Nintendo Power V257 is the August 2010 issue of Nintendo Power. Features this month include Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (which was also reviewed), Driver San Francisco and Ōkamiden. There was also an article about ten overlooked games that the magazine felt deserved another spotlight.

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"A Flight of Fantasy": Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light does not seem to fit anywhere among the numbered games in the main series of the Final Fantasy Franchise. Still, it has plenty of elements from past titles that clearly show it belongs in the famed collection of games. Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is not a remake, it's a brand new game with a fresh storyline. It is heavily inspired by retro Final Fantasy titles, though. There is a heavy emphasis on gathering clues from townspeople, as opposed to blunt announcements and cutscenes directing the players to their next destination. Players can also expect to explore dungeons without a map and to carry a small, inconvenient amount of items. One sort of new game mechanic is the Crown system. In the Crown system, characters can change their abilities by donning different hats. You can upgrade hats for a versatile character and you can even switch hats between battles if it suits you. An interview with Takashi Tokita, the game's director, followed this article.


"Why Aren't You Playing This?"

Nintendo Power took a look at ten recently released Wii games that they felt deserved more attention:



Five Wii games and three DS games were reviewed. The feature review was for Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, which also got the highest score this month with a 9.0. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, the cover story for this issue, also got reviewed by press time and got the same score as Sin & Punishment: Star Successor.

In the Review Archives section, which lists every review score from the past year, two games that did not get reviewed were discussed: 100 Classic Books (they didn't really know how to review it) and GTI Club Supermini Festa! (there is no apparent reason why it wasn't reviewed, though as an apparent late 90's arcade racing game throwback, it is seemingly "not quite old-school enough to be charming").

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
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies 9.0 DS Casey L 02ESRB E10 Everyone 10+
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 7.5 Wii Justin C. 02ESRB E10 Everyone 10+
Puzzle Quest 2 7.5 DS Carolyn G. 02ESRB E10 Everyone 10+
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor 9.0 Wii Steve T. 03ESRB T Teen
The Last Airbender 7.5 DS Chris H. 02ESRB E10 Everyone 10+
The Last Airbender 6.0 Wii Chris H. 03ESRB T Teen
Tournament of Legends 7.0 Wii Randy N. 03ESRB T Teen
Toy Story 3: The Video Game 7.5 Wii Justin C. 02ESRB E10 Everyone 10+


Staff (Fellowship of the Fygg)

  • EDITOR IN CHIEF Chris Slate
  • EXECUTIVE EDITOR Steve Thomason
  • SENIOR EDITOR Chris Hoffman
  • ART DIRECTOR John Seeger Gilman
  • CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Patrick Cunningham, Carolyn Gudmundson, Andrew Hayward, 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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