NintendoWorldReport's Scores

  • Games
For 1,752 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Lowest review score: 10 The Smurfs 2
Score distribution:
1,752 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Rising Board 3D is a fantastic pick-up-and-play game that shows how the 3DS can make those quick mobile experiences normally found on iOS and Android into something similar yet different, and reminds me of games such as Balloon Fight (specifically Balloon Trip) and NiGHTS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game shines when it comes to its boss battles, enemy and item variety, aesthetic, and music. But experiencing all the game has to offer requires determination. La-Mulana is not a game for those without lots of time and patience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Power of Illusion is a game for Disney fans, specifically those with fond memories of playing the Disney games made by Capcom and Sega on Super Nintendo and Genesis. It has ample amounts of fan service and finely tuned platforming, but some of its periphery elements, such as the paint and thinner mechanics, just fall short. In a way, the game is oddly similar to the first Epic Mickey on Wii: a rock-solid concept hampered by a few stifled gameplay ideas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I want to love Sticker Star. The game looks great, the localization is top-notch, and, when things are moving along, it all feels so right. The sticker economy is well realized and forces you to manage your sticker collection well. But the game's obsession with "things" brings it to a screeching halt all too often. This hurdle is easily sidestepped by bookmarking your preferred walkthrough, but it's a shame the game couldn't simply be less obtuse in its puzzle structure. So, instead of loving Sticker Star, I'm left to simply like it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At its core, Assassin's Creed III is a very big game with an amazing setting, great exploration, solid gameplay, and a wonderful story. However, it constantly pokes holes in this experience with poor pacing and a myriad of minor issues. Despite this, I still recommend this game to every person who has an interest in the series or its revolutionary setting. It is a good game, but it could be so much better.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Aero Porter is certainly fun, but loses its way in trying to keep the player on the edge of his seat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tokyo Crash Mobs isn't a profound game, but it is fun as long as you can get past the occasionally frustrating controls.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ikachan left me wanting more, and not entirely in a good way. However, it is a curiosity worth discovering for ardent Cave Story fans who have a distaste for the PC platform. If you are set on playing it, the 3DS is the absolute best platform on which to experience it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, it's a well-rounded experience that works well as an educational tool, and makes a point to appeal to a player’s mindset by constantly offering rewards for a job well done.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    ATV Wild Ride 3D is a nice change of pace from the other racers available on the 3DS. It places an emphasis on player skill and knowledge, and provides a playing field balanced to encourage learning. Its rough edges occasionally create a wilder experience than intended, but in the face of these blemishes, the game still stands as a worthwhile experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Kung Fu Rabbit is a decent and often enjoyable experience. Though some aspects hold it back, it is still worth a look as a platformer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies offers around 25 hours of brand-new Ace Attorney content, and most of that content is in-line with the greatness of previous entries while offering a creative take never before seen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D is not a well rounded rhythm game, but it has plenty going for it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're not offended by anime girls with ridiculously bouncy watermelon breasts in various stages of undress, there's an enormous game packed with hours of shallow-but-enjoyable narrative, tons of retro-style beat-'em-up fun, and a few guilty pleasures along the way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Jett Rocket II is a solid game that offers a lot in a seemingly small package.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a start of something new, Secret Paths presents a bold step in the future for the newly improved Mysterious Cities of Gold franchise. And maybe, just maybe, you didn't pick a bad time to finally hop in.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Coaster Crazy Deluxe is a nice roller coaster building simulator for whoever wants to give it a fair shake. It requires players who love fiddling around with options. The problem is that it is not really built with a television in mind and should just be played on the Wii U GamePad instead.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Steel Diver: Sub Wars is a great follow-up to game that had potential, but just wasn’t meaty enough to meet expectations. Sub Wars’ addition of multiplayer more than makes up for the past game’s brevity. When it works, it’s a blast to play; however, you may see more error messages than subs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Players of any age will appreciate the charm and effort TT Games put in to the title, balancing accessibility with small challenges.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, though, I really like Bit Boy Arcade, and I continue to play it in an effort to get all the Pixel Flies and high scores. It’s a charming game with a few issues, but I’m having a good time despite them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If there’s one word that can quickly sum up Nintendo’s latest entry in the Mario Kart series, it’s beautiful. From top to bottom, this is a gorgeous game, likely the best-looking one Nintendo has ever made. Even the soundtrack is superb, with amazing songs that call to mind past Mario games in new musical styles. Behind that beauty, unfortunately, is a degree of vapidness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is terrific to look at, and its battle system remained addictive for several hours of gameplay. The humdrum exploration, the too-repetitive (though fun) combat, and the unfocused story bring the title down after a strong first impression.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the more frustrating points of the game may turn away those looking for a more streamlined experience, the amount of content here makes Denpa Men 3 a great value for those who feel up to the challenge.