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 Pokemon Sun
Lowest review score: 10 Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Score distribution:
2513 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may seem odd for a game to have a crossover before it's even released, but Twisted Fusion adds a nice twist of flavour to BLOK DROP's low-key yet functional gameplay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Digger Dan DX is well worth its price tag, and recommended for puzzle gamers especially.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the package is innovative, polished and fun, often-terrible controls throw a clumsy wrench in the otherwise well-oiled machine and prevent this from taking on "must-have" status.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've got someone to play this with, it's a great way to pass the time on those rainy days – just like with the physical versions of the games (apart from Bop It, which we would have gladly swapped for the real thing or a paint drying simulator).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Epic Dumpster Bear is the epic adventure of a dumpster-diving bear as he attempts to battle against the evil corporation, and proof that you should never judge a book by its cover.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bookstore Dream succeeds in many ways, as it is engrossing, addictive and entertaining for a good amount of time; a steal at 200 points. That said, there are a few bugs and annoyances to work around, and the information in the manual is sorely lacking, telling you what to do but not how to do it. Despite these problems, the overall experience is enjoyable, and if you're not careful many hours will be lost in running your humble little book shop.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those that come in expecting a classic Legend of Zelda adventure this could potentially be an underwhelming experience; yet as a fun action game with plenty of content is delivers well. Once the problem of perception — courtesy of the iconic characters at play — is resolved, this is an entertaining addition for action fans.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are more enjoyable one-player games on the service for considerably cheaper, but very few games with such a good grasp of multiplayer, so get a few of your knuckle-dragging buddies involved and go apeshi… well, just go ape.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Divergent Shift might have been a more refreshing experience had it been released before Chronos Twins hit the service, but as it is, the game ends up feeling like nothing more than a more expensive and slightly less fulfilling clone.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths does not offer a great deal in terms of challenge or variety, but what it does provide comes in a beautiful package that is easy and intuitive to work with. It’s a viable, appealing option for younger and less experience players, and a practical no-brainer for long-time fans of the classic TV show. Those looking for something deeper may feel like they're heading down the wrong path with this title, but it's still worth investigating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Knytt Underground is without a doubt the most unique game on the Wii U eShop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Charming the game may be, Rainbow Curse is a few strokes from greatness: overly repetitive mechanics, underused ideas, and a failure to integrate its clay theme into gameplay in any meaningful way keep it from reaching the lofty heights to which it potentially could. Well crafted, but not a masterpiece.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths does nothing special, but it's — for the most part — a well constructed and enjoyable adventure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Offers one of the finest puzzle experiences currently available on WiiWare. Having said that, the lack of online and controller issues make it difficult to recommend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not necessarily the most solid gameplay experience on an objective level, with the chaos being occasionally tough to manage or understand, but it's a good way to have some quick thrills on the portable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gamers looking to try something new may just find this gem will become their favourite book on the 3DS, but those looking for an adventure wherein they can make meaningful choices may find themselves disappointed in Hakuoki’s rigid structure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While EA released its predecessor only half-baked, it's come through with The Sims 3 Pets and created a quality life simulator that's still mystifyingly amusing and addictive, now with the added cuteness of playing as dogs and cats, though it might not grab you like it did ten years ago.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pocket Card Jockey is absolutely worth consideration and will hook many gamers with its irreverent and addictive gameplay, but beneath its charming veneer is a cruel world of lost bets and unfair odds.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While AiRace Speed is a bigger dish than its DSiWare equivalent, the limited scope still feels like that of a side course than a main meal.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The true beauty of 3D Mahjong is that it is simply the classic game with a lot of variety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Neo Turf Masters is a long way off being the most authentic golf simulation ever made but that doesn't diminish its intrinsic appeal; the gameplay is instantly gratifying and the challenge considerable, especially if you want the satisfaction of coming top on each of the four courses. However, like so many games developed for an arcade environment it is perhaps best sampled in short bursts, either solo or with a friend; there's no career mode to speak of and if you don't see the appeal of bettering your own score or playing with other people, you might get bored within the space of an evening.