Nintendo Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,482 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 13.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Maboshi's Arcade
Lowest review score: 0 Academy: Checkers
Score distribution:
1482 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A relaxed approach to skiing and snowboarding that has loads of visual charm, very satisfying handling and a huge frozen playground to explore at your leisure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It looks younger and is simpler to play than previous seasons but there's still plenty of challenge here. Goals galore! [Dec 2009, p.54]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A great toy to mess around with for an hour or two, with enough depth to the missions and extras to keep you coming back on a regular basis for months. [Dec 2008, p.52]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A witty and gloriously fun Lego title, with a huge amount of respect for the source material. [July 2010, p.52]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    WiiWare's Sonic 4 may yet prove the bigger draw for fans, but it'll be a victory for hedgehogs past. True fans, those that really love and cherish the blue blur, should bet on Colours, because if Sonic is to have a future then that future starts here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Handsome, witty, and very good company. [May 2009, p.72]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is a labour of love rather than carefree gaming enjoyment, but it's one of the best "Moons" in a while. A very happy tenth birthday for the series. [Dec 2008, p.69]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Fully featured and complex, this could well keep you busy until next year's game. [July 2010, p.64]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Clumsy design holds it back from true greatness. [Christmas 2010, p.46]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The appeal of the characters will draw you through an initial period of confusion and into a genuinely excellente DS title. [JPN Import; Oct 2007, p.70]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A meaty - often literally - thriller, well told. With no UK release currently on the cards we point all adventure nuts towards their nearest import site.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Top-class music game with great tunes and difficulty levels to suit beginners and experts alike. Shame about the 'aspirational' pricing. [Winter 2009, p.50]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Lots of variety, good use of the touch screen. [May 2008, p.73]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Sky-high production values, lavish special effects and great fun to explore with a friend. A highly enjoyable adventure that you'll happily forgive for its shortcomings. [Christmas 2008, p.63]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Not only the best combat flight sim on Wii but one of the best shooty action games of any type. [Feb 2010, p.60]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Rabbids can pull off a fully fledged game without Rayman's assistance. This is witty, charming and, above all, incredible fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Reminds you of the bizarre tactile thrills only Wii can offer. [July 2010, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Gorgeous, detailed, super-fast and loveably mad. [Apr 2011, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Still a brilliant game. [Feb 2011, p.64]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Clean but not particularly exciting presentation aside, this is a more than capable little paining app - you need to be good at art to get the most from it though. [June 2012, p.106]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A class act. [Aug 2012, p.92]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dark, brutal and cinematic. [Jan 2009, p.57]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Excellent, in its own peculiar way, but offers little new if you've got PES 2009. [Winter 2009, p.61]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    You need to invest in Opoona's world to get the most out of this title - but if you do, there's no traditional RPG on the Wii that comes close to its look and feel. [July 2008, p.56]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Punch-Out!! is an odd choice for a revival, but it suits the Wii perfectly. Thumpy and brash but not without brains. It's time to get reacquainted.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If golf's your game, this will keep you busy for ages. Decent new control modes, some good minigames, online play and real-time weather. [Aug 2009, p.70]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A brilliant, beautiful adventure that takes everything good about Tomb Raider and polishes it. One of the Wii gmaes of the year. [Jan 2009, p.54]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lacks the scale or drama of your average Dragon Quest, but does offer compulsive monster raising. [Oct 2011, p.60]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though there are problems, and though it doesn't actually match up to the magic of the original, Yoshi's Island DS is still a great little game. [January 2007, p.70]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's simple, it's retro, and it's extremely hard to put down once you get started. And excellent package on DS. [Nov 2007, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lively combat and fun scenario design plaster over the narrative cracks. Not the glorious last hurrah we'd hoped for, but as fun as Wii games are going to be in a dry 2012. [Feb 2012, p.92]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Loads of variety, some of the most spectacular moves we've seen and a control system that lets everyone get the best out of it. Aces.! [Jan 