Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,598 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 22% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Bit.Trip Runner
Lowest review score: 10 Topoloco
Score distribution:
1,598 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combination of two genres doesn't always equal success in the world of video games, but the unique mix of shooter and puzzler elements in 99Bullets at least creates an experience that makes it stand out from the crowd.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like Pokémon and you have a 3DS, chances are you've downloaded this already as it's free, but if not then now's the time to grab it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its twist on platformer gameplay and ridiculous amount of content, Antipole would make a great addition to anyone's DSiWare collection, especially fans of the genre looking for something new.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like the concept, have sharp reflexes and want a new challenge to occupy you for a good while to come, then this title comes highly recommended.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fun, addicting, and at only 200 Nintendo Points, worth every crazy penny.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not have the size or depth that other more comprehensive RPGs possess (including Level 5's very own Dragon Quest IX) but Inazuma Eleven is a refreshing take on the genre that proves compelling despite its little foibles.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The beauty of Star Fox 64 3D is that it provides a quick pick up and play experience that is guaranteed to provide an adrenaline rush.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you are a fan of the Alien movies, relish Metroidvania exploratory gameplay and appreciate side-scrolling retro pixel art design, Aliens: Infestation delivers on all three counts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you already own or played the DS version, this may not be the reboot you were hoping for. For those coming to the title with a fresh face however, prepare to be impressed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've played the previous entries, you'll probably already know you'd enjoy Rune Factory 3; it's a prime example of "if it's not broken, don't fix it" at work. The new features are bullet points rather than game changers, but it's the biggest entry in the series so far and a must for fans of farming and fighting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    999 is stunning. It sports a captivating plot driven by a fantastic cast of characters, a satisfying mix of puzzles and interesting mathematical, scientific and philosophical quandaries to ponder.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A near-perfect conceptual marriage of toys and video games. While wallets may shudder at the thought of throwing down potentially lots and lots of money for the complete experience, what you get out of the box is a well-crafted adventure and world that kids of all ages can be excited about.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A near-perfect conceptual marriage of toys and video games. While wallets may shudder at the thought of throwing down potentially lots and lots of money for the complete experience, what you get out of the box is a well-crafted adventure and world that kids of all ages can be excited about.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Treyarch's technical prowess gained from bringing Call of Duty games on the platform shines through and through for the best-looking one on Wii yet. It's not exactly on par with the HD versions concerning fidelity or features, but considering the difference in horsepower MW3 on Wii is undeniably impressive. MW3 may not make you rethink the Call of Duty series, but it'll certainly satisfy its army of fans.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hidden exits, fun minigames and fantastic stage design all come together to make this an endlessly replayable experience, but the 3D Classics upgrade doesn't really bring much to the table in addition. In fact, aside from portability, there's really nothing to recommend it over the Virtual Console release, and that's a shame.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zen Pinball 3D is an excellent representation of pinball, with the attractive stereoscopic visuals adding an extra sense of immersion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offers some tremendous potential for fun. The experience is hampered somewhat by its complexity, but that's nothing that can't be overcome with a little bit of practice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The 3DS doesn't yet offer much choice for those who favour lengthy adventures over quick-fix pick-up-and-play games. However, if you are such a person, Tales of the Abyss should quench your thirst.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to believe that such a simple concept as flipping gravity can prove to be so enthralling, but given the game's incredibly diverse level designs, it's no wonder it's so difficult to put down.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy brings a touch of the series' new gameplay elements along with a few of the old, establishing itself as the true Ace Combat début title for Nintendo consoles, making up for 2002's GBA misstep.