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On Famitsu Magazine and Perfect Scores

Famitsu, the premiere Japanese videogame magazine, has awarded a perfect score to Monster Hunter Tri, the new Wii entry in Capcom's popular action series.

Why is this big news? Well, look at the list of every game that has earned a perfect score from all four of Famitsu's reviewers (from Wikipedia):

1.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, Nintendo, for Nintendo 64)
2.Soulcalibur (1999, Namco, for Dreamcast)
3.Vagrant Story (2000, Square Co., Ltd., for PlayStation)
4.The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003, Nintendo for Nintendo GameCube)
5.Nintendogs (2005, Nintendo, for Nintendo DS)
6.Final Fantasy XII (2006, Square Enix, for PlayStation 2)
7.Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Nintendo, for Wii)
8.Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008, Konami, for PlayStation 3)
9.428: Fusasareta Shibuya de (2008, Sega, for Wii)
10.Dragon Quest IX (2009, Square Enix, for Nintendo DS)
11.Monster Hunter Tri (2009, Capcom, for Wii)

Notice anything? Like the fact that Famitsu has now given out nearly as many perfect scores in the last two years as it did in the last 20? At this point, there's no denying it: Something has changed with regards to Famitsu's editorial policy on perfect scores - in an instant, it has gone from almost absurdly stringent to positively magnanimous. But why?

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