Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,872 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 11.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Score distribution:
1,872 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze utilises the Wii U’s graphical capabilities beautifully, with levels both stunning in design and looks, and impressive set-pieces that never skip a frame and can test any gamer’s skills. As a single player experience it is near flawless, but the precision of the level design can lead the often fun multiplayer into moments of chaos.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taken on its own merits, though, free from comparison to the earlier versions, it's hard to see Retro City Rampage DX as anything less than a deranged masterpiece.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for something new, this is the perfect time to pick up your hammer, start a fire, and get crafting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the phrase "soccer RPG" has you the least bit intrigued, lace up your cleats and grab your stylus — Inazuma Eleven's masterful mix of lighthearted storytelling and over-the-top soccer is fun, fresh, and surprisingly deep.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aptly named and well worth the wait, Yumi's Odd Odyssey is an absolute joy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario Golf: World Tour delivers, most notably right out of the box, a lengthy and involving experience.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The vehicles and racers have never handled better, the collection of courses is possibly the best yet, while replayability through Ghost Races or — primarily — online races and Tournaments is almost endless. A few design oddities aside, this joins the list of must-have Nintendo games on the Wii U; it’s an accomplished effort that pushes the franchise forward.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a first-time player looking for a creative, polished, and thoroughly funky RPG to sink dozens of happy hours into, friendly mechanics and a well-balanced difficulty level make this the perfect place to start.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yacht Club Games has a hit on its hands with Shovel Knight. With brilliant game design, charming presentation and a ton of content, this is a wonderful first title from the fledgling developer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shovel Knight is more than just a great platformer; it's a celebration of classic gaming.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're an action platformer fan with quick thumbs, this is a must-buy.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With tight controls, a lush Western soundtrack, and beautifully animated sprites, SteamWorld Dig is one of this year's best games on the Wii U eShop, joining Ittle Dew in the "gorgeous Swedish indie adventures" category.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is far more than a lazy expansion to the original release. The volume of extra content is truly impressive, but it also shakes up the formula with new modes to give the experience a fresh feel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Teslagrad is everything we love about download gaming on Wii U.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Azure Striker Gunvolt isn't just a great game; it's something of a revelation, finding an entirely new — and rich — approach to the hardcore-platforming genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remarkable production values combined with a staggering amount of content and fan service make Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS an entertaining, rewarding and downright addictive title that’s immensely hard to put down.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This instalment in the Art of Balance series is easily the best to date and – despite some minor shortcomings – should be on everybody’s Wii U.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is is a must buy for any action gaming fans. It's fast, intense and ridiculous, all with an entertaining story and a protagonist that is forever subverting and playing with her audience. It's pure Platinum Games, too, which means it'll likely be adored by its converts and ignored by too many...Brilliant, brash and impossible to ignore.
    • 83 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is also one of the most fiendish titles on Wii U, constantly challenging your reactions and puzzle-solving abilities. If you're up for the challenge, then this is a must-buy on the eShop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though it’s a little on the short side considering the asking price, it would be a shame to miss out on the rich experience it offers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire seem very similar to Pokémon X & Y, as you might expect, but the story and the environments you encounter feel – despite the fact that they are remakes – very fresh and unique.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire seem very similar to Pokémon X & Y, as you might expect, but the story and the environments you encounter feel – despite the fact that they are remakes – very fresh and unique.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Persona Q has something for everyone. If you’re a Persona fan, you’ll get a huge kick out of seeing your old Gekkoukan and Yasogami classmates in an all-new adventure, and Etrian Odyssey fans open to a change will love it — this is the story-driven experiment of Etrian Odyssey Untold taken to the next level, with a stylistic overhaul to match.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is an expertly crafted, deep fighter that is a pure joy to play no matter your skill level.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As an isolated product, however, this is a wonderful addition to the eShop; surreal, funny and huge value, it's definitely Guilty of being an excellent download.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We recommend it as a must buy for fans of action platformers, especially those that enjoy retro nods and winks with their modern day experiences - this one's a straight shooter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Putting aside a few jumps in difficulty and a rather disappointing multiplayer mode, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is without a doubt the best attempt at capturing the thrill of the movies in digital form to date and a real service to fans who grew up watching the films and cartoons.