Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,488 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 NightSky
Lowest review score: 10 Fireplacing
Score distribution:
2488 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even for WiiWare veterans, Art of Balance: Touch! is worth the double-dip for the extra puzzles, blocks and endurance mode, plus the ability to play on the go. Deceptively simple and gloriously satisfying, it's another strong addition to the eShop's puzzle line up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a worthy sequel to Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. It nicely fills in the story gaps of the first collection and presents a very good-looking and deep light-gun experience.
    • 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
    Pikmin is a quirky, innovative, colourful, charming, and addictive game- epitomising exactly what Nintendo are all about. Sure, it’s just a GameCube port with Wii controls slapped on, but it works well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tetrobot and Co. is a beautiful, charming puzzle game with a very fair and calculated approach to difficulty.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We've seen a lot of budget-priced titles on the Nintendo eShop over the course of its near four-year history, but few games have proven their worth even at the lowest prices. Runny Egg can be added to the list of exceptions, providing a cheery and addictive little diversion with surprisingly open level design and a good sense of humour.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pixel Paint is an immensely useful tool for creating pixel art on Wii U.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are technical cracks in its brickwork, but in combining the familiar constructs of the LEGO video games with an original story, huge amounts of humour and a ridiculous number of things to collect or discover, LEGO City Undercover proves that LEGO titles can be blockbusters without a big licence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shift DX takes a simple concept and creates plenty of fun levels out of it. Anyone who enjoys this genre or has a small interest in it should definitely pick this one up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However you arrive at Zero Time Dilemma, if you're into the series' mix of horror and Hegel you're in for a treat — and you may never look at a snail the same way again.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who've played the game already may find little reason to pick up another version, but anyone who's missed out so far has little excuse not to dive in now.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s such a great sense of achievement here: from winning a bout without striking your opponent to defeating one of the upper-ranked Ozeki, you’ll want to always do your best. The fact alone that Eat! Fat! FIGHT! has been localised is amazing, and we applaud Temco’s efforts for making this title available.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    AiRace looks good, plays great and stands out from the other DSiWare racers (or DS, really) in more ways than just choice of vehicle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is highly recommended for fans and those looking for an enjoyable slice of retro Sega platforming, nevertheless.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A cumbersome name, confusing instructions and unintuitive controls all conspire to hide this genuine gem of a puzzler.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it is not a completely perfect port of the beloved WiiWare version, it's still a fantastic game with almost all of the charm that made the original so good. Despite its few flaws, being priced at only 200 Points makes this game a must-have.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may have some tough competition, but Lego Rock Band is certainly one of the best music games on DS that anyone can enjoy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Alien Crush Returns, Hudson has somehow managed to retain all of the unique and addictive elements of the original game while simultaneously adding in enough fresh game play ideas to bring the cult classic properly up to date.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Developers SKIP Tokyo have executed another simple puzzle concept flawlessly, with both main game modes proving highly addictive and enough to keep you coming back to beat your previous high score.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Underground is a roller coaster of a puzzle game that manages to bring something truly original to the Wii U eShop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its basic presentation and superficially simplistic gameplay, Cubello is the kind of game that delivers an engrossing experience every time you pick it up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Magical Whip might borrow heavily from several other classic puzzle/platformers, but the execution and gameplay is good so it's tough to complain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the undue hate it has been subjected to over the past year, Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a very impressive, polished and playable package - the only real grumble we have is that during online play the lack of voice chat can become maddening, and the game's built-in chat function is an inadequate substitute.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Price aside, this is definitely a game you should experience in some form or another, even if the only way for you to play it is on Nintendo’s home system.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A good stab at a downloadable football game, with more content than you'd expect. Although the DSi-specific features make it hard to recommend this version over its boxed DS counterpart, at 800 points it’s still reasonably cheap for what is essentially a fully-featured football game.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Mario Run is thankfully miles away from being the simplified disaster that many nay-sayers had feared; in fact, what's striking about this mobile release is how similar it is to traditional Mario titles in terms of gameplay and challenge. Despite having limited control over Mario there's still a strong focus on skill, especially if you want to grab all of those pink, purple and black coins. The brevity of the experience is an issue however – an average player should be able to finish an initial no-frills World Tour run in around an hour – and as a result Super Mario Run's social element becomes its long-term focus. Challenging pals via the elegant in-game friends system is addictive, and the Toad Rally mode – which underpins the kingdom-building meta game – is sure to soak up plenty of play time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Picross e2 is yet another fun Picross game, but for the most part it simply feels like an expansion pack for the previous title. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that, especially when the core gameplay is so entertaining.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Little Inferno is a surprising game. It's surprising both for the simplicity of its concept ("burn things"), and for the fact that such a coherent and lovingly crafted experience has been built around that idea. It's also surprisingly different from what we traditionally think of as a game, and because of that, it isn't for everyone. But players drawn to the flame will find a fun, funny, and even moving experience in Little Inferno. It's a lot like setting some of the game's more spectacularly flammable objects ablaze, actually; a fast burn, but beautiful while it lasts.