Just checked Metacritic; looks like you're right.
I was thinking more about the sales reported on VGC being bad, but well 72 is average. Like a year or so after release I remember seeing some threads saying the game was actually good, so a hidden gem, re-releasing would be a good thing, to bad they done a poor job.
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"