Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,597 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 24% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Lowest review score: 10 STEEL LORDS
Score distribution:
2600 game reviews
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The experience lacks the qualities of the Nintendo original, and doesn't provide any noteworthy additions to the tried and tested formula.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Even with its bright eyes and squishy smile, we can't recommend this to anyone until it's recalled and patched.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Aenigma Os operates as one would expect a tile-matching game to, but realistically does nothing to set itself apart from the pack. There are many other games available elsewhere that offer this type of experience, and are not half as generic. While there is plenty of content on offer, it should have been condensed into a couple of modes, considering most of them are essentially the same.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    We hate to complain too much about a game with such an affordable price, which has the intention of wholesomely entertaining and educating young children, but there are so many other far better options on the market at comparable prices. Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood is innocent software, and it’s not exactly broken, but it ultimately isn't of a high enough quality to merit a purchase.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This is a game only young players will likely enjoy on the whole, while others will be left scratching their heads as to how a show with so much personality churned out such a dull game.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    While there's nothing drastically wrong with it, Puppies World 3D is still a mixture of niggling flaws, missed opportunities, humdrum presentation and broken promises; the kind of shovelware that has plagued the industry for years, never aspiring to go above and beyond what has already come before it.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Absolute Brickbuster is by no means bad: it controls just fine, and it does everything it promises to do, but unfortunately that isn't much, and it doesn't deliver anything surprising in addition.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's an average game diminished by its own bugs, glitches, and largesse.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With a hands-down fantastic soundtrack, a boat-load of charm, and a genuinely insightful celebration of the game development process, there's the ghost of a very good game buried somewhere inside. But confusing design choices, recurring glitches, and boredom that sets in far too quickly make it tough to recommend.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The 3DS edition of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is less expensive than its Wii U counterpart, but it's still a tall retail price to ask for a muddy, repetitive adventure.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a bold move for Natsume to develop a game that strays away from the series' conventions and tries new things, but the overall experience is lacking the polish and charm that the Harvest Moon name has come to represent.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    No beating around the mulberry bush with this one: My First Songs is nothing more than a glorified karaoke machine.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This one is short, shallow, and frankly too easy to keep anyone interested for long.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Word Searcher 4 is basically the same game as its predecessors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Not even the feel good act of saving puppies can rescue this game, and it doesn't help that the little pups aren't even endearing.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a game of Blackjack, no more or less.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall, this probably isn't the brawler you're looking for.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    This surprisingly plain 'Adventure' rapidly becomes boring unless you're in it for the sheer intellectual challenge of solving each puzzle.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s only 500 Points so you get what you pay for, but we’d almost rather Big Blue Bubble go back to add more content and up the price a few hundred points to give us more reason to play. Useless unlockable dart designs, new games, something. You’re better off spending the money on a cheap dart board or, failing that, a few boxes of sharp pencils to throw at the wall.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rhythm games and zombie slashers both have the potential to be a lot of fun, but their marriage here in Zombie Slayer Diox is one of conflict, and the weaknesses of both genres are far more vividly on display than the strengths.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The final word is that no one should walk into this game expecting anything other than a barebones word search game, and that is exactly what Digital Leisure has provided here.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Quite simply, Helmet is boring and without any real challenge.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As interesting and unique as the visual presentation is, it's still not quite enough to cover up the many gameplay flaws that rear their heads rather frequently throughout the game.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Fans of hidden object games are better off leaving this one at the bottom of the deep blue sea.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Consider Darts Up as a game you’d play with some friends not too keen on taking anything too seriously – much like the pub sport it emulates.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As far as lazy rehashes go, this one is at the absolute top of the list.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Harvest Moon: My Little Shop is really good at what it does, and what it does is bring the tedium of working in the food service industry right into your home.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Beenox sure is trying to do well by the character, but it's becoming evident that the studio needs a rest from being the only one churning out Spider-Man titles on a sort-of-annual basis.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Spot the Differences: Party! isn’t worth time or money unless you're an enthusiast that adores these kinds of experiences. It performs one trick and one trick only, but that trick isn’t very good in the first place; even for its simplistic genre, it does little to liven up proceedings.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In an age where the majority of us have regular access to electronic devices that handle these same tasks in a far better way, a 3DS application that's below par is a very tough sell.
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    • 63 Metascore
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    NBA Playgrounds is a flawed game, but a fun one. Single player modes are playable but can feel like a bit of a slog for all but the most hardcore fans. Multiplayer fares much better, delivering an enjoyable local multiplayer experience that we’re hopeful can be recreated well online. If you’re thinking of picking this one up, then, we recommend you do your homework and proceed with caution; perhaps wait until the online multiplayer is live, too.
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    There are lots of great ideas here, and every now and then you can see glimpses of what kind of potential those ideas have, but this is a gaming equivalent of what happens when you pull a tray of cookies out of the oven too early, leaving you underdone treats. The core concept behind LEGO Worlds isn’t the problem, but the execution is. Perhaps in future updates (or sequels) Tt Games will figure out how to better refine it, but we would advise you to hold off on this one for now. Creative players will get a little more utility out of this game due to its sandbox mode, but on the whole there’s not much here that you’ll be missing out on by passing.
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    Its current status means that we can’t give NBA 2K18 a score until the situation is remedied (or at least clarified). If it gets patched soon we’ll happily declare this one a highly recommended game, but in its current state we simply can’t recommend it at all.

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