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 X-Men: Destiny
Score distribution:
2,204 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The diverse gameplay elements and sheer platforming joy will keep you mesmerized. [Holiday 2007, p.78]
    • 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]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's incredible how it has stayed so true to its predecessors, yet has made the transition to a new-generation platform so fluidly. [Dec 2002, p.210]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Possibly the best console video game ever made, and definitely the standard that horror titles will be measured by for years to come. [March 2005, p.105]
    • 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]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Wind Waker defines the five-star rating. The play control and puzzles are stunning. The story is dramatic, funny and often touching and the graphic style is nothing short of amazing. [Apr 2003, p.132]
    • 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]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Incredible level design. [Dec 2002, p.222]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's the best-selling game of all-time for a reason, and it stands the test of time remarkably well. [Dec 2003, p.142]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Hard-core NFL fans will love it, but the intricacies may be lost on casual players. [Oct 2003, p.140]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rarely has any title delivered so much amazing action, such a wide variety of modes, and so many hours of value. It doesn't get any better than this. [Mar 2008, p.82]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Succeeds because, despite its aesthetic differences from the other games in the series, it captures the great GTA feel. [May 2009, p.90]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I say this without hyperbole: Soul Calibur II is the best fighting game ever created. The game's beautiful graphics and fantastic control are exceeded only by its incredible character balance. [Oct 2003, p.136]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What matters is that it's truly worthy of being called "epic." [Dec 2011, p.82]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brilliantly innovative and packed with action. VJ may seem bizarre at first glance, but if you give it a chance, you will be amazed and delighted. The graphics are wild, the action is varied and fun and the game even has a sense of humor. [Nov 2003, p.149]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not all about cheap thrills and shock value - it's about head games and psychological horror, too. [July 2002, p.147]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The game's 10 snowboarders are over the top, and the action is crazy fun. [Jan 2004, p.158]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buying more Rock Band within six months of the last one is an expensive prospect, but Rock Band 2 is the true Rock Band experience. [Jan 2009, p.88]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The Madden games are closing in on perfection. [Sept 2002, p.161]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creative design, excellent challenges and tricky secrets. [Feb 2002, p.152]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smash Bros. is known for its deep game play, and Melee is a bottomless pit. [Dec 2001, p.166]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Superb graphics, excellent music, clever layouts, funny cinema scenes and ingenious puzzles are among the many bright spots. [Sept 2002, p.160]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You're going to need a sling to keep your jaw from dropping to the floor. The graphics are gorgeous, the puzzles are clever and the soundtrack is beyond reproach. [Feb 2004, p.147]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite my criticisms, Chrono Trigger is an amazing adventure and a required purchase for ardent fans and anyone who's never played the game before. [Holiday 2008, p.82]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's thrilling to see a game attempt so many unconventional things and get so many of them right. [April 2012, p.84]
    • 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]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A much fuller, richer game than "Metroid Prime." That, combined with amazing level design, overcomes the sense of deja vu that permeates the title. [Jan 2004, p.134]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A brilliant return to the classic Metroid style of action gaming. [Dec 2002, p.212]