Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,872 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 11.4 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 Incoming!
Score distribution:
1,872 game reviews
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The tricks are fun for a short amount of time, but given how quickly the novelty wears off, this is not likely to be a title you'll spend much time with.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall this third Master of Illusion DSiWare release is probably the strongest one yet, but that's still not saying much. There's just not enough content included to warrant even the mere 200 Nintendo Points the game costs.
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    Sure, the Mario theme is cool and the ability to actually have some interaction with the experience makes it a bit more practical than the Animal Crossing Clock, but ultimately it's still not enough.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The presentation is as basic as you can get with no options and no ability to play anyone besides the computer. Although the computer is a competent foe, these games are generally prized for their social aspect and get old quickly when played alone.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Family Slot Car Racing is certainly an accessible racing game, but the game is so faithful to the real slot car racing experience that it's unlikely anyone who doesn't already like slot car racing will find it interesting for more than a few plays.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The game's cutesy graphics bely what the game is really like - shaking your Wii Remote until your arms are about ready to fall off. For 500 Wii Points, thankfully, the blow isn't too bad, but unless you'd really like to test which of your friends can shake the fastest, we'd recommend staying far away from this one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As a single player experience, Gameloft's Texas Hold 'em Poker will provide about as much diversion as a good game of Freecell. The visuals are excellent and the game plays well, but the useless online experience and one-note gameplay prevents us from recommending this game to anyone but die hard fans of this poker variant.
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    It may be a worthwhile purchase for those who skipped First Semester, but bear in mind that this release assumes you already know how to use the tools and interface, so...good luck with that.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The final word is that no one should walk into this game expecting anything other than a barebones word search game, and that is exactly what Digital Leisure has provided here.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Hard-Hat Domo is for enthusiasts only. Enthusiasts of what? We'd rather not know.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Ghost Party Mansion's sloppy play control and recycled mini-game ideas end up making the title feel more tedious than fun and ultimately overshadow the game's well-executed haunted house theme.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Electroplankton Trapy tends to make the Electroplankton experience very simple for the user - maybe a bit too simple, you could argue.
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    Harvest Moon: My Little Shop is really good at what it does, and what it does is bring the tedium of working in the food service industry right into your home.
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    Considering that adding rhythm to your harmony is not really possible in Lumiloop, audiophiles or those in need of something to relax to may enjoy playing around with it, but others will want to steer clear.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Copter Crisis is another example of a good concept for WiiWare that has been poorly executed. With bland visuals, repetitive gameplay and an absurd Pay and Play pricing plan, there's little that speaks in this title's favour.
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    With only three different mini-games to play and no real challenge in taking care of your little pets, from an adult perspective this game gets old very quickly.
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    Although we welcome the presence of new tricks on the DSiWare service, the two presented here aren't really up to scratch.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    We hear life has some really cool photorealistic visuals and built-in voice chat too.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s only 500 Points so you get what you pay for, but we’d almost rather Big Blue Bubble go back to add more content and up the price a few hundred points to give us more reason to play. Useless unlockable dart designs, new games, something. You’re better off spending the money on a cheap dart board or, failing that, a few boxes of sharp pencils to throw at the wall.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're a die-hard fan of Olympic shooting you can give it a try, but we'd suggest choosing any one of a myriad of other games on the Wii featuring target shooting instead.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    The driving and shooting are both unsatisfying, the mission structures lack variety and the writing shows off every negative stereotype under the sun.
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    Quite simply, Helmet is boring and without any real challenge.
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    As it stands, there’s no real incentive to buy this as its central gimmick wears off too quickly and all that’s left is you, spinning around endlessly, zapping imaginary aliens.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    With a short main game and no multiplayer, Brain Drain is nothing more than a passing, casual experience to be enjoyed on one's lunch break or while waiting for the bus. At home on your Wii the game can still provide some brief amusement for fans of puzzle games, but we suspect you'll find better things to do.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Try as it does, Bounce & Break never rises above unremarkable and ultimately feels hollow.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Between these limitations, as well as a general lack of options or control precision, this collection is only for casual gamers and even then only if they are looking for a collection that will let them play a lot of different games but none of them well.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    While JV Games has added some very nice improvements to their original Pong Toss concept, unfortunately it's still very much the same game and one that still doesn't translate well into a video gaming experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a shame that a respectable franchise should have something so mediocre tarnish its name, but hopefully this will be a lesson for Creatures Inc. to take on board and realise that if it's going to produce a spin-off it should make sure that it's something they themselves would play.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It is a shame that Rango on the Wii cuts corners and, worst of all, is over all too quickly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    More thought was required to bring the Splinter Cell experience successfully to the 3DS, and the square pegs and round holes development approach has undermined the overall experience. There is some enjoyment to be had for series veterans, but most gamers would be well advised to play the original instead.