Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,467 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 25% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 12 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Donkey Kong Country Returns
Lowest review score: 10 Kung Fu Funk: Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!
Score distribution:
2467 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Kore Gang: Outvasion from Inner Earth is occasionally a funny, loving tribute to those collect-a-thon games many of us grew up with. Unfortunately, though, most of the time it's struggling with problems left behind in previous console generations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Go Vacation's main problem is that its controls are, nine times out of ten, too unresponsive to make it any fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion dripped with potential upon announcement, but the final result is a more smudged affair. A fun, if basic, platformer lies at its heart, yet it's coated with unbalanced difficulty and drawing mechanics that interrupt its flow regularly, while the number of worlds is very disheartening. Disney fans will get a kick out of seeing which characters turn up, but if you're expecting another Castle of Illusion, you're going to be disappointed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Through and through, this is a fastball on Sega’s part and one that many gamers are going to want to avoid.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a shame that a respectable franchise should have something so mediocre tarnish its name, but hopefully this will be a lesson for Creatures Inc. to take on board and realise that if it's going to produce a spin-off it should make sure that it's something they themselves would play.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It may be a worthwhile purchase for those who skipped First Semester, but bear in mind that this release assumes you already know how to use the tools and interface, so...good luck with that.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ghost Party Mansion's sloppy play control and recycled mini-game ideas end up making the title feel more tedious than fun and ultimately overshadow the game's well-executed haunted house theme.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Arkanoid DS disappoints in so many ways. Even with a retail price of $19.99, the game is just not worth picking up. If you're looking for a great remake of a classic arcade game, then pick up Taito's other retro remake - Space Invaders Extreme.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    About the only advantage to having more players is that it will give you more time to forget about how insignificant your meager contribution to the overall experience truly was. That is unless you're the last player to have a turn and in that case, you have our sympathies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even taking a real chess board on the train with you would cause less frustration than waiting for the CPU to make up its mind or bringing a friend along for the adventure of repeatedly figuring out which piece is which.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While its ambition should surely be commended and the time trials and multiplayer admittedly soften the blow somewhat, F1 2011 is, unfortunately, not the game to remedy matters. Unless you're a fan of frustrating ugly racers with brutally unrealistic and aggressive opponent AI, we advise that you steer well clear of it. Maybe next year, Codemasters will release the game that F1 fans deserve.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Uses an ineffective gimmick as its foundation and includes far too simple takes on seven sports, featuring some cumbersome controls and tedious pacing to boot.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Beenox sure is trying to do well by the character, but it's becoming evident that the studio needs a rest from being the only one churning out Spider-Man titles on a sort-of-annual basis.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This isn't how a game port to a more powerful system should be, and if you absolutely have to sample Mickey's latest adventure we suggest looking to your old system or the Wii Menu.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Try as it does, Bounce & Break never rises above unremarkable and ultimately feels hollow.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Boingz is a classic example of a very unique and original game play idea that's ultimately ruined by its poor execution.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The simple fact of the matter is that this game is just too sluggish and doesn't offer up enough gameplay variety to keep most people's interest for more than a few minutes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bruiser & Scratch proves that no matter how good a developer's intentions and ideas are when they set out to create a video game, if the end result isn't enjoyable, it's basically all for naught.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As a single player experience, Gameloft's Texas Hold 'em Poker will provide about as much diversion as a good game of Freecell. The visuals are excellent and the game plays well, but the useless online experience and one-note gameplay prevents us from recommending this game to anyone but die hard fans of this poker variant.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's an average game diminished by its own bugs, glitches, and largesse.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Shifting World certainly contains the germ of a great idea but it execution leaves a lot to be desired. Uninspired level design, a useless map, poor responsiveness and inexplicable slowdown all come together to make Shifting World feel like an unfinished beta version released at retail. Shifting World had potential, but in its current state, you're not missing much by passing on it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The music is awesome, the characters are quirky and the story, is a little like 'Lost', but none of this can lift the game above an interactive story with a poor puzzle mechanic at its core. Let's hope Suda's next DS outing, The Silver Case, fares better. This one is strictly fans-only.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Dream Trigger features some really unique and original gameplay ideas - maybe a few too many for its own good - and ultimately tries to do too many things at once, overwhelming the player with its rather steep learning curve. Toss in the barrage of game crashes and you're left with a game that had a lot of potential that was never in the vicinity of being reached.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    While Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir has a genuinely interesting premise, it's let down early by its own technological limitations, and the disappointment is fairly consistent from there.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hard-Hat Domo is for enthusiasts only. Enthusiasts of what? We'd rather not know.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ice Cream Surfer gets some of the basics right and offers players a crazy, wacky world, with colourful locales and varied, interesting enemies. Unfortunately, the game built around that world is just not particularly fun to play, with little challenge, poor presentation, some annoying gameplay quirks and almost no replay value.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Lets the series down; it feels more like a tech demo than anything else – there's no replay value because high-scores and full games have been removed, and then you have to be content with the fact that there are only 20 microgames to play (instead of the hundreds available in every other WarioWare!)
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    More thought was required to bring the Splinter Cell experience successfully to the 3DS, and the square pegs and round holes development approach has undermined the overall experience. There is some enjoyment to be had for series veterans, but most gamers would be well advised to play the original instead.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    One game you’re probably going to want to avoid; even massive Pokémon fans should approach this with trepidation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Hysteria Hospital leaves a pretty bad taste and a craving for some morphine to make the painful gameplay disappear.