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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Score distribution:
2,179 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, on the other hand, is just level after level of old-school point-and-shoot. [Holiday 2009, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nonetheless, Atlus has delivered a quality RPG once again. [Dec. 2006, p.109]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The GBA version retains all of the game's charm and style and offers slight improvements to the graphics and screen text. [July 2004, p.120]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Squad Command smartly separates the live battle scene from a comprehensive map on either of the DS's dual screens, and both stylus and button controls are intuitive. [Jan 2008, p.87]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an older player with fond memories of early 8- and 16-bit RPGs, I found its nostalgia trip to be well worth taking. But if I were playing it without that past experience, I'm not sure how much I would appreciate its intentionally dated game design. [Nov 2010, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game play and control are much-improved over last year's "WrestleMania X8," making the game easy to pick up and play, yet complex enough to keep you entertained for long stretches. [Nov 2003, p.148]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LEGO Rock Band can pretty much be summed up as Rock Band with LEGO aesthetics. [Holiday 2009, p.89]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The challenges are dutifully difficult [Apr 2002, p.147]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dawn of the New World doesn't have the epic feel of the original--the fact that it's easily beaten (not accounting for side quests) in under 30 hours doesn't help--but it's great to revisit this world that I enjoyed exploring when the first Tales of Symphonia was released four years ago. [Holiday 2008, p.78]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Daring DK fans should give the game a spin; old-schoolers may want to wait for "DKC3." [Nov 2005, p.118]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Disney Interactive's answer to Pokemon has a new perspective. [Dec 2008, p.104]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you cast back the shadows, this Ranger emerges as solid, engaging fun for Pokemon fans of all ages. [Holiday 2008, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picross DS has several additional modes that extend its appeal. [Sep 2007, p.85]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now, with the addition of 3D visuals, the games in handheld compilation Bit.Trip Saga are crazier than ever. [Sept 2011, p.82]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay itself is pretty standard genre fare, consisting primarily of button taps and touch-screen swipes. But the way it's packaged makes a big difference. [July 2012, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This latest FIFA [is] one of my favorites. [Nov 2010, p.89]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the Ace Attorney series and graphic-text adventure games in general will find little to object to in this excellent title. [Mar 2010, p.89]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, I feel that 10 Kirbys are not better than a normal-size, ability-copying one, but Kirby Mass Attack is a nice addition to the series nonetheless. [Sept 2011, p.76]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's okay that the title's pace is slow and methodical, but it lacks the hidden dangers one would expect in a strange and unknown place. [Nov 2005, p.112]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like Final Fantasy or music games, Theatrhythm won't disappoint. [July 2012, p.80]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a game for those of us who always wanted to be Captain Kirk or, better yet, to design the Enterprise. [Apr 2010, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's nothing else like it on Wii or any other platform, and I'm eager for more. [May 2010, p.84]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The battles are perhaps a little too easy early on and the AI-controlled enemies are not very savvy, but a slew of fairly challenging minigames(which net you ingredients needed to make more monster parts)will keep your interest piqued while the rest of the game ramps up. [Holiday 2008, p.87]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unlockables (such as special events featuring established Konami characters) will keep you slicing and tapping well into the coverage of the Summer Olympics. [Sept 2008, p.87]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's puzzles, massive areas and new copy abilities create a Kirby-filled experience that's as fun as it is challening. [Dec 2004, p.142]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the puzzles are a little too trial-and-error, but otherwise the tight action and playful RPG vibe are a delight. [Nov 2010, p.90]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must-play for fans of the ol' webslinger. [Nov 2010, p.90]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    IF you're looking for a break from "Tetris DS" or just a good challenge, Magnetica has it. [July 2006, p.94]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken on its own merits, however, it is an absolute blast, and if you don't play Cave Story in one form or another, you're missing out on a modern classic. [Nov 2011, p.84]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's interesting that the enemies are so much smarter than your own squad members. [Aug 2005, p.81]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Square Enix may have transformed FINAL FANTASY III into a thing of beauty, but they haven't polished out its bumps and quirks to make it appeal to modern tastes. [Jan 2007, p.103]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An enjoyable, high-octane adventure. Naysayers be damned. [Jan 2006, p.111]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However, Fossil Fighters: Champions proves to be a worthy successor to the original Fossil Fighters. [Nov 2011, p.83]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Try it out with some friends and