Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,808 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 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Lowest review score: 10 Christmas Wonderland 3
Score distribution:
1,808 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Small gripes aside, Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar is a strong showing for the farming franchise, with the addition of the eponymous market bringing a nice weekly structure to proceedings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tetris Party Live is yet another solid release in the series, but you can't help but wonder why no download or local multiplayer options were included in the package, especially considering the emphasis on competitive play. Of course, if you're one of those gamers that just can't seem to get enough of the falling block madness and enjoy the idea of competing with other players online, Tetris Party Live should do the job quite nicely.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of marked control improvements, Super Scribblenauts doesn't provide a much varied experience from its predecessor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not have the nostalgic name of the other new Bond game, but Blood Stone manages to outshine its sibling on DS through strong storytelling and stronger combat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Story Mode is a bit on the short side and each round of Party Mode is similar at its core, so things will get a touch stale after extended play, but otherwise this is the perfect game for a get-together or a family night. Indeed, this is just the type of title for which the Wii was designed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This new GoldenEye 007 certainly isn't perfect, but Eurocom hits enough high points to make a really enjoyable, modern Bond game while honouring the legacy of the N64 original.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Mario Sports Mix may lack the depth of Mario Tennis and Golf, it's a great example of a more casual Mario title that multiple players can enjoy. Not all the disciplines on offer will be to everyone's taste, but there's enough good stuff here to last you a fair while and Square Enix have given it oodles of imagination.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies is a fantastic tower defence-style game with some unique and engaging gameplay ideas and enough length to keep players coming back for more.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There will inevitably be some long-time fans disappointed by the game's far tamer level designs and lack of fan favourite Monkey Target mini-game, but those who can open their minds up to something a bit different might actually find the game a fun and engaging experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its core the majority of the game is still just basically flying around the island, but there's enough variety between the various missions to keep things fresh and enough unlockable goodies to keep you coming back for more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    WWE All Stars executes fun, arcade-style action well, with accessible controls and exhilarating presentation. The lack of a career mode and online features will disappoint some, but it's a small dent in a very fun package.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A subtle refinement of an already solid offering.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A strong DSiWare debut from Kiloo Games, boasting delightful visuals, challenging puzzles and heaps of charm. The downsides are few in number, but occasionally the controls aren't quite precise enough and the adventure is on the short side.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its wide array of modes offer different depths and lengths of play, although overall there's a slight sense that it lacks a truly meaty challenge for expert fighters. Still, it's an excellent first showing for the Dead or Alive series on Nintendo formats, and sufficiently different from Capcom's fighter to warrant purchase.