Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,512 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 25% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Lowest review score: 10 WarMen Tactics
Score distribution:
2513 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst the failure to fully address issues from the original Wii Fit is a bit of a disappointment, Wii Fit Plus is still a good exercise program with a large array of fun activities that will appeal to a broad range of Wii owners.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those that haven't experienced the 3DS game, or simply want to dive in again in HD on a big screen, Resident Evil Revelations on Wii U is a worthwhile investment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ may be a rather simplistic shooter, but the game offers plenty of depth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There will inevitably be Kirby fans who will complain that more Kirby games weren't included or that none of the titles got any type of visual makeover, but it's difficult to complain too much given how many amazing Kirby titles have been collected onto one Wii disc, not to mention the fun bonus items and mini games that are also included. No doubt most Nintendo fans will have already played these games many times over, but it's still nice to see Nintendo giving their fluffy protagonist a little fanfare for 20 years of charming gaming magic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is, despite its flaws, a well-crafted racer that’s clearly had a lot of good design work put into it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Retro City Rampage is a unique offering on WiiWare, with an utterly chaotic sense of gameplay and storytelling that's as baffling as it is often brilliant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SameGame is deceptively simple and one of the most incredibly addictive puzzle games ever, Hudson have done an excellent job of bringing the classic game up to date on WiiWare.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is rich with pick-up-and-play gameplay – a highly valued feature is any genre. We played it, we enjoyed it; maybe you will too.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only does the game bring an interesting and unique gameplay mechanic to the table, it also manages to surround it with smooth controls and a lot of personality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not an adventure for the faint of heart, but there's no reason that Xeodrifter should be overlooked by platforming fans – especially those missing a little Samus Aran in their lives.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gameloft have set the bar for other developers to aspire to, with a huge amount of detailed gaming squeezed from the 800 points asking price with 28 licensed cars, 8 real-life cities and a decent-sized career mode.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With much to explore and so many ways of storming the castle’s inhabitants, Unepic is a fun and well-designed challenge for those who enjoy platformers and yon hefty olde RPG feel. Its tight and rewarding core makes it a quest that can be enjoyed along with, or even in spite of, its cheekier sense of humour.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only does the game look and sound amazing for a DSiWare release, but it's so simple to pick up and play that you'll find yourself diving in and having fun in almost no time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Real Football 2010 plays a great game of football and there’s stacks of content here for DSiWare footie first-timers. If you’ve already paid for last year’s entry there’s no point in shelling out for this one too, as there simply isn’t enough new content to justify the 800 Points, but footie newcomers should make this their next transfer target.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's a game that has the potential to keep you busy for a little while. As a ninja, Ninja Usagimaru proves that a sharp mind is the best weapon against any puzzle.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As predictable as Quest for Dungeons may be, it is easily one of the superior ones now available on the Wii U eShop. Its quality design makes it easy to pick up and play, and can entertain players for minutes or hours at a time thanks to the unique simultaneous turn-based combat and procedurally generated dungeons.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beauty of Star Fox 64 3D is that it provides a quick pick up and play experience that is guaranteed to provide an adrenaline rush.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the original should still get significant mileage out of Bird Mania Christmas thanks to the online leaderboards and tweaks to the obstacles you'll face, and those who never purchased the original have no reason not to get this instead.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With gameplay that is both simplified and complex, solid controls, attractive presentation, online multiplayer and a touching, well-paced plot, this title can be considered as a definitive entry in its genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re beginning to get burnt out on Animal Crossing and you’re seeking something similar that also manages to feel fresh, Magical World is the perfect way to start a new life once again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of twin-stick shooters you should absolutely give Dual Core a look.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end it's Paper Jam's simplicity that makes it a great starting point and an easy recommendation, but also holds it back from taking full advantage of more dimensions than ever before.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 3DS version may be a better fit for on-the-go players, but Dave feels more at home on the big screen where others can share in the insanity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gates to Infinity is a fun, charming roguelike with beautiful presentation, accessible mechanics, and the warm, fuzzy feeling that can only come from playing as Pokémon.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great experience, but not one without its flaws — and absolutely not one for the faint of heart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sense of the old is thankfully tempered by a fresh feel and clever level design, however, and even if the adventure won't last long for those without completionist instincts, it's fun while it lasts.