10 and 9.5 Games

This page highlights the highest scoring video games here at Wizard Dojo. The exceptional games that have earned the elusive perfect 10s and 9.5 scores. Each game is listed in chronological order from when they were reviewed on Wizard Dojo.

Keep in mind that , although a number of these games have been reviewed relatively close together, the timeframes between the releases of a 10 or 9.5 can be extensive. So don’t expect this pace of high scores to continue.

 

The 10s

Very few games exude the nearly flawless polish and creativity that justifies a perfect score. As far as the Dojo is concerned, these are those games. There are currently games to have earned a 10.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Reviewed on: May 23, 2015 

“Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a celebration of video games. The end result is not only the best 3D platformer yet made, it’s also one of the finest video games of all time.” Read the full review

Super Mario World

Super Mario World

Reviewed on: September 18, 2015

“Super Mario World is both a refinement and a subtle but powerful reinvention of everything Mario learned up to that point. It remains not only one of the best Mario games ever, but one of the greatest video games. Period.” Read the full review

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

Donkey Kong Country 2

Reviewed on: November 20, 2015

“You won’t find many games that are built so strongly around such contrasts, and none that execute them better, or provide this much fun while doing it.” Read the full review

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Symphony of the Night

Reviewed on: December 21, 2015

“With its release, the ‘Metroidvania’ genre came to full fruition, and it could easily be argued that Symphony of the Night is still the peak of the genre.” Read the full review

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Reviewed on: April 5, 2017

“Despite all of its inspirations, Breath of the Wild is still very much the same Zelda experience we all know and love. In fact, it may just be the best of the legendary lot.” Read the full review


The 9.5s

Though the “near-perfect” score of 9.5 may not be quite as rare as a 10, they are still few and far between. They may not boast that perfect score, but they still deserve to stand side-by-side next to any 10. There are currently 10 games that have earned a 9.5.

 

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Reviewed on: January 1, 2015

“Whether you’re old enough to get all the references or the Wii U is your first foray into the worlds of Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has something for everybody.” Read the full review

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Tropical Freeze

Reviewed on: February 21, 2015

“It can get tough, but for those willing to embrace its challenges, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a modern showcase of classic game design at its best.” Read the full review

Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64

Reviewed on: March 30, 2015

“Super Mario 64 is still one of gaming’s wonderlands.” Read the full review

Mega Man 2

Mega Man 2

Reviewed on: May 18, 2015

“Video games have come a long way since Mega Man 2 was first released in 1989. But in so many ways, Mega Man 2 is still one of the all-time greats.” Read the full review

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario Bros. 3

Reviewed on: September 16, 2015

“Super Mario Bros. 3 remains one of the greatest platformers ever made, one of the crown jewels of 8-bit gaming, and one of the finest games to don the Mario name.” Read the full review

Undertale

Undertale

Reviewed on: February 1, 2016*

“If you love RPGs, Undertale is an absolute must-play. Undertale even follows in the footsteps of inspirations EarthBound and Mario RPG in being an RPG that’s fun and accessible even for those who aren’t fans of the genre. It’s one of those rare indy games that lives up to the reputation that precedes it, and a damn fine RPG under any criteria.” Read the full review.

Bloodborne

Bloodborne

Reviewed on: February 29, 2016

“Bloodborne is nonetheless one of the best exclusives to be released on any Playstation console. For those with the patience for it, it’s well worth it.” Read the full review

Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III My Character

Reviewed on: April 29, 2016

“It may not reinvent the series, but if this is truly to be its final installment, then Dark Souls III is a hell of a way to go out, solidifying the series as one of the most consistent, and richest, in gaming history.” Read the full review

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4

Reviewed on: May 16, 2016

“This isn’t just Nathan Drake’s last ride, it’s also a culmination of Naughty Dog’s accomplishments that started over two decades ago, on the shoulders of a bandicoot.” Read the full review

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Reviewed on: April 13, 2017

“In regards to sheer “Sonic-ness,” Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is still the series’ finest moment.” Read the full review

* Undertale was originally scored with a 9.0, though a 9.5 was initially considered. After further consideration, the score was ultimately raised on February 9, 2017.