Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,949 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 11.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Rayman Origins
Lowest review score: 10 The Hidden
Score distribution:
1,949 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Doodle Fit doesn't really manage to do anything significant or new, it's still a great puzzle game that shouldn't go overlooked. The gameplay is fun and addictive, and there are hundreds of puzzles to unlock and complete that will keep you busy for hours. The whole game is straightforward, simple and even pretty relaxing, and at a measly 500 Points, this game will fit perfectly into any puzzle fan's DSiWare collection.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tomodachi Life is perhaps best described as the glorious culmination of the Mii concept that was heralded by the release of the Wii back in 2006, and at long last gives your virtual avatar a life of its own — as well as many humorous and entertaining escapades to enjoy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boasting classic twin-stick shooter gameplay with a variety of different power ups and multiplayer modes, this is definitely a worthy addition to any gamer's library, even if the difficulty curve might drive you a bit batty.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not have the nostalgic name of the other new Bond game, but Blood Stone manages to outshine its sibling on DS through strong storytelling and stronger combat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Competitive Mech fans will be in heaven with this release. While the single-layer aspect of OverTurn is a little underwhelming and can be completed with relative ease, the impressive nature of the online multiplayer is practically worth the price of purchase alone.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of either series - or anyone up for a challenging dungeon-crawl in a idyllic setting - will have a great time combing through these charming catacombs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of previous entries in the Scribblenauts series, then you're going to love Scribblenauts Unlimited. If you've never played one before, then now is absolutely the time to start. The campaign could be considered to be on the short side, and the multiplayer gameplay leaves much to be desired, but, as always, Scribblenauts is about the pure joy of extending your imagination. This is the kind of game that looks great, controls well, and provides a whole heck of a lot of family-friendly fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As the first full-length retail title to come to be distributed through the eShop, Order Up!! could have gone either way. Fortunately though it has an excellent blend of the best of both worlds: the length of a retail game, and the addictiveness and replayability of a mobile one. Some minor issues do mar the experience a bit, but overall there's very little to complain about. It's frantic, fun, humorous and contains a massive amount of content. If this were a burger order, it'd be well done.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's easy to say that the Castle Conqueror series is mainly comfortable to provide the same experience over and over again, it's hard to see that as a bad thing when the experience is so much fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heroes of Ruin does have a few rough edges and areas where greater refinement would have been welcome, but they don't detract from an accomplished effort on 3DS. A short campaign is offset by four separate characters to develop, and the experience feels entirely suitable for a fully-tooled handheld action RPG. It's the online structure that truly raises the bar for the platform; crawling through dungeons is a lot more fun with others to share the glory, and the inclusion of voice chat in particular is a highlight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It looks good, plays well and is an absolutely fun time to be had on the DSi.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Story Mode is a bit on the short side and each round of Party Mode is similar at its core, so things will get a touch stale after extended play, but otherwise this is the perfect game for a get-together or a family night. Indeed, this is just the type of title for which the Wii was designed.