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 Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Lowest review score: 20 Ant Nation
Score distribution:
2,204 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The Metroid series has never looked or played better. If you're worrying that MZM is just a graphical update to Metroid, don't. The game is much larger than the first Metroid, and it contains far more new than old. [Mar 2004, p.117]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A million small details add up to a wonderfully real world, and Link's hat bud Ezlo is one of the best characters in ages, thanks to some very funny writing. [March 2005, p.106]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A captivating and horrifying journey. [Dec 2002, p.211]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Easily the finest RPG on the GCN, and one of the best that I've ever played. The game is deeper than the Marianas Trench, but somehow it never gets bogged down by its own complexity. [Sept 2004, p.115]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The basic game play is nearly identical to that of last year's version, but the College Classics feature makes the update worthwhile. [Oct 2003, p.138]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Innovative and absorbing for one or more players. It's a much deeper and more satisfying experience than "Four Swords" for the GBA. [July 2004, p.118]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A great introduction to one of the most successful and innovative game franchises of all time. [Jan 2004, p.159]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A fully realized and well-tuned hybrid of pinball play and Metroid Prime atmosphere, and it sets the bar high for other pinball-action games to come. [Dec 2005, p.109]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Truly exceptional. [Jan 2006, p.109]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You may not love all of it, but you will love much of it, because it offers a whole lot more to love than "Tetris" did back in '89. [May 2006, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    But it, love it, and pray to the gods that we don't have to wait another 10 years for Mario's next side-scrolling masterpiece. [July 2006, p.93]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just know that it's the same Zelda you've always known and loved, and that's a good thing. [Nov 2007, p.98]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The combination of classic and new elements makes it the most wholly satisfying Star Fox game yet. [Oct. 2006, p.88]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    At its core, Twilight Princess delivers the same awesome adventuring as previous games in the series, but Hyrule has never seemed so real and alive. [Jan. 2007, p.98]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So, go forth, help the Elite Beat Agents save the world one step at a time, groove to the music, and hit the beats. Just don't forget to breathe. [Dec. 2006, p.106]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The diverse gameplay elements and sheer platforming joy will keep you mesmerized. [Holiday 2007, p.78]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For a paper adventure, it's amazingly solid. [June 2007, p.100]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's the best it its class, and motion-control or not, it's only on Wii. [Dec 2007, p.80]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Anyone who loves the Mario characters, RPGs, or even action games should absolutely give Bowser's Inside Story a look. [Oct 2009, p.86]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you like Zelda games, you were going to buy Spirit Tracks no matter what. But rest assured that you will not only be getting another fine Nintendo DS installment, but one of the series's best handheld titles to date. [Jan 2010, p.82]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its bevy of new features and improvements, old-school Pokemon fans will love this return to Johto, and if you've been dismissing this series as "kids stuff" all this time, this is an ideal opportunity to redeem yourself and see what all the fuss is about. [Apr 2010, p.84]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its bevy of new features and improvements, old-school Pokemon fans will love this return to Johto, and if you've been dismissing this series as "kids stuff" all this time, this is an ideal opportunity to redeem yourself and see what all the fuss is about. [Apr 2010, p.84]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 won't be as fondly remembered as its predecessor--no sequel to such a groundbreaking game ever is--but there's nothing wrong with getting more of a great thing. [July 2010, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's the work of masters at the height of their craft. [Dec 2005, p.118]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    FINAL FANTASY VI Advance is as close to a perfect RPG as you're going to find on any system. [Mar. 2007, p.87]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The battle system and story are the bread and butter of the game, and they are executed flawlessly. Intelligent Systems has created a masterpiece with Path of Radiance. It sets a new standard for Fire Emblem as the title that future games in the series will be tested by. [Nov 2005, p.110]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Twilight Princess was a long time in coming, but the game's depth will make it last even longer among the Zelda faithful. [Feb. 2007, p.95]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As amazing as Ocarina of Time has always been, it's gotten substantially better on the Nintendo 3DS handheld...In my opinion, Ocarina of Time 3D benefits more from 3D than any other N3DS title so far. [June 2011, p.82]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It all adds up to be the best Rayman game ever made, and that's coming from someone who adores Rayman 2. [Nov 2011, p.80]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What matters is that it's truly worthy of being called "epic." [Dec 2011, p.82]
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