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|Dissolved||9 December 2019|
|Created by||Scott Bedard|
|Current status||Shut down; redirected to Metacritic|
GameRankings was a video gaming review aggregator that was founded in 1999 and owned by CBS Interactive. [ when? ] GameRankings was discontinued in December 2019, with its staff and older reviews being merged with the similar aggregator Metacritic.It indexed over 315,000 articles relating to more than 14,500 video games.
GameRankings collected and linked to (but did not host) reviews from other websites and magazines and averages specific ones.While hundreds of reviews may get listed, only the ones that GameRankings deemed notable were used for the average. Scores were culled from numerous American and European sources. The site used a percentage grade for all reviews in order to be able to calculate an average. However, because not all sites use the same scoring system (some rate out of 5 or 10, while others use a letter grade), GameRankings changed all other types of scores into percentages using a relatively straightforward conversion process.
When a game accumulated six total reviews, it was given a ranking compared to all other games in the database and a ranking compared to games on its console.
At the time of the site's closure in December 2019, seven games had an aggregate score of 97% or higher: Super Mario Galaxy , The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time , Super Mario Odyssey , Super Mario Galaxy 2 , The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , Grand Theft Auto IV , and Grand Theft Auto V .
GameRankings was shut down and redirected to Metacritic, another review aggregator, on December 9, 2019.
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Pokémon is a series of video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company under the Pokémon media franchise. Created by Satoshi Tajiri with assistance from Ken Sugimori, the first games, Pocket Monsters Red and Green, released in 1996 in Japan for the Game Boy, and the main series of role-playing video games (RPGs), referred as the "core series" by their developers, have continued on each generation of Nintendo's handhelds. The most recently released core series games, Pokémon Sword and Shield, were released worldwide on the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.
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