Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,973 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 NightSky
Lowest review score: 10 Zoo Disc Golf
Score distribution:
1,973 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It innovates without compromising on quality or complicating matters beyond the reach of inexperienced players, and is perfect either for extended play sessions of a quick level on the bus; with a lot of top-notch content and an affordable price, it shows that with skill and care developers can still deliver real quality to the portable
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once again, Game Freak hits the nail squarely on the head, making Pokémon X and Y an excellent new addition to the series' expansive library.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sound combines with art and writing for the creative triple treat. Piano is at the forefront of most of the game’s soundtrack, with an orchestral accompaniment providing a robust lift; perfect for this manner of presentation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once again, Game Freak hits the nail squarely on the head, making Pokémon X and Y an excellent new addition to the series' expansive library.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surfacer+ is a rare breed: a DSiWare game that completely catches us off-guard, surprises us with its unique charm and gameplay and gets more entertaining the longer we play it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its crafty level designs and unique visual style, Mutant Mudds offers up the best of both 8-bit and 16-bit worlds, all the while giving fans of the genre a classic 2D platformer. Mutant Mudds might very well be the best eShop game to date, and one no platformer fan should miss.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cumbersome title and suspicious cuteness of The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave may scare off a few gamers, but those who give it a chance will find themselves immersed in a genuinely creative and surprisingly challenging world. The animation is charming and smooth, the soundtrack passively gorgeous, and the experience long and rewarding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only are the physics in the game absolutely spot-on, but the intuitive control scheme made possible by the Wii Remote makes playing the game easy and fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's safe to say that if you're a fan of the franchise, this is a game you absolutely do not want to miss. And if by chance you've yet to experience the series, this enthralling title should offer up all the incentive you need to finally give it a try.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fluidity is easily one of the more original games on WiiWare and comes with hours of replay value, a slick physics engine and spot on controls.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nihilumbra is a beautiful, haunting, if not altogether philosophically poignant, romp through a world fully realized through a masterful marriage of gameplay and presentation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure the game might be a bit on the short side, but given the game's addictive gameplay and fairly high degree of difficulty, it's difficult to complain, especially considering the game will only set you back 500 Nintendo Points.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. U may not offer the cataclysmic genre shift that many badly crave, but it's the gem of the Wii U launch lineup and a must-have purchase.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a game which is far more focused and entertaining than the original Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautiful looking game which is also lots of fun to play. It’s true that it is not a massive game, you should be able to beat it 100% in just 3 hours, but those 3 hours will be completely filled with pure platforming bliss. This is exactly the sort of thing we want to see more of on WiiWare and comes highly recommended to all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's almost impossible to convey the sheer amount of charm and personality found throughout Cave Story. The game's eccentric world draws you in from the moment you begin playing and the ever-increasing intensity and action only further maintain the game's enjoyable gameplay scheme.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Extraction manages to come through on its promise of a cinematic experience by embracing the genre’s limitations and bending the expectations of what an on-rails game can and should do, all the while playing to the Wii’s strengths and pushing its technical abilities to new highs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A terrific new version of the Four Swords adventure, lovingly crafted and full of content.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Colourful, challenging and most importantly a great deal of fun. You may well have missed it the first time around, but the game's second chance is also yours. Don't miss it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splatoon is easily the freshest shooter in years and delivers superbly on all fronts; we have an inkling you'll love this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With this update of A Boy and His Blob, WayForward have somehow been able to accurately capture the unique gameplay elements of the original title and wrap them up inside one of the most beautiful and polished Wii releases to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're a longtime MegaTen fan or just enjoy deep, strategic RPGs, you'll have a great time with Record Breaker, so summon up your courage and sign in to Nicaea; you won't regret it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both love letter to the purist gameplay ideals of yesteryear and free-spirited embrace into what the future may yet hold, RUNNER2 is the rare breed that wants to grab you by the hand and lead you on an earnest, cheerful adventure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It would be simple to write off NES Remix as something only die-hard retro gamers would enjoy, but developer indies zero is really on to something here — the 200+ challenges are short enough to be interesting and fun to replay, but not long enough to outstay their welcome.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the rare kind of game that seamlessly blends classic brawler gameplay with RPG elements while still managing to remain simple and fun, and is one of the most appealing games we've seen on the 3DS so far.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Theatrhythm's varying difficulties make it easy to enjoy for players of all skill levels with the RPG mechanics an extra bonus for those who desire it. It absolutely does justice to the Final Fantasy brand, presenting its characters and, most importantly, music with love and respect that makes it feel like a tribute as much as a standalone video game. There are so many songs to play, items to find and characters to level up you'll find yourself struggling to put it down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not you’re a platforming fan, and whether or not you’ve played any of the previous titles in this series, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is an exceptionally well-crafted game that should not be ignored.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can't help but marvel at how the developers were somehow able to squeeze a console-sized RPG epic onto the diminutive DS, especially given how mammoth the quest itself is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It still stands as one of the finest titles to grace the Nintendo DS. It’s packed full of content and will keep even the most experienced gamers playing for a good length of time due to its deep replay value.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true portable blockbuster.