When Nintendo Power first launched in 1988, it was primarily known for its previews and strategy guides. One year in, Nintendo decided to add review scores, giving players a chance to see what the editors thought of the presentation, play control, challenge and, most importantly, fun. While the editorials were the furthest thing from hard-hitting, the review scores helped weed out the bad from the good.
In 1989, Nintendo Power reviewed a total of sixty games. These were all for their 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, and centered around titles published by third-parties. Whether it was to help prop up other companies or simply not admit their own games had flaws, Nintendo rarely scored their own games in the early years.
Using the scores found in Nintendo Power, today we're going to count down the top ten games of 1989. With mostly third party games on the list, I guarantee you'll never be able to guess the ten games in question. Don't believe me; see for yourself as we list Nintendo Power's Top 10 Games of 1989.