Nintendo Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,483 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 12.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Maboshi's Arcade
Lowest review score: 0 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix
Score distribution:
1,483 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Massively enjoyable, tantalisingly addictive and packed with possibilities. [Aug 2008, p.73]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Will the Large Hadron Collider end the world? Probably not. Ignoring MaBoShi on the other hand... that's a totally different story. You must get this. [Dec 2008, p.75]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's no way you coudn't call it a good buy. [Dec 2008, p.72]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Deep, gorgeous and inventive, World of Goo is not only the most striking title on WiiWare, it's also one of the finest puzzle games around. [Feb 2008, p.72]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A simple idea perfectly executed. It deserves a place among your favourite Wii Channels. [May 2010, p.75]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Up there with the very best that WiiWare has to offer. Essential playing. [May 2010, p.72]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Purer and cheaper than Sonic Colours, this is a great reboot for 2D Sonic. [Issue#56, p.74]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not a huge game but an intricate, sumptuous and reassuringly old-fashioned one. [Mar 2011, p.76]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the very best and most substantial titles DSiWare has to offer. [July 2011, p.77]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Familiar, but different. Overwhelming and yet entirely graspable. Twenty-five years in the oven and fresh as could be. Come 11 June, only one thing will be left to be said: should we have given it 99%? [June 2010, p.46]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A huge departure for Zelda and a proper arrival for motion controls. Link's latest is rule-breaking, dream-weaving, tech-loving, heart-soaring stuff. [Dec 2011, p.45]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    You'll be slowing down through the final spectacular dungeons because you won't want it to end... The best Zelda ever made. Wii's off to a stunning start. [Jan 2007, p.32]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy is one of those rare games that makes children of us all, that'll have you straight on the phone to your gaming comrades, throwing out terms such as 'best game in years' or - gasp! - 'Mario 64 beater.' [Christmas 2007, p.32]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    RIP boredom. A Resi package that melds ace visuals, controls and features into a fine Wii game. If you've never played before there's simply no excuse not to. [Aug 2007, p.42]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    20 of the finest gaming hours of the year. [Dec 2007, p.42]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Like the Wii, none of it should work, but like the Wii, everything does. Brilliantly... No More Heroes is a love letter to videogames that never grows old, tired, or dull. All games deserve to be designed with such lunacy. [JPN Import; Feb 2008, p.56]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Technically brilliant, well written, loads of fun to play, maybe a little bit naughty, maybe the best thing on DS. [May 2009, p.68]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    As complete a racing game as you could hope to play. [Christmas 2011, p.54]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Nintendo love spills from every pore and the multiplayer can't be beat, but Smash Bros risks growing too familiar. It never breeds contempt, but it doesn't quite muster that Galaxy magic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Advance Wars: Dark Conflict is outrageously good, taking a simple formula and tuning it to perfection. This is a console-defining game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If Ocarina is gaming's Citizen Kane, this is the Blu-ray edition. [July 2011, p.53]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    That you won't find a better RPG this year goes without saying. From gameplay mechanics to storyline to visual flair, Xenoblade is an amazing piece of work. [Sept 2011, p.60]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is a game that anyone who's serious about games should play. A mammoth adventure crafted with unparalleled attention to detail. A fantastic experience. [Feb 2012, p.84]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Funny, exciting, intelligent, weird and rewarding. This is what happens when great minds dare to be different. [May 2009, p.42]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Peril, puzzles, laughs and rabbits - everything you'd want for a cracking Christmas romp. [Christmas 2009, p.42]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A cracking idea done almost flawlessly. Tied with World Of Goo as WiiWare's best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    RPG smarts and exploration thrills combine into a brilliantly driven adventure. [Issue#56, p.51]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A daring reinvention of a hero too long on the subs bench. [Apr 2012, p.85]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Retro take everything they've learnt over the last two games, strip out all the bad bits, and deliver a nigh-on perfect Metroid experience. And the controls are just magical. [Nov 2007, p.32]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An incomparable gaming experience, well worth the expense. And Wi-Fi (co-op and competitive) means no need to splash out on a second guitar. Deserves to be a rocking hit. [Christmas 2007, p.40]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll spend 50 unforgettable hours in one of the most vibrant worlds ever created. [July 2008, p.50]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's a seriously massive amount of gameplay per pound here. [Oct 