Nintendo Power's Scores

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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 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario Sunshine
Lowest review score: 20 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Score distribution:
2179 game reviews
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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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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    • 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]
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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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    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Incredible level design. [Dec 2002, p.222]
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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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    • 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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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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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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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The game's 10 snowboarders are over the top, and the action is crazy fun. [Jan 2004, p.158]
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    • 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]
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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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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Creative design, excellent challenges and tricky secrets. [Feb 2002, p.152]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smash Bros. is known for its deep game play, and Melee is a bottomless pit. [Dec 2001, p.166]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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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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    • 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]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A brilliant return to the classic Metroid style of action gaming. [Dec 2002, p.212]
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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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to imagine where Harmonix can go next with the franchise. [Dec 2010, p.82]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Freeform action and customizability make THPS 4 the Hawk's best skate yet. [Dec 2002, p.216]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A survival horror masterpiece that ranks among the best sensory scares of any medium. [June 2002, p.148]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The extras make Wii Edition tantamount to a super-duper director's cut version of a blockbuster movie; you won't find a better version of RE4 anywhere else. [Aug 2007, p.82]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The story and game play are ever bit as interesting and compelling as they were when the game was originally released in 1998. [Mar 2003, p.134]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It has everything a gamer could want, including challenge, hidden stuff, replay value and a healthy helping of Miyamoto magic. [Oct 2002, p.195]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The game play is as solid as Madden. [Aug 2002, p.145]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Zipping along at 60 frames per second, you almost forget you're looking at a game. [Dec 2001, p.166]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are unparalleled, the mosnters are original and challeng[ing] and the scope of the game is impressive. [June 2003, p.136]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The beautiful quest is probably the richest, most intricate RPG ever to have hit a handheld. [Nov 2001, p.144]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario Kart DS will be in your DS for a long, long time. [Jan 2006, p.104]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Impressive graphics, innovative gameplay and a lengthy quest, but what makes it really special is its snese of humor. The game is genuinely funny. It made me laugh out loud. [Jan 2004, p.156]
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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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    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A remarkable 3-D achievement and more features than ever. [Mar 2002, p.135]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    AWDS has what "Advance Wars 2" lacked: a substantial number of new unit types. [Oct 2005, p.101]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The visuals are astounding, the challenge is incredible, and the action is nonstop. [Nov 2001, p.140]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great AI. It is the standard by which all basketball games should be judged. [May 2002, p.136]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Okami is a work of genius, but you should play the original game instead of the Wii version if you can. [May 2008, p.88]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Brilliant and genius are words that are often casually tossed around, but they apply perfectly to Pikmin 2. [Oct 2004, p.122]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Really though, Super Mario 3D Land is a triple-A title, and as good a reason as you'll ever have for picking up a Nintendo 3DS if you haven't already. [Nov 2011, p.70]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The stunning visuals and immersive gameplay of the finale to the Prime series proves that the Wii is ready for the mainstream gamer. [Oct 2007, p.86]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best golf game on the GCN. [Dec 2002, p.214]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A few minor AI quibbles keep it from being a five-star affair, but it's still one of the best and deepest sports titles on the market. [Oct 2004, p.123]
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    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's so comfortable! When I fire up the PS2 version, I find myself wishing there was a way to connect the GCN Controller. [Nov 2001, p.141]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A riot of stressful action and multitasking that's fun every time you play it. [Dec 2001, p.164]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the Fab Four, The Beatles: Rock Band is unquestionably a must-buy. [Nov 2009, p.81]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Play control and graphics are on par wth those of previous Tony Hawk games. [Jan 2004, p.160]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    No other racing game even compares to F-Zero GX - it's a next-next-gen cyberrace before its time. [Oct 2003, p.137]
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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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    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    True, these are not revolutionary additions, but they are appreciated refinements. [Nov 2009, p.88]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Utterly fantastic in every respect. [Dec 2003, p.140]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The most enjoyable baseball game I've ever played, and that includes "High Heat." [May 2004, p.120]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the graphics and sound aren't engrossing enough to draw you in, the intriguing story and exhilarating action should be. [Nov 2005, p.104]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perfectly calibrated controls, realistic graphics and an incredible sense of speed and danger make Burnout 2: Point of Impact the most satisfying driving experience on the GCN. [June 2003, p.137]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There aren't as many unit types as I would have liked, but the improved mission diversity more than makes up for it. [July 2003, p.144]
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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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    So joyfully silly I can't help but burst into laughter every time I play. The minigames are all a riot and they just keep on coming![June 2003, p.135]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Improved graphics, advanced physics and more control features contribute to a solid hockey sim. [Dec 2002, p.216]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The connectivity additions elevate Splinter Cell to a whole new level of cool. Tilt the GBA SP screen up next to your TV - it's like being equipped with real surveillance gear. [June 2003, p.134]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Energy, action and street-ball style make NBA Street Vol. 2 every bit as exciting as the original game. [Apr 2003, p.134]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Shines as a multiplayer game, but can be pretty tedious if you're going it alone. [Apr 2005, p.98]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily my favorite DS game yet. [Aug 2005, p.84]
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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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Engaging adventuring and razor-sharp fun for fans of epics and real-time strategy. [May 2002, p.138]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year's version was phenomenal, but the option to use the Wii MotionPlus accessory makes Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 the most authentic sports video game I've every played. [July 2009, p.90]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thw World Ends with You may not have a big name like "Final Fantasy" or "Kingdom Hearts" attached to it, but it certainly deserves the same kind of success. [May 2008, p.87]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best shooter since "GoldenEye." [Oct 2002, p.193]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's polished variety paired with a mishmash of moves, which makes Wario Land 4 fun through and through. [Nov 2001, p.144]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Twisted literally and figuratively - this one's weird and wonderful. [July 2005, p.101]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It does for baseketball what "SSX Tricky" does for snowboarding. [Mar 2002, p.133]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The enormous levels and innovative tricks make for endless game play. [Oct 2002, p.194]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's graphics have never looked better - especially the stadiums and close-ups of the fans who sport pained faces, funny hats and celebration animations in the name of team spirit. [Sept 2004, p.115]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I love how everything in this game is incorporated into the battle, including speaking withi NPC's and buying and equipping items. [Dec 2003, p.142]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you play single-player modes primarily, the 2005 version is worth the upgrade. [May 2005, p.91]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The Game Face II interface allows you to sculpt your duffer to minute detail. [Dec 2004, p.146]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Pokemon series's latest pair of adventures is as addictive as ever. [March 2011, p.82]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IX is easily the boldest installment of the series's 24-year run. [Aug 2010, p.88]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Each Party Game offers endless fun, so you practically get 12 stand-alone games with your Super Monkey Ball rocking and rolling. [Oct 2002, p.194]
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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
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Contains an impressive collection of popular diversions. [Jan 2004, p.162]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    There are easily 150 hours of game play here, and instead of the game becoming old and monotonous, it actually becomes more addictive as you play. I've never played a more in-depth GBA title. [Oct 2003, p.139]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a lifelong Mario fanatic, I could talk endlessly about all of the game's little details, but all you really need to know is that the classic Mario formula is back and is as fun as ever. [Holiday 2009, p.78]
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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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Michel Ancel's latest masterpiece is uniquely engaging and stunningly beautiful. [Jan 2004, p.156]
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