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Monkey Pirates is meant to be played with people and it truly comes together when the right crowd gets together.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, the game is very enjoyable. The level-up and equipment aspects flow unusually well with the aim-and-shoot mechanics of so many mobile games. Aside from the manual leveling system, the game is a very likable piece of entertainment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, these are fairly minor quibbles. Cubemen 2 is a competent real-time strategy tower defense game. It’s not terribly exciting, but it is probably the best in the genre on Nintendo platforms.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It might not be for everyone, but if you’re hankering for a good old-fashioned dungeon crawler, it’s a Nintendo 3DS eShop game worth checking out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like skin-of-your-teeth puzzle games, Mr. Driller is an excellent choice. However, this version's stinted multiplayer, minimal single player modes, and high difficulty will leave the game lacking in the eyes of all but the most dedicated puzzle-heads.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Avery fun game. However, nobody should be playing $40 for it. It’s fun, but nowhere near worth it. Wait for a price drop on this little gem, because it’ll be worth it at half the price.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Amazingly, the game still manages to be rather fun if you can get past the warts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An excellent example of a new form of gameplay unique to the DS. It’s pure fun and puts a smile on the face of anybody playing it. [Import]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 06 DS is not a better game than "Madden NFL 2005 DS." Madden should improve with every year, but for the reasons above, it didn't this time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fantastic representation of the comic book. The story is compelling, if short, and the gameplay is fun for the most part.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The overall complexity of the game will immediately turn off the more casual players who were attracted by the control scheme. The hardcore Madden players will most likely prefer one of the more traditional console versions because of precision issues with the gestures.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Dragon Quest atmosphere of Dragon Quest Swords only goes so far before you start itching for some gameplay variety (although the visuals never get old).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the inherent design of the game just isn’t up to the standard of many other games in the action puzzle genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With higher production values and some online play, it could’ve easily become a great party game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite all of the negative points to the game, the charm that made the original a favorite to many still shines through. As long as you don't start up the game expecting "Mario Kart DS," you'll get lots of fun out of Diddy Kong Racing DS.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its greatest failing is simply that the fun ends too soon.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a cleverly designed game that could use a bit more polish.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's lack of content is the big killer here, but it's still crazy fun to explore what's there.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The problem with the game is that it doesn't have as much support to the one-on-one fighting that previous games in the series has had.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Everything from the visual presentation to the core fighting system has stayed stagnant since the original GameCube game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is probably designed for children more than anyone else, and they will get the most out of it and be less distracted by the poor acting and storytelling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As an innovative first try, Duck Amuck is a success.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As you may have heard, this is the best Harry Potter videogame yet. But that's like saying "Bloodrayne" is the best Uwe Boll movie yet -- it might be true, but it doesn't mean much.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A satisfying platform brawler that should easily please younger gamers while providing enough action and humor to keep older gamers interested.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The core gameplay is well crafted and the different kinds of challenges and customisation can be thoroughly explored alone, offering a sophisticated complement to the instant fun of racers such as Mario Kart DS. Ultimately, though, the competitive edge of multiplayer will likely be the driving force in keeping players coming back for more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game certainly has some flaws (like the loose aiming and overly complex map), and I find it hard to forgive the "die and start over again" philosophy, but Dementium is definitely something different, and it's something I think people will generally enjoy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It manages to stick to the source material and present a decent amount of enjoyment, and it does so with a good amount of style.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    FIFA 08 is a good rendition of a game design from a couple of generations ago that has been enhanced with a few modern tweaks, like online play and touchscreen controls. The gameplay might seem a little lacking in depth and strategy when compared to the 3D sports games most players are used to, but in terms of handheld gaming it provides a fun experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those hoping for an overhaul will have to wait for the inevitable Brain Age 3.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Long-time fans of Mortal Kombat will want to pick up this game for its online multiplayer, but others may be turned off by its dated gameplay and presentation, and poor single-player experience. On the other hand, the DS hasn’t been graced by many fighters, making Ultimate Mortal Kombat potentially the best one available on the platform.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ontamarama is certainly no Elite Beat Agents, but its style of gameplay is definitely unique. Perhaps it should have been called Multitasking Training in Japan in order to gain better sales.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the obviously low-budget development, there are some great ideas and a lot of classic gameplay here, and I would love to see a sequel with much better production values.