Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 2,440 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 12.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Lowest review score: 10 Hockey Allstar Shootout
Score distribution:
2441 game reviews
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    • 70 Critic Score
    The lack of achievements to strive for and levels to conquer and replay do limit this game's appeal for everyone apart from high-score chasers, but those who give it a chance are likely to enjoy whatever time they do choose to spend with it. That bargain pricetag doesn't hurt, either... we just wish it aimed a little higher.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a straightforward and entertaining tutorial, a varied single-player quest and a wealth of on- and offline multiplayer modes, however, Cube Tactics is well worth its small asking price.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hyperlight EX is a fun shoot-em-up high score chaser with an interesting hook. It's recommended for fans of the genre, but for those who aren't used to extremely challenging games like this it may prove to be too intense. Still, Overall it proves to be a worthy new entry in the 3DS library.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Spanning 40 levels of varying difficulty, this title is sure to provide entertainment to any member of the family, while it lasts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    AiRace Xeno doesn't do anything we haven't seen before, but it's a finely-crafted time-attack racer that's well worth the low price for fans of sci-fi racing, with luscious visuals and a bumpin' soundtrack.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jump Trials Supreme may not be much to look at, but don't let its generic aesthetic put you off - this is a fun and challenging eShop release that distills platforming down to its essence and serves it up in ten-second shots, with some commendable online extras on the side.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perfect for bored children in car journeys, but with a lifespan of just several hours, even the temptation of achieving all the high scores won't entice the more advanced players in the long run.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The controls can be a little wonky and it's devoid of features or customisation, but for 500 Points you're getting an interesting and full puzzle experience (over 30 chapters all told) that's worth checking out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pick it up for a fan this Christmas, they’re bound to enjoy its charms and well-rounded gameplay.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kick & Fennick has an appealing concept to getting around that is backed up with terrific physics. At its best, the game is quite fun in a way that must be felt to believe. Bouts of repetitive level design and a lack of motivating plot can bog it down at times, but fans of Portal-style gameplay can still find a good deal to enjoy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An underwhelming presentation and an unwieldily camera make it a tougher sell for non-fans, but if you're willing to overlook those flaws, unchaining humanity can be a blast.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The experience may be geared at a younger audience, but puzzle fans will be delighted to solve each object and watch Orion's Odyssey unfold.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While a few extra puzzle elements could have been employed, as well as a bit of customization with music and some multiplayer options, Tappingo’s price tag makes it easy to recommend to anyone who thinks they’d enjoy its brand of pixel puzzling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Fossil Fighters: Frontier is too innocuous and likeable to stay mad at for long.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no denying that Picross 3D is a diverting and addictive game, but at the same time it fails to surpass its two-dimensional predecessor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As its own experience, Cube Creator 3D stands up well as an entertaining experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is not an experience for everyone, though we'd suggest that those with a love of adventure games and the download scene should take this one on; it's an important part of gaming history and an education for serious gamers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it doesn't really add a great deal to the overall story of the series and recycles a lot of content from the previous games, what you'll find is a very enjoyable experience, chocked full of content that will keep you glued to your DS for a long while.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beginners may find the current lack of in-game lessons disappointing, but if you're already a budding artist — or just love to create colourful pictures — then there's little reason not to give Art Academy: SketchPad a try.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Frogger Returns makes a welcome addition to the WiiWare line-up. It features good old-fashioned gameplay which remains faithful to its arcade ancestor whilst providing interesting new levels that enhance the experience: a hallmark of good retro game design. It's let down by limited options and lackluster multiplayer modes, but if you're a fan of classic arcade games it's definitely worth your 500 points.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a fun if not premium experience, with some rather uninspired level designs mixed in with moments of greater quality - for amiibo fans it's well worth a look.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The MotionPlus controls, inconsistent and ultimately underwhelming as they are, provide a level of direct control not capable with Wii games of the past. There are some definite kinks to iron out but Grand Slam Tennis is an overall solid debut in a franchise with a lot of potential and is sure to satisfy those looking for a casual game of tennis.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bobby Carrot Forever is smartly designed and will keep you entertained and your wits at their sharpest for a long time, though some may grow tired of the admittedly limited gameplay. It's also a delight to look at and extremely accessible, so while it won't put you on cloud nine, this carrot stew is still quite tasty.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We expect this to be a divisive title, and it could do with a little extra content, but delivers exactly what it has promised, and is unapologetic as it does so.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For fans of the genre that are happy to master the controls and live with compromises this still represents an attractive option, nevertheless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its simple game design and incredible attention to detail Toto Temple Deluxe is a goat ride you won't want to miss.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Academy: Chess Puzzles isn't a ground-breaking achievement or advancement in the puzzle game world, but it does exactly what it promises to do, and accomplishes the task without a hitch. The option to play full games of chess rather than just puzzles would have been a welcome addition, but that simply isn't the case. If you're a fan of chess and you're interested in honing your endgame skills, or if you just enjoy simple puzzle games that will keep you busy for hours and cost you next to nothing, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you love classic third-person rail shooters like Space Harrier, Horizon Riders won't disappoint - so long as you own a Balance Board.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dementium may not be the greatest FPS experience there ever was, but, for what it is, it is quite an enjoyable romp.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may seem odd for a game to have a crossover before it's even released, but Twisted Fusion adds a nice twist of flavour to BLOK DROP's low-key yet functional gameplay.