Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,467 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Donkey Kong Country Returns
Lowest review score: 10 Kung Fu Funk: Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!
Score distribution:
2467 game reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Abyss is, more than a little ironically, not deep. It is, however, a simple game done well, and quite a lot of fun to play. It doesn't bring anything particularly innovative to the table and it's not a lengthy adventure, but with solid gameplay, wonderful music, and a 200 point price tag, Abyss is a fun and surprisingly atmospheric trip below the surface.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hitori by Nikoli hits up against some interface nonsense, but otherwise offers an enjoyable twist on traditional puzzles and scratches much of the same itch as a Picross game, making it worth considering for an extended brain workout.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With detailed graphics and a fitting soundtrack, the wide spectrum of puzzle genres that the game covers deepens the experience and broadens its appeal.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Samurai Warriors' return to Nintendo platforms is a welcome one, even if it is a little flawed in places. The combat is as solid as ever, and fans will appreciate the effort and attention that's been put into the personalised story mode.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Viking Invasion 2 is a capable tower defense game that doesn’t do much to improve on an unbroken formula; with an intense difficulty curve and emphasis on replayability, you’re sure to get plenty of hours out of this purchase. While it may not have enough to draw strangers to the genre in, fans of games like this will definitely find something to enjoy here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although its branching narrative system could have more depth, Chase: Cold Case Investigations has an undeniable sense of charm and keeps players' attention through its characters, anime art style and subdued jazz-noir soundtrack. If the series is allowed to continue and introduce a deeper approach to multiple choice and interrogation, then we could see something truly special.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's the most fun we've had with a LEGO game in quite some time, as a matter of fact - smart design, some gameplay variety and a surprisingly impressive amount of content all weigh heavily in its favour. It strikes us as a game that had one of the more experienced and imaginative TT Games teams at the helm, and it charmed and entertained us over a number of hours.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For a fun and addictive game that can be played at your own pace, this is definitely a download worth hunting down.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water has been put through a wringer of doubt and speculation in the run up to its release, but manages to come out the other side still just as drenched with atmosphere and intrigue as ever.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Human Resource Machine is a good game, bordering on great. It's just missing a few little tweaks.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the most part, Zombie Incident turns out to be an extremely enjoyable throwback platformer with highly addictive gameplay. What faults the gameplay does possess due to its antiquated design are eclipsed by its wonderful visuals, highly addictive gameplay and sublime chip tune soundtrack.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Brunch Panic is more whipped-cream waffle than hearty Full English. This is a mobile-inspired tap-and-swipe game with simple, repetitive gameplay and graphics, and it's not going to fill anyone up until dinner.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quite the competent effort, despite its age and low-budget origin. It may not be Mario, but if you're looking for a solid platformer, you can do no wrong with Cocoto.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may not be the most polished game, with its finicky frame rate and an underwhelming 3D display, but the charming characters and satisfying gameplay make this a game worth any Harvest Moon fan's time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Paul's Shooting Adventure 2 is a pretty safe bet for fans of the first game. There are some minor gameplay differences, but overall the main draw here is its simultaneous 2-player mode. While this does require two copies of the game, the low price can justify another purchase. It may not move the series very far forward, but it sure is having fun along the way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are new to the series or are a diehard fan, willing to splash out for the extra features, then Just Dance 2017 is definitely the way to go. If you're happy with older versions of the game however, there is no need to rush into another purchase just yet.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Art Academy: First Semester is a fantastic program for creating art, though it doesn't offer much else.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fishie Fishie isn't the deepest game in the world, but it provides a sizeable diversion with all the play modes on offer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gameloft has crafted an addictive and attractive game with enough gameplay to keep you coming back for short blasts every once in a while, but there's not really enough meat on the bones to hold your attention for prolonged play sessions.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A conspicuous lack of multiplayer and a few presentation issues put some slack in the line, but if you're an avid angler looking to reel in something different, Family Fishing is a catch.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the asking price, Gunblade NY/LA Machineguns is a steal. While Gunblade is showing its age a little now, LA Machineguns is still an excellent shooter with an interesting combo system that should bring players back to hone their skills.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Equilibrio is one of those games that isn't overly flashy, but has it where it counts. The simple game play design and challenging level set will keep you busy for quite some time, and at a mere 500 Nintendo Points, it's actually a bargain.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On the whole, UNO fares far better on DSi than the Wii - the interface works nicely, the online player is smooth and enjoyable and you have the added benefit of pick-up-and-play whenever you like.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although a lack of levels and some presentational hiccups prevent this from becoming an outright classic, Ultratron's positive points outweigh its negatives, and warrants a look from anyone looking for an arcade shooter that manages to merge the best of old and new.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although there are areas where Cate West can be improved, for a hidden object game it's definitely one of the best currently available on the market and works well on the Wii. Its intriguing storyline, overall polished presentation and change of gameplay styles makes it a far more interesting proposition than most hidden object titles and it's all the better for it.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cute Witch! Runner takes the best part of Dress to Play: Cute Witches! and downsizes it to DSiWare in a refreshingly thoughtful way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a good chance your 3-6 year old will get some decent mileage out of this title, and at 500 points, it costs less than most of the other toys and games they'll outgrow eventually.