Nintendojo's Scores

  • Games
For 1,326 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Score distribution:
1,326 game reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    A painfully average portable that offers nothing but ugly graphics and stale gameplay.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    There are also plenty of more entertaining and more educational games out there that you can pick up for your youngun at the same price, if not lower. Stay away from this one. It doesn't belong in your collection.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    The controls are atrocious, a definitely no-no when they're also your big hook. However, the game is not without any redeeming qualities. It really all depends on how much players are willing to pay for a game that ends up being mediocre at best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    As brief as it is shallow -- pacing the gamer through six modest levels of gameplay -- there is little to no reason for you to invest in this title.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    The controls are buggy, the graphics are choppy, the sound is average and the voices will make you crawl up a wall in fear of your life.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    Everything from the graphics, sound and the frame rate should have been a whole lot better, not to mention the confusing and burdensome control scheme.
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    • 46 Critic Score
    Something like a trick match or dunk contest in "NBA Street" would have been far more in keeping with the team's character than a run-of-the-mill two-on-two basketball game.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 46 Critic Score
    Astro Boy: The Video Game is not a bad game. It's also not a good game.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Hammy is merely average, but is made worse in the light of other games that its key demographic will enjoy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's that combination of small subject matter and small target audience that keeps this game from reaching its goals. I Love Beauty tries, but road trips with your daughter will be annoying as ever.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    If you really want a good Astro Boy handheld experience, pick up Astro Boy: Omega Factor if you can. Otherwise, you would be better off looking elsewhere for a platforming experience on Nintendo DS.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Is this game for you? Why bother? Pick up a newspaper and flip to their crossword puzzle. You'll end up with more money in your wallet and less frustration in the long run.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Over the Hedge for the GBA is a typical example of uninspired licensed game design.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It feels unpolished and gives very little bang for its buck.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    True Crime: New York City is bad for entirely different reasons than expected: the graphics are awful, but the scope in certain ways outstrips its GTA ancestor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It’s way too hard in places for the youngest gamers, but older players will be annoyed by the trite story and senseless collecting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    You can easily play through it over a weekend. If countless bad reviews cannot dissuade you, then perhaps submerging yourself in AM: SH2's zombie-like framerate will bring you to your senses.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 44 Critic Score
    A castrate of its GameCube counterpart, Splinter Cell for the DS lacks many of the levels, abilities, features, pathways, and audio enjoyed in said console version. Bungled load times and inherent slowdown (in simple menu navigation!) is completely unacceptable on such a powerful handheld.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    Greater attention to gameplay mechanics might have resulted in a broader appeal, but with an off-putting control setup, poor hit detection and repetitive objectives, gamers who've never heard of Naruto probably won't want to take the plunge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The control and QA problems are unfortunate, really, because this is easily the best Spider-Man game in nearly every other respect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    As modern games go, this one looks pretty bad, is short, and has very little beyond the core game.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    It's frustratingly hard but well-made; easy to pick up but quickly repetitive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    With so much effort going into presentation, it seems like more could have been spent on tweaking the game mechanics.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    On the whole, Thor: God of Thunder is probably only going to be for people who are seriously hardcore about their Thor, as it's clear the Wii version did not get the lion's share of the development resources.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Virtua Tennis 4 isn't a terrible game, but given that there is a better option on Wii, system owners looking for their tennis fix probably want to look elsewhere.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Really just The Incredible Machine gussied up with new paint, courtesy of Marc Eckō and his company. The story framework is just that– a very, very loose framework– and new tools, though interesting, don't do anything particularly newfangled.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    A collection of missed opportunities. It's a game that wants to be like a Layton game and not be like one, and suffers in the comparison because of all the ways it falls short. The incredible amount of French history, clever story elements and extensive dialogue filling the game establish this wasn't a title that was thrown on shelves with minimal investment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    This is not the first time an Activision-published title has taken shortcuts on a Wii version of a multiplatform title, and in each case it has left Wii fans not simply with a lower-res product (which ought to be expected), but a completely different and inferior game (which ought not to be).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The core of the experience is sound, and even works, but a game is only as good as its technical parameters, which means Giants suffers and stutters far too often.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The game cuts its own legs out from under it by locking content so many different ways– whether it’s via toys or play sets. And possibly the worst offense is the lottery system within Toy Box, which holds back cool items like helicopters or assets from Tron (can you tell I like that universe yet?). Disney Infinity shows a spark of brilliance with the Toy Box mode, but everything else in game is rough, raw or boring.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Power Rangers is all over the place in terms of gameplay and presentation, and thus suffers accordingly.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    It’s just too bad that this dungeon crawler just doesn’t live up to what it looks like.