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News - Latest Famitsu review scores - Kingdom Hearts II, Mario & Luigi 2, & more

Posted by Josh Freund at 01:54:16 PM EST on 12.20.2005.

Kingdom Hearts II (PS2, Square Enix): 10 / 9 / 10 / 10 - (39/40)
Mario & Luigi RPG 2x2 (Partners in Time) (NDS, Nintendo): 9 / 9 / 8 / 9 - (35/40)
Front Mission 5 (PS2, Square Enix): 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 - (32/40)
Kidou Gekidan Haro Ichiza Gundam Mahjong DS: Oyaji nimo Agarareta koto nai noni! (NDS, Bandai): 7 / 8 / 7 / 7 - (29/40)
Super Robot Taisen MX Portable (PSP, Banpresto): 8 / 8 / 7 / 6 - (29/40)
Harobots Action! (NDS, Sunrise): 7 / 7 / 5 / 5 - (24/40)
Otome Hao Anesama ni Koi Shiteru (PS2, Alchemist): 5 / 7 / 6 / 6 - (24/40)
White Clarity: And, the Tears Became You (PS2, Princess Soft): 5 / 6 / 5 / 6 - (22/40)
Simple 2000 Series Vol. 94: The Aka-Champion - Come On Baby (PS2, D3): 3 / 5 / 3 / 4 - (15/40)

-That DS game with a really long name is a Mahjong game featuring Gundam, in case you couldn't be bothered to read the whole title.
-The 15/40 received by that Simple 2000 Series game is one of the lowest Famitsu scores ever. Ouch.


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bjork 12.24.2005 at 02:31:24 PM
Not until next year, now. I think Feb in JP, May or June here.
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prolink 12.24.2005 at 12:52:31 PM
PSO means Phantasy Star Online, that online game that was for the Dreamcast that got ports/sequels on the GC, Xbox, and PC.

Which totally reminds me that I haven't checked on anything about Phantasy Star Universe since like, before the summer. Did that game come out yet?
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toiletduckbaby 12.24.2005 at 08:40:22 AM
haha im gonna sound like a noob but what does PSO stand for?

and for the guy who said Square Enix is the EA of Japan (taking over the comapanies and such) is bull... Square Enix actually brings out good games no matter... EA just gets rid of competition so they can make crapy ass games and sell for alot...

Top 7 this gen
God of War
Resident Evil 4
Dragon Quest 8
Super Smash Bros.
Kingdom Hearts
Final Fantasy X
Halo 2 (eventhough i dont own a X-box)
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bjork 12.23.2005 at 02:48:59 PM
never played PSO? you're fired!
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pixy misao 12.23.2005 at 10:52:19 AM
I'll admit that Kingdom Hearts is fun, but neither game would ever make my top ten for this generation of consoles... maybe not even the top twenty.
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racebannon 12.23.2005 at 02:01:42 AM
Ok ok... so lets change this alittle...

Top 7 this gen (most enjoyable):

KH2 (PS2) (if better than KH)
KH (PS2)
Half-Life 2 (PC)
RE4 (GC)
Halo (XBX)
Metal Gear Solid 3 (PS2)
PSO (--) (never played it, but whatever floats your boat)

no metroid prime, sorry. beat it, thought it was 'ok', nothing special (play HL2 on PC)... wind waker was really mediocre (no jumping!)... paper mario 2 was interesting, but got boring durring some levels ala glitzville, the tree level, etc (play Mario and Luigi 2)... eternal darkness? where did that come from?... Disgea was good, but not great (play FFT)...

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rpg_sama 12.22.2005 at 10:21:07 PM
the best game doesn't have to be THE BEST GAME, it's only the game you most enjoyed playing, so, if there are people that think that KH is the best game of this generation is ok
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azu 12.22.2005 at 10:17:00 PM
I have played PSO only for a little more than 100 hours, so that is nothing compared to the time I've played KH1. :)
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bjork 12.22.2005 at 03:28:29 PM
PSO got me to buy it five times over and play probably well over 1000 hrs.