2010, p.70]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's such a well-told story. [June 2009, p.67]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A vast improvement over the first game. It's limited in places, but has some of the most immersive and responsive combat we've ever seen. [Apr 2010, p.48]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Not the Star Fox we were hoping for, but one that's surprisig in pulling off the risks that it takes. [Oct 2006, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Another sterling effort for Messrs. Layton and Triton. A much-needed freshening of the graphics and interface give Layton's fifth adventure a new lease of life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's brain-achingly huge. [Christmas 2007, p.71]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A great port of a game that feels like it was always made to be played on the move - and with DS controls. [Nov 2008, p.64]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Finally, point 'n' click done right. [Oct 2008, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The ultimate in fantasy warfare, and a great port from Other Formats, too. [Apr 2011, p.64]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Curiously forgettable and throwaway compared to the Mario platforming standard, but as a social experience ti's up there with the best on Wii. [Winter 2009, p.46]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We're still torn whether to play top-to-bottom with 3D on or side-to-side with 3D off. Either way, this is the best PES on any format in ages.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Buying three extra peripherals and playing with others WILL make you happier... you won't want to take the trip alone. [Sept 2009, p.56]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's brilliant, compelling, and the Wi-Fi score stakes are high. [May 2008, p.65]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The extra dimension brings more generalised puzzling, but the game is more satisfying all round. Three-dimensional nonogram? Yesyesgram, we think. [Feb 2010, p.64]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    There's a ridiculous amount of content here for those who fancy it. [Winter 2009, p.84]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It addresses just about every criticism we had about the summer game. [Winter 2009, p.44]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Loses a tiny little something if you're not ever going to see the four-player stuff, but it's undoubtedly a very cool and enjoyable hack-'em-up no matter how you play.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Hideously addictive, it's the kind of game that'll have you replaying missions in your sleep. If you like Advance Wars or Fire Emblem, this is the 3DS game for you.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Always fun, often merciless but never unfair. If you've played the DS version this is different enough to enjoy. If not, a trip to the operating room is a must. Seriously good for your health. [Feb 2007, p.56]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The best Trauma Center to date, we recognise that the game is ultra niche - so we've dropped our original score a little. [Dec 2008, p.73]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Engrossing tale told by master storytellers, with all the Noir-ish thrills of "The Big Sleep." Unless you're a hardcore action junkie, import now. [Apr 2007, p.62]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    2D fighters aren't so cool now, so GGXXAC was never going to unite the gaming world like "Street Fighter 2" did back in the early nineties, but it might just unite your frienids. [JPN Import; Nov 2007, p.48]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In essence this is identical to the game you destroyed and rebuilt last year. But whe it's this much fun it would be riddikulus to complain. [Christmas 2011, p.70]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A top-notch DS music game. [Christmas 2009, p.65]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Mario & Sonic fills the multiplayer gap, and does it with good-humoured minigames and a renewed focus on throwaway Olympic fun. As far as party games go, it's the gold standard.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Fans have been ill-served on the pinball front for too long now, but this is a giant nudge in the right direction. [Jan 2012, p.122]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The career mode's solid. [Christmas 2010, p.74]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Dumb action threatens to overshadow the odd combat system, but beneath it there's some of Squeenix's most enjoyable work in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    An absorbing, tactically rich fighter with endless replay value. [May 2011, p.60]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Strong in every department, from story to combat to graphics. [Mar 2010, p.60]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    On par with the 360 version of the same name. This will tingle your heart strings just as much as your fingers. [Dec 2006, p.36]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Not quite as stuffed with content as "SSX Blur" but the charm-filled SWS takes snowboarding games to new heights with its controls. [Christmas 2008, p.52]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's slick, it's fun and it's a Stay Puft-sized treat for fans of the series. [Sept 2009, p.60]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A deep, dark role-playing title with an unusually excellent story. [Oct 2009, p.65]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A simpler, more focused MySims experience. Shorter than the original but much nicer to look at, well written and quite funny at times. Who needs the real world? [Christmas 2008, p.50]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Gameplay