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Johnny's Payday Panic is a fantastic collection of minigames that makes great use of the 3DS hardware. It's a nice looking package with a sense of humour that plays well, but the limited number of available activities will definitely be a turnoff for some. If you're looking for something lighthearted to play in short but energetic bursts, this collection of touch-based minigames is sure to get the job done.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It suffers from some rehashing, and not everyone will find the humour up their alley, but fans of AVGN who also don't mind a good platforming struggle shouldn't hesitate to pick this one up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can look past this cube's jagged edges, then its well worth a look for the sheer variety of gameplay alone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ziggurat for Wii U is pretty much a bare-bones conversion of the original game with no extra features or clever use of the GamePad (although off-tv play is supported).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    How much you get out of Rayman Origins ultimately comes down to whether you've played it already. 3DS isn't exactly bursting with 2D platformers, so if you haven't sampled the magic of Rayman Origins on another platform this is well worth picking up. However, it doesn't compare favourably to the other versions and makes little use of 3DS's unique abilities. A good, solid 2D platformer, it'll still entertain and amuse in spite of its flaws.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    3D MahJongg is a clean and simple package for fans of the solitaire version of MahJongg. With 200 levels - though there are really exponentially more than that - multiple layouts and style unlockables, plus the ability to launch at any point into a random challenge, it's a solid buy for those wanting MahJongg on the go. For those who aren't already fans there's not much here to change your mind, however.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My Aquarium 2 never strays too far from the formula that made it so popular the first time around, choosing instead to toss in a couple of new features and a host of new goodies to play around with and calling it a day.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We Sing 80s is a decent continuation of the series, and is likely to cause nostalgia overload for gamers of a certain age. Its biggest strengths are multiplayer fun and an excellent tracklist that covers some of the most memorable songs of the period. It's weakest played solo, where it's really just a karaoke machine that's supported by a rather unsupportive Lessons mode, while the video and sound quality is rather typical of a Wii singing game - passable but unimpressive. Nordic Games is a veteran of the genre, however, and has brought its solid experience to this title; as party season approaches, this could be a fun option.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the original release, you'll definitely want to check out this follow-up, but if you're just someone who's curious about the piano, you'd be far better off starting with the first volume.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those of you who purchased both of the original DSiWare titles, Art Academy does not offer enough new content to justify a third purchase. However, the retail release fixes several issues that Second Semester suffers from by combining both lessons, offering an improved product overall.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Super Strike Beach Volleyball does well to bring together engaging gameplay and charming visuals to provide a family-friendly experience on the digital beaches of the 3DS.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not quite as fulfilling an experience as that of its Wii counterpart, the game still provides a nice puzzle-infused platforming romp that should more than please fans of the Harry Potter series of books and movies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you aren't afraid of an experience that starts out frantic and only escalates from there Aero Porter can be a lot of fun, but if you're easily frustrated this won't be a very pleasant experience for you. The simple presentation and intuitive controls make it easy to concentrate on the action at hand, which is good, but that action consists of shuffling bags from one place to another, which may not thrill everybody. While this might not be a first class experience, upgrades and StreetPass features keep this from being an economy flight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge plays great, with fast, fluid combat that's gruesome and satisfying. Still, you'll often wish there was a little more to it than just fighting waves of enemies in predetermined spots, and even with the campaign a little over five hours long (excluding cutscenes) it starts to feel a bit tired towards the end. That certainly shouldn't put you off it, though, as the game is still a worthwhile purchase and a great example of Nintendo's willingness to shirk their "kiddy" perception.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The new control variations offer a fresh spin on the games, and despite looking absolutely amazing on the small screen of the 3DS, the frame rate issues do end up bringing down the overall experience a bit. Ultimately, BIT.TRIP is still one of the best gaming series to come out of this generation, but you can't help but feel that this 3DS compilation could have been much better with a little more polish.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for an affordable, well put-together game with a decent amount of enjoyment, try out A Kappa’s Trail.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its launch day timing and name place Rabbids Land in unfortunate competition with Nintendo Land, which is a superior multiplayer experience in every way. That said, if you've got a group to play with and don't mind the one-on-one restriction of the mini-games, there's a lot of fun to be had here. Fans of the series in particular will get a kick out of seeing these furry faces in HD, the excellent and characterful animations, and the unlockable video shorts. Rabbids Land wraps fun mini-games in an underwhelming board game shell, and while it may not be the life of the Wii U party, if you happen to be throwing your own these guys make great little guests.