KH1 pissed me off about 2 hrs in, and I never touched it again.
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ikexc07 12.22.2005 at 10:58:14 AM
Top 5 this gen
1. Metroid Prime
2. Resident Evil 4
3. Wind Waker
4. Paper Mario 2
5. Eternal Darkness
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azu 12.22.2005 at 07:22:13 AM
If KH1 is almost the only game in this generation that I've wanted to play through more than once (actually, I have played it about 7-8 times at least), it has done something better than all the rest of the games this gen.
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sirtmagus 12.22.2005 at 12:28:43 AM
Kingdom Hearts as one of the best games this generation?

...Mother of god.
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bjork 12.21.2005 at 09:37:00 PM
It's just wasted energy, for PSO is superior to all. It's also kind of a running gag that everything would be better if it were just PSO.
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azu 12.21.2005 at 09:36:13 PM
Okay, now this is getting weird. Why does it submit only like 1% of my message? I wrote a lenghty response to bjork...
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azu 12.21.2005 at 09:34:12 PM
Where did my text disappear? Let's try again. Sorry for the double post, again. :)

You had only one single game on your list, with it's "expansions" and ports.
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azu 12.21.2005 at 09:32:36 PM
Amd you had only one single game on your list, with it's "expansions" and ports.
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bjork 12.21.2005 at 08:30:47 PM
I respectfully disagree with those top 5 lists, because they are, in fact, wrong. Cheers!
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xen piranha 12.21.2005 at 07:52:10 PM
I agree. I hate Squeenix as a company (Japan's EA when it comes to takeovers) and Disney as a company. But Square makes some good games and Nomura is awesome. I cant wait for KHII and I am glad that it got a good score.
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om3ga 12.21.2005 at 06:54:32 PM
people are just upset ps2 got top honours 2weeks in a row.

you can hate disney as a company and you can hate square as a company, but seriously kingdom hearts is a really good series. and i'll be damned if i hear people disgrace the series like this.

most people say blah blah disney fell off blah blah, but it's not as if they are using any of the newer crappy disney movies(other than treasure planet i don't remember any crappy disney movies), only the old great classics so why the hate?

Also Tetsuya Nomura is one of the greatest talents out there, and i don't recall any game that i have ever played of his that i didn't like, so i know the game will be great just off of these merits alone. they really took their time to create something great and i'm definately looking forward to this game.
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azu 12.21.2005 at 05:47:22 PM
Top 5 this gen:

1. KH2 (PS2) (after 7 hours, I can say this is a lot better than KH1, which was my favorite game before KH2)
2. KH1 (PS2)
3. RE4 (GC)
4. Metroid Prime (GC)
5. Disgaea (PS2)
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racebannon 12.21.2005 at 04:49:37 PM
Top 5 this gen:

KH (PS2)
Half-Life 2 (PC)
Metal Gear Solid 3 (PS2)
Halo (XBX)
Super Smash Brothers: Mele (GC)
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bjork 12.21.2005 at 03:02:24 PM
Top 5 this gen:

PSOv2.0 (DC)
PSO Ep 1/2 (GC)
PSO Ep /12 Plus (GC)
PSO Ep 1/2 (XBX)
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zeo 12.21.2005 at 02:23:13 PM
KH is awesome.

KH2 is just as good, but longer, and fixes the main flaws.

Top 5 game of the generation? Probably.
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azu 12.21.2005 at 11:53:28 AM
"Oh wait... I don't own a PS2. That's a big one. I'm not buying one this late in the game"

That is probably the worst reason NOT to get a PS2. It has lots of great games, so you know you will get some quality gaming already when you buy the console.

Btw, KH2 is great. I just couldn't hold myself, so I downloaded the Japanese version. I'm not going to play this through, just to soften the anxiety of waiting for the english release. The camera system IS better. I haven't yet gotten to use the Drive system, so I can't say anything about that. Even if I don't understand anything, the plot seems really interesting. Some great things happening in the beginning. I'm not going to play this much longer, just the BHK part. Man, this is just so addicting, it's not that often these days that I play a game for three hours without breaks.

