Nintendo Power V252 was the March 2010 issue of Nintendo Power. The featured games this month were Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and Tournament of Legends. The 2009 Nintendo Power Award winners were unveiled this issue, which included choices from both staff and readers. This issue also presented "The Best of the Decade", a feature where they counted down the ten best games of the past ten years and looked back on notable highlights, events, and surprises.


Some of this month's news:

  • Wii owners will be able to stream thousands of movies and television episodes via Netflix that Spring (provided they have a Netflix subscription and broadband internet connection).
  • Mega Man Zero Collection, to be released June 2010, will have all four Mega Man Zero games for the Game Boy Advance in one Nintendo DS compilation.
  • From THQ comes a rhythm game called Beat City where playing various minigames has a direct relationship to a city you view coming into its own.
  • Pirates Plund-Arrr, brought to you by Majesco and Boomzap, is multiplayer beat-'em-up where the main character fights a barrage of enemies while having a wide selection of weapons to choose from, on a quest to retrieve an important, stolen item.
  • Mad Catz has created the official Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Arcade Fightstick that has many convenient options, including turbo button assignment, Virtual Console compatibility, and a locking feature to prevent accidental game pausing.
  • Attack of the Movies 3D allows players to play through typical cinematic settings while experiencing it all in 3D (through the use of bicolor glasses that comes with the game).
  • Natsume is bringing Witch's Wish to the Nintendo DS, a combination RPG/puzzle game where players step into the shoes of a wannabe witch named Vicky as she protects her town from an ominous presence.


"The Wackiest Show on Earth": WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase

WarioWare D.I.Y. will soon see a release on the Nintendo DS, and a WiiWare game called WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase will be released alongside the DS title. In some ways Wario Ware D.I.Y. Showcase is a standalone game, you can play 72 new microgames under four categories (Sci-Fi/Action, Animals, Classic Nintendo, and microgames featuring Wario. Gamers can also toy with a music player based around Balloon Fight. The highlight of this game is the ability to trade microgames produced on WarioWare D.I.Y. onto the WiiWare game. The microgames can then be played on the big screen though instead of using a stylus you would use the Wii Remote. Players can even forgo playing their own microgames and can instead play other peoples' microgames in the showcase's distribution center.


According to Nintendo Power, Pump Man is related to Bubble Man, Splash Woman, and all the water-themed robots in between.

"Family Tradition": Mega Man 10

Nintendo Power displayed the eight robot masters that appear in Mega Man 10 and decided to list some of the nearest relatives to each robot. Chill Man, for example, is related to Ice Man (Mega Man 1), Blizzard Man (Mega Man 6), and Freeze Man (Mega Man 7), to name a few. There were also a few distant relatives. While Solar Man was related to Fire Man and Heat Man (Mega Man 1 and 2, respectively), he also had some connection to Pharaoh from Mega Man 4. The reasoning is that they both toss glowing orbs of energy at the Blue Bomber.

"Sonic the Hedgehog 4!"

While not much is known about the latest chapter in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Steve T. speculated what might appear in the WiiWare game based on some official artwork. He also threw an undeserved diss towards Big.

Evaluation Station

The following reviews are for download-able games for the Wii and the Nintendo DSi. "Recommended" is a critic's positive response, "Hmmm..." is a lukewarm response, and "Grumble Grumble" is a poor response.

Virtual Console
WiiWare DSiWare


"Remastered Classics": Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver


The Pokéwalker.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is the latest installment from the Pokémon series to get the revamped treatment with improved graphics, touch-screen gameplay and other cool additions. Common elements from Pokémon Gold and Silver remain, you take the role of a Pokémon Trainer in the Johto region who catches Pokémon, battles other Pokémon, and watches their own Pokémon evolve. The game begins with a researcher named Professor Elm asking you to meet "Mr. Pokémon". Before you leave you must choose one of three starter Pokémon: A Chikorita, a Cyndaquil or a Totodile. Along with those three, all of the other Pokémon and Pokémon types introduced in the original games return in this remake. A Pokédex will keep you organized as you go along your journey acquiring Pokémon, and the Pokégear (which was new in early 2000) displays a world map and allows you to send and receive calls.

Of course, there is a ton of new content that takes advantage of the Nintendo DS. Gameplay is optimized for the touch screen allowing you to battle, organize, and travel throughout Johto with ease. Graphics now have a slight 3-D look, while the music and sound effects have had a significant quality upgrade. Also, through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection players can trade and/or battle each other wirelessly, regardless of distance. A major addition to this remake, though, comes from outside the game, that being the Pokéwalker.

