Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,882 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 11.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
Lowest review score: 10 Family Go-Kart Racing
Score distribution:
1,882 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The campaign is a shallow Frankengame, hollow-hearted and unsure of its footing as it tries to keep up with Call of Duty's own self-escalation of incredulous scenarios, with ludicrously stupid set pieces and a story built around relationships that nobody will care about come the end of the credits.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lola's Fruit Shop Sudoku is without question easy to play, but how well it will hold a child's attention is another question. The rules of Sudoku are just complicated enough that this one might be a less than ideal fit for its target audience. On the plus side it looks and plays wonderfully, but unfortunately there's very little content on offer, and even the most interested children are likely to find it tedious before long.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As impressive as the overall gameplay system is, download play could have easily made this a must-have title for Texas Hold 'Em fans, but without it the game can really only be recommended for those looking for a challenging solo experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a game with a lot of content and an engaging story, then you might want to look elsewhere. Fans of old arcade-style games who obsess about getting high scores, however, might find a lot of enjoyment and replayability here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    2 Fast 4 Gnomz doesn't have the most unique concept in the world - or even on the WiiWare service - but it does have a fun soundtrack and an oddly addictive charm.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Interface issues and an impressively generic presentation keep The Voice out of prime time, but if you're a big fan of the TV version - and especially if you've got friends who are too - there's a chance you'll have a great time, depending on what exactly you enjoy about the show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In a word: disappointing. What we have here is a fun game that, with a bit of polish and a few extra features could have been something truly special.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hardcore shmup fans have been waiting a long time for a solid eShop title, but while Flip the Core features some nice gameplay ideas, the need to keep flipping planes and trying to keep track of levels that keep constantly changing ends up taking too much focus off of the core shooting experience. The inexpensive $2 price tag makes the game at least worth checking out for those who just can't get enough arcade shooting action, but that comes with the caveat of keeping your expectations in check when you do.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you absolutely have to have a 3D Harvest Moon game, this will fill a gap. It's hardly the most expansive and engaging the series has offered in recent times, and its central concept is of the take-it-or-leave-it variety, but it still has the potential to enthral if you let it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What Brain Challenge does, it does very well – it’s just a shame it’s pretty much all been done before.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In terms of making music with this one, the only obstacles are the constant switching around of plankton and the inability to reset them on the fly, but as the Electroplankton applications go, this is one of the better ones.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The story's practically non-existent and you'll be going from A to be B a lot, but it looks good, plays without error, has an entertaining multiplayer mode and contains enough variation to stop it being overwhelmingly average.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The coordinated movement mechanic makes for a unique experience, and while the erratic difficulty can frustrate, puzzle fans after a challenge will likely have fun bailing out these bots.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We found it to be a fun experience, despite some slightly annoying controls and obtuse instructions. If you like sim games or meerkats and want to try your hand at building a pack of your own, it's certainly worth a look.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent package, with its sense of progression and Pro Shop items to buy, but it's ultimately nothing special.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Voodoo Dice is a decent idea, but the execution leaves a bit to be desired. If you don't mind frequently having to retry stages or having to take your time to ensure you don't make any mistakes, it could be fairly enjoyable, but most are going to want to look elsewhere for their puzzle fix.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Alien Puzzle Adventure is a good attempt at a different style of match three puzzler, and although it's too basic to be very engaging and doesn't stand out from the crowd particularly well, it's still fun in short bursts.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Riding Stables 3D definitely has the best of intentions - the StreetPass features, the passively unfolding storyline, and the variety of mini-games - but ultimately it's just not that impressive. The graphics are underwhelming, the sound is aimless and dull, and the frequent load times break any connection you might have otherwise had to your horse. As it stands it feels like the foundation of a much better game, but unfortunately this is the one we got.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It may be a nice little time-filler, yet we can't see anyone playing this for hours at end.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Putting an interesting spin on the hidden object game by allowing you to use your own photographs, Hidden Photo makes for a decent casual title with the added novelty of implementing your own surroundings in your puzzles.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The 12 titles on offer in Wii Play Motion surpass their predecessor in creativity but are just as mediocre in their simplicity and limitedness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the game's limited modes and the absence of multiplayer result in an experience that is lacking in replay value. Nevertheless, it's a valiant effort from Ludosity and well worth your money if you're looking for a solid pick-up-and-play title to indulge in every now and again.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For owners of similar games it’s perhaps best to stay clear of this as you can only be let down by the “bargain bucket” nature of the title.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you were getting used to the characters and setting of the previous two Flips installments, it's mildly disappointing that this one features completely different ones. However, the story itself has been popular with kids for over 70 years, meaning it should also manage to hold your interest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lot of fun once Campaign Mode picks up, but it's all just too basic and repetitive to become very compelling. It's not a bad game, it just lends itself to tedium.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Crossword fans might find some value, but those who aren't dead set on word-based head-scratchers can do a lot better, for far cheaper.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is a well-presented, difficult game with solid gameplay. Unfortunately the experience isn't as lasting or as engaging as perhaps it could be, and given that it's almost identical to its WiiWare predecessor, the audience for this title is small and niche.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Extreme Hangman 2 doesn't really do anything wrong, it is difficult to say whether or not it is an improvement over its predecessor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, if Oscar in Toyland had been polished and updated for 2009 this could have been the DSiWare service's first big platformer. As it is, Oscar in Toyland only just manages to escape mediocrity, and yet doesn't quite fall into the "good" category.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you’ve enjoyed previous entries in the series, you’ll know what to expect from this: mischievous kids, duplicitous teachers and just the right amount of toilet humour.

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