Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,464 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 25% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 12 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Lowest review score: 10 WarMen Tactics
Score distribution:
2464 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much like the first Brain Age Express DSiWare release, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters once again manages to offer up a small sampling of brain training exercises from the retail title in a more condensed DSiWare package.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sonic Classic Collection could have been a true must-have for DS-owning Sonic fans, but sadly it's marred by enough small issues to put you off playing for too long.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Music On: Drums takes a different approach than previous entries, and although it doesn't offer the power or flexibility to defeat Rytmik: Rock Edition it's still a good alternative that's fun to tinker about with from time to time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've only got a Wii, the game's worth a purchase, but if you're a multi-platform owner you can definitely do better in terms of FPS games.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Advanced Circuits is a solid puzzler, but you can't help but come away from it feeling like it's something you've already played before.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The currency system may get a little aggravating, but as a silly diversion Jones on Fire is well worth consideration.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    HoopWorld is not a bad choice for a quick and cheap round of arcade basketball, and those blessed souls willing to overlook the flawed controls might find themselves having a pretty good time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A slight handwriting issue aside, this game delivers on exactly what it promises, and that's a world of puzzles. Nothing more, nothing less.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We'd recommend you pick this one up; while there's not anything here you haven't seen before, you'll still probably come away glad that you took the plunge.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's absolutely no denying that Christmas Clix is a fun and engaging puzzler that should appeal to many fans of the genre. Not only does the game sport a very easy control system, it has plenty of gameplay variety to keep things interesting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Just Dance 2015 is much like its predecessors, but in the struggle to do something ‘new’ with the game, Ubisoft has added a lot of features that are not really worth your bother.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those who enjoy the hidden object genre, Jack's a darkly fun experience with lots of replay value and a good amount of difficulty variation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Baddest of the Bands sticks with the same formula seen in the previous two episodes and it's still as entertaining as it ever was. Sadly, this episode doesn’t offer any improvements and if you didn’t like any of the other titles then it's not likely to make the entire 'Strong Bad' concept suddenly appeal to you. On the other hand, if you giggled your way through the other two episodes and had a whale of a time, then you simply cannot go wrong here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Younger kids will likely enjoy this more than teens and adults, with the ability to customize their characters' faces and sounds however they please. It's a very smooth, well-packaged game with great level design and controls.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Assoria certainly have made good use of the DSi camera, although it's a bit of a shame that the camera isn't quite good enough to provide a quality gameplay experience wherever you go.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Casual dabblers would be better served by the lower price point and downloadable convenience of Puzzler World XL on DSiWare, but Puzzler World 2012 3D is still a great little package in its own right, and well worth picking up for paper-and-pencil puzzle fans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The over-the-top action seems to have been relegated to the "supplementary" 5-on-5 modes, taking the focus away from the main game as it shrivels from malnutrition.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Witch's Cat isn't a particularly innovative game, and it suffers from maddening difficulty spikes, but it's still a lot of fun, with a good selection of levels, plenty of replay value, and addicting gameplay that invites "one more try" many times over.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pokémon Rumble Blast is a good game, but - let's face it - we've played it before. The 3DS gave Nintendo a wider palette to work with, but it seems like it was content to leave well enough alone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aesthetically speaking, Trine 2: Director's Cut borders on perfection and deserves nothing less than to be framed and mounted, but the unfortunate news is that this quality does not permeate the game as a whole. Uncomfortable controls and puzzles that don't actually adhere to sensible solutions, but instead allow you to force your own answer on them, mar the experience and slow the game down in a significant way. It's not likely that this release will win new fans to the genre, but anyone who already enjoys physics-based puzzle platformers will definitely want to check this one out. Or maybe everyone should just buy this game simply to look at the environments. Have we mentioned how good it all looks?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The storyline is immersive and genuinely well-delivered and will give gamers of all ages plenty to enjoy. The omission of online multiplayer is a huge downer though, and it stops this game from being something truly exceptional. There's a lot to love, but it'll be a largely solo eXperience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a simulation nut you'll get the most out of this game, but strategy fans and even minigame lovers should not walk away disappointed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The DSi's lack of multitouch severely hampers attempts at emulating musical instruments – particularly a piano; even though this erases any hope of learning chords or playing anything complicated, however, it doesn't prevent the game from demonstrating the simplest way to tickle the ivories.