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 Ant Nation
Score distribution:
2,204 game reviews
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The minigames alone are reason to buy this title. [Feb 2005, p.111]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is definitely one to enjoy with a few friends. [July 2010, p.88]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Rock solid. [Sept 2002, p.165]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A remarkable 3-D achievement and more features than ever. [Mar 2002, p.135]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A perfect GBA adaptation of the GCN original.[Jan 2003, p.174]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Offers shear puzzle excellence that's totally ewe-nique. [Feb 2002, p.154]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's "Golden Sun" with golf! I know that sounds odd, but the games have similar text bubbles, character designs and senses of humor. It's also a ton of fun. [Aug 2004, p.121]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The most impressive thing is the quality of the sound. The voice-overs are clear and rich, and the music leaps out of the speaker. [Oct 2003, p.139]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fans of "Fire Emblem" and "Final Fantasy Tactics Advance" will jump right into Shining Force. [July 2004, p.120]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though the inventory and menu systems need polishing, this RPG is a dream come true for Harry Potter fans. [July 2004, p.119]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Action fans will love it for its excellent platformer fun. [Aug 2002, p.146]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There are some clever puzzles to figure out, plenty of space combat and the usual almost-maddening-but-ultimately-very-rewarding level of difficulty that we've come to expect from Rare. [Oct 2002, p.192]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You could play this game for years and still see new and different things. [Oct 2002, p.193]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Smooth movement, great music and a captivating story line will keep Bond fans coming back for more. [Jan 2003, p.170]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Drawing strongly from the look and feel of the movie, Chamber of Secrets is a richly designed, wonderfully immersive experience. [Dec 2002, p.211]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Gorgeous graphics and beautifully orchestrated music set the perfect mood for this amazing game. The open mission layout forces you to strategize, rather than simply running in with guns blazing. [Sept 2003, p.135]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game doesn't make any giant advances, but why mess with perfection? [Feb 2004, p.149]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The third-person perspective is ideal for James Bond. The game has amazing replay value - tons of levels including unique co-op missions and multiplayer arena modes. [May 2004, p.119]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The lack of jumping is the missing piece in an otherwise perfect title. [May 2005, p.89]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The multiplayer option is perhaps the coolest thing ever for GBA fans with a taste for covert operations. [Mar 2002, p.135]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Mixing driving challenges with RPG depth, Car Battler Joe is a one-of-a-kind adventure. [Feb 2003, p.158]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Acrobatic moves and inventive traps have never been as free-flowing as they are in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. [Feb 2004, p.151]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Hard-core RPG fans will enjoy the game's nonlinear depth and detail. [Nov 2003, p.152]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Equally stunning is the dual color commentary, which seamlessly strings together on-the-fly play-by-plays without ever skipping a beat or sounding choppy. [Jan 2002, p.127]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    As revolutionary as "SSX" was, now 1080: Avalanche is the one that hits the slopes with style and innovation. The extreme-survival angle puts the edge back in snowboarding. [Jan 2004, p.155]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's a lot of fun but somewhat repetitive. [Nov 2002, p.220]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The enormous levels and innovative tricks make for endless game play. [Oct 2002, p.194]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The matches all feel important, which is totally cool in a World Cup setting. [May 2002, p.133]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    At times, the camera shows the action at awkward angles, but for the most aprt it's spot on. [Apr 2003, p.134]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The difficulty level is high, but not frustratingly so. [Feb 2004, p.151]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A slow starter, but once you're on your way, it turns out to be an excellent strategy RPG. [Dec 2003, p.139]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The D-Day mission is one of the most intense and awesome levels I've played in a long time. [Jan 2003, p.171]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The controls are tight, the gameplay is varied and the whole experience feels polished. [Feb 2004, p.147]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Although it is easy to battle using sommoned monsters and attack cards, the system is somewhat limiting. [June 2003, p.137]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The game's 10 snowboarders are over the top, and the action is crazy fun. [Jan 2004, p.158]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Refines control, adds personality to character appearance and interaction, fills up on customization details and goes hog-wild with connectivity. [Feb 2004, p.146]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Trace Memory does not take much time to play, but a second run through results in a few story nuances and a slightly different ending. [Nov 2005, p.109]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The only flaw is that once you've played a little Electroplankton, you'll want more. Ten kinds of musical creatures, especially such little masterpieces, can stimulate you for only so long. [Feb 2006, p.99]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're drawn to dogs, Nintendogs could easily become and obsession. [October 2005, p.96]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're drawn to dogs, Nintendogs could easily become and obsession. [October 2005, p.96]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're drawn to dogs, Nintendogs could easily become and obsession. [October 2005, p.96]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It may not be the all-new title some were hoping for, but it's a great game worthy of bearing the Resident Evil name. [Apr 2006, p.82]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pokemon Trozei may seem simple, but it packs a challenge that will keep puzzle-action fans intrigued for a long time to come. [Apr 2006, p.85]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hunters is new-school, action-packed, and a great addition to the growing collection of Wi-Fi titles. [May 2006, p.86]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, Banana Blitz is an amazingly robust package and a fantastic showcase for the hardware. [Jan. 2007, p.112]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Some casual gamers may balk at Madden NFL 07's overall complexity, but it won't make any enemies of Madden fans, and the minigames will be the life of the football party. [Jan. 2007, p.102]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After several attempts to modernize Sonic for the 3-D gaming landscape, Sega has taken a big step back in their approach, and that's a good thing. [Apr 2007, p.84]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Like the original GameCube "Chibi-Robo", the Chibi sequel is a leisurely affair with gentle messages. [Nov 2007, p.102]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    My balance issues aside, Excite Truck delivers a fresh racing experience