Oh, I hate the voices of the Japanese Goofy and Sora (haven't heard the older version, but the younger in flashbacks).. Just hate them. Haley Joel Osment is a lot better, and will hopefully be as the older Sora. Other than those, the voice actors are good or great.
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ashton liu 12.21.2005 at 11:10:13 AM
Man, gamers here sure are irrationally cynical.

"Oh noes, it's Square Enix! OVERHYPE! THOSE SCORES ARE FALSE blah blah conspiracy blah blah 2D > 3D."
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thehawk 12.21.2005 at 05:01:49 AM
Kingdom Hearts just never grabbed my attention. I can't tell if it's my died-off interest in RPGs, my disgust with what Disney's done to itself, or my generally dislike toward Square's new mainstream appeal.

Oh wait... I don't own a PS2. That's a big one. I'm not buying one this late in the game.
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scoville 12.21.2005 at 12:53:43 AM

Front Mission was actually given a US date back when they announced the Japanese date. It's set for March 1st.

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bjork 12.21.2005 at 12:18:47 AM
At least we know that in Famitsu's eyes, Vagrant Story is still superior. I have no love for KH...
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rpg_sama 12.20.2005 at 11:34:24 PM
it's not like there has been a LOT of games with perfect scores and only a handfull of 39/40, so i think it's safe to say it's really good...
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ifrit 12.20.2005 at 10:43:42 PM
its been marketed and hyped a lot - i dont think famitsu would give a low score to put a damper on the release. on the other hand they didnt score it perfect - famitsu making a statement?

and the mario and luigi game - i wish i could try before i buy - but the way the comments are going, i'll probably pick this one up in the new year too.
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vinny 12.20.2005 at 09:12:33 PM
I'm glad KHII got a good grade... I just hope that it can withstand cultural barries (for ratings, that is) when it comes over here.:)
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dragon girl 12.20.2005 at 08:52:37 PM
The scores for KH2 make me squee with glee. ^.^ I can't wait for the game!
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bignfanboy 12.20.2005 at 08:43:21 PM
thats phat.
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racebannon 12.20.2005 at 08:22:29 PM
I hated Mario and Luigi 1... but I am totally addicted to Mario and Luigi 2. It is a fantastic game. I highly, highly recommend it. I find myself playing it over the new Castlevania, which I am a huge Castlevania fan and not a fan of Mario RPGs.

As for KHII, it will be amazing, everyone knows that already. I'm sure it deserves a 40/40. I mean, just look at it! (drools) =D
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toiletduckbaby 12.20.2005 at 07:44:13 PM
does anyone know what Famitsu gave KH ONE?
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kingbahamut 12.20.2005 at 07:17:57 PM
I'm surprised there's so much damn talk on KHII instead of Mario & Luigi 2's score - the first one got tedious quickly, but for Famitsu to give a handheld RPG a score that high bodes well for the game.

That Simple 2000 game on the other hand...ouch
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MegaManX 12.20.2005 at 07:09:03 PM
Kingdom Hearts II is (probably) going to be the greatest thing ever.

Gods, I just can't wait. March seems like an eternity...
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dswhore 12.20.2005 at 06:42:51 PM
KHII - Give me the love! *must resist from going into fanboy mdoe*

Can't wait to pick up Mario and Luigi 2

*must resist*
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blkstarr 12.20.2005 at 06:13:41 PM
Well, KH2 got a 39/40... Pretty much saw that one coming.

Even still, I'm not very interested in it. I guess the original bored me THAT much. Right now, it's just another extremely high quality AAA title that's coming out on the PS2 in 2006. I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but there's about 20 or so of those populating that list. (Still confused about how the system could be having one of its best years in the twilight of its reign)
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eggmanimn 12.20.2005 at 05:58:26 PM
How could anyone be surprised that Mario and Luigi 2 got a good score? The game is amazingly good. I would've given it a 9 myself.

