Nintendo Power's Scores

  • Games
For 2,204 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Lowest review score: 20 X-Men: Destiny
Score distribution:
2,204 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The stunning visuals and immersive gameplay of the finale to the Prime series proves that the Wii is ready for the mainstream gamer. [Oct 2007, p.86]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rarely has any title delivered so much amazing action, such a wide variety of modes, and so many hours of value. It doesn't get any better than this. [Mar 2008, p.82]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The beautiful quest is probably the richest, most intricate RPG ever to have hit a handheld. [Nov 2001, p.144]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A brilliant return to the classic Metroid style of action gaming. [Dec 2002, p.212]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are unparalleled, the mosnters are original and challeng[ing] and the scope of the game is impressive. [June 2003, p.136]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's incredible how it has stayed so true to its predecessors, yet has made the transition to a new-generation platform so fluidly. [Dec 2002, p.210]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Wind Waker defines the five-star rating. The play control and puzzles are stunning. The story is dramatic, funny and often touching and the graphic style is nothing short of amazing. [Apr 2003, p.132]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Zipping along at 60 frames per second, you almost forget you're looking at a game. [Dec 2001, p.166]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The visuals are astounding, the challenge is incredible, and the action is nonstop. [Nov 2001, p.140]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smash Bros. is known for its deep game play, and Melee is a bottomless pit. [Dec 2001, p.166]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A riot of stressful action and multitasking that's fun every time you play it. [Dec 2001, p.164]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Undeniably fun. It's a twitchy test of coordination and precision that'll make a monkey out of any pro, and it's a hard tgame to master and an even harder game to put down. [Nov 2001, p.141]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The tracks are big, bold, colorful and widely varied...The graphics are 3-D perfection and the controls and game mechanics rival those of any GCN racing game. [Jan 2004, p.154]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Superb graphics, excellent music, clever layouts, funny cinema scenes and ingenious puzzles are among the many bright spots. [Sept 2002, p.160]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Possibly the best console video game ever made, and definitely the standard that horror titles will be measured by for years to come. [March 2005, p.105]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brilliantly innovative and packed with action. VJ may seem bizarre at first glance, but if you give it a chance, you will be amazed and delighted. The graphics are wild, the action is varied and fun and the game even has a sense of humor. [Nov 2003, p.149]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The story and game play are ever bit as interesting and compelling as they were when the game was originally released in 1998. [Mar 2003, p.134]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I say this without hyperbole: Soul Calibur II is the best fighting game ever created. The game's beautiful graphics and fantastic control are exceeded only by its incredible character balance. [Oct 2003, p.136]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The amount of depth involving the Pokemon contests, berries and other new details is truly astounding. [Mar 2003, p.135]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    There are easily 150 hours of game play here, and instead of the game becoming old and monotonous, it actually becomes more addictive as you play. I've never played a more in-depth GBA title. [Oct 2003, p.139]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Incredible level design. [Dec 2002, p.222]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Stakes its claim as one of the best free-roaming action adventures of the year...Deep and compelling. It lives up to its legacy. [Jan 2004, p.157]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A survival horror masterpiece that ranks among the best sensory scares of any medium. [June 2002, p.148]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    No other racing game even compares to F-Zero GX - it's a next-next-gen cyberrace before its time. [Oct 2003, p.137]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Each Party Game offers endless fun, so you practically get 12 stand-alone games with your Super Monkey Ball rocking and rolling. [Oct 2002, p.194]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Michel Ancel's latest masterpiece is uniquely engaging and stunningly beautiful. [Jan 2004, p.156]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Brilliant and genius are words that are often casually tossed around, but they apply perfectly to Pikmin 2. [Oct 2004, p.122]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A much fuller, richer game than "Metroid Prime." That, combined with amazing level design, overcomes the sense of deja vu that permeates the title. [Jan 2004, p.134]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Utterly fantastic in every respect. [Dec 2003, p.140]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Not only is this a fantastic RPG, but it's arguably better than the first game. Add to that the best graphics on the GBA, a gigantic sound track and a massive, twisting story line and you have a winner. [Apr 2003, p.133]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The Metroid series has never looked or played better. If you're worrying that MZM is just a graphical update to Metroid, don't. The game is much larger than the first Metroid, and it contains far more new than old. [Mar 2004, p.117]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A million small details add up to a wonderfully real