Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,597 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 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 MotoHeroz
Lowest review score: 10 Christmas Wonderland 2
Score distribution:
2600 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact that Quell Reflect takes the “ice” mechanic and creates an experience of it that doesn't make you want to shatter your 3DS against the wall is a testament to the care creator Fallen Tree Games took in the level design and ambience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the Wii U version is undoubtedly inferior to the PS4 and Xbox One offerings in terms of presentation, there's no denying that the Skylanders Imaginators offers a lot of value thanks to its character creation mode. While some might argue that this focus on virtual creatures goes against the tactile experience so beloved of toys to life players, it's an interesting new direction for a series which needed a change to maintain consumer interest. If you're a long-standing follower of Skylanders then you'll find a lot to like here.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's difficult to call Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition the definitive version of the game, but it does well to stand on its own merits. Frame rate issues aside, the incorporation of GamePad controls makes this feel like a natural experience, almost as though the game was originally made with Wii U in mind.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drop Zone: Under Fire is a game that does what it says on the tin, and when what's on the tin is as cool as futuristic free-fall, that's high praise. A few issues with the controls hold it back, but Drop Zone is still well worthy of a spot on your radar, especially if you're after a fun arcade-style experience on the fast waning WiiWare service. If it sounds like something you'd enjoy, dive in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The colourful visuals, unique gameplay and score chasing nature make this one well worth taking the plunge.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps you've never played Angry Birds before and are curious what all the fuss and t-shirts are about. Maybe you're a super fan and want a physical object of your desire. Or you might be a parent that just wants your device back from your child. Regardless, Angry Birds Trilogy makes a compelling case with its addictive gameplay and low barrier of entry, although cheap compulsion shenanigans ultimately prove more to be of a downer than presumably intended. While this may not be the best option to play one of gaming's most visible titles - we won't hold our breath for free updates any time, ever - it is still a very good way to experience Finland's biggest cultural export since the Moomins.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fractured Soul might have taken a while to see a release, but it lives up to the hype by taking a smooth platforming experience and weaving a dual screen play mechanic into the mix that greatly increases the playability and charm of the game. The price is a bit high by eShop standards, but for a gaming experience as rich and polished as this, it's not the deal breaker you might imagine. Those who aren't sold on the genre may wish to look elsewhere, but fans of intelligent action platformers will consider this money well spent.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may look a bit different than you remember, but all of the fun is intact, and Hard mode is going to keep even the best players busy when they can't find a partner.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The presentation in Samurai Shodown is so good that it doesn't feel like it has aged all that much; the excellent audio helps immerse you in the setting and the visuals are packed with detail and character. With a focus on patience and its use of weapons, the game has a different feel to your typical one-on-one brawler. Later games would include additions to the fighting system but there's something undeniably appealing about the simpler version offered here. That's not to say it's superior (the sequel is definitely a better game), but this first instalment holds up remarkably well despite the passage of time and is well worth buying, even if you already own the later Samurai Shodown IV, which is already available on the Switch eShop at the time of writing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a compelling sandbox-style game with tons to do and optional online co-op, look no further - you've found it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're starving for some more Picross puzzles, then you can't really go wrong with Picross E. It gives you a reasonably large set of 150 new puzzles to sink your teeth into, and although they're not particularly challenging, they'll at least keep you busy for a while.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a relatively small asking price and a unique premise, Cosmophony is a game that should at least be experienced by anyone who rates gameplay above all other aspects.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bayonetta has attitude, and while you may occasionally cringe at this one's mixed messages in empowering its heroine, it serves up a great deal of frenetic action — your controller of choice won't know what's hit it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You might assume that Metal Slug's numerous sequels would be far superior to the original but that isn't the case; while the other outings in this series add their fair share of neat features, the 1996 original has a simple purity to it which makes it feel more focused and less preoccupied with pushing the hardware (and the imagination of the developers) to the limit. It's arguably one of the finest 2D titles ever made, and while the gameplay might be seem rather shallow to modern players, if you're a fan of old-school arcade blasters which task you with scoring as many points as possible, then this is a must-have.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wii U port for Super Meat Boy may not necessarily bring anything new to the table, but it's still an enjoyable experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No matter how you load up the wagon, you'll be in for a fun ride.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet ultimately we're looking at well over a hundred puzzles (including the Micross panels) that are nicely structured and tie into Twilight Princess, with a stylish presentation and plenty of charm. As the first ever My Nintendo exclusive game it delivers, and sets the bar high for its likely successor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a pure no-brainer for those who loved the first game, while newcomers should make a line for this version first.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From what we’ve seen so far, Disney Infinity intends to live up to its name, constantly expanding its universe through the release of new figures and Play Sets, but only time will tell how long the trend will last. For our money, we hope that the franchise continues thriving for years to come.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ittle Dew is a top-class puzzle-adventure title that Zelda fans will absolutely adore.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't let the generic title fool you — Ninja Battle Heroes is a nice surprise on the already-robust 3DS eShop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The improved upgrades, enhanced Toy Box experience and Marvel franchise make this year’s game an enticing proposition. Provided parents are willing to say “no” now and again to children’s pestering for more figures, it also offers good value on the Wii U.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who fancies a good puzzle will enjoy Pushmo World immensely.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of classic-style dungeon crawls who appreciate some thought with their questing should add an -er to the end of this title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fans who clamoured for a "proper" Sonic adventure will be thrilled by Sonic 4: there's no dialogue, no cutscenes and no sidekicks. A dozen side-scrolling stages, seven torturous special stages and five classic bosses all adds up to a great Sonic game. It's a shame there just isn't more of it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story's rather lame, and the occasional presentational hiccup can be jarring, but these shouldn't deter players interested in the genre — anyone who enjoys card games, either online or physically, should at least give this one a spin.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Point-and-click beginners may struggle with the myriad puzzles Thimbleweed Park lays across its curiosity-piquing plot, but its developers have rightfully made it possible to get ahead even when all you see are dead ends, with the inclusion of the tips line. It means that what would have been an essential only for a very specific audience is, with no explicit fail states, easy for anyone to not just enjoy, but actually finish. And going around for a second time is still a treat, much as Monkey Island et al were, as you can clearly see all the pieces of the grander picture coming together to comprise a fascinating whole, climaxing with one of gaming’s better twists.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the exercises it offers still aren't intensive enough to replace traditional exercise, it’s nevertheless an entertaining way for players of all fitness levels and ages to be more active and conscious of the importance of keeping fit.
    • 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.

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