What did Front Mission 4 get? I would imagine it was scored a bit lower. If it's like I think it is, FM5 will suddenly be at the top of my "I really hope it comes out here within the next 6 months" list.
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ninx 12.20.2005 at 05:41:41 PM
KH2 is one PS2 game that made me wish I got a PS2. It simply looks excellent though I saw more of a 37...38. But it must really be very very good. RE4 got a 39/40, no?

I have been mostly laying my DS and Mario Kart DS and Mario and Luigi 2 and I am not the biggest RPG fan but this game's gameplay really shines for the most part to be fun and it is pretty funny and you can really get enraptured in it's style and how the game works and moves with the two "teams" things so well! I think a 34, 35 is very deserved of the game.
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darkage 12.20.2005 at 05:24:20 PM
or maybe it's really, really good.
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bluelander 12.20.2005 at 05:06:58 PM
I'm really not surprised that KH2 got such a high score. It's an overhyped Square Enix game, and that automatically makes it a winner in Famitsu.
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proppat 12.20.2005 at 04:56:53 PM
Wow, I'm completely shocked about the 39/40 for KH II. They must have fixed a lot of the glaring flaws with the first revamping the fight system and fixing the camera for one. The first one was a decent game, but far far away from a 39/40.
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sirsniffy 12.20.2005 at 04:17:45 PM
Not surprised about KHII...there's like 50% more game I heard, also they managed to tighten every aspect of the game up. Mario & Luigi 2 is surprising, I would have thought it would get much lower.
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gonmon 12.20.2005 at 03:32:53 PM
I need to get a PS2 so I can play the greatness of both KH's. Silly me and spending money on people.
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azu 12.20.2005 at 03:25:27 PM
"How could anything be better than Simple And Clean?"

I think the Passion is at least as good as Simple And Clean/Hikari, but "Passion ~orchestrated~" is much better than Hikari "~orchestrated~"

And yeah, the music is by Shimomura. Twilight Town song is just perfect.

Oh, and there was rumours about KH2 getting 39/40 last week (there just wasn't as much news about it as the perfect score rumours), so drakken, you weren't totally wrong. :)
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drakken 12.20.2005 at 03:19:02 PM
"Actually, it was rumoured KHII was going to get 40/40."

Ah, faulty memory. Thanks, ecureil.

"is the music by shimomura?"

Yeah, the music's by Shimomura.
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kokichi 12.20.2005 at 03:17:26 PM
How could anything be better than Simple And Clean? And who's that bastard who gave KH2 a 9, ruining it's extremely rare perfect 40, chi? >_
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c 12.20.2005 at 03:06:55 PM
is the music by shimomura?
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azu 12.20.2005 at 03:03:01 PM
"bjork - 12.20.2005 at 02:52:24 PM
39/40? I really can't imagine it... KH2 must be drastically different from the first"

Nothings drastically different. They just polished everything from KH1. The story is more complex, battle system has had some improvements and it's more complex too, camera system has been said to be better (can't really say before I get to play it myself), better graphics and it's longer than the first. That's pretty much everything you could do without changing it from a KH game to something else.

Oh, and everything I have heard, the OST sounds better too. Passion ~Orchestrated~ is much better than Hikari from KH1.
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ecureuil 12.20.2005 at 03:02:06 PM
Actually, it was rumoured KHII was going to get 40/40. The first was pretty average, so I'm wondering how this is much better.
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bjork 12.20.2005 at 02:52:24 PM
39/40? I really can't imagine it... KH2 must be drastically different from the first.
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azu 12.20.2005 at 02:25:48 PM
KH2 roXorZ my boXorZ!
I don't know why I said that, it was just the first thing that came into my head. >_>

I saw the opening intro, and it's awesome. It really doesn't show anything new, it has parts of KH1 and Chains of Memories re-created in beautiful CGI. It's done by the same group as FFVII Advent Children. Seems like KH2 won't be disappointing.
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c 12.20.2005 at 02:00:27 PM
yay gundam mahjong ds is finally out! before i die, i want to see Madden Mahjong 20XX.
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rpg_sama 12.20.2005 at 01:56:03 PM
WOW!! 39/40 for KHII, it seems is going to be as good as everyone was hoping it would be...

Front Mission 5 got ok scores...

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