world, and Link's hat bud Ezlo is one of the best characters in ages, thanks to some very funny writing. [March 2005, p.106]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A captivating and horrifying journey. [Dec 2002, p.211]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Easily the finest RPG on the GCN, and one of the best that I've ever played. The game is deeper than the Marianas Trench, but somehow it never gets bogged down by its own complexity. [Sept 2004, p.115]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The basic game play is nearly identical to that of last year's version, but the College Classics feature makes the update worthwhile. [Oct 2003, p.138]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Innovative and absorbing for one or more players. It's a much deeper and more satisfying experience than "Four Swords" for the GBA. [July 2004, p.118]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A great introduction to one of the most successful and innovative game franchises of all time. [Jan 2004, p.159]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A fully realized and well-tuned hybrid of pinball play and Metroid Prime atmosphere, and it sets the bar high for other pinball-action games to come. [Dec 2005, p.109]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Truly exceptional. [Jan 2006, p.109]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You may not love all of it, but you will love much of it, because it offers a whole lot more to love than "Tetris" did back in '89. [May 2006, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    But it, love it, and pray to the gods that we don't have to wait another 10 years for Mario's next side-scrolling masterpiece. [July 2006, p.93]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just know that it's the same Zelda you've always known and loved, and that's a good thing. [Nov 2007, p.98]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The combination of classic and new elements makes it the most wholly satisfying Star Fox game yet. [Oct. 2006, p.88]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    At its core, Twilight Princess delivers the same awesome adventuring as previous games in the series, but Hyrule has never seemed so real and alive. [Jan. 2007, p.98]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So, go forth, help the Elite Beat Agents save the world one step at a time, groove to the music, and hit the beats. Just don't forget to breathe. [Dec. 2006, p.106]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The diverse gameplay elements and sheer platforming joy will keep you mesmerized. [Holiday 2007, p.78]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For a paper adventure, it's amazingly solid. [June 2007, p.100]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's the best it its class, and motion-control or not, it's only on Wii. [Dec 2007, p.80]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Anyone who loves the Mario characters, RPGs, or even action games should absolutely give Bowser's Inside Story a look. [Oct 2009, p.86]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you like Zelda games, you were going to buy Spirit Tracks no matter what. But rest assured that you will not only be getting another fine Nintendo DS installment, but one of the series's best handheld titles to date. [Jan 2010, p.82]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its bevy of new features and improvements, old-school Pokemon fans will love this return to Johto, and if you've been dismissing this series as "kids stuff" all this time, this is an ideal opportunity to redeem yourself and see what all the fuss is about. [Apr 2010, p.84]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its bevy of new features and improvements, old-school Pokemon fans will love this return to Johto, and if you've been dismissing this series as "kids stuff" all this time, this is an ideal opportunity to redeem yourself and see what all the fuss is about. [Apr 2010, p.84]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 won't be as fondly remembered as its predecessor--no sequel to such a groundbreaking game ever is--but there's nothing wrong with getting more of a great thing. [July 2010, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's the work of masters at the height of their craft. [Dec 2005, p.118]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    FINAL FANTASY VI Advance is as close to a perfect RPG as you're going to find on any system. [Mar. 2007, p.87]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The battle system and story are the bread and butter of the game, and they are executed flawlessly. Intelligent Systems has created a masterpiece with Path of Radiance. It sets a new standard for Fire Emblem as the title that future games in the series will be tested by. [Nov 2005, p.110]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Twilight Princess was a long time in coming, but the game's depth will make it last even longer among the Zelda faithful. [Feb. 2007, p.95]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As amazing as Ocarina of Time has always been, it's gotten substantially better on the Nintendo 3DS handheld...In my opinion, Ocarina of Time 3D benefits more from 3D than any other N3DS title so far. [June 2011, p.82]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It all adds up to be the best Rayman game ever made, and that's coming from someone who adores Rayman 2. [Nov 2011, p.80]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What matters is that it's truly worthy of being called "epic." [Dec 2011, p.82]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game has everything but the kitchen sink, and in that respect it's a lot like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl. And like those titles, Kid Icarus: Uprising is a masterpiece. [April 2012, p.78]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Impressive graphics, innovative gameplay and a lengthy quest, but what makes it really special is its snese of humor. The game is genuinely funny. It made me laugh out loud. [Jan 2004, p.156]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's dynamite.