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    It doesn’t quite live up to its premise, but many fans are still pitching in their two bucks for the downloadable eShop title to tell Nintendo there’s a market for independent games on Wii U. I fully support that! But I still can’t in good faith recommend a game with no sound effects or even any save function.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Governor of Poker on 3DS is a decent game of single-player poker, and if it were the only portable poker option on the market, it would be a must-buy. But it isn’t, so it’s not.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you really must have your poker in video game form, several online gambling sites offer free poker games for users to test out. These are both terrific and cheaper alternatives to this overpriced title.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A good strategy game will stretch the mind here and there. In theory, tactics should be applicable with actual results. In the simplest terms, strategy games should require strategy to play. Perhaps Konami thought they could slide by, being the only new game in town.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The controls, combined with the difficulty level, make the single-player game mind-numbingly frustrating.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Many parents may not want their children to play this game because of characters like Stigmartha, a girl whose hands bleed when she gets nervous; but parents shouldn't subject their kids to such a mundane, undercooked game anyway.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Godzilla Unleashed does too many things poorly to be recommended to anyone but the most diehard of Godzilla fans, who will be attracted to some of the game's attempted fan service, like the impressive roster of monsters.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The problem is that Chicken Shoot isn’t $5.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s good to see a Star Trek game on Wii; it’s just too bad it’s such a short and shallow affair.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The vibe on the PC version seems good, but this DS port proves mediocre. Many had great expectations, but this is not our vision of fury.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s just not enough redeeming qualities in horse-riding to keep me interested in it long enough.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even at $20, you would be better served browsing Amazon for any of a thousand better trivia books.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game is unforgivably short, looks bad, the waggle controls hurt, and the game forces players to do too much melee.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All-in-all, rent it if cooking is a huge hobby. Everyone else can let this one cook.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, Spore Hero Arena just fails to keep one's attention.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    As it is, this is an incredibly tough game to recommend, especially when the market is stuffed full of similar titles. Only serious zookeepers should apply.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The developer for Marvel Super Hero Squad is Blue Tongue Entertainment, who masterminded the superb Wii title de Blob. That pedigree makes the failure of Super Hero Squad all the more disappointing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When it’s all said and done, The Price is Right is a classic example of a lost opportunity. Serious fans of the show will do better sticking to the real thing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall, Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is a pretty forgettable experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The finicky controls, the horrid announcer and uninspired presentation offer little incentive to warrant a purchase.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Fighting game fans, whether into Kamen Rider or not, should bide their time and put their money towards Eighting's vastly superior offering Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If I could overlook that pesky lock-up bug (which, for a review, I really can’t) I’d say they’re only about 30 yards short of a touchdown.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A yawn-inducing game that even fans of the series will want to steer clear of. It looks nice enough, but the story is a joke, and the gameplay is as stale as month-old bread.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a gift for a child, look elsewhere, unless you like watching them break systems.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Little fun is to be had from this experience, for any thrills will be derived from the first couple levels, if at all.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Purchase it knowing it's an average-at-best side-scroller that might seem ridiculously easy even to a child.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fails to be entertaining in every category.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When there are so many other basketball titles out their that up the bling-bling factor and offer better gameplay, perhaps the Globetrotters should have invested in a game more suited to their forte, one focused on courtside comedy instead of competition.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Too few mini-games, too little fun, and frustrating navigation ruin what is essentially an interesting concept. The whole debacle lasts approximately three hours, the first of which is spent locating all of the attractions and being told you can’t enter.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Like a teenager hooking up with a lady. It’s fun while it lasts, but it doesn’t last long!
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This cricket doesn’t ever get off the ground.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Not only is it short enough to beat in a single setting, the journey along the way is a blurry, unoriginal retread of everything mediocre about 3D platformers and rhythm games.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 39 Critic Score
    Friend or Foe attempts to give players their ultimate fantasy of controlling the legendary webslinger and his infamous villains. However, redundant gameplay and level design are hidden behind a solid presentation with great voice-work and clean graphics.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 39 Critic Score
    To fans of the comics, movies and other mutant-themed games: wait for that next stellar title.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 39 Critic Score
    This type of slow, clunky nonsense goes on for the entire game.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If you want a good scare and the experience sounds interesting, rent the game for the first level only. After that ten minutes, take it back for a refund.
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    • 37 Critic Score
    Spider-Man: Battle for New York should have been a fun and easy to play title, but instead the game is frustrating, bland and difficult, despite short levels and simple tasks.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Iceman has done it again; who knows what kind of shoddy licensed drivel he'll chomp his prolific teeth at next?