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed Gunslugs 2, rest assured that its predecessor offers just as many explosive thrills.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, while it does have its flaws and the gameplay itself isn't terribly exciting, City Interactive have done well to create an enjoyable adventure game with Crime Lab: Body Of Evidence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s short course list, lack of online play, and easy computer opponents mean that the game will have a short life span unless you bring some friends over to play it with you. Even so, with it’s amusing and easy to pick up and play mechanics, its multiple controller options, and easy on the eyes graphics this is a solid WiiWare release which is worth investigating.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Barring a slight lack of replay value, there's not much this inexpensive little DSiWare title does wrong.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The 3D is almost inconsequential, but the result is a tough, well-constructed puzzle title with plenty of content.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai is a game that, for the most part, is fun to play and nice to look at. It tries to deliver a varied gameplay experience, and although it isn’t too hot when it comes to the 3D levels and shallow mini-games, it makes up for this with tightly crafted 2D levels that can be deviously challenging.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With lots of short stages, it’s a great pick-up-and-play title, making it a positive purchase for 3DS owners who take their system with them on the go.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although we're certainly in the company of undead kings, Defend Your Crypt doesn't have grand ambitions. Instead it aims to deliver a solid puzzle title with a unique twist on the tried and tested 'tower-defense' formula.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anyone looking to flex their vocabulary will certainly find a good time in Bookworm, although missing fun features hurts the longevity somewhat - if you want a fleshed-out version then wait a week for the retail release.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Players might be put off by the short length and lack of multiplayer -- which means it probably won't get as much playtime after the first runthrough by anyone but high score junkies, but if you're a fan of the genre it's worth a look.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Amoebattle is a pretty solid gaming experience that's unfortunately let down by an almost painful soundtrack, as well as a tendency to pad out levels in a way that feels artificial. If you can get beyond those things, however, you'll find a well-controlled and intuitive experience that brings out the best of the RTS genre without over-complicating it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Viral Survival does pretty much exactly what you would expect from a high score game on WiiWare, but refreshingly the games are actually kind of fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Beggar's Ride is a cool little game to play if you just fancy a few hours of escapism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Sims 3 provides the first open-world experience in the series for a Nintendo handheld, and does quite a good job of it, with enough options, subtlety, neighbours and mini-objectives that there's always something interesting to do. However, the content is limited to a somewhat narrow framework, and overall it's not immersive enough to provide anything much more complex than the original PC game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Moto Racer is a must-have for fans of the genre, but for those unacquainted with racing titles and looking for a more light hearted approach to racing, perhaps Mario Kart is a safer bet.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the show this game is an absolute must-buy and not to be missed. However, if you're a newcomer to the series you may want to steer clear of these lumps, or else you're in for a confusing, but absolutely algebraic, ride.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Robot Rescue 3D doesn't reinvent the series; it repackages it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge holds up well on 3DS, with the franchise at home on portable hardware. In a pinch we probably prefer playing on the hefty GamePad screen, but ultimately both versions of the game provide some solid amiibo fun at no extra cost. It's worth a spin on either system.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The action-packed 2D Power Ranger gameplay found here is surprisingly fun and does a great job of bringing the series style into a portable gameplay format.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Citizens of Earth is a rare breed of sprawling RPG that doesn't take itself too seriously, and blends solid mechanics with parody and imagination very well indeed. The style is there, but when it comes to overall experience, a long list of glitches rains on this Vice President's parade somewhat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kirby Triple Deluxe is a pleasant package that doesn’t push the envelope very far.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Liberation Maiden offers a surprisingly short experience, but if it were much longer the sense of repetition would probably become quite irksome. For all its flashy visuals and instantly gratifying action, this isn't a game that boasts a tremendous amount of variety or depth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those looking for something fresh, an interesting story, or an action game to play in bite-sized pieces on the go may want to think twice.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's beginning to sound a bit like a broken record, but Picross e6 is really just more of the same. There are no new features here, just another set of puzzles to solve.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you do some soul-searching and decide that you''re not Steve Tyler's biggest admirer, then you will probably end up disappointed with the game when you finally get to play it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you appreciate clever puzzle design and want a stress-free game to wind down with after a long day of work, this is for you.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bear Box Media has been able to capture the unique controller's brilliance by adapting the classic word guessing game, Pictionary. Admittedly, Scribble is unlikely to win over anyone seeking a more traditional video game experience, while its appeal is perhaps a little limited by its genre. What is on offer, though, can be enjoyed by everyone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WayForward set out to push the DS to its limit, and by Odin's beard, it succeeded with thunderous applause.