2009, p.58]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Life-consuming, epic entertainment. [July 2010, p.44]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    We wish it was cheaper, but Rock Band 3 is the ultimate music game on Wii even if you don't re-mortgage the house to buy the new instruments. [Issue#56, p.59]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's liquid movement... A massive improvement on previous console FPS control... Not only making excellent use of the Wii's controllers, this is huge fun in its own right. For a launch title to get so much right is an indicator of great things to come. [Dec 2006, p.70]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We can't figure out how on earth we've spent so much time in the game, or what we've actually accomplished, but doing next to nothing has never been so much fun. [Nov 2007, p.38]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The thrill of the eureka moment is Zack And Wiki's currency. Combine this with a control scheme that puts even first-party efforts to shame, and you've got the easiest Zack And Wiki conundrum to solve: should you buy it? The score's a hint.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FUN - in 200-foot high letters made of Lego. Regardless of whether you think George Lucas is a genius in a beard or the prime reason for bringing back the thumbscrew, play this now. [Christmas 2007, p.48]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A classy cinematic adventure with bite-sized, mission-based gameplay and the most viciously funny script we've ever heard. It's a real gem, and excellent on Wii. [Apr 2008, p.48]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most exciting ds game we've played in ages. [June 2008, p.56]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ship's the star in the most ambitious DS RPG to date. At times the DS cannae take it, but when the engines engage, they really do.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The perfect package for Metallica fans, though putting together a full set of instruments could be costly. [July 2009, p.90]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FC Konami deliver another excellent game of football. The additions and on-pitch improvements mean this is well worth forking out for. The lads done good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Suda51 game anyone can enjoy. [Mar 2010, p.44]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a swing of his fist Bowser barges his way into the pantheon of classic Ninty heroes. Expect a wide grin from start to finish.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fight past the awkwardness for an indispensable original. [Dec 2009, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A life-consuming wonder-gem. [Winter 2009, p.65]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a supercharged Ace Attorney, Ghost Trick positively thunders forwards with an awesome narrative drive. Dead clever. Dead pretty. Dead good.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As conflicted a Mario game as we've ever played, but an undeniable 3DS achievement. [Dec 2011, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gorgeous title. [Christmas 2011, p.65]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tasty blend of traditional Resi spooks and modern action pacing that, despite a few action hiccups, remains one of the most satisfying uses of 3DS to date. The third-party game to beat. [Jan 2012, p.98]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As thrilling to complete the first time as the fifth. [July 2012, p.105]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A welcome return to top form for the world's most exhausted videogame hero. [Aug 2006, p.52]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Magnificently smooth, slick and playable, with a good range of levels to suit all standards of player. [Feb 2008, p.46]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Seasoned Civ fans will love how the heart and soul of the game have been distilled to DS without losing any of the appeal. [Oct 2008, p.66]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Pro Evo scores a screamer on its Wii debut. Despite iffy defending and no Master League, this is top quality footie action. Champion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Don't demand an orchestral "Guitar Hero" or instrument simlation and you'll be happy. [Christmas 2008, p.48]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Expect the depth of an RPG and you may be disappointed, but for latent ninjas this blisteringly quick and beautiful action title will be like manna from heaven. [JPN Import; July 2009, p.64]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The best tennis game on Wii, and probably the most enjoyable one we've played on any console since Mario Tennis on N64. [Aug 2009, p.62]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    One of the finest strategy games ever made. [June 2009, p.50]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Adds brains to action fans' brawn, and brawn to obsessive collectors' brains. Ignore the first few clunky hours, and get ready to enjoy the next 300.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Few games offer value for money like this. [Christmas 2010, p.50]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Builds (hoho) on the brilliance of its predecessor with improved flying, busier levels - and all the best bits from the only Star Wars trilogy worth bothering with. Pure gaming. [Oct 2006, p.52]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Sparkling brilliance, gleeful insanity - just needs more remixes. [June 2012, p.89]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A friendlier game than the original, but a scarier one, too, like a zombie that tidies up after it rips you apart. The best horror game on Wii, by some margin. [July 2012, p.89]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This is a hearty meal of a game, one we're gleefully wolfing down, savouring every mouthful as it dribbles down our chins. [Sept 2012, p.97]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This