the sort of innovative and beautifully (paper) crafted experience you’d expect from the hugely talented guys at Media Molecule.”