Nintendo Power's Scores

  • Games
For 2,179 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Pikmin
Lowest review score: 20 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Score distribution:
2179 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a lifelong Mario fanatic, I could talk endlessly about all of the game's little details, but all you really need to know is that the classic Mario formula is back and is as fun as ever. [Holiday 2009, p.78]
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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
    Last year's version was phenomenal, but the option to use the Wii MotionPlus accessory makes Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 the most authentic sports video game I've every played. [July 2009, p.90]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So while EA may not have lived up to its marketing directive, it's succeeded in creating quite possibly the best, most fully featured sports sim available on the Wii. [Sept 2008, p.85]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amazing...This might be the most creative game I've ever played. [Nov 2009, p.81]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's controls are top-notch, especially the arcade-style pitching and hitting. [Oct 2005, p.99]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare for a title to achieve truly universal appeal, but it's hard to think of any gamer who wouldn't enjoy Kirby Super Star Ultra, and with 15 games in one, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal. [Nov 2008, p.100]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buying more Rock Band within six months of the last one is an expensive prospect, but Rock Band 2 is the true Rock Band experience. [Jan 2009, p.88]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all its intricate plot threads, the game is at its best during these little character moments. [Nov 2009, p.78]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The developers have done everything they needed to do to win over a new generation of Final Fantasy IV fans, but they've done disappointingly little to appeal to the existing ones. [Aug 2008, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Style points and Gamebreakers add to the intense action. [Mar 2004, p.118]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This was obviously a labor of love for the development team--something that goes beyond the nuts and bolts of typical game design. [Jan 2008, p.86]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gamers who like platformers served sunny-side up will be utterly won over by Billy's upbeat energy and infectious music. [Nov 2003, p.150]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Putting cheat Tiger Vision and advice from your caddy are gone, forcing you to read the greens. [Nov 2005, p.118]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Feels fresh and unique. [Apr 2009, p.89]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best platformers to hit the GBA in a long time, and definitely not one to miss. [Mar 2006, p.88]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The monstrous length of the game is an RPG fanatic's dream. [Feb 2003, p.154]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perfectly calibrated controls, realistic graphics and an incredible sense of speed and danger make Burnout 2: Point of Impact the most satisfying driving experience on the GCN. [June 2003, p.137]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Armed with a host of new Pokemon, an expansive new world, and the functionality of the DS, Diamond and Pearl constitute the ultimate Pokemon experience. [June 2007, p.102]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, however, The Last Story is an awesome experience. [Aug 2012, p.84]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite my criticisms, Chrono Trigger is an amazing adventure and a required purchase for ardent fans and anyone who's never played the game before. [Holiday 2008, p.82]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It takes what was great from the Underground games and strips out all the lame antics. [Dec 2005, p.115]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics show the game's age (released in 1987), but the Legend of Zelda's gameplay stands the test of time, showing why the adventure that introduced Link continues to be a huge influence on game design. [July 2004, p.121]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A few minor AI quibbles keep it from being a five-star affair, but it's still one of the best and deepest sports titles on the market. [Oct 2004, p.123]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are a wonder, but at times the graphics are so complex, it's difficult to make out your character from the others. [Jan 2004, p.158]
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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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best fighting games on Wii - or any other current-gen console. [Feb 2010, p.88]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario Kart 7 certainly delivers on that [novelty] front with some excellent track design, the solid controls that we've come to expect from the series, and some worthwhile additions (like added items and the ability to fly.) [Dec 2011, p.76]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The innovative connectivity features really take Pokemon to the next level of gaming and promote Pokemon community. [Oct 2004, p.123]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It does for baseketball what "SSX Tricky" does for snowboarding. [Mar 2002, p.133]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all its sizzle, NBA Jam also offers a surprising amount of substance. [Nov 2010, p.84]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lighting effects are truly stunning. The sound is also top-notch. [Feb 2006, p.96]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This may not be the Pokemon adventure you expect, but it's definitely one worth playing. [June 2012, p.82]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Professor Layton game yet. [Nov 2010, p.87]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Armed with a host of new Pokemon, an expansive new world, and the functionality of the DS, Diamond and Pearl constitute the ultimate Pokemon experience. [June 2007, p.102]
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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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    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is everything a Pokemon experience should be, and more. [May 2009, p.91]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just like you can count on the Colts choking in the playoffs, you can rely on EA's venerable football franchise to deliver the goods on an annual basis. [Oct. 2006, p.87]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This collection adds some challenge stages and, for those not born with a controller in their hands, a more merciful difficulty setting so that everyone can enjoy the fantastic sights and sounds, and the "just one more go" fun they have to offer. [Sept 2011, p.82]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solatorobo was clearly a labor of love for its developers, and their enthusiasm for its world, characters, and play mechanics shines through in every moment of the game. [Sept 2011, p.80]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'll want to play this one even if you've beaten the non-Overclocked version more than once. [Sept 2011, p.78]
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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
    The extras make Wii Edition tantamount to a super-duper director's cut version of a blockbuster movie; you won't find a better version of RE4 anywhere else. [Aug 2007, p.82]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite my curmudgeonly grumblings, the good far outweighs the bad. In addition to the vastly improved passing game, there are tons of new player animations, the AI is smarter than ever, and there are even more ways to adjust each play before the snap. [Sept 2005, p.82]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite possibly the greatest entry in one of gaming's oldest genres, Ikaruga is brilliantly innovative, visually stunning and one heck of a challenge. [May 2003, p.136]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You're going to need a sling to keep your jaw from dropping to the floor. The graphics are gorgeous, the puzzles are clever and the soundtrack is beyond reproach. [Feb 2004, p.147]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The innovative connectivity features really take Pokemon to the next level of gaming and promote Pokemon community. [Oct 2004, p.123]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed "Dawn of Sorrow" for the DS but haven't had the chance to play this pair of adventure side-scrollers, you gotta pick this up. [Apr 2006, p.86]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Of course, the big question on the minds of Samba devotees is how the controls stack up to the Dreamcast version and its beloved maracas peripheral. The answer: extremely well. [Nov 2008, p.95]
