Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,885 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 23% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
Lowest review score: 10 Family Go-Kart Racing
Score distribution:
1,885 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far exceeding its DS and Gamecube ancestors, as well as a huge portion of the DS's catalogue, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is a superb game for fans of RPGs as well as anyone eager to explore the unique Wii to DS connectivity offered here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a cute and silly game full of light-hearted fun and exclamation points.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gamers who tend to prefer a more "grown-up" strategy experience will likely find the cutesy bears and penguins a bit much, but for those who can appreciate the silly theme and intense gameplay mechanics, the game certainly has its charms and can be downright addictive.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A nice variety of settings and several small touches make the game polished and fun to play, and although slightly bland graphics and repetitive music are a drawback, but the sound effects are spot on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tomena Sanner is a simple concept treated with the kind of zany humour and attention to detail that exemplifies WiiWare at its best.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not quite as immersive as the tower-defence style gameplay of Chaotic Conflicts, the game's unique puzzle elements do offer up a nice change of pace from the other Tales of Bearsworth Manor release.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bejeweled-style puzzle games are addictive, and Spin Six is a very good example of why. It offers a lot of clever, time-sucking modes that may surprise you with their complexity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's a solid experience, the money-grabbing feel of how it was released mars the enjoyment and has forced our hand in scoring it a little lower than the original.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendogs + Cats is most successful lovingly recreating the personalities of its animal stars, and even though isn't the quantum leap forward some will want, it'll likely be the pet simulator to beat over the 3DS's lifespan.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All around Minis March Again is a very competent, fun, and engaging package. It is easily one of the top games to be had on DSiWare at this time and in the foreseeable future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its design is an exercise in perfect, effective simplicity, and with only a few tweaks it would have slotted perfectly into the Art Style series. It's clean, it's simple, and it's understated in the best kind of way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you loved Toki Tori, you'll love this. If you loved Chu Chu Rocket!, you'll love this. At a mere 600 Nintendo Points with 60 puzzles, you're getting quite the bargain.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a fresh new puzzle title to master should seriously consider picking this one up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendogs + Cats is most successful lovingly recreating the personalities of its animal stars, and even though isn't the quantum leap forward some will want, it'll likely be the pet simulator to beat over the 3DS's lifespan.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it doesn't do anything particularly interesting for the genre or the nine year old game that it emulates, it does a great job of presenting us with something that we already know and love.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    RUSH is a more than welcome addition to the Wii U eShop, as it delivers straight-out puzzle challenges with few needless embellishments, all at a budget price.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendogs + Cats is most successful lovingly recreating the personalities of its animal stars, and even though isn't the quantum leap forward some will want, it'll likely be the pet simulator to beat over the 3DS's lifespan.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for something with a Mega Man feel that’ll quench your retro thirst, Mighty Gunvolt is short, sweet, and gets directly to the point.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a well-realized, totally engaging experience that will appeal to both the curious and long-term fans alike, and uses its host of versatile, recognizable characters to put across a broad range of styles and techniques.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game combines many of the play mechanics of marbles, billiards and miniature golf and somehow rolls them all into an addictive gameplay experience that should keep players coming back for more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its unique blend of psychic gameplay and surreal visuals won't appeal to everyone, but if you want to spend a free afternoon with something completely different then it's well worth a look.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with the lack of online multiplayer, the enormous amount of unlockable content will keep the brawls going long after the first punch is thrown. Blazblue has finally landed on a Nintendo console, and there's truly no better time to find out what all the fuss is about.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The experiences are undoubtedly unique and worth paying a small amount for, if only to support the continued creation of medium-exploring software, as there is nothing else like it on the handheld.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's been nothing wrong with the gameplay in the series so far, and obviously nothing changes here. The puzzles aren't really too hard to figure out if you pay attention to what the characters say, meaning you should once again plow through the whole thing in about 2 to 3 hours.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is still a blast to play.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is Rotohex extremely well executed, but it has this certain addictive quality that makes it a lot of fun to play in quick bursts.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Military Madness: Nectaris is a nice update to a classic strategy game. Players who've been waiting to see if this is a worthy replacement for the game currently available on the Virtual Console can rest assured that this is the case and the enhanced multiplayer options should provide an incentive to purchase for those who have it already.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a lot of replay value to be found here and the gameplay is both fun and varied. If frantic stylus action is your thing, then don’t miss this game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    peedX 3D is proof that quality games are quality games, no matter what their origin happens to be. Although the frame rate could be better, the impression of depth and speed is amazing, and the use of 3D incredibly effective. To top it all off, the inclusion of traditional pad control means that this version of SpeedX 3D is more intuitive and enjoyable than its mobile forerunners - in fact, it's quite possibly the best iteration of the game yet seen, and a highly recommended download for your 3DS.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Q Games has increased their streak to three — Starship Patrol is yet another great addition to the DSiWare library and a game you should definitely consider picking up if you have the slightest bit of interest in the tower defense genre.

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