Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,747 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 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Metroid Prime Trilogy
Lowest review score: 10 Chuck E. Cheese's Alien Defense Force
Score distribution:
1,747 game reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    ESPN Sports Connection's biggest problem is that it feels like it was slapped together in a manner of months, with seemingly little interest to exist beyond merely existing - someone had to make motion-controlled tennis, right? Noble perhaps to take one for the team like that, but families looking to replicate that Wii Sports magic this hardware launch are better off with a ticket to Nintendo Land.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion dripped with potential upon announcement, but the final result is a more smudged affair. A fun, if basic, platformer lies at its heart, yet it's coated with unbalanced difficulty and drawing mechanics that interrupt its flow regularly, while the number of worlds is very disheartening. Disney fans will get a kick out of seeing which characters turn up, but if you're expecting another Castle of Illusion, you're going to be disappointed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This isn't how a game port to a more powerful system should be, and if you absolutely have to sample Mickey's latest adventure we suggest looking to your old system or the Wii Menu.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Wreck-It Ralph could have been so much more. Disney clearly spent a lot of time injecting the film’s world with strong gaming influences and tons of variety, and it’s baffling that the developers didn't build upon this. Instead, it feels like nothing more a half-hearted attempt to cash-in. It looks and feels like a retro game in some ways, but it’s simply far too shallow and devoid of fun to draw you in. As a result, you should probably save your quarters for a more worthwhile effort on 3DS.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ben 10: Omniverse falls into a lot of the same traps that lesser games in this genre do — lots of repetitive button-mashing gameplay, uninspired level design and clunky controls.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This one is short, shallow, and frankly too easy to keep anyone interested for long.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Don’t let the fact that the game is developed by WayForward fool you; The Smurfs 2 is mostly lackluster licensed fluff. While it is nice that it isn't as disjointed as other games of its type, it’s hard to recommend something this uninspired. If you’re thirsting for a kid-friendly platformer, you’d probably be better off keeping your smurfberries in your wallet and waiting for alternatives in the coming weeks and months.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land is almost a decent enough game, but serious gameplay flaws keep it from reaching its potential.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! for 3DS is less playable than its Wii U counterpart, and its cut corners show everywhere; it’s not the game that Adventure Time fans deserve or should expect from a developer like WayForward.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Skater Cat's concept of speeding up by grabbing cats which you reward with treats is quite a nice idea, but unfortunately the overall package is fairly dull.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Those looking for straight-up, no-frills Texas Hold ‘Em can find it in Governor of Poker. Those looking for engaging goals and atmosphere, however, likely will not; the constant tug-of-war on the tables to build the funds to buy the next non-interactive building feels more like a chore than a real accomplishment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With a hands-down fantastic soundtrack, a boat-load of charm, and a genuinely insightful celebration of the game development process, there's the ghost of a very good game buried somewhere inside. But confusing design choices, recurring glitches, and boredom that sets in far too quickly make it tough to recommend.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Beenox sure is trying to do well by the character, but it's becoming evident that the studio needs a rest from being the only one churning out Spider-Man titles on a sort-of-annual basis.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While it hits all the marks to be at least competent as a shoot 'em up, GAIABREAKER doesn't really go out of the way to make itself particularly interesting or fun to play, with fairly bland stages and little challenge.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ice Cream Surfer gets some of the basics right and offers players a crazy, wacky world, with colourful locales and varied, interesting enemies. Unfortunately, the game built around that world is just not particularly fun to play, with little challenge, poor presentation, some annoying gameplay quirks and almost no replay value.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall, this probably isn't the brawler you're looking for.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There will inevitably be some racing game fans that will find enough good in this title to warrant a purchase, but the broken gameplay, cheap AI, and dismal visuals will likely be more than enough to scare everyone else off.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Plättchen: Twist 'n Paint is the videogame equivalent of trying to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time; there are too many elements to consider in tandem for this to be considered to be much fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    MotoGP certainly isn’t going to give Mario Kart Wii a run for its money and it’d be a real shame if Capcom actually made a profit off of this.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Boingz is a classic example of a very unique and original game play idea that's ultimately ruined by its poor execution.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Family Glide Hockey is basically one giant missed opportunity and a game that makes you wonder exactly what the developers were thinking when they put it together.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    CID The Dummy is a rather disappointing experience and a prime example of the recent trend of “shovelware” that seems to have befallen the Wii. There are little to no discernable areas of good quality in the game and at best it may pass an hour or two before you become at best confused and at worst utterly completely frustrated.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In the end Animal Crossing Clock proves to be mainly just another chance to cash in on the popularity of the Animal Crossing series and doesn't even manage to provide a very useful tool to go along with it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A pretty bland game; the graphics and audio are so unmemorable that the gameplay would really need to be top notch to bring this game up.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's not as though Family Pirate Party was a spectacular failure, but rather that Aksys Games seems content with the package it has delivered.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In the end, Photo Clock doesn't prove to be any more useful than the Animal Crossing Clock application, even with its ability to use your own photos as clock themes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Through and through, this is a fastball on Sega’s part and one that many gamers are going to want to avoid.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Hysteria Hospital leaves a pretty bad taste and a craving for some morphine to make the painful gameplay disappear.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Story Mode is the highlight, though the story itself is wasted given the lackluster quality of most of the mini-games on offer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    My Sims Camera’s saving grace is its relatively low price, and when you consider that Nintendo have charged the same for clock applications and calculators, My Sims Camera isn’t a terrible purchase. Saying that, unless you’re a fan of the series it’s perhaps best to steer well clear of this title.