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 13.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mighty Milky Way
Lowest review score: 0 Fireplacing
Score distribution:
1,482 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If Ocarina is gaming's Citizen Kane, this is the Blu-ray edition. [July 2011, p.53]
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Insert ear plugs and dust off those reflexes: 2D platforming is back. [Christmas 2011, p.62]
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's a seriously massive amount of gameplay per pound here. [Oct 2009, p.58]
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    20 of the finest gaming hours of the year. [Dec 2007, p.42]
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A suitably reverential tribute to the world's most enduringly lucrative band. [Dec 2009, p.53]
    • 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The party features raise the bar for multiplayer gaming. [Dec 2009, p.65]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most exciting ds game we've played in ages. [June 2008, p.56]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 91 Critic Score
    Life-consuming, epic entertainment. [July 2010, p.44]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The crappy songs don't help, but this remains a decent rhythm action game for the DS. And it makes no more sense for being in English. It's no "Rhythm Tengoku," of course. [January 2007, p.73]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 87 Critic Score
    A rollercoaster straight to Bullet Hell. [Christmas 2009, p.58]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A life-consuming wonder-gem. [Winter 2009, p.65]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A cracking idea done almost flawlessly. Tied with World Of Goo as WiiWare's best.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Lovely. [Oct 2010, p.47]
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's one hell of a block party, but Tetris has always lost a little of its lustre on the big screen. [Jan 2009, p.74]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Fun story and great combat. [Apr 2011, p.73]
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Excellent for beginners, looks great, has masses to do, but doesn't really improve on previous games. Shame, really, with some adjustment this could have been a work of art. [Feb 2007, p.70]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    With Wi-Fi battles and Global Trade, D/P is essential. [Sept 2007, p.81]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Lots of variety, good use of the touch screen. [May 2008, p.73]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    As complete a racing game as you could hope to play. [Christmas 2011, p.54]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    With Wi-Fi battles and Global Trade, D/P is essential. [Sept 2007, p.81]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A brilliantly made challenge, but rarely much fun. [Jan 2009, p.64]
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Lacking only an RPG mode and the option to wander off into the woods and play a Duck Hunt minigame. [Apr 2011, p.55]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 84 Critic Score
    A deep, dark role-playing title with an unusually excellent story. [Oct 2009, p.65]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Suda51 game anyone can enjoy. [Mar 2010, p.44]
    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A stern memory and reflex test. [Nov 2011, p.69]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Another strong offering for RPG fans to sink their teeth into, with some great graphical updates, but be warned: this is two parts work, one part play.
    • 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
    • 92 Critic Score
    A daring reinvention of a hero too long on the subs bench. [Apr 2012, p.85]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You'll get your money's worth if you put in the hours, but some would say that life's too short. [Dec 2008, p.73]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Gives you the freedom to keep the game going indefinitely, if that's your thing. [June 2008, p.60]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Works really well within the sometimes frustrating limitations of the DSi, providing reasonably user-friendly access to a set of fun, creative, flexible animation tools. [July 2012, p.106]
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A hefty online-enabled super-retro collection. [Dec 2006, p.38]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Sparkling brilliance, gleeful insanity - just needs more remixes. [June 2012, p.89]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    This is pretty good fun, with so-bad-it's-hilarious dialogue and cute bestiary, but the cannon fights are just a little too repetitive to stay interesting long. [Dec 2006, p.68]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    We haven't played a game this demanding in some time... a refreshing kick in the teeth. [Feb 2008, p.67]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Brilliantly odd music game made slightly less good by the replacement of four of the best tracks. not fair! [July 2009, p.75]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The "game" itself is entirely unchanged, with the same old firsbee competititions, agility and obedience trials. [Aug 2006, p.66]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    For the completist, a must-have. For the rest of us, an entertaining history lesson that's just about weathered the passage of years. [Apr 2007, p.49]
    • Nintendo Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As thrilling to complete the first time as the fifth. [July 2012, p.105]
    • 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]