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Scoring Policy

The games reviewed on Nintendo Bits are scored on a scale from 0-5, indicated by stars in the "verdict" section on the right of the review page. The score in stars can also be converted to a score from 1 to 10. Check out the table below to interpret the scores.

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5 out of 5 stars (EPIC WIN)5 out of 5 stars (EPIC WIN)5 out of 5 stars (EPIC WIN)5 out of 5 stars (EPIC WIN)5 out of 5 stars (EPIC WIN) 5/5 10/10 These are those epic masterpieces and timeless classics that must not be missed. No matter what.
4.75 out of 5 stars (SUPERB)4.75 out of 5 stars (SUPERB)4.75 out of 5 stars (SUPERB)4.75 out of 5 stars (SUPERB)4.75 out of 5 stars (SUPERB) 4.75/5 9.5/10 Here we have those games that are polished, highly enjoyable and will appeal to pretty much everybody. These are highly recommended games that should not be ignored.
4.5 out of 5 stars (AWESOME)4.5 out of 5 stars (AWESOME)4.5 out of 5 stars (AWESOME)4.5 out of 5 stars (AWESOME)4.5 out of 5 stars (AWESOME) 4.5/5 9.0/10
4.25 out of 5 stars (GREAT)4.25 out of 5 stars (GREAT)4.25 out of 5 stars (GREAT)4.25 out of 5 stars (GREAT)4.25 out of 5 stars (GREAT) 4.25/5 8.5/10
4 out of 5 stars (GOOD)4 out of 5 stars (GOOD)4 out of 5 stars (GOOD)4 out of 5 stars (GOOD)4 out of 5 stars (GOOD) 4/5 8.0/10
3.75 out of 5 stars (DECENT)3.75 out of 5 stars (DECENT)3.75 out of 5 stars (DECENT)3.75 out of 5 stars (DECENT)3.75 out of 5 stars (DECENT) 3.75/5 7.5/10 These games are enjoyable and certainly have an audience, but are not for everybody. They are either high potential games that have one or two major flaws or average games that offer enough to ascend above mediocrity. They can offer entertainment, but approach with caution.
3.5 out of 5 stars (REASONABLE)3.5 out of 5 stars (REASONABLE)3.5 out of 5 stars (REASONABLE)3.5 out of 5 stars (REASONABLE)3.5 out of 5 stars (REASONABLE) 3.5/5 7.0/10
3.25 out of 5 stars (PASSABLE)3.25 out of 5 stars (PASSABLE)3.25 out of 5 stars (PASSABLE)3.25 out of 5 stars (PASSABLE)3.25 out of 5 stars (PASSABLE) 3.25/5 6.5/10
3 out of 5 stars (AVERAGE)3 out of 5 stars (AVERAGE)3 out of 5 stars (AVERAGE)3 out of 5 stars (AVERAGE)3 out of 5 stars (AVERAGE) 3/5 6.0/10
2.75 out of 5 stars (MEDIOCRE)2.75 out of 5 stars (MEDIOCRE)2.75 out of 5 stars (MEDIOCRE)2.75 out of 5 stars (MEDIOCRE)2.75 out of 5 stars (MEDIOCRE) 2.75/5 5.5/10 Unfortunately, something went wrong here. These games are flawed and will only appeal to die-hard fans of the genre.
2.5 out of 5 stars (FLAWED)2.5 out of 5 stars (FLAWED)2.5 out of 5 stars (FLAWED)2.5 out of 5 stars (FLAWED)2.5 out of 5 stars (FLAWED) 2.5/5 5.0/10
2.25 out of 5 stars (BAD)2.25 out of 5 stars (BAD)2.25 out of 5 stars (BAD)2.25 out of 5 stars (BAD)2.25 out of 5 stars (BAD) 2.25/5 4.5/10
2 out of 5 stars (PITIFUL)2 out of 5 stars (PITIFUL)2 out of 5 stars (PITIFUL)2 out of 5 stars (PITIFUL)2 out of 5 stars (PITIFUL) 2/5 4.0/10
1.75 out of 5 stars (HOPELESS)1.75 out of 5 stars (HOPELESS)1.75 out of 5 stars (HOPELESS)1.75 out of 5 stars (HOPELESS)1.75 out of 5 stars (HOPELESS) 1.75/5 3.5/10 These games stink, so don't go near them. The developers tried, but the end product is too messy to be enjoyed. Back to the drawing board, guys.
1.5 out of 5 stars (TERRIBLE)1.5 out of 5 stars (TERRIBLE)1.5 out of 5 stars (TERRIBLE)1.5 out of 5 stars (TERRIBLE)1.5 out of 5 stars (TERRIBLE) 1.5/5 3.0/10
1.25 out of 5 stars (PATHETIC)1.25 out of 5 stars (PATHETIC)1.25 out of 5 stars (PATHETIC)1.25 out of 5 stars (PATHETIC)1.25 out of 5 stars (PATHETIC) 1.25/5 2.5/10
1 out of 5 stars (DREADFUL)1 out of 5 stars (DREADFUL)1 out of 5 stars (DREADFUL)1 out of 5 stars (DREADFUL)1 out of 5 stars (DREADFUL) 1/5 2.0/10
0.75 out of 5 stars (DIRE)0.75 out of 5 stars (DIRE)0.75 out of 5 stars (DIRE)0.75 out of 5 stars (DIRE)0.75 out of 5 stars (DIRE) 0.75/5 1.5/10 Every now and then, there are games released that are so broken, frustrating, ugly and flawed, they deserve to follow only one route: from the budget bin to the garbage bin.
0.5 out of 5 stars (ABYSMAL)0.5 out of 5 stars (ABYSMAL)0.5 out of 5 stars (ABYSMAL)0.5 out of 5 stars (ABYSMAL)0.5 out of 5 stars (ABYSMAL) 0.5/5 1.0/10
0.25 out of 5 stars (UNFATHOMABLE)0.25 out of 5 stars (UNFATHOMABLE)0.25 out of 5 stars (UNFATHOMABLE)0.25 out of 5 stars (UNFATHOMABLE)0.25 out of 5 stars (UNFATHOMABLE) 0.25/5 0.5/10
0 out of 5 stars (EPIC FAIL)0 out of 5 stars (EPIC FAIL)0 out of 5 stars (EPIC FAIL)0 out of 5 stars (EPIC FAIL)0 out of 5 stars (EPIC FAIL) 0/5 0/10
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