Nintendojo's Scores

  • Games
For 1,453 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Score distribution:
1453 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Many games become constrained and overridden by technical flaws and design problems, but No More Heroes breaks through with a cast of characters and story that exudes style and imagination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Despite some shortcomings, Naruto: Path of the Ninja is a worthy effort, and just might be the best portable Naruto game currently available.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Anyone who loves it will continue to love it, and for anyone who's sick of the formula, this isn't the game to change your mind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    A solid effort from Rare -- but not enough to uncrown the reigning Nintendo kart champs.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Rogue Agent doesn't really break any new ground in the FPS genre, other than allowing you to duel wield any combination of single-handed weapons you wish, but that doesn't mean it's a bad game either.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Overall, Madden 2002 is a better game. However, NFL QBC ’02 is a fine game, and offers a different angle on football...makes a strong argument to own more than one football game.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    In the end, loyalty to the movie plot is what weighs Transformers: Autobots down. Still, Autobots is the version to buy for REAL Transformers fans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    My Life as a King is not for everybody. The sluggish beginning will detract many gamers, especially those unfamiliar to the simulation and management genres.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The only problem is that Sonic Team just tried to do too much with it. Instead of getting a really solid set of pinball tables, it's a mediocre collection of several different play modes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The presentation of the menu and in-game action is top-notch. Maybe it's only because it's a handheld and nothing like this has been seen on mobile devices yet, but it feels like a perfect experience, at least at first.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sure, with its simplistic graphics, it's definitely a budget game, but it's one that actually deserves a place outside the bargain bin. Those worms want to be on top, after all.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Remaining faithful to the franchise by displaying it in the manner intended by Dreamworks and PDI, I am delighted to recommend this game to any of you out there who are particularly enamored by the guy in green we know of as Shrek.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Given the fact that this is the franchise's real debut on a Nintendo console and Wii's success in bringing in new gamers, Samurai Warriors 3 is going to be the first chance for many gamers to try this controversial series, and to those people I definitely recommend at least giving it a try.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With great puzzles, a fun cast and story, and excellent puzzle building tools for aspiring designers, Pushmo World deserves a spot in your download cue.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a great example of a kid’s property done right.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you like the soundtrack or are willing to look past it, you’ll have a lot of fun punching and kicking to the beat of the music in KickBeat: Special Edition.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party is a solid entry in the series and a great place for the uninitiated to jump in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Depending on your exploration and puzzle solving skills, Ittle Dew will last between three to six hours. It is not a terribly long and epic adventure, but one that has a lot of heart. If you truly love the Legend of Zelda series and adventures in general, Ittle Dew is the perfect game to remind you why that love exists in the first place.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, the Wii U version of The Amazing Spider-Man is a fun experience, but not the best Spider-Man game out there. It is, however, the best version of this particular game by a long shot, and, if you’re a Spider-Man fan, you should definitely check this one out.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An amusing adventure, but it is clearly lacking polish.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Casual RPGers may or may not latch onto this one, but longtime fans of the genre will should pick up Opoona without hesitation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A salute to Atlus for bringing something unique and fun to the market so early in this new year; here’s hoping Eden Industries gets a shot to expand on the foundation it laid here with a future sequel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Considering the quality on-hand here and the overall level of polish, Freestyle 2 has gone above and beyond what one might expect from the average eShop game. The gameplay is fun and tight, and though the physics can get a little weird in spots, this is largely everything about the first Freestyle writ larger and better. I wasn’t a fan of all of the customization features on offer, but I did enjoy tweaking my bike, and I especially liked how easy it was to make my own tracks. Though the inability to exchange track codes in-game is a glaring flaw, it’s one that can be easily worked around—which I frankly suspect the design team was aware of when they put together the game. 3DS might be getting a bit long in the tooth, but it’s still an excellent platform with compelling software like Urban Trial Freestyle 2.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's much less action or platforming and it's all about solving the puzzles on your own time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Transformers Animated proves to be a surprisingly enjoyable game that could appeal to more than just young fans of the television show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unsurprisingly, Rune Factory IV doesn’t need its much-vaunted combat side to get by. In fact, it’s more than interesting enough without it. What with its impressive writing, ridiculous variety of activities, and leisurely pace, Rune Factory IV‘s a nice break from the more hardcore crowd.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game’s compelling items and physic-based puzzles work well in execution, creating multiple solutions for the player that make this short experience truly shine. The price is right at $5.99, but I just wish there was more content to explore!