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily recommended. The game doesn't do anything particularly innovative to attract those who aren't fans of the genre, but anyone willing to give it a try will find a fun core mechanic, accessible gameplay thanks to the controls and checkpoints, and a good bit of replayability. Some minor frustrations and muddy graphics don't detract much from the overall package here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SteamWorld Dig represents a strong coming together of concept and execution, with relatively simple mechanics impeccably layered to coax the gamer through its story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Providing quality gameplay in both its life sim and action RPG aspects, served up with all of the colourful wit and charm anyone could ask for, it serves as a jewel in the crown of memory of a games studio that helped create some of the most memorable role-playing video games that ever graced the medium.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you choose to play it on the go or from the comfort of your home, you'll still be getting the same retro-style experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay may be familiar, but the effort that was put into making this one stand out from the rest ensures that there's something to be found for both casual and hardcore gamers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the right crowd and an open mind, Just Dance 2 easily sheds its unjust shovelware label with exuberant neon jazz hands and an unwavering smile.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not as complete of a package as many were hoping, namely with the absence of a sharing program within the application, but the core mechanics remain spot-on.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a downright addictive gameplay formula, a sprinkling of creative boss fights and a mountain of replay value, it's difficult to find much negative to say about Zuma's Revenge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still one of the more original gaming experiences out there for those willing to try something a little different.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strained braincells and hand cramps aside, this is a unique and beautifully crafted puzzler which is as admirable for its artistic approach as it is for its fresh mechanics.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game provides a very fun, funny and engrossing experience featuring a cast of interesting and likeable characters. Its stylistic simplicity may deter some, but those who don't mind reading will find much to enjoy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not revolutionize the genre, and the graphics may seem a little dated, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable micro-adventure that offers a lot of bang for your buck.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with the Wii version, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing may not do anything especially new in the character racing genre but it handles well, looks good and offers stacks of reasons to return.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Within its solid and increasingly arduous heart of survival and exploration, Don't Starve: Giant Edition beats with a personality head and shoulders above the hoard of Minecraft clones out there.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gurumin 3D may be short on epic story and have a few technical blemishes around the edges of its gameplay, but its fun style and a surprising depth in collectibles and replayability make it well worthy of consideration for action-RPG fans. Did we mention there's a pretty sweet drill?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring three different game modes from throughout the franchise's history, as well as preset scenarios to clear and online multiplayer, this is easily the most packed Dr. Mario game yet.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Donkey Kong Jr. is easily one of the more enjoyable of the Game & Watch releases and if you've never tried any of the Game & Watch titles, this one is a great place to start.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flametail succeeds in taking the very simple gameplay idea of Maboshi's Square puzzler and turning it into a very enjoyable stand-alone package.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is a hugely enjoyable action puzzler with some really fantastic ideas and mechanics. The sharing feature is easily the biggest draw, and the possibility of fresh content being available for years to come is enormously exciting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We give this game a recommendation - 16-bit RPGs don't get much better than this and it's one that RPG fans won't want to miss out on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're after a charming and creative puzzle-platformer, or simply a fun, fresh experience on DSiWare, Ace Mathician passes with flying colours.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring addictive gameplay illustrating the dangers facing endangered sea turtles, the only bad thing is that you're not actually helping to save real turtles by playing it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not perfect by any means, Runaway: A Twist of Fate proves to pleasantly surprise with an engrossing storyline that will keep you playing to find out what twists await you.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lighting up Crayon Castle is a labour of love, and puzzle fans will find a lot to love here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Essentially, you’re getting a lot more game for your money with Endless Ocean 2; it’s less free-form and meandering than the original, with greater purpose and direction. Whether that’s what you want from a diving game is up to you, although truth be told there’s few other alternatives.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zen Pinball 3D is an excellent representation of pinball, with the attractive stereoscopic visuals adding an extra sense of immersion.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An utterly charming, enjoyable experience to satisfy fans of both franchises; it's a crossover that, when experienced, seems entirely natural.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a plethora of brilliantly-designed levels that never cease to surprise and excite, and a simple, two-button control system, this is a great game that caters to a wide variety of audiences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the few minor gameplay complaints, it's still difficult to fault the well-thought-out design that the game makes use of.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've played the previous entries, you'll probably already know you'd enjoy Rune Factory 3; it's a prime example of "if it's not broken, don't fix it" at work. The new features are bullet points rather than game changers, but it's the biggest entry in the series so far and a must for fans of farming and fighting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flowerworks is the kind of thing we like to see on WiiWare: it's a bit goofy, cute and colourful and a lot of fun. If you take the time to get the hang of things you too can find that fireworks and flowers go great together!