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Moke Moke is a great example of DSiWare done right. It's simple, fun to play, looks and sounds great, and costs about the same as a cup of coffee. The intentionally floaty control will turn some people off - and anyone who finds Balloon Fight clunky should steer well clear - but if that's not an issue for you, Moke Moke is a blast. It's especially worth checking out if you've got a few furry friends to battle it out with, but the gameplay variety and extensive customization options give solitary players more than enough reason to Whack-a-Moke.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dart Rage is miles better than its downloadable competition and worth a go if you're down with flinging fake metal spears.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s just a shame that this feels more like a continuation rather than a fully-fledged enhancement.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A Fairy Tale never tries to be anything more than what it is - a simple yet addictive puzzler that somehow takes an extremely simple premise and molds it into a very strategic and engaging puzzle experience for gamers of all ages and skill levels.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Great at what it does – serving as a surprisingly jam-packed offering for solo players as well as being a great addition to parties, sleep-overs and gatherings of friends; yet it isn't perfect. Although it has a pleasing amount of unlockables such as avatars and the like, it doesn't feel like enough to keep you wanting more, and considering the game is obtainable at a much cheaper rate on other consoles than the full retail price tag on the Switch version, it is hard to recommend this over other versions, as ultimately the game is identical. This is a good version of a solid dancing game, but whether it's a cost effective launch window offering on Switch is up for debate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Supermarket Mania seems like something you'd be likely to find in a free Flash game, but it adds plenty of stuff to warrant its 500 Point price tag. If you're looking for a simple, fun game, then you might be at the right address here.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jam City Rollergirls is a pretty neat, if ultimately not too heavy video game introduction to roller derby, and if you have even a passing interest in the sport may serve you well. While it could ultimately benefit from more, more, more, the game still manages to punch out a good time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For only 500 Points this is better value than some other games on the service, so if you feel like a few hours spotting hidden items then this is your best bet on WiiWare so far.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though there are a few flaws and the difficulty level makes it a game for those with fast thumbs, Tachyon Project is well worth consideration on Wii U. For fast-paced twin-stick shooting action there aren't many better options on the eShop.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Michael Jackson: The Experience is indeed a good way to dance along to your favourite King of Pop routines, but that's really about it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    2048 is fun, quick, and just distracting enough to keep you occupied for hours at a time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not perfect, it provides a fun experience for multiple players, plus one of the best presentations any Wiiware title to date has received.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As simple as Back to Bed may seem, it's a satisfying puzzle game. Bob's dream sequences further enhance the experience with the inclusion of an appropriately fitting surreal art style. If you're in the mood for a fun and functional puzzle game, maybe consider this one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On one hand, these two levels are really outstanding and well executed, but on the other hand, there are only the two and they are basically the same every time you play them.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anyone who played the original Midnight should know exactly what they're getting into. It might have been fun to throw an extra idea into play somewhere, but the sequel still provides the same fun-if-not-perfect gameplay of the original. If you enjoyed your first round and ached for more stages, this is a no-brainer. Others who might be interested can freely dive in with either game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Balloon Pop Festival is a good puzzle game with some neat elements, though it comes together in a very generic, run of the mill way. Looking past the questionable control option and simplistic gameplay is easy, however, considering that there might not be another WiiWare game with such a great mixture of cute, colourful visuals and engaging gameplay fundamentals.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In terms of content, slick features and a variety of game modes, it's an impressive achievement and far superior to its rival, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D. Gameplay is entirely mixed, however, with intuitive controls and some fun mechanics being undermined by a poor frame-rate performance from the game engine.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Glory Days – Tactical Defense is an elegant game, utilising a small arsenal of features that interlock in such ways that with each bit of progress that you make, you'll have to re-think your strategy and combine what you've got in new, subtle and more complex ways.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While we'd argue that previous fans will get the most out of this sequel in the long run, it's a perfectly manageable entry point for newcomers if the tight mechanics and bite-sized chunks of puzzling goodness are starting to sound pretty good this time around.