that's as pure and refreshing as a glass of cold banana juice on a summer's day. [JPN Import; Nov 2007, p.60]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A party game that does a lot more than most to show off the possibilities of the controller, and a set of one-player levels that will enthrall, frustrate and capture your attention every bit as much as the previous Monkey Ball games did. [January 2007, p.47]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A brilliantly ballsy debut on a console short on adult thrills. [May 2009, p.48]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    You'll remember A Shadow's Tale for years to come. [Oct 2010, p.63]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Batman hasn't changed his act in 70 years, so don't be surprised to find a game that's stuck in its ways. But what ludicrously fun ways they are. [Nov 2008, p.44]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's one of the classic RPG series, and a great value for money if you want to spend the months of hard labour it'll take to find every hidden note. Worth the effort. [Nov 2006, p.62]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Moments of brilliance, moments of frustration, and masses of replay value. They don't make them like this any more - they remake them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A relaxing underwater adventure that teaches you about fish and shows you how to battle sharks for their buried treasure. [Feb 2010, p.62]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Shadow Dragon boasts some of the most intense turn-based squabbling in existence. [Feb 2009, p.60]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The fat's been trimmed, but the horror has dimmed. The result is the most psychological Silent Hill yet, if not the scariest. [Feb 2010, p.56]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Be warned, mind: there's a slight tendency towards random outcomes. [Jan 2011, p.62]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    You turn on the DS at 5pm. Next thing you know, it's 11:30pm and the stylus has worn a bloody groove into your finger. Forget The Matrix: it's Picross's grids that'll enslave us all. [JPN Import]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An addictive, inventive action game. [Feb 2012, p.107]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As long as you're prepared to get nothing more than a very good, very short arcade shooter, you'll find a lot of value in this package. It's quick, it's explosive and it's great fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I can be pretty demanding and, at times, intimidating, but Age of Emipres is still and incredible achievement - and a great strategy game. [Nov 2006, p.69]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A brilliant portable fix for PC Peggle-heads and a treat for newcomers to the world of peg-toppling. [June 2009, p.63]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A unique game that will either stay in your cartridge slot forever or be thrown out with tomorrow's trash depending on your taste. There's just nothing else quite like it. [Dec 2008, p.77]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If only the MIDI tech were better, and the song list tighter, this would be utterly essential. [Jan 2009, p.52]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Very fun indeed. [Dec 2007, p.62]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Probably best to play the other ones first, but still a fine puzzler if you haven't. [Nov 2011, p.54]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Fiendishly hard and rewarding in equal measure. [Dec 2007, p.56]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This little gem was made by three blokes in a Parisian attic. Basically a shoot-'em-up, but one stuffed with loads of great ideas and lots of content. Tres bon. [Mar 2009, p.67]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is the Dragon Quest that we know and love. [Apr 2011, p.54]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Smooth Moves has the best and worst of WarioWare. What can be done with the remote will amaze you, but the games are a bit lightweight and you'll miss the mad multiplayer of old. [Feb 2007, p.50]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Excellent use of 3D combined with some genuinely tricky puzzles make for one of the best 3DS head-scratchers available. Just be prepared to get stuck.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A little low on humour and a little high on fiddliness, this is otherwise a nice RPG to sink your teeth into. [Apr 2007, p.68]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's great for anyone who wants to learn to cook a bit more adventurously or simply expand their repertoire with something that isn't a celebrity cookbook. [Sept 2008, p.71]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Proves, once again, that the stylus is god's gift to control schemes. Ludicrously well done. [June 2008, p.59]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Scratch one up for the 'hardcore.' [Apr 2009, p.52]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's bloody good fun and you'll enjoy playing it for ages. [January 2007, p.38]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you like wrestling but find old-school SmackDown as welcoming as Croydon, it's finally time to get involved. As enjoyably overblown as the TV show. [Christmas 2008, p.64]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Really hard to put down, even though it makes our palms all sweaty and gives us horrible dreams about chainsaw men. You've got to play this - it's great. [June 2011, p.52]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Far tighter than the original, an indispensable bit of fan service takes a good shamble closer to being an indispensable lightgun gem.

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