that emphasizes strategy over speed. [Jan. 2007, p.110]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hard-core gamers won't be disappointed. [Oct. 2006, p.90]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even if the word "bleach" makes you think more cleanser than cartoon, Blade of Fate will appeal to any fan of well-executed, feature-heavy fighters. [Dec 2007, p.81]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The short response is that it works well, but it's not quite a hole in one. [may 2007, p.87]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game is long, challenging, and arguably the most fun you'll have on Wii at launch. [Jan. 2007, p.108]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Like 2005's "On Tour", Blue lets you choose between boards and skis, but the rails and narrow passages of the environments are definitely built for shredding. [May 2007, p.84]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As devotees will tell you, platform action doesn't get much better than what Mega Man dishes out, and Mega Man ZX Advent lives up to that reputation. [Dec 2007, p.85]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Phoenix Wright lays down the law for the third time in two years, and the outcome is no different from before: we've got another excellent DS graphic-text adventure on our hands. [Dec 2007, p.85]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On top of a great adventure mode, Professor layton offers additional downloadable content, which should keep players plenty busy until the promised sequel arrives. [Feb 2008, p.88]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a game that's vaguely soccer-themed and a lot of fun, then strap on your body armor and head for the Mushroom Kingdom. [Sep 2007, p.84]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, however, Planet Puzzle League lives up to the rich tradition of its heritage, and puzzle fans would be remiss to ignore it. [July 2007, p.97]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is one genuinely frightening experience, and the brave of heart will want to play in the dark, with headphones, for maximum scares. [Holiday 2007, p.84]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Otherwise, as long as you're open to its old-school approach, Contra 4 stands as one of the year's best pure action titles. [Dec 2007, p.81]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    School often doesn't leave people with the fondest of memories, but Bully: Scholarship Edition is well worth attending. [Apr 2008, p.86]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Truly brilliant. [Sept 2007, p.88]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I'd give it a green jacket. [Nov 2007, p.104]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As anyone who has played a "Mario Golf" title can tell you, developer Camelot knows how to make a great golf game. [Aug 2008, p.88]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If there were anything like the gaming equivalent of comfort food, Advance Wars would be it. [Feb 2008, p.86]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether you're competing against CPU cars or your friends, though, GRID is one of the most challenging and entertaining racing games for DS yet. [July 2008, p.88]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At approximately five hours, Dragon Sword is a bit on the short side, but I have a tough time complaining when those five hours are so tight and extremely polished. [Apr 2008, p.84]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Big Bang Mini offers plenty of satisfying action at a bargain price. [Jan 2009, p.91]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Etrian Odyssey 2 isn't very ambitious, but it's still plenty of fun. [July 2008, p.88]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While I had a blast mending bones, removing tumors, and dealing with nefarious mystery ailments, it all felt very familiar; the game has hardly evolved beyond its predecessor. [Aug 2008, p.87]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The action-game geniuses at Treasure have managed to make the game both accessible and challenging and add enough story, Spirit Cards, and characters to justify this sequel. [Nov 2008, p.100]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though Blast Works may seem small and simple at first, the deceptive gameplay depth plus the editor and the ability to trade your designs with others online means there's no end to the fun. [June 2008, p.90]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The one-to-one swing mechanics are phenomenal and offer lots of customization options to cater to players of all skill levels. [Oct 2008, p.88]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Don't be fooled by Dokapon Kingdom's childish design: this unique board game-RPG crossover makes it hard not to enjoy yourself. [Dec 2008, p.100]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even if you don't use the touch pad, World Tour can be a tough game; thankfully it's far more accessible than Guitar Hero III. [Holiday 2008, p.80]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's done a beautiful job of preserving the game's soulful story. [Mar 2009, p.90]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Not every game on the disc is a must-have hit, but there's a lot of fun to be had. [Oct 2008, p.89]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Avalon Code is sort of a mess, but it's an inspired one. [Apr 2009, p.90]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Once this game goes into my DS, it'll be there until I've experienced every nuance. [Mar 2009, p.86]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quite a good value. It's a shame that the game has only pass-the-DS multiplayer, though. [Apr 2009, p.85]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a magical adventure full of mesmerizing sights and compelling gameplay, held together by whimsical characters and a simple but surprisingly powerful story. [Nov 2009, p.85]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The folks at Next Level Games have created an amazing title that has made the 15 years since Super Punch-Out!! quite worthwhile. [June 2009, p.88]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nothing can match the joy found in simply picking up a controller and hitting the beach. [Sept 2009, p.88]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A solid, lasting title that fits perfectly on the DS. [Aug 2009, p.91]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Admittedly, playing the game can be more than a little overwhelming at first--not unlike patting your head while rubbing your belly--but it's extremely gratifying when it clicks. [Holiday 2009, p.90]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The clever puzzle battles and fast-moving story makes Clash of Heroes easy to pick up and tough to put down. [Nov 2009, p.90]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This lighthearted, brainy puzzler manages to make word searches fun again. [Holiday 2009, p.87]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Beat City's delightful presentation and supercatchy chip-tune soundtrack will get your toes tapping and your head banging in no time. [May 2010, p.85]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A perfect pick for pocket puzzling. [Feb 2010, p.91]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    But what the title does provide is an amazing package and an excellent introduction to the world of game making. If you have a creative bone in your body, you'd do well to give WarioWare D.I.Y a try. [Apr 2010, p.82]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It offers all the depth and authenticity for which the series is known, but makes it more easily digestible. [Sept 2010, p.88]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although Metroid: Other M has a few rough spots, it gets the really important stuff right...Fans will likely find bits to bicker about, but overall Other M delivers the goods. [Oct 2010, p.84]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I can't help but like this two-pack...[but i]t's not $30 worth of fun. [Oct 2010, p.89]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Unlike anything else you've played on Wii. [Nov 2010, p.89]