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    EctoPlaza is a simple and wonderfully crafted couch multiplayer game. All of our complaints ultimately boil down to the fact that we just wish there was more of it; much of this game is ripe for expansion and feels a bit unfulfilled as a result. That being said, what is here is a joy to play, and we would recommend it to anyone who has a group of friends that still like to get together from time to time for a game night. Ectoplaza does a great job of offering a competitive and easy to pick up multiplayer experience, and it's one that no social Wii U owners will want to miss out on.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What could have been another must-have Wii 2D platformer, A Shadow's Tale is still worth your time as long as you keep your expectations in check.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a shooter fan and you don't demand a lot of variety in your gaming experience, Gyrostarr is a game you are likely to enjoy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A focus on so-so side-challenges and low-quality visuals keep Need for Speed: Nitro-X from being as consistently good as it could have been, but it hits enough high points with its fast-paced and wonderfully over-the-top races to warrant a purchase.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed any previous Picross outings and are craving more, you can't go wrong by grabbing this as well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Avalon Code is by no means a bad game, but due to some niggling issues, the game can’t be deemed as a must-have title.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Teddy Together is a pleasant little game, and is a great option for children to play with their parents. Although the voice acting is a bit off, there is so much to be explored that it won't matter. A lot of kids' games can be rushed through, but the level of detail and effort put into Teddy Together makes it an solid choice for young gamers that enjoy the likes of Nintendogs and Tomodachi Life.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    101 Dolphin Pets presents a relaxed, fun and extremely approachable casual pet simulator with simple, entertaining and progressively challenging mini-games that noticeably improve on its predecessor's oft-clunky, unimpressive selection.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Galaxy Saver might not set the world on fire, but it's an interesting twist on the genre. And at only 200 Nintendo Points it's difficult to not recommend that shooter fans at least take a chance on a game that will offer a few hours of shooting fun, with some unique arcade twists that fans perhaps haven't seen. It's easy to wish for more, but from an inexpensive DSiWare title that is quite fun to play, it's difficult to be too critical.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A very charming puzzle experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Paint Splash is a great way to get up to four players of all ages having fun together and creating some neat artwork to boot, sporting both a traditional canvas mode and the simpler, more chaotic Splash Mode.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It would be easy to dismiss Jungle Speed simply because it is, at its core, basically a video game version of an entertaining card game, but if you do you'll be missing out on a wildly addictive game that you and your entire family can enjoy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This may be the best virtual incarnation of both the LEGO and Harry Potter worlds so far, but the experience might still fall short for some.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While this game is a great set-up for hilarity, it's regrettable that it can't always execute its own punchlines. However, it's an excellent title if played with the right crowd. It's a great selection of party games, and is worthy of a place in a Switch library accessed by groups of friends. Due to the nature of its controls, however, don't expect much in terms of portability.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Penguin Patrol aims to provide one thing: a well made game of clever movement puzzles. At that, it absolutely succeeded. There's really nothing more to it than that, however, and the experience as a whole does feel rather slight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Earth Saver might not be as flashy as some of the other DSiWare puzzlers we've seen, but that doesn't stop it from delivering a fun and inventive challenge.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Rabi Laby 2 doesn't do anything to redefine the action puzzle genre, and doesn't even really deviate from the original game too much, there's not much to find at fault here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a retro-styled interface and sounds to throw any gaming fan into a fit of audio nostalgia, Music On: Retro Keyboard is simply more fun than the serious Electronic Keyboard.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pixel Paint 3DS is a fine tool for creating pixel art, but as a port it doesn't improve on its predecessor enough to make it great. Creative types will find a lot to love here, but beginners looking for tutorials or some help along the way won't benefit a great deal. Whether you'll enjoy what Pixel Paint 3DS has to offer comes down to your artistic abilities; we just wish that this could have been considered a definitive edition.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With multiple play modes and a two player option, this a game that should appeal to families looking for something light and enjoyable to play together on a night in. The gameplay may be somewhat lacking in variety and it will not pose a challenge for the older audience, but the kids will certainly have a good time with playing this one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Players who love good old fashioned adventure games won't be disappointed if they give High Strangeness a chance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Slice It! has a rather simple premise but employs it well. Although it's somewhat one-trick and can have its share of mild nuisances now and then, it's an overall solidly designed game and a good pick for those who want to shave off some time with a few visual puzzles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When GoldenEye 007 works it feels like one of the best shooters on DS, but the combat blemishes are frequent enough to become quite maddening.