Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,424 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 12.2 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 Santa Factory
Score distribution:
2424 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To call Sonic Colours the best 3D Sonic game ever is damning with faint praise, although its title is deserved. The action is fast enough to satisfy your speed lust, whilst the Wisp powers introduce plenty of new skills and ways to explore the stages that otherwise could just be straight zips to the finish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mega Man 10 is everything you could want out of sequel and more.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skylanders: Swap Force is the rare type of game that takes all of the elements from previous series entries and improves on them at every turn. Veterans are bound to love this new title, but it also serves as a perfect place to start for those new to the series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you come for the adventure, the romance, or simply the turnips, Rune Factory 4's inviting world will draw you in and give you plenty of reasons to stick around for many, many seasons to come.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Any 3DS owner with even a fleeting interest in role-playing games and a desire to get lost in an incredible, engaging adventure would be doing themselves a huge favour by picking up Bravely Default without delay.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hudson has achieved the unthinkable and created an original and entertaining Japanese developed FPS which comes as a great surprise. This is a must-download for fans of the FPS genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the more refreshing RPG releases to hit the DS system and a game that no RPG fan will want to miss out on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drinkbox Studios has another masterpiece to add to its portfolio. With a fantastic atmosphere, a unique combat system that never gets tedious and a perfect difficulty curve, SEVERED is a must-play for Wii U owners.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All told, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is a worthy sequel to its popular predecessor; it's everything fans loved about the original and more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There may be no lack of dance games on shelves but there has yet to be one as polished, approachable and with such joie de vivre as Just Dance 3.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The vehicles and racers have never handled better, the collection of courses is possibly the best yet, while replayability through Ghost Races or — primarily — online races and Tournaments is almost endless. A few design oddities aside, this joins the list of must-have Nintendo games on the Wii U; it’s an accomplished effort that pushes the franchise forward.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not often that you encounter a game that manages to emulate the simple pleasure of old arcade games so effectively, but Pirate Pop Plus makes it look easy; this is everything you could want out of an arcade game. The gameplay is simple and addictive, it positively oozes charm through its presentation, and if the score chasing doesn't hook you, the coin collecting and achievement hunting surely will.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a must-have title for any fan of puzzle games, and given its bargain basement pricing you'd be mad not to get it even if you're not.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, G.G Series GREAT WHIP ADVENTURE manages to provide a surprisingly solid action platformer that continues to deliver new thrills and challenges long after you'd expect it to have run out of ideas.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei IV has it all: an exciting story with multiple paths and memorable characters, the most captivating cast of monsters this side of Kanto, fun, engaging combat, and a whole heap of style. Any RPG fan up for a dark adventure will have a blast here; you don't need any background in the MegaTen series to enjoy it, and the well-balanced Easy mode means anyone can get in on the action. If you're looking for a 3DS game to sink your teeth, claws, and time into, this is as good as it gets.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mallo's second outing is another massive success; Fallblox constantly surprises, impresses and challenges in equal measures. Even in its difficult moments – and there are plenty – it encourages players to have fun and never significantly punishes errors. Fallblox boasts level design and creativity that many games can only dream of; developer Intelligent Systems' name has never seemed more appropriate.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black and White are certainly up there with the best of the series: unlike HeartGold and SoulSilver they don't have nostalgia as their main attraction, but they come closest to recreating the sense of discovery felt when embarking on that first journey with Pokémon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another top-quality game in a truly brilliant series. It challenges your mind in a way very few games seriously attempt to do, and the feeling you get when you solve a particularly difficult puzzle is less one of relief than it is a desire to leap ahead in the game and find the next one. Playing this game is its own reward, and we'd have it no other way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black and White are certainly up there with the best of the series: unlike HeartGold and SoulSilver they don't have nostalgia as their main attraction, but they come closest to recreating the sense of discovery felt when embarking on that first journey with Pokémon.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's incredibly fun and easy to pick up, as well as looking and sounding simply gorgeous.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The negatives are few and relatively minor: the storyline and characters are forgettable, the multiplayer is a little clumsy and the visuals could be better. However, the developers have done a superlative job of creating a turn-based strategy game that can, conceivably, be appreciated by newcomers to the genre as well as experienced strategists.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Airport Mania: First Flight is absolutely everything a WiiWare game should be: easy to pick up, deceptively deep and urgently addictive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Teslagrad is everything we love about download gaming on Wii U.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real beauty of Clash of Heroes is it manages to feel like a good RPG and a great puzzler simultaneously.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be a two-year-old game, but whoever's idea it was to resurrect Deus Ex: Human Revolution for Wii U deserves a slap on the back and a raise of the glass. The original game may not have had the GamePad in mind at all when it was released in 2011, but this Director's Cut feels completely at home with it in 2013.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cave Story is full of charm and personality, and its eccentric world draws you in from the moment you begin playing, with its ever-increasing intensity and action helped by the game's enjoyable gameplay scheme.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A real sense of exploration and wonder, deeply customisable characters, engaging combat and the sublime satisfaction that comes from proceeding through an adventure using your own, handmade maps — Etrian Odyssey IV wraps all these up in a beautiful, pastel package that dungeon crawling fans will absolutely love.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Two Tribes have really outdone themselves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Punch-Out!! on the Wii is an absolutely amazing new installment in the classic franchise with a ton of content for both new and old fans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition is just as fantastic as its 3DS predecessor. The controls are flawless, the graphics amazing, the music some of the best we've heard in any video game. It all really comes down to which D you prefer, 3D or HD. The Wii U's graphical muscle is the perfect partner for WayForward's art gods, so even if you've already had your fill of the original there's some pretty big incentive to double dip.