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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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Really though, Super Mario 3D Land is a triple-A title, and as good a reason as you'll ever have for picking up a Nintendo 3DS if you haven't already. [Nov 2011, p.70]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily my favorite DS game yet. [Aug 2005, p.84]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The point-and-click adventure has gone the way of the dodo in recent years, so when one as engaging as Capcom's Zack & Wiki comes along, it's cause for celebration. [Dec 2007, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than just a GBA makeover, the new Pokemon Pinball is an evolution in game play, offering livelier Pokemon to catch and Pokemon ecosystems clevery built into table designs. Pokemaniacs will be mesmerized. [Nov 2003, p.150]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thw World Ends with You may not have a big name like "Final Fantasy" or "Kingdom Hearts" attached to it, but it certainly deserves the same kind of success. [May 2008, p.87]
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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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the game is unquestionably brutal, the violence is so over-the-top that it's more humorous than gruesome...For any hardcore gamer, this one is not to be missed. [Apr 2009, p.82]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Improves upon its already-excellent predecessor in pretty much every conceivable way. [Mar 2010, p.88]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Tiger's reputation may be tarnished, his video game has never been better. [July 2010, p.85]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Play control is responsive, the weapons are powerful and an RPG-like sould-collecting system is creative and cool. [Oct 2004, p.124]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ZombiU is slow and methodical, designed to build tension rather than pump adrenaline. [Dec 2012, p.74]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For my money, though, thanks to its strong song lineup and wireless rock capabilities--it's the perfect progression for the series. [Dec 2007, p.84]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City-Armored Edition sets a new bar, not just for comic-book adaptations, but for games in general. [Dec 2012, p.76]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a certain type of player, the game's deep scoring system and online leaderboard will give ample reason to keep coming back for more. [Aug 2010, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, neither Tekken Advance or Tekken 3D Prime Edition offered the true Tekken experience. But Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition does--and then some. [Dec 2012, p.78]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A platforming classic. [May 2009, p.88]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonic's become somthing of a message-board whipping boy these days, but Sonic Rush Adventure proves that the ol' hedgehog can still deliver a top-notch platformer. [Nov 2007, p.100]
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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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is an incredible showcase for what the handheld is capable of and a potent reminder of why Resident Evil remains one of the medium's most celebrated franchises. [Jan/Feb 2012, p.80]
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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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Engaging adventuring and razor-sharp fun for fans of epics and real-time strategy. [May 2002, p.138]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I didn't enjoy the repetition, I loved every new minute of 999's slick puzzles and riveting story. [Holiday 2010, p.89]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic game. Not just a step in the right direction, but an unequivocal success. In fact, it's the best entry in the series since the Blue Blur's 16-bit heyday. [Dec 2010, p.78]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to imagine where Harmonix can go next with the franchise. [Dec 2010, p.82]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A resounding success. [Aug 2009, p.88]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's graphics have never looked better - especially the stadiums and close-ups of the fans who sport pained faces, funny hats and celebration animations in the name of team spirit. [Sept 2004, p.115]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A triumphant ending to an extraordinary trilogy. [Feb 2006, p.98]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Within the launch window of the Nintendo 3DS, we've gotten two--Dead or Alive Dimensions and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition--and they're the two best games in the handheld's library so far. [May 2011, p.84]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If not for a few minor AI, collision, and camera issues, this game might have been a contender for the first perfect-10 rating in Nintendo Power History. [Aug 2007, p.86]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IX is easily the boldest installment of the series's 24-year run. [Aug 2010, p.88]
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, it's not innovative, but that doesn't mean that it can't be fun. [March 2011, p.85]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Pokemon series's latest pair of adventures is as addictive as ever. [March 2011, p.82]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Pokemon series's latest pair of adventures is as addictive as ever. [March 2011, p.82]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A very intense experience. [May 2002, p.131]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PVZ will grab you in its mesmerizing clutches and leave you slack-jawed and ceaselessly shuffling about for more. [Feb 2011, p.86]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best RPGs of all time gets even better. [Feb 2006, p.101]
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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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The difficulty curve is perfect, and the game is constantly introducing new concepts to keep things fresh. [July 2004, p.119]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you missed any of these games the first time around, this is the perfect chance to grab the lot of 'em. [July 2010, p.86]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s been two years since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dropped onto the PS3 and Xbox 360, making the Wii entry very late to the game. But Treyarch, the developer of the solid Call of Duty: World at War, has made it worth the wait. [Holiday 2009, p.85]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So many aspects have improved from the previous "Harvest Moon" games, and Magical Melody exhibits such remarkable production quality, that the time it's taken Natsume has obviously been well spent. [May 2006, p.89]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A phenomenal game. Almost nothing was sacrificed in bringing the title to the Nintendo 3DS; from the opening scene to the powerful ending, every character model and every bit of excellent voice acting is intact, and the production values are sky-high. [March 2012, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the few titles that does minigames right. [May 2009, p.86]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It gorgeous and fun, and there's nothing else like it for the system. [May 2010, p.86]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Succeeds because, despite its aesthetic differences from the other games in the series, it captures the great GTA feel. [May 2009, p.90]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's incredible that a game about farming could be so enthralling. [Jan 2004, p.157]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creative design, excellent challenges and tricky secrets. [Feb 2002, p.152]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its simple, old-school game mechanics give the game a nostalgic feel, while the humor adds hilarious twists. [June 2004, p.119]
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