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    ShadowPlay is a nice and relaxing change of pace from your typical puzzler and a game worth spending some time with. It may lack some of the replay value of the genre’s more immediate fare, but there’s enough here to keep both your brain and imagination working for a while.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's plenty of fun to be had, but given the clever level designs and gameplay ideas, you can't help but be left wondering how much better it would have been with a little tightening up in the control department.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no denying the fact that the original Xevious arcade game is beginning to show its age with overly simplistic visual designs and repetitive gameplay, but it's impossible not to be impressed with just how much the addition of true 3D depth injects into the overall experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gamers who already played Moon on the DS won't find anything different here, but for everyone else Moon Chronicles is easy to recommend.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While some may find fault in the unoriginality of his adventure, the Ultimate Pacifier still takes a comfortable spot in the pantheon of superhero babies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its inherently enticing gameplay and relatively short nature gives it great pick-up-and-play appeal, and while single player mode likely won't keep you enthralled for hours on end, its multiplayer very well might.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those not looking to take a trip down memory lane may be left wanting more, though in pure gameplay hours this offers a reasonable return on investment. The no-thrills plotline and gameplay outside of combat could have been fleshed out, leaving this one short of its full potential. I Am Setsuna could be the perfect complement to your Nintendo Switch, but if you're not foaming at the mouth with nostalgia it's certainly an optional purchase.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At a mere 500 Nintendo Points, JellyCar 2 comes with a lot of content to chew on, from hefty main courses to long distance jumping and multiplayer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chain Blaster may be flawed in that its campaign is short and not entirely difficult, but it’s still a whole lot of fun. It’s the type of game that reflects both the advantages and flaws of an arcade-based genre, but it does so with an irresistible style. Fans of shoot ‘em ups, especially of the bullet hell variety, should definitely give this one a shot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Arcade fans looking for something irreverent and over-the-top are advised to stock up on zombie repellent and download this one for some shooting fun!
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's mechanics are simple enough for gamers of all ages to enjoy, but there's also enough depth and replay value to keep those looking for a slightly more varied gameplay experience coming back for more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Feels like change for change's sake. Much of what worked in the previous game has been retooled here, often with disappointing results, but the core experience hasn't changed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Repetitive gameplay elements and some occasionally awkward controls bring down the Dark Knight’s latest, and the lack of an explorable open world feels like a step back from its predecessor, but fun writing, excellent co-op, and lots of LEGO charm are more than enough to seal the deal for DC devotees.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The intuitive and responsive controls do a solid job of allowing players of all skill levels to enjoy the game and although many enemies are repeated throughout the five levels, the unique bosses offer up plenty of incentive to keep coming back for more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a slew of new additions, Twist does a commendable job of taking the series in a new direction; whether it’s better than its predecessors is a matter of preference, but there’s no doubt that PopCap has crafted a highly enjoyable puzzler. That being said, this edition is very bare-bones; it’s also only 500 points.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you take it for what it is, this isn't a bad game, and the fun of dashing through the earlier levels mostly outweighs the bad. Griptonite has certainly captured the spirit of Shinobi games in this release, but falls short of creating an all-time classic to revitalise the canon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a simple, clear experience with strong gameplay that reminds us why we love the Mario Bros. in the first place.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The inclusion of innovative features such as Visual Chat, the abundance of action, some witty dialogue and the presence of many traditional Phantasy Star elements help to secure this a decent score, and there is a lot to enjoy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the most part, Hyrule Warriors Legends is exactly what you'd expect from a 3DS port. The visuals are downgraded and the co-op and challenge modes are absent, but otherwise this is a close match in terms of pure gameplay; it's actually surprising how well the core mechanics have been transferred over to Nintendo's handheld despite the yawning technical abyss which exists between it and the Wii U. In that respect, Hyrule Warriors Legends can be considered a success; it faithfully replicates its domestic parent on weaker - but more portable - hardware.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unholy Heights is a blend of tower defense and management sim that doesn't over-complicate either element. Although some might wish the gameplay was deeper in certain places, there is a good seasoning of inner complexity that should keep many engaged. Add to that a charming, not-so-evil evil motif and some goofy (if not always the most grammatically correct) flavoured text, and it can be easy to get hooked - if you don't get frustrated by the spiking difficulty curve.

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