Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,733 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 Super Mario Galaxy 2
Lowest review score: 10 Pirates Assault
Score distribution:
1,733 game reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    There's no two ways about it - this is an embarrassing WiiWare release that lacks any of the fundamental elements of enjoyable, rewarding gameplay.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    About the only advantage to having more players is that it will give you more time to forget about how insignificant your meager contribution to the overall experience truly was. That is unless you're the last player to have a turn and in that case, you have our sympathies.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Sexy Poker is something of a letdown for fans of both poker and sexiness. Lacking in both qualities, the game is not even sufficient as a teaching tool to learn Texas Hold ‘Em poker, as the instructions on how to play are skimpier than the costumes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Children won't have the patience for this, and there are much better things to spend 800 points on. In summary, PictureBook Games: Pop-Up Pursuit is the perfect reason to discontinue family game night.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Although features are a good thing, they don’t help much when the game itself has an uninteresting premise, clumsy controls, unappealing looks, and is just no fun to play.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The long and short of it is that anybody looking for a fun multiplayer experience already has dozens of stronger examples to choose from, and anybody who isn't would be wise not to make an exception for Gravitronix. We cannot recommend this shabby excuse for a game to you in good conscience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, even though it features some interesting flourishes (the ability to mix and create new spells, unlockable achievements, very nice between-level art), the core gameplay comes across as tedious and sloppy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Digital Leisure did all right in implementing written number recognition (aside from the aforementioned X problem), and Grand Sudoku was a rather ingenious idea, but the complete lack of an Undo feature makes Sudoku Challenge! nearly impossible, and as if that weren't bad enough, the bland graphics and blander sounds join together to kick you while you're already down.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    We pray to the stars that that will be the final release, because it's quite clear that, even at 200 DSi Points, these will never, ever be worth the price.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    If you've got a balloon popping fetish you'll probably love it, but fans of quality puzzle games have a large selection of far better games at the same price point to choose from.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Don't Feed the Animals is devoid of complexity, personality, skill and entertainment value. It's boring, ugly, frustrating, repetitive and has bad collision mechanics.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    WiiWare is two years old now and frankly we shouldn't be seeing games of Blood Beach's quality these days: horrendously obsolete design that went out with the Ark, laughable attempts at scale and realism as well as some of the poorest graphics and sound on WiiWare mark this one out as a real dud.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Whether you beat the game or not, there's no happy ending to Enjoy Your Massage.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    There's a moderately clever concept buried somewhere in here, but it isn't worth digging out.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Absolutely one of the worst executions of a racing game to date, it's astonishing just how badly Nordcurrent has faired with this top-down racer.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unless you've played it before and can't resist the pull of nostalgia, this is one old Dog that isn't worth the adoption.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Johnny Hotshot is more than just a bad game; it's a bad game that demands perfection, so that even those adventurous players who are willing to give this a shot are unlikely to see most of it. With a terrible control scheme, absurdly plentiful loading screens and an interface that seemingly keeps trying to shrug you off and discourage you from playing it, this is definitely a download you'll want to let ride into the sunset without you.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Witch & Hero is a bad game, and in some senses reminds us of the worst of DSiWare's legacy. Even if a title tries to sell over-simplicity and crudity by adopting an 8-bit aesthetic, that doesn't excuse lazy, unimaginative design and execution. This lacks strategy and skill, and is as mindless as they come; playing Witch & Hero feels like a chore, and it would be served better as a free PC flash game than a paid-for 3DS eShop release.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Stay away from LEGO Friends.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Barely functioning controls, cheesy gameplay and an unrewarding experience all add up to an inexcusable attempt to cash in on an apparently untapped market.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    If you've played Incoming! for only thirty seconds, you've gotten just as much out of it as if you've played for several hours.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    There is such a thing as "too simple".
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    The real trick here is getting someone to fork over money for what really is a glorified demo. Don't bother.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Having a minimum of creative expression and being almost completely worthless.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    We considered the possibility this game might be a gag with the kind of crappy 3D glitches you'd have seen on an old PlayStation or PC game, but if that's the case we didn't find it terribly amusing. Calaris were right not to attempt any promotion of this turd, but we would have preferred that they simply hadn't bothered releasing it and spared us having to review it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    We say if you spend your 500 points on this unplayable mess you will most definitely not get something worth what you paid.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    If you really want some 70's kung fu action, do yourself a favor: plunk down the cost of the Douglas tune and jump around your home, Wii Remote in hand, going "hiyaaaa!"
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Nearly every facet of Zoo Disc Golf’s execution is completely broken: the controls are fidgety and inaccurate, the game’s presentation is some of the worst on Wii and it does all of this while being completely unenjoyable.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Halloween: Trick or Treat is simply mishandled on every possible level.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Treat Zombii Attack like you would an undead plague: avoid it at all costs. The controls sporadically decide not to work, the graphics are terrible and gameplay revolves around the least enjoyable activity in gaming: waiting. Even if you do suck any fun from this game, it's over in a flash. Save yourself the frustration and the 500 Nintendo Points. There are far better ways to enjoy the zombie apocalypse.