Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,501 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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Lowest review score: 10 Rise of the Guardians
Score distribution:
2503 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sense of the old is thankfully tempered by a fresh feel and clever level design, however, and even if the adventure won't last long for those without completionist instincts, it's fun while it lasts.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily recommended. The game doesn't do anything particularly innovative to attract those who aren't fans of the genre, but anyone willing to give it a try will find a fun core mechanic, accessible gameplay thanks to the controls and checkpoints, and a good bit of replayability. Some minor frustrations and muddy graphics don't detract much from the overall package here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SteamWorld Dig represents a strong coming together of concept and execution, with relatively simple mechanics impeccably layered to coax the gamer through its story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Providing quality gameplay in both its life sim and action RPG aspects, served up with all of the colourful wit and charm anyone could ask for, it serves as a jewel in the crown of memory of a games studio that helped create some of the most memorable role-playing video games that ever graced the medium.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you choose to play it on the go or from the comfort of your home, you'll still be getting the same retro-style experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay may be familiar, but the effort that was put into making this one stand out from the rest ensures that there's something to be found for both casual and hardcore gamers.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not as complete of a package as many were hoping, namely with the absence of a sharing program within the application, but the core mechanics remain spot-on.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a downright addictive gameplay formula, a sprinkling of creative boss fights and a mountain of replay value, it's difficult to find much negative to say about Zuma's Revenge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's still one of the more original gaming experiences out there for those willing to try something a little different.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strained braincells and hand cramps aside, this is a unique and beautifully crafted puzzler which is as admirable for its artistic approach as it is for its fresh mechanics.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not revolutionize the genre, and the graphics may seem a little dated, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable micro-adventure that offers a lot of bang for your buck.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with the Wii version, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing may not do anything especially new in the character racing genre but it handles well, looks good and offers stacks of reasons to return.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Within its solid and increasingly arduous heart of survival and exploration, Don't Starve: Giant Edition beats with a personality head and shoulders above the hoard of Minecraft clones out there.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gurumin 3D may be short on epic story and have a few technical blemishes around the edges of its gameplay, but its fun style and a surprising depth in collectibles and replayability make it well worthy of consideration for action-RPG fans. Did we mention there's a pretty sweet drill?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring three different game modes from throughout the franchise's history, as well as preset scenarios to clear and online multiplayer, this is easily the most packed Dr. Mario game yet.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is a hugely enjoyable action puzzler with some really fantastic ideas and mechanics. The sharing feature is easily the biggest draw, and the possibility of fresh content being available for years to come is enormously exciting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We give this game a recommendation - 16-bit RPGs don't get much better than this and it's one that RPG fans won't want to miss out on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're after a charming and creative puzzle-platformer, or simply a fun, fresh experience on DSiWare, Ace Mathician passes with flying colours.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring addictive gameplay illustrating the dangers facing endangered sea turtles, the only bad thing is that you're not actually helping to save real turtles by playing it.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lighting up Crayon Castle is a labour of love, and puzzle fans will find a lot to love here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Essentially, you’re getting a lot more game for your money with Endless Ocean 2; it’s less free-form and meandering than the original, with greater purpose and direction. Whether that’s what you want from a diving game is up to you, although truth be told there’s few other alternatives.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An utterly charming, enjoyable experience to satisfy fans of both franchises; it's a crossover that, when experienced, seems entirely natural.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a plethora of brilliantly-designed levels that never cease to surprise and excite, and a simple, two-button control system, this is a great game that caters to a wide variety of audiences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the few minor gameplay complaints, it's still difficult to fault the well-thought-out design that the game makes use of.