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 Pikmin
Lowest review score: 20 X-Men: Destiny
Score distribution:
2,204 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    That said, any issues I have with Kirby's Return to Dream Land are relatively minor; this is an exceptional title, whether you're a longtime Kirby fan or not. [Oct 2011, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Layton's London life probably isn't deep enough to turn any series nonbelievers into fans, but when added to the winning formula of puzzles and exploration, it helps cement Professor Layton and the Last Specter as another fine entry in the franchise. [Oct 2011, p.82]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Certainly isn't lacking in content or fun. [Dec 2011, p.86]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Just because it didn't reach the bar set by the Wii version doesn't mean the title isn't great--after all, the bar was set so high that very few games could touch it. [June 2012, p.86]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. 2 may not feel as fresh as last year's Super Mario 3D Land, but there's no denying that it's a terrific Mario title, and one of the best of it's genre on N3DS. [Sept 2012, p.86]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition is a fantastic celebration of 20 years of the pink protagonist. [Sept 2012, p.88]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Anyone expecting a definitive conclusion will likely be unsatisfied. Fortunately, the bulk of Virtue's Last Reward is so darn good that ultimately it may not matter. [Nov 2012, p.82]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This eye-popping, massive adventure has its share of rough edges but ultimately does a fantastic job of transporting you to a faraway realm and telling a great story--which is superbly voice-acted--in the process. [Dec 2012, p.88]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The different characters change the game play so much it's almost like adding levels to the game. [Feb 2002, p.152]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    As far as handheld first-person shooters go, Ecks vs. Sever deserves to be number one with a bullet. [Mar 2002, p.136]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of shoot-'em-up platformer fun, Mega Man Zero is right on target. [Sept 2002, p.165]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The system is simpler, but the action is just as exciting and the areas are even larger. [Sept 2002, p.168]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Lots of cool villain-mimicking moves and a collection of beautiful backgrounds make the game fun to play and great to watch. [Dec 2002, p.220]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The controls are absolute perfection, and the ingenious level design will draw in even those too jaded to appreciate the game's charming presentation. [Apr 2005, p.99]
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    • 84 Critic Score
    You can always play the great game in Classic Mode. [June 2002, p.154]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Though the game has only five main missions, it's high difficulty and 100 collectible cards guarantee a long playing time. [Feb 2005, p.116]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Slow-to-roll-out dialogue bogs down the game at the beginning, but the pace quickens when the fighting begins. [Mar 2004, p.120]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A Contra-style side-scrolling action battler. [Oct 2002, p.198]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Has all of the supercharged elements that you'd expect in a James Bond game, and they're tightly packed into a nine-mission story. [Jan 2004, p.161]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The first Sims title that gives you direct control over your character. [Feb 2004, p.151]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Although the graphics are clearly from another era, the gameplay and play control are as solid and enjoyable as those of any recent platform adventure. [July 2004, p.121]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The value in having two classic RPGs in one pak is astronomical. Combined, the games are worth 80 hours of play time. [Jan 2005, p.137]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The play control is perfect, the enemy AI is well-tuned and the graphics are top-notch for the era. [Dec 2004, p.148]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A perfect primer for the rest of the Metroid series. [Dec 2004, p.148]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A sprawling, complicated adventure. [Mar 2002, p.132]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The Madden games are closing in on perfection. [Sept 2002, p.161]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Features a wealth of characters, interesting course design and surprisingly deep game play. [Sept 2003, p.134]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The minigames are just as goofy as ever, with only one or two clunkers amid dozens of fun challenges. [Nov 2002, p.218]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Serious soccer fans should like it as much as casual fans looking for a fast-paced game. [Aug 2002, p.143]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Sega's excellent NBA series takes another step toward perfection by paying more attention to basketball's nuances. [Nov 2002, p.224]
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