Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,722 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 11.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Lowest review score: 10 Young Justice: Legacy
Score distribution:
1,722 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game provides a very fun, funny and engrossing experience featuring a cast of interesting and likeable characters. Its stylistic simplicity may deter some, but those who don't mind reading will find much to enjoy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Donkey Kong Jr. is easily one of the more enjoyable of the Game & Watch releases and if you've never tried any of the Game & Watch titles, this one is a great place to start.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite occasionally getting lost and feeling overwhelmed by all the options and moves, Samurai Warriors 3 is a real treat and it's easy to see why Nintendo secured it exclusively for the Wii. Although there is a ton of content, the gameplay is structured in bite-sized pieces so players can make some serious accomplishments in a short span of time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't be fooled by the racing appearance, as light trax is just as much a puzzle game able to hold its strategic own against any other entry in the Art Style series. It's full of unconventional and clever ideas executed through an attractive neon minimalist style that can satisfy fans of both genres, especially those who have grown weary of the typical fare each tends to offer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a fun tower defence game with enough unique features and strategic elements to keep it interesting and a sense of humour to set it apart from its competitors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a meagre 200 points, it's a no-brainer for number fans.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flametail succeeds in taking the very simple gameplay idea of Maboshi's Square puzzler and turning it into a very enjoyable stand-alone package.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bejeweled 2 on WiiWare is undoubtedly great if you've never played the game before, but its biggest competition is ultimately itself: versions of the game are available on virtually every platform, some cheaper or even free to play, so a 1000 Point WiiWare download might not be the best option for you.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not perfect by any means, Runaway: A Twist of Fate proves to pleasantly surprise with an engrossing storyline that will keep you playing to find out what twists await you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some nagging issues that we hope to see corrected for the next time around, it's well worth playing as there's nothing else quite like it on WiiWare.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who survive it, Pearl Harbor Trilogy: Red Sun Rising offers a thrilling experience that will encourage returning to replay it again and again until the next game in the trilogy is released.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fascinating and unique WiiWare game that deserves to stand on its own merits.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Primrose is the kind of game that gives back what you put into it. You can mess around and have a fun enough time, and if you're willing to put the time in to penetrate its intricacies you'll find one of the most rewarding puzzle games currently available on DSiWare.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are a few minor gameplay glitches along the way, but they do little to take away from what is an otherwise engaging and enjoyable underwater diving experience and one well worth the 1000 Wii Point asking price.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's lower level of difficulty and rather short main quest might turn off some gamers looking for a bit more meat on the bone, but for those who just want a fun platforming ride with plenty of action and some amazing boss fights, look no further than this rather entertaining DS adventure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Pang: Magical Michael may not be a looker, what it does deliver is an excellent continuation of the Pang series, one designed for both entry-level and experienced players alike.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the multiplayer has lost a considerable amount of its magic due to the much lower number of max players, everything else has been very well done: with over 150 tracks and the ability to create your own, achievements, and online multiplayer with up to five others, it captures the feeling of TrackMania perfectly, and will hopefully gain a completely new fan following.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the right crowd and an open mind, Just Dance 2 easily sheds its unjust shovelware label with exuberant neon jazz hands and an unwavering smile.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fast, loud, bright and bold, and a recommended slice of high speed action.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dark Dawn might not be the major upgrade many were hoping for, but it is yet another solid DS role-playing adventure and a golden opportunity to revisit yet another classic RPG series.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're the kind of person who likes to wear corduroy then Tiger Wood's PGA Tour 11 may just be the game for you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It looks good, plays well and is an absolutely fun time to be had on the DSi.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It was a pretty simple game before, but tons of bits has turned chick chick BOOM into a very hectic and enjoyable download title.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The numerous modes and options may not be hot across the board, but the strong campaign and bountiful multiplayer options provide a memorable blast through the Cold War.