is a hearty meal of a game, one we're gleefully wolfing down, savouring every mouthful as it dribbles down our chins. [Sept 2012, p.97]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Potent Mario magic, and, by God, that 2D-3D idea is brilliant. But it's got what we call the Pikmin effect: the sense that it'll take a sequel to really bring the concept to full fruition. [July 2007, p.36]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Huge, meaty, substantial. It's a Wii title without a minigame in sight, yet it's as well suited to a quick thrash down the slopes as it is an all-night sesh. A winter sports game for all seasons. [Apr 2007, p.36]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Witty story, great characters and a bite-size battle system that's ideal for DS. You can't fail to be impressed by this, regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Final Fantasy. [Mar 2008, p.50]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A really solid Mario Kart with a terrific online setup. There's plenty here to make up for the disappointment of local multiplayer, but it does stop short of magnificence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Okay, so it doesn't win the award for most action-packed adventure on Wii, but it is a beautiful, innovative and very different kettle of fish. A breathtaking experience. [Christmas 2007, p.46]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Engrossing freeform farm 'n' harm. [July 2009, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you've ever delighted in kicking down a sandcastle, demolishing a house of toy bricks or, indeed, playing Jenga, you'll love this. Creatively destructive. [July 2009, p.56]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What Virtua Tennis lacks in panache or style, it makes up for with substance, including a comprehensive World Tour mode and the best tennis controls on Wii. [July 2009, p.62]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The party features raise the bar for multiplayer gaming. [Dec 2009, p.65]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you can crack our ultra-difficult score riddle, this is definitely a game for you. [Nov 2009, p.61]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Pokemon formula stays unchanged, but Gold and Silver remain our favourites. Essential for Johto newcomers and veterans. [Mar 2010, p.94]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Pokemon formula stays unchanged, but Gold and Silver remain our favourites. Essential for Johto newcomers and veterans. [Mar 2010, p.94]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Super simple create-a-game package done in cute WarioWare style. Poking fun at classmates, teachers, colleagues and grandparents has never been so good. [May 2010, p.62]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Lovely. [Oct 2010, p.47]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Still the arcadiest music game around, with a few nice moments to express yourself. [Issue#56, p.46]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Strip away the unmanageable bulk and Pokémon is a truly great RPG. Add it back on later and it remains a flashy, if conventional, entry in the franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Strip away the unmanageable bulk and Pokémon is a truly great RPG. Add it back on later and it remains a flashy, if conventional, entry in the franchise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A fantastic action RPG with echoes of Zelda. [Feb 2011, p.62]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Insert ear plugs and dust off those reflexes: 2D platforming is back. [Christmas 2011, p.62]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An exemplary platformer, and a treat to play with the 3D on. [Aug 2012, p.102]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A solid follow-up to one of the best eShop games. It's obviously not quite as revolutionary as its predecessor and the new freedom it gives may put off some people but it's another impressive puzzler.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The best puzzle game on Wii and one of the most satisfying things we've played in ages. Smashing stuff is good. Very good. [July 2008, p.54]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In a sea of brown, grey and black sameyness, this is a rainbow life-raft of joy. Ignore all the joyless people who moan, and get splatting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Not as perfect as grandad remembers, but its design quirks fade under an onslaught of unrelenting brilliance. [Mar 2009, p.68]
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Hardly the deepest RPG ever, but it's a fast-paced bots 'n' boobs romp, with more energy than a tap dancing meerkat. [Aug 2009, p.75]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Sure, this is one for the younger gamer, but it's witty, varied and has great visuals. [Dec 2009, p.61]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A rollercoaster straight to Bullet Hell. [Christmas 2009, p.58]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    What Other M lacks in pure Metroid magic it makes up for in blockbuster thrills.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A relatively superficial, flashy platformer elevated by raucous level design and heaps of bonus goals. [Christmas 2010, p.54]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The lack of challenge will annoy some, but it's a game that anyone can enjoy, and most will love. [Issue#56, p.42]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that de Blob 2 is a great game, missing only the spark of inspiration that could've made it classic. A broad and singular experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A staggering port of an exceptional fighting game, but for all its accomplishments this is not the definitive version of the game. [Mar 2011, p.47]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    One of the last GBA games is also one of the best - it's the only GBA game you'll need in 2007. [Apr 2007, p.58]
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