Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,285 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 12.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 World of Goo
Lowest review score: 10 Flapp & Zegeta
Score distribution:
2285 game reviews
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The driving and shooting are both unsatisfying, the mission structures lack variety and the writing shows off every negative stereotype under the sun.
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    The tricks are fun for a short amount of time, but given how quickly the novelty wears off, this is not likely to be a title you'll spend much time with.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Tomy has succeeded in converting Pop-Up Pirate! to a video game through the Pop-up Party game mode. Although it works well, it doesn’t go far enough due to a lack of variety in the gameplay. This is the case for the game as a whole, you’ll only get a few hours of entertainment out of it at maximum.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sports Island could have been a great addition to the Wii catalogue, but sadly the lack of polish and emphasis put on fine tuning the controls drags it way below its potential.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Nanda's Island is a tedious and frustrating physics puzzler featuring raindrops that act nothing like water and an interface that turns every horizontally flat surface or slight dip into a level-ruining trap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It is a shame that Rango on the Wii cuts corners and, worst of all, is over all too quickly.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Copter Crisis is another example of a good concept for WiiWare that has been poorly executed. With bland visuals, repetitive gameplay and an absurd Pay and Play pricing plan, there's little that speaks in this title's favour.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    If you can look past the blatant consumerism and potentially damaging image-crafting effect that the classic line of dolls has on children, Barbie Dreamhouse Party has a lot going for it when scrutinized with an eye for metaphor.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    While there is some fun to be had, a purchase is only recommended for creative players who can turn straw to gold - otherwise, stick with a portable version of Minecraft.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The gameplay is passable and there is a high level of challenge for completionists, but the title falls over in almost every other area.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Remote Racers is disappointing on so many different levels that it is difficult to find anything good to say about it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Don’t let the fact that the game is developed by WayForward fool you; The Smurfs 2 is mostly lackluster licensed fluff. While it is nice that it isn't as disjointed as other games of its type, it’s hard to recommend something this uninspired. If you’re thirsting for a kid-friendly platformer, you’d probably be better off keeping your smurfberries in your wallet and waiting for alternatives in the coming weeks and months.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The cheesy music, dull story and lacklustre graphics complete an uninspired package that is guaranteed not to win any in its second time around.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Electroplankton Trapy tends to make the Electroplankton experience very simple for the user - maybe a bit too simple, you could argue.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Approach this one with caution.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    It's fine as a short diversion, but becomes wearying and repetitive when looking for more entertainment.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Cutie Pets Go Fishing is an unremarkable little game that should either have been released on mobile or as a compilation with the other Cutie Pets titles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The mechanics and the gameplay are solid but don't have enough longevity to make the game anything more than a passing amusement that'll only keep the average gamer entertained for a short period of time.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The execution is frustrating, the music is monotonous and the feel of the game doesn't find the sweet spot.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Samurai Sword Destiny twiddles between the line of mind-numbing and oddly enjoyable combat, in a compulsive kind of way. In the end, though, it's tough to shake the hollow feeling present in both the gameplay and presentation.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Sure, the Mario theme is cool and the ability to actually have some interaction with the experience makes it a bit more practical than the Animal Crossing Clock, but ultimately it's still not enough.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Between these limitations, as well as a general lack of options or control precision, this collection is only for casual gamers and even then only if they are looking for a collection that will let them play a lot of different games but none of them well.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The Deer God is beautiful. Sadly, that beauty is only skin deep. Poor design choices take away from fantastic visuals that really have to be seen. With the right level of polish, this could have been one of our favourite indie games on Wii U. Instead, clumsy quest design, repetitive environments and poor performance ensure The Deer God will be remembered as little more than eye candy.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    While it's not all bad — there's nothing "broken" and younger players will enjoy dressing up their hamsters and collecting new cages — the experience is simply too thin to justify its price tag.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Young players might love the idea of stomping baddies as their favorite Big Hero 6 characters, but be warned that there is nothing even slightly super about this one.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ben 10: Omniverse falls into a lot of the same traps that lesser games in this genre do — lots of repetitive button-mashing gameplay, uninspired level design and clunky controls.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    We appreciate Funfair Party Games' wholehearted attempt to inject motion controls into classic carnival games, and while when they work well the games can be quite fun, in most cases, the controls are either too unresponsive or too confusing to use effectively.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    While Zombie Skape functions and does what it sets out to do, you'll be hard-pressed to get any lasting enjoyment out it.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The fans and faithful of the Jewel Quest series who don't mind wildly cramming gems into a corner for several minutes might very much enjoy the newer takes and elements of The Sapphire Dragon.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Play French is barely educational and only mildly fun.