Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,016 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 24% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Bit.Trip Runner
Lowest review score: 10 Gummy Bears Magical Medallion
Score distribution:
2,016 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a rare case of a game that feels truly designed — from the ground up — with the Wii U in mind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who call themselves pinball fans, this new coat of paint is a shiny one; and if you’re just a Star Wars enthusiast wandering into uncharted territory, you’re taking your first step into a larger world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Flag is at its best when it allows the player to exist organically in its immensely beautiful and consuming open world. While the bulk of the game is exceptionally crafted, there are rough edges that keep it from reaching the masterful heights to which it aspires.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fun, quirky new release from Nintendo. While there are a few flaws in the game design, we think that there's enough good here to justify a purchase from any Nintendo fan looking for something different.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The menus can be a touch too slow to navigate around, and choosing from only seven languages might feel a bit limited, but we consider this Phrasebook a real winner at what it sets out to do.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you found some uses for the first myNotebook, or passed altogether the first time around, picking up this new version is a safe bet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Affordable Space Adventures is a unique game that can only conceivably work this well on the Wii U, though the 3DS could be a decent alternative in future.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nano Assault Neo is a great game that is a little light on content, but it still packs enough of a punch to keep gamers occupied. There isn't a plot to be seen, but the focus here is definitely more on arcade-style high score seeking action, all while looking and sounding great. With highly addictive twin-stick shmup gameplay and difficulty levels that will have you trying over and over again, you'd be remiss to pass up on what could easily become an arcade classic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you appreciate creative gameplay and an endearing, after-school aesthetic, get ready to channel your inner puzzle-platforming Pollock: Color Commando makes an excellent addition to any collection.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easy to recommend Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition as it's the only fighting game out right now on Nintendo's new system, but Tekken is also franchise that's cemented itself as a quality participant in the genre; this instalment is also bursting with content. There's so much to do and so many characters to try that boredom will never be an issue. Add in the Wii U exclusive modes that will entertain series fans and newcomers alike, and you've got a title that any fighting game fan will need in their library.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brain Age: Concentration Training takes Nintendo's cerebellum-enhancing series onto the 3DS in style. It boasts a wealth of content, smart presentation, and loads more charm than you'd expect from a brain-training game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendo’s handheld is a lifesaver for anyone looking to kill time on public transport or in some bleak waiting room — in the right hands KORG DSN-12 has staggering potential as a time-sink.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most unique titles available on the Wii Shop Channel. The game overflows with personality and substance and does a stellar job of creating a real-life barber shop atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've enjoyed WarioWare D.I.Y. and are looking to further the experience, WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase is the perfect compliment to the already outstanding DS title.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The numerous modes and options may not be hot across the board, but the strong campaign and bountiful multiplayer options provide a memorable blast through the Cold War.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bejeweled 2 on WiiWare is undoubtedly great if you've never played the game before, but its biggest competition is ultimately itself: versions of the game are available on virtually every platform, some cheaper or even free to play, so a 1000 Point WiiWare download might not be the best option for you.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fascinating and unique WiiWare game that deserves to stand on its own merits.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GetClose is a ray of indie sunshine that displays remarkable ingenuity in both its aesthetic appearance and its simple gameplay. Its art style may lose a little bit of its lustre due to the blender-like speeds at which you're forced to battle, but that will soon be forgiven (and forgotten) thanks to an intuitive concept and ingenious no-frills use of the Wii U GamePad and Pro Controller.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Small gripes aside, Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar is a strong showing for the farming franchise, with the addition of the eponymous market bringing a nice weekly structure to proceedings.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The solid graphics and tight gunplay save this from mediocrity and make it one that we'd suggest you look into picking up at some point.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tetris Party Live is yet another solid release in the series, but you can't help but wonder why no download or local multiplayer options were included in the package, especially considering the emphasis on competitive play. Of course, if you're one of those gamers that just can't seem to get enough of the falling block madness and enjoy the idea of competing with other players online, Tetris Party Live should do the job quite nicely.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Primrose is the kind of game that gives back what you put into it. You can mess around and have a fun enough time, and if you're willing to put the time in to penetrate its intricacies you'll find one of the most rewarding puzzle games currently available on DSiWare.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    WWE All Stars executes fun, arcade-style action well, with accessible controls and exhilarating presentation. The lack of a career mode and online features will disappoint some, but it's a small dent in a very fun package.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's less predictable than its previous instalments, smartly ditching the dead wood in favour of a fresh approach that emphatically reminds us why the series has been going for 14 years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of marked control improvements, Super Scribblenauts doesn't provide a much varied experience from its predecessor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole, you’re well advised to get Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games if you’re after a fun and accessible single-player adventure. The sports are hit and miss, but the Sonic Rush-like Supersonic Downhill and Fever Hockey are addictive events you’ll go back to time and time again.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite occasionally getting lost and feeling overwhelmed by all the options and moves, Samurai Warriors 3 is a real treat and it's easy to see why Nintendo secured it exclusively for the Wii. Although there is a ton of content, the gameplay is structured in bite-sized pieces so players can make some serious accomplishments in a short span of time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Style Savvy: Trendsetters is a beautiful game which offers an incredible variety of content, boasts addictive gameplay, and makes excellent use of the 3DS' features. Like its up-and-coming fashionista protagonist, Style Savvy is confident, fun and charming. If fashion games are your style, you'll be absolutely thrilled with everything on offer here, and even if it's not the sort of game you'd normally consider picking up, it's well worth a second look.