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Ten Years of Reviews

by Neal Ronaghan - June 13, 2011, 12:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 10

We've been reviewing games for 10 years. Crazy, right?

On June 10, 2001, Planet GameCube/Nintendo World Report founder Billy Berghammer posted the site's first-ever review. Billy gave the Game Boy Advance launch title Super Mario Advance a 7.5, setting in place the scoring system that remains largely the same today.

The scoring system's biggest revision was actually quite recently, as we shed section scores with the launch of NWR 2.0 last summer. Still, longtime readers likely remember the scored sections of Gameplay, Sound, Graphics, Control, and everyone's favorite made-up word, Lastability.

To complete this mini-celebration of our reviews, check out this list of the games we gave 10s:

And, for those who are interested, here is some fun data to extrapolate from this information.

  • Every new Zelda adventure on a home console reviewed has received a 10. Let's see if Skyward Sword breaks the trend this fall...
  • Jonny Metts gave four games a 10, the highest out of every staffer. However, considering he wrote reviews consistently from 2001 to 2009, there is no surprise.
  • Nearly every game given a 10 was a Nintendo game, except for Resident Evil 4 (Capcom), Mega Man 10 (Capcom), World of Goo (2D Boy), Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen! 4 (Tomy), and Soul Calibur II (Namco).
  • Site founder Billy Berghammer's last review was his 10/10 Wind Waker review. A hell of a way to go out, I must say.
  • Metroid Prime received three 10s (if you count Metroid Prime Trilogy). The only person to review Metroid Prime lower than that was series zealot Jonny Metts, who gave it a 9.5.
  • There were eight 10s in 2003, the most ever. Oddly enough, nearly half of those were for Zelda games. The year following that, no 10s were awarded.

Talkback

ShyGuyJune 13, 2011

Haha Mario Tennis Power Tour.

What about the low scoring reviews?

I hated Mario Tennis Power Tour, despite absolutely loving both Mario Golf Advance Tour and Mario Tennis for Game Boy Color.

Mario Tennis' 10 got us featured in an article on another site later that year...

UltimatePartyBearJune 13, 2011

Three of those reviews aren't even for games.  I was shocked, SHOCKED, that a Monster Cable product was so well reviewed, but then I saw that it actually won high marks as a disciplinary whip, and, well, I have to admit that Monster Cable makes pretty good whips.

yoshi1001June 14, 2011

Quote from: ShyGuy

What about the low scoring reviews?


Just look up the games reviewed by James.

Actually, looking at the list:

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review?letter=&sort=-Score&region=All&system=All&subsystem=All&status=All&type=All

Looks like Jeff Shirley got most of the bad ones.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterJune 14, 2011

Awesome I got one of the perfect ten reviews! :D

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 14, 2011

Quote from: Crimm

Mario Tennis' 10 got us featured in an article on another site later that year...

Took awhile to dig it up...
http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/five-worst-gaming.php

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterJune 14, 2011

So, what was exactly wrong with Mario Power Tennis Tour? I never played that game.

CericJune 23, 2011

Honestly don't like something awful.  Though I wouldn't give Mario Tennis a 10, now the Virtual  Boy one that's another story.

Metts did give Sunshine a 10 and I enjoyed that game so much more then Mario 64 so at the time I probably do around the same.

Mop it upJune 23, 2011

Quote from: UncleBob

Quote from: Crimm

Mario Tennis' 10 got us featured in an article on another site later that year...

Took awhile to dig it up...
http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/five-worst-gaming.php

That is kind of funny, though to be fair, you can make those kinds of claims about any opinion. It feels more like satire than actually pointing out bad journalism.

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