Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,504 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 11.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Lowest review score: 10 STEEL LORDS
Score distribution:
2505 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tools on offer may not be of the highest fidelity thanks to outdated hardware, but they are intelligently crafted to be more than adequate for exploring creativity or sparking a love of art.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Castle Conqueror - Heroes 2 is a welcome return to all of the things that made the first Heroes so interesting. It feels like a slight step backward - due mainly to a weaker soundtrack, a less interesting graphical style and AI that's a little too intelligent - but it's still a more than solid buy for those who enjoyed the first game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With fun characters, unique and engaging combat, a cute central conceit, and an irrepressibly cool soundtrack, Conception II is a bundle of JRPG joy.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It can be a mind-bending challenge to set three characters on carefully timed movements to clear stages full of contraptions, and figuring out those machinations requires patience and practice. For those up to the challenge this offers great value and interesting playtime; this is one to enjoy rather than overwrite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't let the small number of levels put you off: Splash or Crash is not a game to be played through once and put aside. It's an addictive, well-presented game that's all about honing your abilities with each of the unique objects to score the best times possible. Though we wish its leaderboards extended online as well, Splash or Crash comes well recommended.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like so many puzzle titles, repetition does become an issue over prolonged periods of time, but the portable nature of the host platform makes this ideal short-burst entertainment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A title overflowing with charm and verve, with a style that can entertain children and adults alike. It has a couple of missteps, the biggest of which is the occasional use of gyroscope controls, while simple puzzles and missing object searches don't quite match the title's overall quality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Mighty Switch Force! series is on the cusp of true platforming greatness and we can't wait to see what those talented folks at WayForward will bring to the table next time around.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, this is a minor point in the grand scheme of things, and fans of old-school shooters will lap up the nostalgia - both from the gameplay and the presentation - while those players who weren't around during the 'golden era' should surely appreciate the unique control mechanics which reward perseverance and skill.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A few small factors aside, Trine Enchanted Edition is a gorgeous rendition to pick up for those who enjoyed the sequel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can somehow curb your expectations of Dragon Quest Wars being a typical Dragon Quest-style RPG experience and accept it for the simple, yet enjoyable strategy title it is, then you're likely to find a very fulfilling and playable DSiWare title that will provide you with many hours of fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is still a very good game and a worthy addition to any LEGO fan’s collection, but the series’ seams are definitely starting to show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Certainly worth a look for anyone who likes their pixels with platforming peril.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Waku Waku 7 is just the tonic for those of you who are disenchanted with the abundance of thematically-similar fighting games on the Neo Geo. While the roster of combatants is admittedly small, this cast is arguably more vibrant and entertaining than any that Street Fighter or King of Fighters can muster, and the gloriously kinetic feel of the action makes it stand apart from other examples of the genre. Even if you're not particularly sold on one-on-one brawlers, Waku Waku 7 is well worth investigating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like strategy, tower defence, or even physics-based puzzlers and action games, CastleStorm is highly recommended.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the genre will love Unchained Blades; for the uninitiated, it's a great introduction that has more than enough charm to keep rookies crawling through Titan after Titan.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a game designed to be played in short bursts and to that end it lacks narrative and mechanical depth, but its core strengths shine bright.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    World Party is well worth a try for anyone looking to add a fun dose of fitness to their Wii U routine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solid mechanics and puzzles that are tweaked to a level of difficulty that is just right — along with an excellent accompanying soundtrack — fill this monotone world with colour.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's really only one thing you need to know about Red Steel 2, and that is that the sword combat absolutely, positively delivers in every way you want it to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This episode is easily the best yet in terms of humour though, Murray alone makes this absolutely hilarious and is guaranteed to satisfy any fan of the old Monkey Island games.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Samurai Shodown IV wasn't the last game in the series, it is considered by some fans to be the best, and with good reason. The weapon-based gameplay is refined after the experiments of the first three outings and roster of fighters is unique and varied; add in the "Slash" and "Bust" variants and you've quite a few combat options to master. All of the Samurai Shodown games boast excellent presentation but this entry truly benefits from the increased storage available on the Neo Geo at the time; smooth animation and plenty of detail in the backgrounds helps to elevate the game above many other 2D releases of the period. While it's easy to grumble about the proliferation of fighting games on SNK's platform, this franchise has always set itself apart thanks to its focus on swords and other weapons, so if you're sick of Street Fighter and can't stand another King of Fighters then this might be just the tonic you need.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is a successful attempt to breathe new life into an ageing series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Badland is as dark, brooding, and mysterious as the most sullen teenager, but this seemingly simple game is built on a foundation of ingenious design.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offering a high degree of freedom and control in not only the creation of a song but in what to do with it once written as well, Rhythm Core Alpha 2 is quite possibly the most complete music package on DSiWare.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A long lasting and satisfying trivia experience for experienced players and an accessible entry point for those new to the genre awaits those willing to give this series a second chance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skylanders Giants is, at its core, a child-friendly dungeon crawler with simplistic smash-everything gameplay, but what elevates it is its understanding of its market. There's plenty of variety to keep kids entertained and loads of things to collect, all wrapped in an appealing package – and the toy aspect is still a stroke of genius, an undeniably cool idea that speaks directly to kids and big kids alike. If you or a younger member of your family is a fan of the series, this could be another expensive Christmas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Game design this smart and simple is just plain refreshing in a market saturated with so much overcomplicated nonsense. The presentation is also surprisingly good, with major points going to the detailed sound effects.
    • 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.