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
Highest review score: 100 Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Lowest review score: 10 Incoming!
Score distribution:
1,872 game reviews
    • 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
    Pop
    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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its basic presentation and superficially simplistic gameplay, Cubello is the kind of game that delivers an engrossing experience every time you pick it up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ may be a rather simplistic shooter, but the game offers plenty of depth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing against friends is incredible fun and for this we can recommend the game wholeheartedly, but if you're not able to round up anyone you might think twice before a purchase.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only is Rotohex extremely well executed, but it has this certain addictive quality that makes it a lot of fun to play in quick bursts.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Alien Crush Returns, Hudson has somehow managed to retain all of the unique and addictive elements of the original game while simultaneously adding in enough fresh game play ideas to bring the cult classic properly up to date.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Space Invaders Get Even is a wonderful new take on the franchise. Reversing the roles was a stroke of genius. Blowing up buildings never gets old and it’s fun to be the bad guy every now and then.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The puzzles are varied and enjoyable whilst remaining genuinely challenging, the range of modes on offer are interesting but not overwhelming and the stats are detailed and accurate. However whether or not you should buy a game like this is entirely subjective.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With lots of funny dialogue and memorable moments, such as thwarting the invincible Killingyouguy in a car chase and defeating an amazing CGI monster, this is easily the best episode yet in the series.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the shooting sections are fun, and some of the game’s boss battles are very impressive, there’s not a huge amount of variety in the standard levels or the enemies that inhabit them, so although the story is compelling be aware you’ll be doing a lot of the same between the start and the game’s climax.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Episode 5 is about videogames – that can really only mean good things! It’s not longer than any of the other episodes, nor is there more to do, but it’s got more jokes than any other entry in the series, plus we finally get to see Trogdor in 3D – what more could you want?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is still a blast to play.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bplus has succeeded in creating a very fun little action-platformer with Niki – Rock ‘n’ Ball. The simplicity of the game and its fun gameplay structure makes it perfect for a quick play now and again, despite the unforgiving learning curve after the first few worlds.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pikmin is a quirky, innovative, colourful, charming, and addictive game- epitomising exactly what Nintendo are all about. Sure, it’s just a GameCube port with Wii controls slapped on, but it works well.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SameGame is deceptively simple and one of the most incredibly addictive puzzle games ever, Hudson have done an excellent job of bringing the classic game up to date on WiiWare.