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Nintendo Power/Volume 257

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Nintendo Power
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Front cover of Volume 257, subscriber edition.
Front cover of Volume 257, retailer edition.



Cloud X[edit]

Dragon Quest XI

Back in the Driver's Seat[edit]

Driver: San Francisco

Why Aren't You Playing This?[edit]

A Wolf in Cub's Clothing[edit]




Special Letter Request: What's a cool new idea for a Yoshi Fruit?

The Score:

  • Ryu (76%) Vs. Ken (24%)
  • Favourite Nintendo Slogan: Wii Would Like to Play (43%), Now You're Playing with Power (32%), Get N or Get Out (19%), Life, Advanced (6%), Play it Loud! (~1%)
  • Cloud Mario (74%) Vs. Rock Mario (26%)
  • When grabbing a star in Super Mario Galaxy, is your jump simple (37%) or flashy (63%)?
  • Do you play your DS at home (~70%) or away (~30%)?
  • Best Vacation Spot (most to least): Isle Delfino, Yoshi's Island, Wuhu Island, Koholint Island, Adventure Island, C-Island (StarTropics)
  • The most fun to ride in real life: Yoshi (47%), Samus's ship (18%), An Arwing (17%), Epona (14%), Blue Falcon (10%)
  • What matters most in a game: A Great Story (40%), Innovation (32.5%), Great Controls (22.5%), Great Graphics (5%)

Power Up[edit]


  • Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
  • Rock Band 3
  • DJ Hero 2
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Pac-Man Party
  • Raving Rabbids Travel in Time
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  • The Last Story


  • Takashi Tokita
  • Akiro Hino

Collector's Corner[edit]

  • Metal Sonic figurine
  • Kingdom Hearts figurines (Mickey Mouse, Cloud Strife, Sephiroth)
  • Prince of Persia movie toy collection

Star Power[edit]

Captain Falcon is featured. In the career graph, is high points are the Super Smash Bros. games and his low points are the F-Zero games. The NP crew's favorite games of his are F-Zero, F-Zero X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and F-Zero GX. Some of Captain Falcon's physical attributes are showcased, as well as his ship, "The Blue Falcon", his career as a bounty hunter and his infamous catchphrase, "Show me you moves!"

Game Forecast[edit]

Over 30 titles are added, including the aforementioned "Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light".

Readers' Most Wanted[edit]

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
  2. Metroid: Other M (Wii)
  3. Super Scribblenauts (DS)
  4. Sonic Colors (Wii)
  5. Epic Mickey (Wii)
  6. Sonic Colors (DS)
  7. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS)
  8. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Wii)
  9. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii)
  10. Okamiden (Wii)


A Winner Is/Dodongo Dislikes features a shameless plug for the Nintendo Power Zelda Special, and then bashes games "with arbitrary time limits" to cover it up.

Warp Zone looks back at August Issues from 2005, 2000, and 1990.

The Power Quiz takes on trivia from the first 3 Metroid games.




Evaluation Station[edit]

Game Rating
A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back Hmmm...
A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops Hmmm...
Advanced Circuits Hmmm...
Chess Challenge! Grumble Grumble
Earthworm Jim Hmmm...
Frogger Returns Recommended
Hero of Sparta Recommended
Looksley's Line Up Grumble Grumble
Metal Torrent Hmmm...
Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper Hmmm...
Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro Recommended
World Poker Tour Texas Hold 'Em Recommended
X-Scape Recommended

Virtual Console[edit]
Game Rating
Kirby Super Star Recommended
Wild Guns Recommended

Game Rating
And Yet It Moves Recommended
Art Style: Light Trax Recommended
Bejeweled 2 Hmmm...
Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex Grumble Grumble
Blood Beach Grumble Grumble
Chess Challenege! Hmmm...
Dive: The Medes Islands Secret Recommended
Manic Monkey Mayhem Hmmm...
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations Recommended
Robocalypse: Beaver Defense Hmmm...
Viral Survival Recommended
Voodoo Dice Hmmm...


Nintendo DS[edit]


Power Profiles[edit]

For its 41st iteration of the Power Profiles, Nintendo Power interviews Warren Spector, the creator of Deus Ex and Epic Mickey.


Nathan M. takes a look at Final Fantasy Adventure for the Game Boy. He explains the game's basics in a relatively unbiased fashion, though he praises its status as a portable title.


Nintendo DS[edit]

Game Rating Reviewer
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies 9.0 Casey L.
Puzzle Quest 2 7.5 Carolyn G.
The Last Airbender 7.5 Chris H.


Game Rating Reviewer
Sin and Punishment: Star Successor 9.0 Steve T.
Toy Story 3: The Video Game 7.5 Justin C.
The Last Airbender 6.0 Chris H.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 7.5 Justin C.


Nathan M. looks at the tenth anniversary of the NES cover band, "Minibosses", while Andrew H. looked at a PC modified to look like a 16-Bit Super Mushroom.

Next Month[edit]

A short blurb is dedicated to the Fall Games Guide, featured in the then upcoming volume 258 of Nintendo Power.





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