Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,722 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 Metroid Prime Trilogy
Lowest review score: 10 Electroplankton: Varvoice
Score distribution:
1,722 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.
    • 92 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.
    • 80 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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a lot of replay value to be found here and the gameplay is both fun and varied. If frantic stylus action is your thing, then don’t miss this game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's encouraging to see despite the depressing flood of casual 'me too' titles the DS is afflicted with some developers can still use the machine to create a suitably hardcore experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BlastWorks provides a good amount of shooting action out of the box, but the ability to create your own designs and easily share them with others is what really makes this title shine.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
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    Developer Nnooo has certainly balanced the title well and while it's unlikely to withstand prolonged play, it offers enough depth and enjoyment to keep you coming back for short bursts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With well over forty hours of gameplay, multiple endings, online battles, great music and a solid battle system, Luminous Arc II is recommended to anyone after a strategic RPG built to last.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its flaws, Infinite Space will provide many, many hours of epic entertainment for anyone with the patience to plumb its greater depths.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cursed Mountain is a game of considerable quality, with no shortage of commendable assets - an intelligent story, well-crafted immersion into a foreign world and a high standard of audio and visual presentation mark it out as a game well worth a buy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rune Factory Frontier is both the best Harvest Moon game of this generation and an enjoyable dungeon-crawler too.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For everyone from casual gamers who want something to fire up and play that won’t run away from you when real life intervenes, and for serious pool sharks who want to play pool even when they’re not playing pool, this game should satisfy. And for the price of about four games of real pool at your local pub, this game is a steal (not to mention a lot longer lasting than your 800 Wii Points would normally buy you on WiiWare).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My Aquarium is not a game, so we're not reviewing it as such. If you are happy that in downloading this you’ll be getting a virtual aquarium, then you really can't go wrong here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing entry into the rhythm action genre and, without a doubt, one of the more worthwhile additions to WiiWare.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very strange and unique game. Perhaps it is not one that will keep you glued to the screen for hours at a time, but it really is addictive and will have you coming back often to try and better that elusive high score which you set the day before. With friends around the proposition is even more attractive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bomberman Blast captures mostly everything Bomberman Live has, and adds some excellent new content into the mix. It’s been a long time since we got some classic Bomberman action on a Nintendo console, but it’s back now, and possibly better than ever.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is a game that will be welcomed by many: good attention to detail and largely well-implemented controls combine with a compelling story to create a terrific cinematic gaming experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Putting our incessant nitpickings aside for a moment (and to be fair they are really observations as opposed to complaints) this game rocks. Many WiiWare games lack depth, but Orbient nips that stereotypical quality in the bud. The game may be conquerable within a matter of hours but after a few levels the genius of the gameplay really starts to shine through.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may have some niggles with backtracking, lame endings and button-mashing combat that hold it back, overall the game is as engrossing as they come and certainly one worth investing a chunk of time into.