    • 34 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The selling point of this game seems to be some sort of edutainment. Yet, besides a few scant factoids in between levels, the game boasts nothing worth teaching.
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    • 35 Critic Score
    If you have any DS-playing daughters, do them a favor and don’t buy this game, even if they beg for it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine only shines in one way. It’s a prime example of how careless publishers and developers can be with video game adaptations of summer blockbuster films.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Onimusha Tactics wouldn't be that bad if there weren't so many strategy games already available to the GBA. But there are. And compared to the rest of the flock, Onimusha sucks.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Less of a game and more of a personal organizer with a boring game installed in it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a game that plays in the old Space Invaders style can surely find an arcade compilation somewhere. The "just move right and left and shoot the enemies" idea was great back in the 1980's, but it just doesn't cut it by today's standards.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Another frustrating factor is the cut scenes you must endure at the end of every mini-game when in adventure mode. They are slow and repetitive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    It's clearly a game with some heart, but it also misses on enough of the tangibles and intangibles alike to stand out among the rest of DS's offerings.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the game tries to be more than what it turns out to be: a poor, unexciting take at the Mario Party formula. The game is littered with cool little additions that would usually make the game great, but sadly, they're all bogged down by inconsistencies, glitches, and what appears to be a lack of effort.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    From its soulless and utterly unendearing cast of characters to its needless backtracking and convulted story, Tales of the Abyss has very little to offer even die-hard JRPG enthusiasts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Kung Fu Rabbit just doesn’t cut it in a world where it sits alongside true platforming masters like Trine 2: Director’s Cut and Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2. It’s cheap, yes, but unless you fancy chewing the cud as a carrot cash-cow, we’d recommend saving your pennies for another day.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Romance Dawn is a misfire all around that only the absolute most completist of One Piece fans should give it a look. It’s a shame, because One Piece is normally something quite wonderful. Such a waste.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Even though I have a lot of complaints with Bit Boy!! Arcade, I genuinely enjoy the core concept of the game. I liked speeding through each phase and setting high scores, but the plethora of flaws it has prevented me from fully loving the experience. The game could have been something fantastic, but it desperately lacks the polish it needs to be entertaining as a whole.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    AiRace Xeno could have been something special. The core idea of the game is fantastic and it’s a blast to pilot an aircraft an incredible speeds, but it’s ultimately a fleeting experience that’s confined to its limited features.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 32 Critic Score
    Load times in the game are unbearable. It takes one full minute just to load the options menu. No joke...Turok Evolution screams two words: rush job.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 31 Critic Score
    I am constantly amazed at how good children’s television programming can be bastardized by half-hearted, sloppy developers. Do they think that kids don’t know crappy software when they play it?
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's unfinished, lacks any depth and is as forgettable of an experience as any webpage banner ad game.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This certainly had the potential to be a sleeper title on the last legs of GBA. Instead, it shows just enough flaws in key areas to come up short.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Pointless rhythm sections aside, there isn't anything in Double Shift that Diner Dash or Cake Mania hasn't already done better at the same price.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    UFO should be applauded for offering a full retail release of The Monkey King, but we can’t recommend a purchase in good conscience, even if it were a five dollar download. The Monkey King is monkey crap.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Tornado is a game that looks to mimic the appeal of Katamari Damacy but instead becomes increasingly annoying, quite monotonous, and not at all fun. Do not be fooled.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Between the broken controls, the annoying protagonist and godawful soundtrack, Crime Scene is best left, to use police terms, in the dusty backroom of unsolved cases.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There is little reason to recommend Stop Stress: A Day of Fury, especially given its higher price-point. While the developer no doubt had the best intentions for a creative title that would allow gamers to let loose all their stress from the day, the game only seems to generate more, resulting in little more than an ironic title.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Just a simple cash-in on some old properties that are beginning to show their age.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The game quickly becomes boring and has you wishing you were doing something else.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The lack of characterization, challenge, or even basic fun make this a hard game to recommend to anyone.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not only virtually unplayabe for non-fans but I find it extremely difficult, almost impossible to recommend to fans, period.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The ideas laid out in the Lemmings-style stages could be effective if they were designed better and held the players hand through the first chunk of the game, but as it is, Penguins will just leave gamers and arctic-bird lovers alike out in the cold.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It shall garner the first ever Eric Mattei Smelly Bowling Shoe award for achieving a new standard in caca quality.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's only so long you can stand to watch Pikachu frolicking aimlessly on an empty beach. This may be a good game for very young children who are still interested in Pokémon, but God bless the parent who has the patience to play through it with them.