Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,439 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 Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Lowest review score: 10 Hockey Allstar Shootout
Score distribution:
2440 game reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps you've never played Angry Birds before and are curious what all the fuss and t-shirts are about. Maybe you're a super fan and want a physical object of your desire. Or you might be a parent that just wants your device back from your child. Regardless, Angry Birds Trilogy makes a compelling case with its addictive gameplay and low barrier of entry, although cheap compulsion shenanigans ultimately prove more to be of a downer than presumably intended. While this may not be the best option to play one of gaming's most visible titles - we won't hold our breath for free updates any time, ever - it is still a very good way to experience Finland's biggest cultural export since the Moomins.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fractured Soul might have taken a while to see a release, but it lives up to the hype by taking a smooth platforming experience and weaving a dual screen play mechanic into the mix that greatly increases the playability and charm of the game. The price is a bit high by eShop standards, but for a gaming experience as rich and polished as this, it's not the deal breaker you might imagine. Those who aren't sold on the genre may wish to look elsewhere, but fans of intelligent action platformers will consider this money well spent.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may look a bit different than you remember, but all of the fun is intact, and Hard mode is going to keep even the best players busy when they can't find a partner.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a compelling sandbox-style game with tons to do and optional online co-op, look no further - you've found it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're starving for some more Picross puzzles, then you can't really go wrong with Picross E. It gives you a reasonably large set of 150 new puzzles to sink your teeth into, and although they're not particularly challenging, they'll at least keep you busy for a while.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a relatively small asking price and a unique premise, Cosmophony is a game that should at least be experienced by anyone who rates gameplay above all other aspects.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bayonetta has attitude, and while you may occasionally cringe at this one's mixed messages in empowering its heroine, it serves up a great deal of frenetic action — your controller of choice won't know what's hit it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wii U port for Super Meat Boy may not necessarily bring anything new to the table, but it's still an enjoyable experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No matter how you load up the wagon, you'll be in for a fun ride.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet ultimately we're looking at well over a hundred puzzles (including the Micross panels) that are nicely structured and tie into Twilight Princess, with a stylish presentation and plenty of charm. As the first ever My Nintendo exclusive game it delivers, and sets the bar high for its likely successor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a pure no-brainer for those who loved the first game, while newcomers should make a line for this version first.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From what we’ve seen so far, Disney Infinity intends to live up to its name, constantly expanding its universe through the release of new figures and Play Sets, but only time will tell how long the trend will last. For our money, we hope that the franchise continues thriving for years to come.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ittle Dew is a top-class puzzle-adventure title that Zelda fans will absolutely adore.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't let the generic title fool you — Ninja Battle Heroes is a nice surprise on the already-robust 3DS eShop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The improved upgrades, enhanced Toy Box experience and Marvel franchise make this year’s game an enticing proposition. Provided parents are willing to say “no” now and again to children’s pestering for more figures, it also offers good value on the Wii U.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who fancies a good puzzle will enjoy Pushmo World immensely.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of classic-style dungeon crawls who appreciate some thought with their questing should add an -er to the end of this title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fans who clamoured for a "proper" Sonic adventure will be thrilled by Sonic 4: there's no dialogue, no cutscenes and no sidekicks. A dozen side-scrolling stages, seven torturous special stages and five classic bosses all adds up to a great Sonic game. It's a shame there just isn't more of it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story's rather lame, and the occasional presentational hiccup can be jarring, but these shouldn't deter players interested in the genre — anyone who enjoys card games, either online or physically, should at least give this one a spin.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the exercises it offers still aren't intensive enough to replace traditional exercise, it’s nevertheless an entertaining way for players of all fitness levels and ages to be more active and conscious of the importance of keeping fit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a rare case of a game that feels truly designed — from the ground up — with the Wii U in mind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who call themselves pinball fans, this new coat of paint is a shiny one; and if you’re just a Star Wars enthusiast wandering into uncharted territory, you’re taking your first step into a larger world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Flag is at its best when it allows the player to exist organically in its immensely beautiful and consuming open world. While the bulk of the game is exceptionally crafted, there are rough edges that keep it from reaching the masterful heights to which it aspires.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fun, quirky new release from Nintendo. While there are a few flaws in the game design, we think that there's enough good here to justify a purchase from any Nintendo fan looking for something different.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The menus can be a touch too slow to navigate around, and choosing from only seven languages might feel a bit limited, but we consider this Phrasebook a real winner at what it sets out to do.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even when we were left unsatisfied by enemy encounters, Prism Island was always a joy to explore, with diverse environments and an endless amount of catchy tunes to keep you engaged from start to finish. It's a game of memorable moments that we would love to share but wouldn't dream of spoiling on you. Take Color Splash for what it is, and you might just find it to be a messy work of art.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grab some friends, grab some controllers and give this colourful, chompy craziness a try.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you found some uses for the first myNotebook, or passed altogether the first time around, picking up this new version is a safe bet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Affordable Space Adventures is a unique game that can only conceivably work this well on the Wii U, though the 3DS could be a decent alternative in future.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is a game that will be welcomed by many: good attention to detail and largely well-implemented controls combine with a compelling story to create a terrific cinematic gaming experience.