The Pokéwalker is a physical object that greatly resembles a Poké Ball and comes with each copy of either HeartGold or SoulSilver. It connects wirelessly to the Nintendo DS and transfers a Pokémon from your roster onto the Pokéwalker. As you walk with your Pokémon, watts accumulate on the Pokéwalker. Watts are worthwhile because they can be used to find items and catch Pokémon in the Pokéwalker, which can then be later transferred into the game. Another benefit is that when watts themselves are transferred to the game they can open up new routes. Plus, if you walk long enough the Pokémon in the Pokéwalker could possibly gain a level. The Pokéwalker is similar to the Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS which worked in conjunction with the original Pokémon Gold and Silver and allowed people to gain watts through walking.

"Enter Sandman": Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands


The Prince can gain experience after defeating enemies.

During the mid-2000's a trilogy of games from Prince of Persia series were released on the Nintendo GameCube and other next-gen systems (including the Wii, which received a remake of the final game). The protagonist in the trilogy faced all sorts of danger; though he was able to survive through the use of sand powers that manipulated time. In Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (which occurs between the first and second game of the trilogy) the "Prince" does not have access to these time shifting sand powers. Instead, he literally uses sand itself to progress through the game.

The basic plot involves the Prince getting caught in a supernatural act of destruction while visiting another kingdom and the actions he takes to set things right. During his adventure he discovers a magical phial that allows him to use sand in different ways. One such way, called the Sand Ring, creates handholds by pointing the Wii Remote on certain locations. Another way, called the Sand Pillar, lets the hero stand on a whirlwind of sand. A third way, the Sand Sphere, is a magical barrier that also lets the Prince float in air for a moments time. A second player can join in and can activate these powers as well. There are some other interesting elements that differ from the previous Prince of Persia games, such as gaining experience from defeated enemies and using the experience to learn new moves. The lead game designer, Yanick Piche, says his team "[built] on the gameplay pillars of the Sands of Time trilogy—platforming, cunning traps, acrobatics, environmental puzzles—to give an authentic Prince of Persia experience. Then on top of that, we've mixed in new powers to create something that feels fresh and original."

This version of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands has been made exclusively for the Wii and will be released near the end of May, coinciding with the release of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in theaters.

"Clash of the Titans": Tournament of Legends


Formally known as Gladiator A.D., the game has since taken on a mythological setting.

Originally named Gladiator A.D. with a focus on battling gladiators, the developers at High Voltage Software have since made many changes to what is now known as Tournament of Legends. In this fighting game, mythic beings vie for a chance to come face to face with Thanatos, who will step down from his seat of power if he loses in battle to one such being. The characters come equipped with weapons and magic power, though it's possible to grab a rivals weapon and use it against them. While players are fighting each other they should also be wary of guardian creatures who storm into the match if the battle takes place on the creature's home territory. On occasion there will be various minigames that might restore health and quick time events that can complete a special move or can keep a character out of harm's way. This game supports the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combo as well as the classic controller.

A major portion of this feature was an interview with chief creative officer Eric Nofsinger and designer Pat Dolan, both of High Voltage Software. The staff members spoke about the game's concept and it's move from gladiator-style combat to a more mythological setting. They also spoke on the game's technology, character development and control scheme. When asked what advantage the Wii had over other consoles in terms of fighting games, Nofsinger noted the console's game controllers. "Players can get a real sense of two-handed weapon combat," said Nofsinger. "Swinging the Wii Remote sttacks with the right-handed weapon, and swinging the Nunchuk attacks with the left weapon—simple." For those using the classic contoller, Dolan said that certain events "...are executed with the control sticks using directional movements as close to the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls as possible. We think this should satisfy the Classic-controller fans who want button control, while still preserving the feel that we were going for."

"The 2009 Nintendo Power Awards"

The following games are the winners of the 2009 Nintendo Power Awards. The winners chosen by the editors' and the readers' were listed separately; with the two listings revealing the distinction between the two voting groups. The winners among the staff were varied and was indicative to the editors' broad knowledge of last year's games. New Super Mario Bros. Wii was the overall game of the year according to the editors. The readers, meanwhile, seemed to have voted based on significant characteristics from their favorite games. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days received the most awards from readers and was voted the overall game of the year.