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter is a solidly crafted game that does a lot right in offering a classic, arcade-leaning space shooter experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Heron: Steam Machine isn't going to win any awards, but it has a clean cartoony look and offers a great 5-minute pick-up game that will have broad appeal. The game has a solid play mechanic with a great arcade feel to it backed by bouncy music - for 500 points that's not half bad, and if you like puzzlers it's definitely worth a look.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    PictureBook Games: The Royal Bluff might not be one of the more well-known card games out there, but its simple rules and strategic gameplay should make it very appealing to card game fans looking for something a little different.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some patches may improve this experience, and it's a solid entry for those with a New 3DS that fancy some Terraria on the go.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An attractive proposition for portable pinball: the tables are fun and the stereoscopic 3D is impressive enough to leave other pinball games feeling flat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid racing title that’ll appeal to any type of gamer. The game supports the same four control schemes as Mario Kart Wii and will provide gamers with an enjoyable racing experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    How does this ported iPhone app fare as DSiWare? Surprisingly well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This title has much to recommend it, as long as you're willing to look beyond some of its faults.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is safe to say that if you are a fan of puzzlers such as Lumines or Columns you will get a kick out of this. For the admission price of 800 Wii points it is pretty good value for money.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chef provides frantic, old-school pick-up-and-play fun that's just as addictive now as when it was first introduced, and along with the other DSiWare Game & Watch titles, Nintendo has used the better graphics and sound technology available now in order to make as authentic an LCD handheld experience as possible on your DSi.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With addictive puzzling and multiple modes of play, Tangram Attack is a quality piece of entertainment that will test your mental alertness and reflexive skills.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still, players looking for an atmospheric puzzler with some inventive gimmicks should find plenty to enjoy with most of this title, regardless of these hiccups.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, Madskull Creations has taken the traditional arcade formula and applied modern day controls to create a classic yet refreshing little Wii U title. For the little money being asked, it's well worth checking out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid tower defence title with clear and concise gameplay, varied enemies and plenty of upgrades to keep the player busy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tetris Axis falls short of spectacular but still proves to be a worthwhile addition to the classic's illustrious handheld legacy with its expanded online component and oddly addictive Fever mode.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You might find more polished versions of the game out there, but if you've ever wanted to take this arcade classic with you on the go, this is the version you need.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lighthearted dungeon crawler with an original hook, Picdun 2: Witch's Curse is as intuitive an introduction as you could hope for to the genre.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Nintendo had created a demo for their retail DS Brain Age titles, Brain Age Express: Math would have been it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If not for the clumsy camera it would be a timeless classic, but with the camera Epic Mickey can be dated at approximately 1997.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is definitely a game that you should play if you're attracted to the concept, but there are caveats to bear in mind before hunting down spirits on your 3DS.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not a perfect game, and the difficulty in later stages may deter some of the more casual puzzle fans out there, but it's worth keeping in mind that this was designed as a way to relax, and is best experienced when taken lightly.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The biggest problem faced by Lux-Pain is the poor effort that appears to have been made to localize the game effectively and this lets down an otherwise very engaging title.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This isn't a title you'll likely still be playing years from now, but it's a surprisingly meaty experience, and if you're a music game addict or a huge fan of early '00s mainstream hard rock music, you'll love kicking these beats.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rytmik Ultimate offers a very powerful interface for electronic music composition, combining a generous amount of samples with a refreshingly useful collection of editing tools to good effect.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the very least, Rusty's Real Deal Baseball is worth downloading. You can decide for yourself how much money you want to spend on it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kingdom Hearts 3D is a great looking, solid game, held back by a few design choices which stop it from being as enjoyable an experience as it should be. If you are new to the series and want to know what it's all about, then try Kingdom Hearts I or II before diving into this one. However, if you are a series veteran then step this way, as there is still a lot of fun to be had if you can overlook the small gameplay problems.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Arkanoid Plus! is another fine addition to Taito's series of classic franchise remakes. It doesn't really do anything special or new, but it doesn't have to: the core game is just as addictive as it's always been.