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the graphics and sound aren't exactly anything to write home about, especially considering most of the former consists of the same graphics overlayed repeatedly and most of the latter consists of squeaks and cheers, that's not really necessary in a game like this.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, there are some really solid games out of the six games on this compilation, and even though the newest additions may not be as classic as the games from whence they came, they are still interesting twists on a tried-and-true gaming formula. Plus, this is currently the only way to play them in 3D. For people who are fans of Galaga or Pac-Man, this game is definitely one to consider.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park films and you aren’t sick of the Lego formula, Lego Jurassic World is a great title.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is an old school shooter and it’s a great example of what an old school shooter is and should be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I encourage everyone to give this title a download, though, as it’s an absolute blast to play, despite its shortcomings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The title is a perfect match for gamers looking for the kind of survival horror title that the genre was founded on. The game might not offer the same kind of jump scares as titles like Resident Evil, but with a story inspired by the real-life cruelty of history, Whispering Willows might actually be scarier.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Luminous Arc 2 is fun to play, but it doesn't provide a strong, compelling reason to do so beyond its character dialogue and battles.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, I was shocked by how fun Minecraft is and quickly grew to understand why millions of people around the world have taken to it so strongly. It won’t be for everyone, but I highly recommend that anyone looking for something new give it a look.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, Music On: Electric Guitar is a cheap and useful tool that most guitarists could probably appreciate as a way to get their music on (see what I did there) while on the go.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even if you aren't particularly fond of the genre, you will likely find some enjoyment in its engaging controls and large variety of fish to catch, which is enough to recommend the title to those curious about it. It's not like you have much else to play until Xenoblade comes out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney may not live up to the hype we’ve given it after all these years, but it’s still a great game that celebrates both franchises well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It will appeal to puzzle fans immensely; but the lack of multiplayer and slow, abstract puzzle-solving will not be for most.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Scribblenauts Unmasked is a fun title. It takes the best elements of the series and combines them with the DC Universe in a way that feels natural and fun. Developer 5th Cell has painstakingly mined the DC Universe and delivered a game that really takes advantage of the license.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Acting as more of an art app than a game, Pixel Paint provides players with an ample number of classic system-themed swatch palettes to create their works, along with a respectable selection of tools to get the job done.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For twenty bucks it's definitely worth owning if you're a fan of the Mortal Kombat series, NARC, or any of the other titles featured in the game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans may be turned off by the emphasis on speed and racing, but those willing to let go of their ideals will find an enjoyable experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With the five courses, the tournaments, the scenarios, and the multiplayer modes there is enough here to keep you busy for a long time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nacho Libre isn't perfect, but it is a game with a lot of character. The sense of humor lends a lot to the title, and the wrestling game is entertaining, once the controls and rules have been puzzled out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The atmosphere, intelligent use of audio, cerebral melee combat, perma-death, and an honest to goodness ability to scare the hell out of you and make you sit on the edge of your couch, white-knuckled in hopes of making it through just one more room alive is absolutely wonderful. A game that can elicit that kind of emotional response is an undoubted success on some level.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans who’d like to experience a traditional Etrian Odyssey game would be better served starting with Etrian Odyssey IV, as it offers the most compelling adventure of any main installment. However, if you’ve been put off by the series’ lack of narrative, the Story mode in Fafnir Knight does a nice job of pushing the adventure forward without diluting the experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As for now, Mario & Sonic showcases an assortment of good and mediocre mini-games and winds up with a silver medal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Anyone who’s looking for a game where you can run around shooting everything in sight, look somewhere else. But if you enjoy war games, you should definitely check this game out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but it's bloody fun when everything is working the way it should.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unfortunately for Acclaim, the Cube has just been hit up with three outstanding racers including "Mario Kart: Double Dash!!," "F-Zero GX," and "Need for Speed Underground." In that company, XGRA looks average.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This game is a solid title. Like a Honda Civic, it doesn't do anything to blow your socks off but it doesn't dissapoint you either. It's a reliable source of FUN!!