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Developer Nnooo has certainly balanced the title well and while it's unlikely to withstand prolonged play, it offers enough depth and enjoyment to keep you coming back for short bursts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's lower level of difficulty and rather short main quest might turn off some gamers looking for a bit more meat on the bone, but for those who just want a fun platforming ride with plenty of action and some amazing boss fights, look no further than this rather entertaining DS adventure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The difficulty level and technical issues aside, the game triumphs in what it aims to do; the Giana Sisters franchise may have started out as an uninspired rip-off of Super Mario Bros., but this latest effort very much proves that it has become a unique, fascinating and rewarding experience in its own right.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its interesting and innovative combination of puzzle and RPG elements, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is an experience that shouldn't be missed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Senran Kagura certainly has its issues - an inconsistent framerate, repetitive missions, and a sketchy, ecchi aesthetic that's likely to turn off as many players as it turns on - but it delivers an intoxicating blend of quick, combo-heavy combat that's an absolute blast to play.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moco Moco Friends is a sweet, snappy, and engaging game that does what few of its ilk manage to: craft a genuinely high-quality experience that's tailor-made for younger players.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Space Invaders Get Even is a wonderful new take on the franchise. Reversing the roles was a stroke of genius. Blowing up buildings never gets old and it’s fun to be the bad guy every now and then.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One word sums up the gameplay in the latest Final Fantasy spin-off for WiiWare - deep. There’s absolutely no way you’ll be disappointed with the sheer number of things to consider throughout the game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of Nintendo 64-era 3D platformers will find it hard not to enjoy FreezeMe. The level and character design, mechanics, music and structure are all love letters to the seminal N64 launch game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may have some niggles with backtracking, lame endings and button-mashing combat that hold it back, overall the game is as engrossing as they come and certainly one worth investing a chunk of time into.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Are you a fan of the original DuckTales game or the animated series? Download this game immediately. Have you never played, watched, or even heard of DuckTales? Download this game immediately, and then tell all of your friends to do the same. They’ll thank you for it later.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with the online components removed, Fieldrunners is still very fun and addictive tower defence game and a welcome addition to the DSiWare library. There’s hours of fun to be had here, and even if you’re reaching the genre saturation point it's worth a look.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rhythm Heaven Fever doesn't do much new with the series apart from a lacklustre multiplayer mode, or really capitalise much at all on now being on a home console, but the amount of whimsy and joy burned onto the disc still make for a remarkably fun game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not be the flashiest of the Texas Hold'em releases, but it's hands down the best executed one of the bunch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The lack of achievements to strive for and levels to conquer and replay do limit this game's appeal for everyone apart from high-score chasers, but those who give it a chance are likely to enjoy whatever time they do choose to spend with it. That bargain pricetag doesn't hurt, either... we just wish it aimed a little higher.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a straightforward and entertaining tutorial, a varied single-player quest and a wealth of on- and offline multiplayer modes, however, Cube Tactics is well worth its small asking price.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hyperlight EX is a fun shoot-em-up high score chaser with an interesting hook. It's recommended for fans of the genre, but for those who aren't used to extremely challenging games like this it may prove to be too intense. Still, Overall it proves to be a worthy new entry in the 3DS library.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Spanning 40 levels of varying difficulty, this title is sure to provide entertainment to any member of the family, while it lasts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    AiRace Xeno doesn't do anything we haven't seen before, but it's a finely-crafted time-attack racer that's well worth the low price for fans of sci-fi racing, with luscious visuals and a bumpin' soundtrack.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jump Trials Supreme may not be much to look at, but don't let its generic aesthetic put you off - this is a fun and challenging eShop release that distills platforming down to its essence and serves it up in ten-second shots, with some commendable online extras on the side.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perfect for bored children in car journeys, but with a lifespan of just several hours, even the temptation of achieving all the high scores won't entice the more advanced players in the long run.