Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,555 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 24% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Lowest review score: 10 Gummy Bears Magical Medallion
Score distribution:
2556 game reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As its own experience, Cube Creator 3D stands up well as an entertaining experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is not an experience for everyone, though we'd suggest that those with a love of adventure games and the download scene should take this one on; it's an important part of gaming history and an education for serious gamers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it doesn't really add a great deal to the overall story of the series and recycles a lot of content from the previous games, what you'll find is a very enjoyable experience, chocked full of content that will keep you glued to your DS for a long while.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beginners may find the current lack of in-game lessons disappointing, but if you're already a budding artist — or just love to create colourful pictures — then there's little reason not to give Art Academy: SketchPad a try.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Frogger Returns makes a welcome addition to the WiiWare line-up. It features good old-fashioned gameplay which remains faithful to its arcade ancestor whilst providing interesting new levels that enhance the experience: a hallmark of good retro game design. It's let down by limited options and lackluster multiplayer modes, but if you're a fan of classic arcade games it's definitely worth your 500 points.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a fun if not premium experience, with some rather uninspired level designs mixed in with moments of greater quality - for amiibo fans it's well worth a look.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The MotionPlus controls, inconsistent and ultimately underwhelming as they are, provide a level of direct control not capable with Wii games of the past. There are some definite kinks to iron out but Grand Slam Tennis is an overall solid debut in a franchise with a lot of potential and is sure to satisfy those looking for a casual game of tennis.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bobby Carrot Forever is smartly designed and will keep you entertained and your wits at their sharpest for a long time, though some may grow tired of the admittedly limited gameplay. It's also a delight to look at and extremely accessible, so while it won't put you on cloud nine, this carrot stew is still quite tasty.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We expect this to be a divisive title, and it could do with a little extra content, but delivers exactly what it has promised, and is unapologetic as it does so.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For fans of the genre that are happy to master the controls and live with compromises this still represents an attractive option, nevertheless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its simple game design and incredible attention to detail Toto Temple Deluxe is a goat ride you won't want to miss.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Academy: Chess Puzzles isn't a ground-breaking achievement or advancement in the puzzle game world, but it does exactly what it promises to do, and accomplishes the task without a hitch. The option to play full games of chess rather than just puzzles would have been a welcome addition, but that simply isn't the case. If you're a fan of chess and you're interested in honing your endgame skills, or if you just enjoy simple puzzle games that will keep you busy for hours and cost you next to nothing, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you love classic third-person rail shooters like Space Harrier, Horizon Riders won't disappoint - so long as you own a Balance Board.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dementium may not be the greatest FPS experience there ever was, but, for what it is, it is quite an enjoyable romp.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may seem odd for a game to have a crossover before it's even released, but Twisted Fusion adds a nice twist of flavour to BLOK DROP's low-key yet functional gameplay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Digger Dan DX is well worth its price tag, and recommended for puzzle gamers especially.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the package is innovative, polished and fun, often-terrible controls throw a clumsy wrench in the otherwise well-oiled machine and prevent this from taking on "must-have" status.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've got someone to play this with, it's a great way to pass the time on those rainy days – just like with the physical versions of the games (apart from Bop It, which we would have gladly swapped for the real thing or a paint drying simulator).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Epic Dumpster Bear is the epic adventure of a dumpster-diving bear as he attempts to battle against the evil corporation, and proof that you should never judge a book by its cover.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Infinite Minigolf is another solid arrival on the Switch eShop, and most importantly adds to the steadily growing variety of genres and themes on the store. It does a very nice job of delivering over-the-top, entertaining minigolf, with plenty of official and user-created content to keep players busy. The downsides are slightly baffling systems and a crowded user interface, and the fact that some less experienced gamers may find the required precision for shots a little too demanding. Overall, however, this one is definitely under par - in a good way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bookstore Dream succeeds in many ways, as it is engrossing, addictive and entertaining for a good amount of time; a steal at 200 points. That said, there are a few bugs and annoyances to work around, and the information in the manual is sorely lacking, telling you what to do but not how to do it. Despite these problems, the overall experience is enjoyable, and if you're not careful many hours will be lost in running your humble little book shop.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those that come in expecting a classic Legend of Zelda adventure this could potentially be an underwhelming experience; yet as a fun action game with plenty of content is delivers well. Once the problem of perception — courtesy of the iconic characters at play — is resolved, this is an entertaining addition for action fans.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are more enjoyable one-player games on the service for considerably cheaper, but very few games with such a good grasp of multiplayer, so get a few of your knuckle-dragging buddies involved and go apeshi… well, just go ape.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Divergent Shift might have been a more refreshing experience had it been released before Chronos Twins hit the service, but as it is, the game ends up feeling like nothing more than a more expensive and slightly less fulfilling clone.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Knytt Underground is without a doubt the most unique game on the Wii U eShop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Charming the game may be, Rainbow Curse is a few strokes from greatness: overly repetitive mechanics, underused ideas, and a failure to integrate its clay theme into gameplay in any meaningful way keep it from reaching the lofty heights to which it potentially could. Well crafted, but not a masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Offers one of the finest puzzle experiences currently available on WiiWare. Having said that, the lack of online and controller issues make it difficult to recommend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not necessarily the most solid gameplay experience on an objective level, with the chaos being occasionally tough to manage or understand, but it's a good way to have some quick thrills on the portable.

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