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though the interface will leave many folks scratching their heads, I implore anyone who downloads SDK Paint to stick with it. The program rewards patience, and rewards others with beautiful art to behold.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 ultimately proves just as easy to recommend to children as its predecessor and generally provides what we expect from a good sequel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Best of all, the game's even more party-friendly, and skeptical male gamers who weren't willing to try a cheerleading game can no longer use the excuse that there aren't any male characters to play as.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is an easy pick-up-and-play title, and the real strength lies in the multiplayer mode, which can be especially useful for long car trips when there aren't enough systems to go around.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Mighty Switch Force 2 succeeds in creating new and interesting gameplay, but fails to realize the massive potential behind its inventive mechanics.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What I found disappointing was that the game’s features just don't match the N64 version.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's hard to explain the addictiveness that sets in after a few levels, but it's safe to say that it's head and shoulders above the likes of "Donkey Kong" and "Ice Climber."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The nice thing– or problem, depending on how you look at it– about Beyblade: Metal Masters is that it holds no pretensions as to what kind of game it is, or who it's for. Buy Beyblade: Metal Masters and you're buying it for the top-fighting experience that is probably the only one of its (video game) kind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith borders on the brink of being an unnecessary edition to the franchise. Yes, there are enhancements that move the series forward, especially in regards to difficulty balance, but the smaller track list, repetitive song styles and resemblance to Legends of Rock leave something to be desired.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not to be confused with any old button-masher, Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games requires a good deal of manual tact and the precision of a true gamer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite some technical hiccups, the game provides enough hours of original and fun gameplay. I can’t speak to how good exactly Underground is for medical training, but as a game it is a pretty neat puzzle title.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Batman: The Brave and The Bold elevates the brawler genre with an interactive, funny story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game succeeds because of the story rather than despite it– and the controls aren't terrible enough to stop you from wanting to play more. And as far as 3D goes– well, they're not entirely necessary, but they're a nice touch, too, especially when you're judging the distance between you and an enemy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Yoshi’s New Island suffers from a few issues, mainly the lackluster soundtrack and some new features feeling flat and shallow, but at its core this is a fun title that takes the classic platforming formula from the SNES game before it and brings it to 3DS. A pleasing art style, fun enemy encounters, and solid controls make Yoshi’s New Island a good, but not great, experience that’s worth your time overall.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It utilizes the DS touch screen feature well, although the full power of the DS’s resources isn’t fully expressed. While it may not be as in-depth as its console counterparts are, the DS version does a decent job of representing itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If looking for a family-friendly music game on Wii, players might be better off going with Band Hero, which feels infinitely more full-featured compared to LEGO Rock Band.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Everything a driving fighter should be: fast, varied, destructive, and customizable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are some flaws in the game, but its distinctive visual style and upgraded gameplay give it a slight edge over the web-slinger's earlier DS outing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Pac-Man World 2 uses generally the same formula as most other platform games available today, it still manages to stay above the rest with brilliant use of Namco’s mascot and wonderfully produced sound.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens feels designed to quell even the loudest detractors of the Lego games. With increased level variety, new gameplay additions and excellent, original dialogue, the title gives Star Wars fans plenty of reasons to revisit the franchise. The game could have benefited from a delay until after the release of Rogue One, but it’s hard to gripe about a title that offers players such a strong amount of content. Star Wars fans will find the game has quite a bit to offer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If someone can combine the visuals of Spawn: Armageddon with the gameplay of the Dreamcast Spawn, then we may have something to be excited about.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is another strong title for the caped crusader. While it doesn’t quite match the heights of the best LEGO titles we’ve seen thus far, it’s still a very impressive translation of its console brethren.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The variety of powers you can control and the humorous and likable characters can really bring out the "hero" in you. It offers more than your typical platformer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mega Man and retro aficionados should apply for ZX Advent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    ZX is really just fun, and what else can we ask of Mega Man besides aiming for better things?