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The controls can be a little wonky and it's devoid of features or customisation, but for 500 Points you're getting an interesting and full puzzle experience (over 30 chapters all told) that's worth checking out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pick it up for a fan this Christmas, they’re bound to enjoy its charms and well-rounded gameplay.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kick & Fennick has an appealing concept to getting around that is backed up with terrific physics. At its best, the game is quite fun in a way that must be felt to believe. Bouts of repetitive level design and a lack of motivating plot can bog it down at times, but fans of Portal-style gameplay can still find a good deal to enjoy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An underwhelming presentation and an unwieldily camera make it a tougher sell for non-fans, but if you're willing to overlook those flaws, unchaining humanity can be a blast.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The experience may be geared at a younger audience, but puzzle fans will be delighted to solve each object and watch Orion's Odyssey unfold.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While a few extra puzzle elements could have been employed, as well as a bit of customization with music and some multiplayer options, Tappingo’s price tag makes it easy to recommend to anyone who thinks they’d enjoy its brand of pixel puzzling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Fossil Fighters: Frontier is too innocuous and likeable to stay mad at for long.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no denying that Picross 3D is a diverting and addictive game, but at the same time it fails to surpass its two-dimensional predecessor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As its own experience, Cube Creator 3D stands up well as an entertaining experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is not an experience for everyone, though we'd suggest that those with a love of adventure games and the download scene should take this one on; it's an important part of gaming history and an education for serious gamers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it doesn't really add a great deal to the overall story of the series and recycles a lot of content from the previous games, what you'll find is a very enjoyable experience, chocked full of content that will keep you glued to your DS for a long while.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beginners may find the current lack of in-game lessons disappointing, but if you're already a budding artist — or just love to create colourful pictures — then there's little reason not to give Art Academy: SketchPad a try.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Frogger Returns makes a welcome addition to the WiiWare line-up. It features good old-fashioned gameplay which remains faithful to its arcade ancestor whilst providing interesting new levels that enhance the experience: a hallmark of good retro game design. It's let down by limited options and lackluster multiplayer modes, but if you're a fan of classic arcade games it's definitely worth your 500 points.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a fun if not premium experience, with some rather uninspired level designs mixed in with moments of greater quality - for amiibo fans it's well worth a look.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The MotionPlus controls, inconsistent and ultimately underwhelming as they are, provide a level of direct control not capable with Wii games of the past. There are some definite kinks to iron out but Grand Slam Tennis is an overall solid debut in a franchise with a lot of potential and is sure to satisfy those looking for a casual game of tennis.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bobby Carrot Forever is smartly designed and will keep you entertained and your wits at their sharpest for a long time, though some may grow tired of the admittedly limited gameplay. It's also a delight to look at and extremely accessible, so while it won't put you on cloud nine, this carrot stew is still quite tasty.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We expect this to be a divisive title, and it could do with a little extra content, but delivers exactly what it has promised, and is unapologetic as it does so.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For fans of the genre that are happy to master the controls and live with compromises this still represents an attractive option, nevertheless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its simple game design and incredible attention to detail Toto Temple Deluxe is a goat ride you won't want to miss.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Academy: Chess Puzzles isn't a ground-breaking achievement or advancement in the puzzle game world, but it does exactly what it promises to do, and accomplishes the task without a hitch. The option to play full games of chess rather than just puzzles would have been a welcome addition, but that simply isn't the case. If you're a fan of chess and you're interested in honing your endgame skills, or if you just enjoy simple puzzle games that will keep you busy for hours and cost you next to nothing, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you love classic third-person rail shooters like Space Harrier, Horizon Riders won't disappoint - so long as you own a Balance Board.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dementium may not be the greatest FPS experience there ever was, but, for what it is, it is quite an enjoyable romp.

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