Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,954 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 11.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario 3D World
Lowest review score: 10 Electroplankton: Varvoice
Score distribution:
1,954 game reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like any good sequel, Marble Saga manages to build upon the unique game play ideas of the original, not to mention addresses the serious lack of levels the first game was plagued with. But for every step forward the game takes, it takes two steps backward with its sluggish physics implementation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    SKYPEACE doesn't really do anything wrong, but it doesn't stand out either.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's nothing wrong with either representation of these popular card games, but there's not really much outstanding about them either.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is certainly not a game aimed at the hardcore demographic who enjoyed Mega Man 9, but it is far from a bad game by all means. With 50 levels and the additional ability to design your own dream home if the game concept grabs you then this could be a solid purchase.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Strike Force Foxx is a fun, simple arcade experience that is unfortunately bogged down by its lacking production values and curious game design choices.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's difficult to fault Blockado too much, especially since the presentation and gameplay are all well implemented, but you can't ignore the fact that the game is still just another rendition of the classic sliding-block puzzle idea that's been making its rounds for decades now.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Play & Learn Chinese makes for a decent casual translation tool, with a 700-word and phrase database and an easy way to study them, though there's no helping you if you're here for higher-level learning.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Rock n' Roll Climber is an interesting and rather realistic take on the rock climbing sport, its meticulous control system and sluggish pacing might prove to be a bit of a stumbling block for gamers looking to dive right in head first.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're a true table tennis fan looking for a digital fix, this is a solid service of arcade-style gameplay; but if you're just looking to get in a few volleys and don't mind a slightly larger playing field, Family Tennis 3D unquestionably serves up the better game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fundamentally Flight Control is strong, a fast-paced and surprisingly complex puzzle title with plenty of variety. The biggest issues come from the porting process and the additions implemented, namely that the multiplayer is mostly redundant and the pacing does not adapt to suit the decidedly different input method of the Wii.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four isn't too interesting a story, but the way it's presented is likely to appeal to the younger ones. Obviously, buying the retail game is better value for your money, but if you'd like to try out one story to see if you'd like the rest of the package, then this isn't too bad of a deal for 500 DSi Points.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans of the The LEGO Movie and previous LEGO games are sure to enjoy this one as well, but don't seek it out expecting anything that you haven't already seen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For veterans, the lack of full control can be off-putting, seemingly lowering the level of skill required to succeed, but if you can see past that you’ll still find something to enjoy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cat Frenzy offers up two modes that feel completely different, making it suitable for those times you want to give your brain a little shake or just want to switch off before bed. Its controls aren't quite as intuitive as you would think, but they don't take too long to pick up. If cat sounds leave you growling, though, you'll want to hit that mute button pretty sharpish.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is one for the puzzle junkies alone, for those people that need a stopgap until the professor comes off sabbatical – but in the meantime, he can rest assured that his tenure will remain unthreatened by the likes of May Stery.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Those good points aside, the sluggish controls and bad graphics prevent Shootanto from competing with the big retail releases. As a result, it should be considered only as a cheap and convenient supplement to a player’s collection, and not as a replacement for a good retail version of a game in this genre.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Thor is short and often repetitive, but it features a long list of attainable moves, combos and techniques to keep things fun and interesting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s niche, but it works for those it's targeting, so only pick this up if you’re buying it for a small child, provided they’re old enough to use a 3DS.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pure Chess on the 3DS is a thoroughly competent piece of software, which in some respects stands out on the system's eShop.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A match-three puzzler with a pretty mediocre gimmick, Fishdom just barely manages to stay afloat thanks to some solid core mechanics.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gradius Rebirth is certainly a solid enough shooter and the trip down memory lane is fun while it lasts, but you can't help but walk away from the title wishing that Konami had tried some new ideas instead of just rehashing the same formula.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pokémon Rumble U is straightforward fun that's a far cry away from the main Pokémon titles, but it does pair some key strategic elements of the series with the button bashing – though there are definitely moments where there's too much going on to keep real track of, which does lead to more reliance on the latter than the former.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Crash-Course Domo is a decent game in and of itself, but its overly-simplistic play control and lack of long-term replayability ultimately makes it fun for a short time but something you're not likely to come back to down the line.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Slingo is as fun, addictive and exciting as ever, and makes a great time-waster. Power-ups and Devil's Games keep things interesting, but they don't quite match the sense of progression of its identically priced competitor, Slingo Quest, not to mention having a blander look overall.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wheel of Fortune is a flawed but basically solid family version of the long-running game show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Big Kahuna Party is a fun game. But so are all of the other Bejeweled clones. It’s a victim of its own success.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you love solo card games this should be worth considering, just turn the volume down first.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Rock-n-Roll Domo is quite good fun, and it's nice to be able to choose among control styles, even if each of them does have its flaws. On its own this game isn't much to recommend, but as a silly and somewhat-replayable time-waster, this is one of Domo's better options.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The old saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but we’re definitely getting tired of the lack of variety.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Murder on the Titanic is the kind of game that doesn't do anything overtly wrong, but it also fails to do anything new or exciting.