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the number of single player games indicating otherwise, Game & Wario isn't at its best when played alone — with multiple willing participants it's a hoot and, while it doesn't match up to Nintendo Land as Wii U's premier multiplayer experience, it certainly has its share of games that you're going to want to play again and again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun and addictive action puzzle game with a decent amount of content. It would have been nice to see some multiplayer features or anything besides the main story, but with 50 replayable levels, there's still enough here to keep gamers busy for a while.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Burn the Rope achieves the right combination of elements to make a very simple, addictive, fun and unique puzzler with a lot of replay value. It's let down, however, by its lack of leaderboards and the unshakable feeling that it would be a lot more fun in its originally intended handheld format.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fast-paced nature of the title and rapid decision making that comes with each movement or action is satisfying when you finally nail a run, though it's certainly challenging. If you enjoy fun but punishing games that can be enjoyed in short bursts, this may be one to take a look at.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What ought to be a rock-solid racer is marred by a Career mode that forces players to return to the same course too often. Otherwise, it looks and feels very good, and a variety of challenges set it apart from other racing games, but prepare for plenty of repetition.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bloody Vampire is a bit rough around the edges, and it's far from original, but it combines its sleeve-borne influences into a stylised package that's a lot of fun. Fans of Metroidvania-style games looking for an eShop fix will get well more than their $5 worth of fun here, and newcomers up for designated save spots and the absence of a map should definitely look into spending a vampire weekend with Latis.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Vektor Wars is filled with a loving reverence to the "future" that the 80s promised. It's the type of game you'd see on a big screen display with gaudy plastic guns for full effect, but instead is humbly played on your GamePad. If the idea of arcade-style survival games in a neon-soaked, Tron-like world piques your interest, than this might be worth your time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the idea itself might feel a bit familiar, the execution in the game is solid and should appeal to gamers that enjoy this type of problem-solving gaming experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Goony borrows level layout ideas from Q*bert and combines them with the addictive nature of endless runners, resulting in a somewhat unique entry in the genre. The inclusion of block editing, screenshot and QR code functions is welcome, while the multiplayer mode is a great way to pass a few minutes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are a few minor issues here and there, like the somewhat average visuals and a camera that doesn't always cooperate, but for the most part the game still manages to capture the majority of the magic from its earlier console days.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Abyss is, more than a little ironically, not deep. It is, however, a simple game done well, and quite a lot of fun to play. It doesn't bring anything particularly innovative to the table and it's not a lengthy adventure, but with solid gameplay, wonderful music, and a 200 point price tag, Abyss is a fun and surprisingly atmospheric trip below the surface.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hitori by Nikoli hits up against some interface nonsense, but otherwise offers an enjoyable twist on traditional puzzles and scratches much of the same itch as a Picross game, making it worth considering for an extended brain workout.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With detailed graphics and a fitting soundtrack, the wide spectrum of puzzle genres that the game covers deepens the experience and broadens its appeal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even the staunchest of Sega fans will admit that Space Harrier has never been the deepest of experiences, and this 3DS iteration does little to change that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Samurai Warriors' return to Nintendo platforms is a welcome one, even if it is a little flawed in places. The combat is as solid as ever, and fans will appreciate the effort and attention that's been put into the personalised story mode.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Viking Invasion 2 is a capable tower defense game that doesn’t do much to improve on an unbroken formula; with an intense difficulty curve and emphasis on replayability, you’re sure to get plenty of hours out of this purchase. While it may not have enough to draw strangers to the genre in, fans of games like this will definitely find something to enjoy here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although its branching narrative system could have more depth, Chase: Cold Case Investigations has an undeniable sense of charm and keeps players' attention through its characters, anime art style and subdued jazz-noir soundtrack. If the series is allowed to continue and introduce a deeper approach to multiple choice and interrogation, then we could see something truly special.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's the most fun we've had with a LEGO game in quite some time, as a matter of fact - smart design, some gameplay variety and a surprisingly impressive amount of content all weigh heavily in its favour. It strikes us as a game that had one of the more experienced and imaginative TT Games teams at the helm, and it charmed and entertained us over a number of hours.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For a fun and addictive game that can be played at your own pace, this is definitely a download worth hunting down.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water has been put through a wringer of doubt and speculation in the run up to its release, but manages to come out the other side still just as drenched with atmosphere and intrigue as ever.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Human Resource Machine is a good game, bordering on great. It's just missing a few little tweaks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The pick-up-and-play nature of 3DS gaming lends itself to the game's quick levels even better than Wii U does, and keeps it from getting boring – if you're a fan of puzzles, electronica, or just want something to relax with after a long day of work, Color Zen is a worthy investment.