Famitsu Awards New Super Mario Bros. Wii A Perfect Score

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Joining last month's Bayonetta 40/40 score, this month's New Super Mario Bros. Wii has been given a perfect score from Japanese game magazine Famitsu.


The publication has stated that just moving Mario around is amusing, co-op play is fun and single player is a good time as well.

Critics score games on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best score. The four scores are then tallied, and 40 is perfecto.
Today, only eleven, well, now twelve games have been awarded the perfect score. The latest is multi-platform title Bayonetta. Multi-platform Bayonetta is the first game to appear on the Xbox 360 to receive this score.

To review, here are the previous 40/40 games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

2. Soulcalibur (1999)

3. Vagrant Story (2000)

4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003)

5. Nintendogs (2005)

6. Final Fantasy XII (2006)

7. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)

8. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)

9. 428 (2008)

10. Dragon Quest IX (2009)

11. Monster Hunter Tri (2009)
12. Bayonetta (2009)

To recap: No games in 2001, 2002, 2004 or 2007 got a 40/40, but three games in 2008 and four games in 2009 have been awarded the magic number. What's next, five 40/40 games in 2010? Six in 2011?

OH WAIT. Final Fantasy XIII comes out this year in Japan — whatever will Famitsu do?



Oh. Not too long ago, I respected Famitsu's scoring system, and I was amazed when I saw some games getting the perfect score, like MGS4.

But, seeing as their "perfect" scores have been growing ridiculously in numbers since 2008, my respect for their scoring system started to grow thin.

And now? NSMBWii getting a perfect score? Give me a break. I have the game, and I think it's AWESOME. Awesome in capital letters, and it's almost perfect. Almost, but not quite.

I can't fathom how any professional reviewer can give NSMBWii a perfect score with a straight face, ignoring the fact that it completely lacks any kind of online play. No, sorry. There's no excuse for not putting online play on it. It was just lazyness from the part of Nintendo.

If I reviewed NSMBWii, that would be the ONLY thing keeping me from giving the game a perfect score. Online play is a must, even more so in a game that's so, but oh so much fun in multiplayer like NSMBWii. Seriously, this game is the most pure fun I've had on years in multiplayer, so not putting a online element to it is unforgivable, in my book.

So, for me: 9 / 10. Screw Famitsu. I respect way more MY own scoring judgment than theirs, now.

(Don't get me wrong. NSMBWii is AWESOME, as I said before. Go get it now, if you haven't already, it's one of the very best things the Wii has to offer. I'm just saying that Famitsu definitely needs to higher their requisites for a game to get NSMBWii, because they've been clearly way too forgiving on game's shortcomings lately).