Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,337 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 World of Goo
Lowest review score: 10 Rise of the Guardians
Score distribution:
2337 game reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good if unspectacular Tekken transition. Its 41 characters and 60fps frame rate is unmatched on 3DS, and while it arguably lacks a truly meaty challenge for a single player it's enjoyable enough that you won't really mind. It won't set the world alight, but it's another strong addition to 3DS's array of big name scrappers.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those looking for quick, clever puzzles on the go, you could certainly do much worse.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    For die-hard fans of snooker, billiards and pool, Cue Sports does the job nicely and may even be preferred to Midnight Pool because of its more serious nature and the addition of full online multiplayer.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Much like the first Brain Age Express DSiWare release, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters once again manages to offer up a small sampling of brain training exercises from the retail title in a more condensed DSiWare package.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sonic Classic Collection could have been a true must-have for DS-owning Sonic fans, but sadly it's marred by enough small issues to put you off playing for too long.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Music On: Drums takes a different approach than previous entries, and although it doesn't offer the power or flexibility to defeat Rytmik: Rock Edition it's still a good alternative that's fun to tinker about with from time to time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've only got a Wii, the game's worth a purchase, but if you're a multi-platform owner you can definitely do better in terms of FPS games.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Advanced Circuits is a solid puzzler, but you can't help but come away from it feeling like it's something you've already played before.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The currency system may get a little aggravating, but as a silly diversion Jones on Fire is well worth consideration.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    HoopWorld is not a bad choice for a quick and cheap round of arcade basketball, and those blessed souls willing to overlook the flawed controls might find themselves having a pretty good time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A slight handwriting issue aside, this game delivers on exactly what it promises, and that's a world of puzzles. Nothing more, nothing less.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We'd recommend you pick this one up; while there's not anything here you haven't seen before, you'll still probably come away glad that you took the plunge.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's absolutely no denying that Christmas Clix is a fun and engaging puzzler that should appeal to many fans of the genre. Not only does the game sport a very easy control system, it has plenty of gameplay variety to keep things interesting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Just Dance 2015 is much like its predecessors, but in the struggle to do something ‘new’ with the game, Ubisoft has added a lot of features that are not really worth your bother.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those who enjoy the hidden object genre, Jack's a darkly fun experience with lots of replay value and a good amount of difficulty variation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Baddest of the Bands sticks with the same formula seen in the previous two episodes and it's still as entertaining as it ever was. Sadly, this episode doesn’t offer any improvements and if you didn’t like any of the other titles then it's not likely to make the entire 'Strong Bad' concept suddenly appeal to you. On the other hand, if you giggled your way through the other two episodes and had a whale of a time, then you simply cannot go wrong here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Younger kids will likely enjoy this more than teens and adults, with the ability to customize their characters' faces and sounds however they please. It's a very smooth, well-packaged game with great level design and controls.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Assoria certainly have made good use of the DSi camera, although it's a bit of a shame that the camera isn't quite good enough to provide a quality gameplay experience wherever you go.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Casual dabblers would be better served by the lower price point and downloadable convenience of Puzzler World XL on DSiWare, but Puzzler World 2012 3D is still a great little package in its own right, and well worth picking up for paper-and-pencil puzzle fans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The over-the-top action seems to have been relegated to the "supplementary" 5-on-5 modes, taking the focus away from the main game as it shrivels from malnutrition.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Witch's Cat isn't a particularly innovative game, and it suffers from maddening difficulty spikes, but it's still a lot of fun, with a good selection of levels, plenty of replay value, and addicting gameplay that invites "one more try" many times over.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pokémon Rumble Blast is a good game, but - let's face it - we've played it before. The 3DS gave Nintendo a wider palette to work with, but it seems like it was content to leave well enough alone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aesthetically speaking, Trine 2: Director's Cut borders on perfection and deserves nothing less than to be framed and mounted, but the unfortunate news is that this quality does not permeate the game as a whole. Uncomfortable controls and puzzles that don't actually adhere to sensible solutions, but instead allow you to force your own answer on them, mar the experience and slow the game down in a significant way. It's not likely that this release will win new fans to the genre, but anyone who already enjoys physics-based puzzle platformers will definitely want to check this one out. Or maybe everyone should just buy this game simply to look at the environments. Have we mentioned how good it all looks?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The storyline is immersive and genuinely well-delivered and will give gamers of all ages plenty to enjoy. The omission of online multiplayer is a huge downer though, and it stops this game from being something truly exceptional. There's a lot to love, but it'll be a largely solo eXperience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a simulation nut you'll get the most out of this game, but strategy fans and even minigame lovers should not walk away disappointed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The DSi's lack of multitouch severely hampers attempts at emulating musical instruments – particularly a piano; even though this erases any hope of learning chords or playing anything complicated, however, it doesn't prevent the game from demonstrating the simplest way to tickle the ivories.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed Gunslugs 2, rest assured that its predecessor offers just as many explosive thrills.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, while it does have its flaws and the gameplay itself isn't terribly exciting, City Interactive have done well to create an enjoyable adventure game with Crime Lab: Body Of Evidence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s short course list, lack of online play, and easy computer opponents mean that the game will have a short life span unless you bring some friends over to play it with you. Even so, with it’s amusing and easy to pick up and play mechanics, its multiple controller options, and easy on the eyes graphics this is a solid WiiWare release which is worth investigating.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Barring a slight lack of replay value, there's not much this inexpensive little DSiWare title does wrong.