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
Highest review score: 100 Golden Sun
Lowest review score: 20 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Score distribution:
2,179 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A perfect pick for pocket puzzling. [Feb 2010, p.91]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hard-core gamers won't be disappointed. [Oct. 2006, p.90]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Not an immediate attention grabber, Tales of Phantasia takes time to sink in. But once you're under its spell, you'll be in it for the long haul. [Apr 2006, p.84]
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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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Vast piles of variety heaped onto core gameplay that's endlessly fun helps you look past problems, much like the best sandbox games out there (I'm lookin' at you, "GTA"). [Oct 2005, p.98]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming. [Sept 2005]
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    • 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]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Etrian Odyssey 2 isn't very ambitious, but it's still plenty of fun. [July 2008, p.88]
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    • 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]
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    • 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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    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Unlike anything else you've played on Wii. [Nov 2010, p.89]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The best in the series. But the relatively modest step forward means it's not necessarily a crucial purchase if you already own last year's version. [Apr 2011, p.84]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The end result is one more excellent entry in what's become a fantastic library of brawlers for N3DS. [June 2011, p.86]
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    • 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]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    And despite being extraordinarily challenging in that way that makes die-hard games totally addicted but can drive off casual players, it is a game that every Nintendo fan must play. [May 2006, p.92]
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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
    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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This lighthearted, brainy puzzler manages to make word searches fun again. [Holiday 2009, p.87]
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    • 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]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The new character classes are a blast to play. [Nov 2010, p.91]
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    • 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]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    By far the funniest and best-animated yet on consoles. [Jan 2006, p.112]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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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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