Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,426 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 12.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Lowest review score: 10 Hockey Allstar Shootout
Score distribution:
2426 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Johnny's Payday Panic is a fantastic collection of minigames that makes great use of the 3DS hardware. It's a nice looking package with a sense of humour that plays well, but the limited number of available activities will definitely be a turnoff for some. If you're looking for something lighthearted to play in short but energetic bursts, this collection of touch-based minigames is sure to get the job done.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It suffers from some rehashing, and not everyone will find the humour up their alley, but fans of AVGN who also don't mind a good platforming struggle shouldn't hesitate to pick this one up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can look past this cube's jagged edges, then its well worth a look for the sheer variety of gameplay alone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ziggurat for Wii U is pretty much a bare-bones conversion of the original game with no extra features or clever use of the GamePad (although off-tv play is supported).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    How much you get out of Rayman Origins ultimately comes down to whether you've played it already. 3DS isn't exactly bursting with 2D platformers, so if you haven't sampled the magic of Rayman Origins on another platform this is well worth picking up. However, it doesn't compare favourably to the other versions and makes little use of 3DS's unique abilities. A good, solid 2D platformer, it'll still entertain and amuse in spite of its flaws.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    3D MahJongg is a clean and simple package for fans of the solitaire version of MahJongg. With 200 levels - though there are really exponentially more than that - multiple layouts and style unlockables, plus the ability to launch at any point into a random challenge, it's a solid buy for those wanting MahJongg on the go. For those who aren't already fans there's not much here to change your mind, however.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My Aquarium 2 never strays too far from the formula that made it so popular the first time around, choosing instead to toss in a couple of new features and a host of new goodies to play around with and calling it a day.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We Sing 80s is a decent continuation of the series, and is likely to cause nostalgia overload for gamers of a certain age. Its biggest strengths are multiplayer fun and an excellent tracklist that covers some of the most memorable songs of the period. It's weakest played solo, where it's really just a karaoke machine that's supported by a rather unsupportive Lessons mode, while the video and sound quality is rather typical of a Wii singing game - passable but unimpressive. Nordic Games is a veteran of the genre, however, and has brought its solid experience to this title; as party season approaches, this could be a fun option.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the original release, you'll definitely want to check out this follow-up, but if you're just someone who's curious about the piano, you'd be far better off starting with the first volume.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those of you who purchased both of the original DSiWare titles, Art Academy does not offer enough new content to justify a third purchase. However, the retail release fixes several issues that Second Semester suffers from by combining both lessons, offering an improved product overall.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Super Strike Beach Volleyball does well to bring together engaging gameplay and charming visuals to provide a family-friendly experience on the digital beaches of the 3DS.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not quite as fulfilling an experience as that of its Wii counterpart, the game still provides a nice puzzle-infused platforming romp that should more than please fans of the Harry Potter series of books and movies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you aren't afraid of an experience that starts out frantic and only escalates from there Aero Porter can be a lot of fun, but if you're easily frustrated this won't be a very pleasant experience for you. The simple presentation and intuitive controls make it easy to concentrate on the action at hand, which is good, but that action consists of shuffling bags from one place to another, which may not thrill everybody. While this might not be a first class experience, upgrades and StreetPass features keep this from being an economy flight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge plays great, with fast, fluid combat that's gruesome and satisfying. Still, you'll often wish there was a little more to it than just fighting waves of enemies in predetermined spots, and even with the campaign a little over five hours long (excluding cutscenes) it starts to feel a bit tired towards the end. That certainly shouldn't put you off it, though, as the game is still a worthwhile purchase and a great example of Nintendo's willingness to shirk their "kiddy" perception.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The new control variations offer a fresh spin on the games, and despite looking absolutely amazing on the small screen of the 3DS, the frame rate issues do end up bringing down the overall experience a bit. Ultimately, BIT.TRIP is still one of the best gaming series to come out of this generation, but you can't help but feel that this 3DS compilation could have been much better with a little more polish.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for an affordable, well put-together game with a decent amount of enjoyment, try out A Kappa’s Trail.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its launch day timing and name place Rabbids Land in unfortunate competition with Nintendo Land, which is a superior multiplayer experience in every way. That said, if you've got a group to play with and don't mind the one-on-one restriction of the mini-games, there's a lot of fun to be had here. Fans of the series in particular will get a kick out of seeing these furry faces in HD, the excellent and characterful animations, and the unlockable video shorts. Rabbids Land wraps fun mini-games in an underwhelming board game shell, and while it may not be the life of the Wii U party, if you happen to be throwing your own these guys make great little guests.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Moke Moke is a great example of DSiWare done right. It's simple, fun to play, looks and sounds great, and costs about the same as a cup of coffee. The intentionally floaty control will turn some people off - and anyone who finds Balloon Fight clunky should steer well clear - but if that's not an issue for you, Moke Moke is a blast. It's especially worth checking out if you've got a few furry friends to battle it out with, but the gameplay variety and extensive customization options give solitary players more than enough reason to Whack-a-Moke.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dart Rage is miles better than its downloadable competition and worth a go if you're down with flinging fake metal spears.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s just a shame that this feels more like a continuation rather than a fully-fledged enhancement.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A Fairy Tale never tries to be anything more than what it is - a simple yet addictive puzzler that somehow takes an extremely simple premise and molds it into a very strategic and engaging puzzle experience for gamers of all ages and skill levels.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Supermarket Mania seems like something you'd be likely to find in a free Flash game, but it adds plenty of stuff to warrant its 500 Point price tag. If you're looking for a simple, fun game, then you might be at the right address here.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jam City Rollergirls is a pretty neat, if ultimately not too heavy video game introduction to roller derby, and if you have even a passing interest in the sport may serve you well. While it could ultimately benefit from more, more, more, the game still manages to punch out a good time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For only 500 Points this is better value than some other games on the service, so if you feel like a few hours spotting hidden items then this is your best bet on WiiWare so far.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though there are a few flaws and the difficulty level makes it a game for those with fast thumbs, Tachyon Project is well worth consideration on Wii U. For fast-paced twin-stick shooting action there aren't many better options on the eShop.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Michael Jackson: The Experience is indeed a good way to dance along to your favourite King of Pop routines, but that's really about it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    2048 is fun, quick, and just distracting enough to keep you occupied for hours at a time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not perfect, it provides a fun experience for multiple players, plus one of the best presentations any Wiiware title to date has received.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As simple as Back to Bed may seem, it's a satisfying puzzle game. Bob's dream sequences further enhance the experience with the inclusion of an appropriately fitting surreal art style. If you're in the mood for a fun and functional puzzle game, maybe consider this one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On one hand, these two levels are really outstanding and well executed, but on the other hand, there are only the two and they are basically the same every time you play them.