Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,809 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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Lowest review score: 10 Ava and Avior Save the Earth
Score distribution:
1,809 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ubisoft takes bold steps with tradition in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist in an attempt to please as many as possible, but by doing so dilutes the game's stealthy strength in favour of chasing new audiences.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s good value, nevertheless, and for those willing to invest a lot of hours this is still a charming, light-hearted, over-the-top adventure. It lacks the spark of its predecessors, however, and it’s time for the series to do more than apply the most meagre of superficial upgrades.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s good value, nevertheless, and for those willing to invest a lot of hours this is still a charming, light-hearted, over-the-top adventure. It lacks the spark of its predecessors, however, and it’s time for the series to do more than apply the most meagre of superficial upgrades.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While AiRace Speed is a bigger dish than its DSiWare equivalent, the limited scope still feels like that of a side course than a main meal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Put simply, it’s Picross — and that’s tough to complain about.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If dealing with frustration to reach high points is an acceptable sacrifice of your gaming time then this is worth strong consideration, but be under no illusions — this isn't the definitive Sonic experience we may have desired.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Just Dance 2014 doesn't rock the boat too much, nor does it really need to — turns out that dancing is still pretty fun in and of itself, and the robust, aggressively contemporary set list, oodles of choreography and video sharing put this year's dance party among the better ones.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gamers looking to try something new may just find this gem will become their favourite book on the 3DS, but those looking for an adventure wherein they can make meaningful choices may find themselves disappointed in Hakuoki’s rigid structure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai is a game that, for the most part, is fun to play and nice to look at. It tries to deliver a varied gameplay experience, and although it isn’t too hot when it comes to the 3D levels and shallow mini-games, it makes up for this with tightly crafted 2D levels that can be deviously challenging.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths does not offer a great deal in terms of challenge or variety, but what it does provide comes in a beautiful package that is easy and intuitive to work with. It’s a viable, appealing option for younger and less experience players, and a practical no-brainer for long-time fans of the classic TV show. Those looking for something deeper may feel like they're heading down the wrong path with this title, but it's still worth investigating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even the staunchest of Sega fans will admit that Space Harrier has never been the deepest of experiences, and this 3DS iteration does little to change that.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot is an honestly titled game that delivers a charming and fun, albeit frustratingly difficult, experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Knytt Underground is without a doubt the most unique game on the Wii U eShop.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a simple, clear experience with strong gameplay that reminds us why we love the Mario Bros. in the first place.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While a few extra puzzle elements could have been employed, as well as a bit of customization with music and some multiplayer options, Tappingo’s price tag makes it easy to recommend to anyone who thinks they’d enjoy its brand of pixel puzzling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths does nothing special, but it's — for the most part — a well constructed and enjoyable adventure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With lots of short stages, it’s a great pick-up-and-play title, making it a positive purchase for 3DS owners who take their system with them on the go.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a straightforward and entertaining tutorial, a varied single-player quest and a wealth of on- and offline multiplayer modes, however, Cube Tactics is well worth its small asking price.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the very least, Rusty's Real Deal Baseball is worth downloading. You can decide for yourself how much money you want to spend on it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kirby Triple Deluxe is a pleasant package that doesn’t push the envelope very far.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Abyss is a small game with limited appeal: tight, difficult controls, a grainy aesthetic, and not much variety in gameplay outside “get to the end of the level.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Picross e4 offers very little new from its predecessors.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gamers who already played Moon on the DS won't find anything different here, but for everyone else Moon Chronicles is easy to recommend.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's probably not a top tier download title, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is still an entertaining and fun game, with big, challenging levels that all have plenty to do.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With three games’ worth of content all stuffed on to a single 3DS card, Cut the Rope: Triple Treat is certainly the best entry in the series that you can pick up for the system.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you'd like to give your brain some exercise, you can definitely do a lot worse than this.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chubbins is a deceptively difficult old-school platformer that's all about managing your angles and learning to bounce at just the right moment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid début for the GO sub-series, if not a stand-out, it scores a narrow, extra time win in its quest to maintain the standards that fans of outrageous football have come to expect. Well played, Level-5.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid début for the GO sub-series, if not a stand-out, it scores a narrow, extra time win in its quest to maintain the standards that fans of outrageous football have come to expect. Well played, Level-5.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The pick-up-and-play nature of 3DS gaming lends itself to the game's quick levels even better than Wii U does, and keeps it from getting boring – if you're a fan of puzzles, electronica, or just want something to relax with after a long day of work, Color Zen is a worthy investment.