Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,810 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 Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Lowest review score: 10 Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Room
Score distribution:
1,810 game reviews
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    None of these games are completely terrible or broken, but the gameplay and presentation scream out that this compilation is an afterthought; a shameless cash-in.
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    • 30 Critic Score
    Puffins are undeniably cute little critters, but slapping them on a labyrinth game with shoddy, mismatched controls won’t cover up the fact that it’s just not that fun.
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    • 30 Critic Score
    Even taking a real chess board on the train with you would cause less frustration than waiting for the CPU to make up its mind or bringing a friend along for the adventure of repeatedly figuring out which piece is which.
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    • 30 Critic Score
    If you bought the first Reel Fishing Challenge then there's no need to splurge on this one unless you're exceptionally fond of FMV backgrounds.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Despite a few fun excursions, the scariest thing about HorrorLand is its overwhelming mediocrity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With seven months until the release of Part 2, we can only hope that EA learn from their mistakes here and step things up for Harry's grand finale.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    FlingSmash is a waste of an intriguing game mechanic.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sadly, what we see here unfortunately is a rather bland and dull attempt that will struggle to keep your attention, forcing a football theme into it as a way of trying to draw people in.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is a tedious, uninspired effort marred by repetitious combat.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Greater options for customisation would have helped a bit, as would options for differing control styles, but ultimately Deca Sports 3 is flawed enough at its core that no amount of additional features would help it much. Sorry, sports fans.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit on Wii is a very poor excuse for a racer that feels like a slap in the face compared to its PS3/Xbox 360 cousin.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A strong contender for the title of 'Worst 3DS Launch Game'. It has a sickening amount of bugs, is unfinished and reeks of a game that has been rushed for launch.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Dream Trigger features some really unique and original gameplay ideas - maybe a few too many for its own good - and ultimately tries to do too many things at once, overwhelming the player with its rather steep learning curve. Toss in the barrage of game crashes and you're left with a game that had a lot of potential that was never in the vicinity of being reached.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    No games in the compilation are fun to play, all of them have been done better elsewhere (such as the delightful WarioWare series), so the sole selling point is that the title crams so many of them together into one package.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    While Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir has a genuinely interesting premise, it's let down early by its own technological limitations, and the disappointment is fairly consistent from there.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Shifting World certainly contains the germ of a great idea but it execution leaves a lot to be desired. Uninspired level design, a useless map, poor responsiveness and inexplicable slowdown all come together to make Shifting World feel like an unfinished beta version released at retail. Shifting World had potential, but in its current state, you're not missing much by passing on it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Touch Battle Tank 3D fails to hit the target on virtually every level.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This one belongs in the litterbox.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This is the version of Crystal Adventure that should have been distributed to beta testers, not to actual customers. Leave this one in the dungeon.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you can't find anything better to spend your money on at this point in the eShop's life, somebody should probably take your wallet away.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    After thirty years of fame, the Fist of the North Star series deserves a much better celebration of its history than this sorry piece of software. Hardcore fans of the series may find that their love of the source material helps paper over the gaping cracks — the same goes for dedicated followers of the Dynasty Warriors lineage — but if you don’t fall into either of those two camps then you should leave this well alone, and simply track down a copy of the 1986 anime movie instead. It will provide more enjoyment during its 110 minute running time than Ken’s Rage 2 can muster during several days of gameplay.