Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,732 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 11.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 World of Goo
Lowest review score: 10 Pirates Assault
Score distribution:
1,732 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    We fail to see what is so therapeutic about a game that is composed of nothing more than repetitive wrist movements and button memorization.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Stunt Cars feels like it's trying to do too many things at once and gives the game a very erratic feeling at times, making you wonder exactly what the developers were ultimately going for when they put the game together.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Diatomic is a game suffering from an ill-placed desire to stand apart from established popular shooters on the Wii. Whilst being a bit different is certainly admirable, choosing a rubbish control system is not the best way to do it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's almost nothing to recommend Hell's Kitchen VS as a good purchase - the gameplay is extremely basic, bears almost no resemblance to cooking and is about as pointless as one could imagine, with no leaderboards, career progression or anything to offer other than different difficulties. With a friend it becomes a little more bearable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Arcade Hoops Basketball is not a terrible time-waster, but it never tries to be anything more than a very simple diversion. Only the most diehard basketball fans will care enough to keep firing it up after the first few times around.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Every puzzle can be finished by anybody relatively clever in about an hour, after which there's practically nothing else to do. Add to this the very cheap feel of the game and it's probably not something you'd want to spend points on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The game itself is easy and fun to play, the characters are charming and the graphics are adorable, and multiplayer would be great for bringing in the kids for some good old-fashioned family fun, but the headaches and eye strain are not worth it. Unless you've got an HDTV and perfect vision, don't bother looking for this one unless you've got the patience necessary for plenty of trial and error.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are better sudoku games in the DSi Shop at the moment, so unless you're an advanced player who doesn't like to fill in their own candidates and already knows what a "Swordfish" and an "X-wing" are, there's no need to kill yourself trying to wrap your head around this title.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Do yourself a favour and grab one of the DS’s many other accomplished puzzle games before attempting to crack this one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you want a piece of gaming (or personal) history on the relative cheap side then toss this one in your download queue, but if you’re not a collector or nostalgic then snap up one of the more interesting Game & Watch DSiWare releases instead.