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Another (nearly a) month, another issue!

Features:

Ten Games That Will Save Nintendo (cover feature)

The 25 Reasons You Must Play Kid Icarus Uprising

Confessions of a Digital Gigolo

Previews: Epic Mickey 2, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Darksiders II, Lego Batman 2

Replay: Space Station Silicon Valley

Time Warp: Rod Land (NES), Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Beyond Good and Evil (GC)

Still Playing: The Last Story

Judgement Play: ISS 64, Revenge of the Gator, FireEmblem: The Sacred Stones

Reviews:

Wii: Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL - 70

3DS: Farming Simulator 2012 3D - 38

3DS: Crash Time 3D - 18

DS: Zuma's Revenge - 57

DS: Major League Baseball 2K12 - 48

Wii: Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked - 20

3DS: Jewel Master: Cradle of Room 2 - 53

Wii: Calvin Tucker's Redneck F.A.R.T. - 35

Wii: We Sing Pop! - 35

Import Reviews:

3DS: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir - 71

3DS: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy - 80

3DS: Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai - 69

DS: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 - 68

DS: Pokémon + Nobunga's Ambition - 80

Online and Online Shop Reviews:

3DS: Kid Icarus Uprising (Online mode) - 88

3DSWare: Speedthru Potzol's Puzzle - 64

3DSWare: Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! - 48

3DS Virtual Console: Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (GB) - 65

3DS Virtual Console: Metroid (NES) - 81

3DS Virtual Console: Punch-out!! (NES) - 83

3DS Virtual Console: Super Mario Bros (NES) - 90

Wii Virtual Console: Strider (Mega Drive) - 86

Wii Virtual Console: Mega Man X (Super NES) - 84

Wii Virtual Console: Mega Man 5 (NES) - 77

EDIT: Review scores restored, by popular forumite demand.

Edited by Red Alignment
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Wow, talk about the Wii death rattle. This reminds me of Your Sinclair about three years after the Spectrum was discontinued and they were down to reviewing reader games.

"Calvin Tucker's Redneck F.A.R.T."?

Jeeezus.

Being a generalist Nintendo magazine, they'll only have to wait until the E3 reveal so they can instead fill their pages with all the announced multiplatform Wii U launch ports, it'll save anybody having to skip all the bottom of the barrel stuff magazines are forced to review when they specialise in a specific manufacturer without the release volume to fill the pages.

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Being a generalist Nintendo magazine, they'll only have to wait until the E3 reveal so they can instead fill their pages with all the announced multiplatform Wii U launch ports, it'll save anybody having to skip all the bottom of the barrel stuff magazines are forced to review when they specialise in a specific manufacturer without the release volume to fill the pages.

Yeah, they just have to bide their time. And the 3DS is strong at the minute too (though you might not think it from this month's line up).

It won't be like the last days of YS. They bounced from one journeyman editor to another, ending up with some guy who introduced a 'lifestyle' section (skateboarding etc.) saying that it was so that even after the Speccy was gone, the magazine could continue. Man, that guy was smoking some serious crack. Needless to say the new section died before even the Spectrum.

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Care to post which ones?

New Super Mario Bros HD

Mario Kart HD

Mario Golf HD

Mario Tennis HD

Mario Party 10 HD

Super Mario Galaxy HD

Super Mario 64 ULTRA HD EDITION

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time HD

Pokemon HD

Wii Sports HD

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EDIT: Review scores removed.

Why? I'm interested in seeing what they scored. Unless something's changed that I'm not aware of, we tend to post the scores alongside the review titles.

I saw the quoted tweet above, but don't agree that it is reducing the review to a single digit. Although to be honest, isn't the system of assigning a score to a review meant to summarise the review to a single indicator of quality? Posting review scores along with the titles just provides an neat summary of what the magazine thought.

If it's the text that's important, then try quoting all the reviews in their entirety. I'm sure the authors and publishers would be much happier ;)

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Wow, a table of contents thread. How utterly pointless.

Why? Potentially, someone could see what was in the mag and then decide to go out and buy it from that.

I can understand Matt's Tweet - it is disappointing when you work hard on a publication and it's reduced to a number of scores that are then debated without the context of the words. Not least because some people see these threads as excuses not to buy magazines because simply knowing the scores is enough for them.

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I can understand Matt's Tweet - it is disappointing when you work hard on a publication and it's reduced to a number of scores that are then debated without the context of the words. Not least because some people see these threads as excuses not to buy magazines because simply knowing the scores is enough for them.

I understand what you're saying, but that's just the nature of the beast really. Most people don't have time to read every review for every game, and so just reading the scores from numerous sources gives people a rough overview of what critical opinion is. I'm sure people who are seriously thinking of purchasing the games listed will consider purchasing the mag for a more detailed overview, but yeah, I have to say I'm with Naps on this one, removing the scores is just annoying.

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I don't see how deliberately withholding information - which will no doubt show up somewhere else soon if not in this very thread - on the forum will make circulation numbers soar. It's just annoying.

Fair enough, but can you not see that it's equally annoying for writers to have their work reduced to a list of titles and numbers? Works both ways.

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Fair enough, but can you not see that it's equally annoying for writers to have their work reduced to a list of titles and numbers? Works both ways.

Sure, but that doesn't mean we can't post them. The author of the tweet doesn't even ask for the scores to be removed. Should magazines stop publishing bad reviews because the authors of the games are annoyed by it?

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For what it's worth, reading mag scores actually makes me want to go out and buy particular issues. I'll want to see why a review gave a particular score, especially if it's something I'm interested in.

If scores aren't posted here, they'll be on Gamerankings soon enough anyway... I don't see the point in getting too upset about it. The first thing I do when I get a mag is flick through the pages to see what's what, and most often if my eye lands on a score that I didn't expect that review will be one of the first things I read.

Judging from some of Matt Castle's tweets recently, I'm a little worried that he's getting quite jaded with his regard for his work, or the public's apparent [dis?]regard for it. Or not. I dunno.

Hello Mr Castle if you're reading.

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