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best shooter since "GoldenEye." [Oct 2002, p.193]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The most stunning part of the game is the way that it seamlessly mixes footage from the films with scenes and dialogue developed for the game. [Feb2003, p.152]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It improves on the original in every respect: better AI, better graphics, better sound, better easter eggs, better cut scenes. [May 2004, p.118]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Crown FFCC the console king of multiplayer RPGs - all others are pretenders to the throne. Single-player moode is a rich experience, but it's dungeon-hacking party play that rules. [Mar 2004, p.116]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The flying missions are fantastic, but the on-foot portions need some work. The camera doesn't work very well and you don't have any control over it. [Dec 2003, p.140]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The Story mode, variety of Battle mode options and amazing level of detail give the game an immeasurable amount of fun and replay value. [May 2004, p.119]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The most enjoyable baseball game I've ever played, and that includes "High Heat." [May 2004, p.120]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the most creative games to come along in quite a while, and with a bang-up story to boot. [Nov 2004, p.129]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's a work of mad genius. [Feb 2005, p.112]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The brilliance of this game is tempered by its somewhat limited replay value. [Apr 2005, p.99]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I love how everything in this game is incorporated into the battle, including speaking withi NPC's and buying and equipping items. [Dec 2003, p.142]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The masterfully crafted and converted game will keep you haning on every point, click and step of the way. [Mar 2002, p.134]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There aren't as many unit types as I would have liked, but the improved mission diversity more than makes up for it. [July 2003, p.144]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's the best-selling game of all-time for a reason, and it stands the test of time remarkably well. [Dec 2003, p.142]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    So joyfully silly I can't help but burst into laughter every time I play. The minigames are all a riot and they just keep on coming![June 2003, p.135]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Load time can be as slow as Homer's wit, but that's small beans when Road Rage is one of the wildest – and funniest – rides around. [Jan 2002, p.126]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best golf game on the GCN. [Dec 2002, p.214]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A deeper and more detailed game than its predecessor. [Nov 2002, p.222]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Hard-core NFL fans will love it, but the intricacies may be lost on casual players. [Oct 2003, p.140]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The game is complete with commentary from another classic character - Mario! [Feb 2004, p.148]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Making a strong case for my game of the year, BK's biggest strength is an amazing battle engine. [Jan 2004, p.135]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As promised, the battle system has been much improved, and the game looks absolutely stunning. [Feb 2005, p.111]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Hardcore RPG fans, wait for "Baten Kaitos;" everyone else, plan on following the most hee-haw-larious yarn spun in years. [Dec 2004, p.140]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    What pushes VJ2 over the top, and again into perfect-score territory, isn't its tag-team dynamic but rather its even edgier sense of humor. [Jan 2004, p.135]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's so intuitive, it's like your brain is moving the big ape directly. [May 2005, p.88]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the graphics and sound aren't engrossing enough to draw you in, the intriguing story and exhilarating action should be. [Nov 2005, p.104]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily my favorite DS game yet. [Aug 2005, p.84]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The majority of Canvas Curse's medals are tied up in Rainbow Run, so the replay value is considerable, and perfect for hard-core sketch gamers. [Aug 2005, p.82]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If WarioWare was Touching 101, Trauma Center is Applied Touching 501. [Dec 2005, p.114]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    AWDS has what "Advance Wars 2" lacked: a substantial number of new unit types. [Oct 2005, p.101]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario Kart DS will be in your DS for a long, long time. [Jan 2006, p.104]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SonicTeam has done a magnificent job of distilling Sonic to its purest essence without making it feel like we're treading old territory. [Jan 2006, p.105]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A worthy follow-up to "Superstar Saga," and the first great RPG on the DS. [Jan 2006, p.110]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multicard two-player tank battles and single-card download demos round out a well-placed and satisfying adventure. [Oct. 2006, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Smooth Moves may not seem deep, the fact that it offers physical play and draws a crowd should make it a permanent fixture in a lot of Wii consoles. [Feb. 2007, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Portrait of Ruin provides a whole lot more of a very good thing, and Castlevania fans won't be disappointed with the results. [Jan. 2007, p.114]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The verdict is in: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All is another superb graphic-text adventure from the folks at Capcom. [Feb. 2007, p.96]
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