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Taking all the good with the bad, Wooden Sen’SeY proves to be a good game, even if it doesn’t manage to climb to the top of what has become a highly competitive genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This one's for shmup fans only. With no competition on DS, N2 scratches the itch for portable shooting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What's surprising about the different sports is how each one has a few different modes, meaning you don't have to play the same exact competition twice in a row. Most of them have three or more different variants, so you'd better sharpen up your skills.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, Skylanders: Imaginators offers a ton of content, regardless of how many accessories players choose to purchase. At its worst, the title can sometimes exemplify the greediest excesses of the toys-to-life craze, but long-time fans will still find plenty to offer, as well. Toys-to-life fans and those who love creating custom characters will find a lot to enjoy, but newcomers on a fixed budget may want to look elsewhere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a fresh concept on the falling pieces bit, and it’s fun too. That’s the most significant distinction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Snake Pass won’t be for everyone. Getting a strong handle on the controls takes some time, and frustration can mount as Noodle plunges over-and-over again to his demise. Players who stick with it, however, will find a rewarding game with beautiful visuals and a soundtrack composed by one of the industry’s greatest. Early into the system’s life, Snake Pass is one of the finest games currently available on the Switch’s eShop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mighty Gunvolt is a more deliberate homage to Capcom’s NES Mega Man games than its parent title, and it’s a very good one, at that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game may have its issues, but it’s still a great love letter to classic 16-bit JRPGs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Roogoo Attack! is a pretty solid offering.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A consistently excellent action/adventure with original level design and excellent visuals and audio.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Glory of Heracles is a game that requires managed expectations. If you dive into it expecting lots of mythology fan service, an unforgettable story and hardcore challenge, you'll be disappointed. Instead, this is a game with a detailed yet very usable and well-designed interface that you'll grow to love, and it's particularly accessible to both new and seasoned RPG players.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a tad rough, but outside of some okay tunes and likely divisive graphics, Arc System Works nailed Knights of Justice. It’s an addictive blend of RPG and brawler mechanics with a charming story and a wealth of Kunio characters to utilize and interact with. It’s digital-only, so there’s no excuse to pass this one by; everyone should consider giving Knights of Justice the download it deserves, as it’s proof positive that, at six years old, 3DS is still home to some of the most fun and innovative games on the market.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a game full of gambles, and most don't pay off the way you might expect. There are as many triumphs as there are failures, and it's almost like it's cursed by its own design. It certainly won't be to everyone's tastes– you'll either love it or you'll hate it– but if you can look past its flaws, there's still plenty of enjoyment to be found underneath.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Scribblenauts Unlimited improves upon its predecessors in many ways, yet it still lacks what it takes to make a truly great game out of its awesome idea.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The love and care that Next Level Games put into Federation Force is evident throughout.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fun. In fact, it's five or six of the best hours you can spend on any system this year. Unfortunately, that's all that it is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    n-Space has been meticulous in its efforts to keep the Call of Duty franchise interesting on DS. Rather than trying to revolutionize the genre with every release, it has slowly been adding features and honing the gameplay to make each entry noticeably better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This game really caters to fast paced sessions with your friends. Playing with four is extremely fun, but it will be impossible to beat someone who is really good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a party game, Puyo Puyo Tetris provides an excellent use for Switch’s detachable controllers. Propping a Switch up with its stand and passing a Joy-Con to a buddy is fun, and with so many modes to choose from you’ll likely be playing for a long time. The HD Rumble also felt very satisfying (though nothing about the game is impacted by it — it’s just some solid feedback). Switch’s library is growing very slowly, but perhaps if the software on offer continues to put quality over quantity it won’t be such a bad thing. I loved Puyo Puyo Tetris and I genuinely wonder how either franchise will be able to carry on without the other. It’s so much fun to have both on a single cartridge that I hope we’re able to experience another installment of Puyo Puyo Tetris one day. In the meantime, be sure to get hold of a copy of this wonderful game for your Switch. Especially if you’re fortunate enough to snag a copy that comes with keychains like I did!
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Cosmophony will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those willing to brave its tunnels of torture will be greatly rewarded.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The gameplay is a tad one-dimensional, with each challenge amounting to little more than summoning a specific object, but there are plenty of humorous moments to keep you engaged in the experience, especially if you have someone around to share them with.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Sumo Digital has served up a pretty solid, if unspectacular, F1 racer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Thus, like the game’s story, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed falls into a nice medium between both trilogies critically. It delivers a solid, but not spectacular, experience.

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