Editors' Choices Readers' Choices

"The Best of the Decade"

In this article, the editors of Nintendo Power listed their favorite games and moments of the decade including the top 10 titles from the years 2000 to 2009. The top ten games according to them were:


Nintendo Power staff voted Super Mario Galaxy as the best game of the decade.

  1. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
  2. Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
  4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
  5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
  6. Metroid Prime (GameCube)
  7. Elite Beat Agents (Nintendo DS)
  8. Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)
  9. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
  10. The World Ends with You (Nintendo DS)

The editors also gave out various other awards including:

  • Craze of the Decade: Pokémon
  • Character of the Decade: Wario
  • Third-Party Developer of the Decade: Capcom Production Studio 4/Clover Studio/Platinum Games
  • Event of the Decade: Nintendo's E3 2004 Press Conference - Unveiling of Twilight Princess
  • System of the Decade: Nintendo DS
  • Surprise of the Decade: The name of the Wii console
  • Innovation of the Decade: Wii Remote
  • Creator of the Decade: Eiji Aonuma
  • Peripheral of the Decade: The Guitar Controller
  • Series of the Decade: The Legend of Zelda


Lego NES

Dave Sterling's Lego NES.

  • Pulse: Chris Slate gave some focus on why the magazines give out Nintendo Power awards. He also asked readers which game they felt was the most underrated and why. Meanwhile, people wrote in explaining why they love Nintendo gaming.
  • Previews: The games previewed this month were Again, Infinite Space, Monster Rancher DS, Red Steel 2, Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Sonic Classic Collection, Trauma Team and WarioWare D.I.Y.
  • Power Profiles #37: Interview with Mark Turmell, the senior creative director of EA Tiburon. He's notable for working on and designing classic arcade games such as Smash TV, NBA Jam, WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game and NFL Blitz. He's currently a creative consultant for NBA Jam for the Wii.
  • Playback: A look back at Sparkster, an action-adventure game for the Super NES, released in October 1994. The magazine noted that the game was also released on the Sega Genesis at the same time but with different levels, enemies, and attacks, and even a different control scheme.
  • Community: Dave Sterling is an engineer who entered a LEGO building competition where participants built things based on retro-gaming. His entry was the original Nintendo Entertainment System, along with two controllers, a game cartridge, and a TV. The LEGO NES wasn't exactly inanimate; the Power and Reset buttons could move and the cartridge could be placed into the system, simulating a real life NES (his dedication is likely what put him in first place). Web developer and crafter Erin Desnise Chupeco showed her gaming fandom in a different way, she makes up four inch tall dolls made out of yarn that resemble Nintendo characters.
  • Next Month: Nintendo Power will have an in-depth feature on WarioWare D.I.Y. and reviews of Red Steel 2, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and Infinite Space. It also plans on celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. 3.


Six Wii games and three DS games were reviewed. The feature review was Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for the Wii and Nintendo DS (The console version scored an 8.0 and the handheld version got a 6.0). The highest rated game was No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle at 9.0.

Please use the symbols next to each heading to sort the games by "title", "score", "console", "reviewer" and "ESRB rating".
Title Score Console Reviewer ESRB Rating
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 8.0 DS Chris H. 05ESRB - T Teen
Data East Arcade Classic 6.5 Wii Chris H. 05ESRB - T Teen
Endless Ocean: Blue World 7.5 Wii Justin C. 04ESRB - E 10+ Everyone 10+
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle 9.0 Wii Justin C. 06ESRB - M Mature
Ragnarok DS 5.0 DS David S. 04ESRB - E 10+ Everyone 10+
Shiren the Wanderer 6.5 Wii Carolyn G. 05ESRB - T Teen
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 8.0 Wii Randy N. 03ESRB - E Everyone
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 6.0 DS Randy N. 03ESRB - E Everyone
Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll 5.5 Wii Steve T. 03ESRB - E Everyone


Staff (Staff of the Year)

  • EDITOR IN CHIEF Chris Slate
  • EXECUTIVE EDITOR Steve Thomason
  • SENIOR EDITOR Chris Hoffman
  • ART DIRECTOR Chris Imlay
  • CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Patrick Cunningham, Carolyn Gudmundson, Casey Loe, Nathan Meunier, Randy Nelson, George Sinfield, David F. Smith, Phil Theobald
  • COPY EDITOR Candace Cunningham
  • LICENSING MANAGER Frances Wall Jha

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