you won't be disappointed. [Nov 2008, p.106]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Infestation is a pretty decent game by itself, and as a treatment of the film franchise it's even better. [Oct 2011, p.85]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At first the game may seem to take away a little bit of control with the weapon lock-on, but in the heat of the battle you'll feel lucky that it has your back. [Oct 2007, p.89]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's definitely enough fresh ground in The Tale of Two Towns to entice series fans back for more agricultural adventure. [Oct 2011, p.84]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oftentimes games like this feel like a quick cash-in on a popular license, but Sonic Riders has the depth and good looks to succeed with or without the hedgehog. [May 2006, p.87]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of RPG depth is a disappointment, but the titles are solid additions to the Harry Potter gaming world. [Jan 2006, p.107]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of RPG depth is a disappointment, but the titles are solid additions to the Harry Potter gaming world. [Jan 2006, p.107]
    • Nintendo Power
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny is good-looking and vibrant, with interesting characters, a compelling plot, and voice acting that's pretty solid. [Oct 2011, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Namco Bandai's latest arcade collection contains stellar arcade hits allong with some sentimental favorites: "Pac-Man", "Galaga", "Galaxian", "Xevious", "Mappy", "The Tower of Druaga", and "Dig Dug"--all simple to learn and play and virtually impossible to master. [Nov 2007, p.105]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The peppy action/adventure is fun to clown around with. [July 2002, p.149]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game is packed with little goals, and as you achieve them your city flourishes and levels up. Leveling up grants you access to the new Intercity Cup, a tournament in which you try to prove your city's supremacy over the surrounding computer-controlled cities. [Oct 2011, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The environments are richer than those of the previous title. [Sept 2004, p.116]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best portable game in the franchise to date (it annihilates "LEGO Star Wars" for the GBA). Impressive. Most impressive. [July 2005, p.98]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • Nintendo Power
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You have to admire the courage of this development team. It took a lot of bold risks with the Final Fantasy name and delivered a weird, wonderful adventure unlike anything else out there. You'll get the most out of the game if you go into it with the same experimental spirit. [Jan 2010, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New player or returning fan, young or old, casual or hardcore, Animal Crossing: City Folk could very well become your new obsession. [Holiday 2008, p.76]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great introduction to space shooting for the DS and a worthy successor to "Shin'en" and Majesco's "Iridion" games for the GBA. [Sept 2005, p.85]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though I wish it lasted a bit longer, Sonic's birthday bash is a nearly pitch-perfect celebration of his storied career. [Dec 2011, p.88]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although characters have the attributes and expendable skill points that you would expect to see in an RPG, the game emphasizes action over strategy. [Mar 2004, p.119]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By far the best handheld golf game to date. [Feb 2005, p.115]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As far as gameplay goes, Scribblenauts Unlimited isn't terrible different from its predecessors. [Dec 2012, p.70]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Appealing on many levels, and its most shocking moments are sure to raise a few eyebrows. [Mar 2006, p.87]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not radically different from last year's Space Invaders reboot, Extreme 2 offers new enemy formations and bosses, a Time Attack mode, and branching levels. [Dec 2009, p.88]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes this edition of Skylanders Giants the best one are the high-definition graphics and the GamePad functionality. [Dec 2012, p.73]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With all of its fan service, The Umbrella Chronicles will definitely have the biggest impact on Resident Evil devotees, but the quality gunplay should satisfy just about anyone with an itchy trigger finger. [Holiday 2007, p.80]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is there a lot of game to enjoy in Red Steel; it's a great jumping-off point for Wii development. [Jan. 2007, p.106]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dragon Ball fans with something to prove, though, should find themselves right at home. [July 2010, p.85]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With well-rendered graphics, impressive lighting effects and top-notch voice talent, the game's production values are as high as its fun factor. [Dec 2003, p.144]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Out on the track, you'll race primarily in two modes--Grip and Drag races. Both styles give you an excellent hands-on feel that brings home the sense of speed and real-world challenge. [Holiday 2007, p.85]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid title with good football sense and strong gameplay. [Oct 2005, p.97]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ubisoft's GCN adaptation of Open Season, however, craftily dodges critical pans by offering a fast-paced and funny adventure that gives maxium entertainment and minimal frustration to the members of its young target audience. [Nov. 2006, p.92]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For better or for worse, it makes the player the master of his own destiny. As it turns out, that's a heck of a challenge, but the challenge is worth it. [Apr 2010, p.87]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Added up, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a total blast in the spirit of Sega's beloved racing titles. [Dec 2012, p.80]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The plot is thoroughly engrossing. [Aug 2009, p.90]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Straightforward enough to be accessible for newcomers yet unique enough to keep strategy fans entertained. [July 2009, p.88]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The system's first Madden title takes a serious approach to pigskin and offers almost all of the same features as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, including the debut of an ambitious Connected Career mode that supports up to 32 players in online leagues. [Dec 2012, p.84]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Superb graphics, smooth animation, exotic levels. [Dec 2001, p.170]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is on the short side, but it's very enjoyable while it lasts, with its clever puzzles and innovative game play. [Nov 2001, p.142]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bash Party feels a lot like its predecessor; it's more like an expansion pack than a true sequel. [July 2009, p.87]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mystery Dungeon is not perfect, but its robust and original aspects form a game more solid than many expected. [Nov. 2006, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you liked Cooking Mama, give this one a try. [Apr 2009, p.88]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a great, bouncy ride. [Nov 2001, p.148]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is best enjoyed with at least two people, and especially at a party(the word is in the game's title. after all), but it's great anytime you feel like belting one out. [Dec 2012, p.89]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As unlikely as it seems, it's a great combination of cerebral strategy and pure twitch challenge. [July 2009, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given that it's certainly no epic, globe-spanning adventure, you'd be surprised how absorbing Atelier can be. [Dec 2009, p.85]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a few exceptions, the setting, the characters, and the gameplay are excellent. [Dec 2012, p.90]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kudos to EA for bringing this Mature-rated franchise to the Wii and for putting some real effort behind it. Don't let the "guided experience" label scare you. [Nov 2009, p.84]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offers 270 puzzles. [Feb 2003, p.160]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anime-style cut scenes with simple animation and written text help give Gekido a dramatic edge over other street fighters in the "Final Fight" vein. [Dec 2003, p.150]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The DS has given us plenty of solid side-scrollers, but Legend of Kage 2 is something special. [Nov 2008, p.104]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The pleasantly surprising think about Medal of Heroes 2 is that it may be the Wii's best-controlling first-person shooter so far. [Holiday 2007, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics are vibrant, the beat-driven music is catchy and the madcap action boasts hidden areas and collectibles you can cash in for help. [Nov 2001, p.148]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't mind some fisticuffs mixed into your high-speed thrills, give Sonic Unleashed a shot. [Holiday 2008, p.80]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The amazing animation of previous THPS games on the GBA is made even more amazing with the addition of new tricks, new specials and spine transfers. [Dec 2002, p.224]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new sketchbook graphic style in the menus and an awesome (and very customizable) soundtrack top off an unforgettable gameplay experience. [Dec 2005, p.111]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The single-player game covers more than 30 levels with new nonlinear level progression. [Feb 2003, p.159]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Great production values(including a terrific mood-setting soundtrack)and a host of concept art and comic-book unlockables help tie everything together to make for a top-notch superhero action-RPG. [Jan. 2007, p.102]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're as serious about your soccer as EA is, then FIFA 08 won't disappoint. [Nov 2007, p. 102]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The bottom line: Jungle Climber is much better than its predecessor, but it just might drive you bananas. [Nov 2007, p.104]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nonetheless, the action is well-balanced and production values(especially an unprecedented amount of voiceover)are top-notch. [Nov. 2006, p.85]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It isn't quite the fan paradise it could have been, but it's a very good racer that makes great use of classic Sega franchises. We wouldn't mind a sequel with more franchises and tracks included. [Mar 2010, p.86]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's long, and the levels and gameplay are solid throughout. [Aug 2005, p.85]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, what makes Virtua Tennis 4 great is the multiplayer. [May 2011, p.88]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't mind sifting through GTA-style filler, Blackhand Edition's The Godfather ties and offer-you-can't-refuse machismo are well worth the play. [June 2007, p.101]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In addition to the solid single-player adventure, The Force Unleashed II has a Super Smash Bros.-inspired multiplayer component that's good fun. [Dec 2010, p.]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, you may grow a little tired of the backtracking after a few hours, but by focusing on upgrading Ellie and Chomp's powers, you'll still have a blast. [March 2011, p.90]
    • Nintendo Power
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Akira Toriyama's characters seemed a little out of place on the Xbox 360 (host to the original Blue Dragon), they're perfect for a handheld game. [Mar 2009, p.89]
    • Nintendo Power