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But if gin rummy and Texas Hold ‘Em constitute the bulk of your card-game playing, you should shy away from this one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Decent but not exceptional.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A pretty likeable game. The presentation and gameplay are both simple and charming, and the budget price makes the shallow premise and minor faults completely forgivable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While none of the games are quite as deep and compulsive as Wii Sports, they’re entertaining enough on their own to keep players waggling through the short single-player mode.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's amazingly accessible for young players, features a proactive character for girls, and is a great way to introduce children to the adventure genre. And although long-time gamers will find the game to almost run on automatic, it also features a fast-paced crime story with surprise twists, and some smooth art.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it's not very original, the content found here is compelling and fun, and the sports twist proves to be inspiration for several addictive mini-games.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A standby on Nintendo handhelds since Game Boy Color, River King has taken to DS touch control like a fish to water. [Feb 2008, p.90]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun platformer that ends up feeling more like Prince of Persia DS than Assassin’s Creed. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the DS could use more action games like this. Sadly, the adventure lasts about a weekend, and there are no real unlockables after beating the game aside from an extra difficulty mode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It succeeds on certain levels, retaining the pick-up-and-play charm of the PC version and providing a ton of tracks and challenges for players to tackle. Its track editor is also a triumph, and its incorporation into the game's Puzzle mode and multiplayer component is brilliant, extending the life of the title and providing gamers a reason to come back. Unfortunately, it falls short of its potential due to an irritating game camera, a sometimes-frustrating difficulty level, and a baffling lack of online play.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is slightly fun for a while, but once the novelty of a Spanish-speaking DS wears off it starts to feel more like a class than a game. However, if you are learning Spanish or wish to learn Spanish, I can’t think of a better tool to have in your hip pocket.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The relatively small selection of tracks, lack of track variety, and laughable amount of bonus content are potential negatives for those on the fence, but the bottom line for this Guitar Hero game is that you either like Aerosmith or you don't.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While some mini-games are shallow and repetitive, and it doesn't take very long to see all the game has to offer, the effort that went into the game's production is evident.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game is ultimately an interesting experiment that can be a lot of fun in short bursts, so in that respect, it actually works on the DS. I would recommend it for casual fans of the series and younger players who may be less demanding.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The WiiWare game is a different experience, and a rewarding one at that, provided you understand what it is you're getting into beforehand. You'll find R to be a pretty fun game if you do.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a light but undeniably cute virtual pet game, and it's also a little bit of an educational opportunity. Oh, and there are pandas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Super Dodgeball Brawlers rekindles some wonderful memories of my time spent with the original game, but it doesn't offer enough new features to make it a must-have or even give it a decent degree of replayability.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An enjoyable experience, though clearly flawed in the same way its source material was flawed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you work at learning the game, and view it as something that’s not necessary Castlevania proper, Judgment can provide a decent romp. If you're looking for a good lighthearted fighter, Judgement is outclassed by Brawl. However, if you like Soul Calibur but don’t own a PS3 or Xbox 360, Judgment is your only real alternative, and it’s not as terrible as people have been saying.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At a glance, Princess Debut is a very easy rhythm game paired with a Story mode centered on the chasing and charming of princes. But if you choose to live in the fairy tale, its unique take on the music/rhythm genre, vibrant visuals, and lightly melodramatic storylines prove enchanting in their own right.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thanks to the third-person view, the pace is slowed down considerably from its first-person brethren, which allows for a different gameplay perspective than the typical James Bond title. The upgrade system also really allows the player to make his Bond however he wants him to be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its many faults, LEGO Batman can be a fun experience albeit a repetitive and frustrating one. As a big fan of Batman, I heartily recommend it to any fan of the Caped Crusader. However, non-fans will want to avoid it entirely since enjoyment is derived almost entirely from its nostalgia factor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For long-time Tecmo Bowl fans looking for a new fix, Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff gets the job done as a solid, if unspectacular, entry in the storied franchise. However, neophytes are unlikely to appreciate its arcade spin on football and retro-gaming appeal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are several extremely frustrating issues with this incarnation of Animal Crossing. That said, what was written in the beginning of this review still holds true: the core game is still extremely charming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The truly sad part is that Lock's Quest is just a few design tweaks away from being a fantastic game. All the ingredients are here, but the overzealous chefs at 5th Cell screwed up the recipe.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, Active Life: Outdoor Challenge separates itself from Wii Fit as its own game, and succeeds quite well at it. While the different activities have a dearth of variety, it is still a fun experience for all ages.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is a great learning tool for the musically inexperienced. It teaches rhythm and music composition, and helps foster creativity. Its focus is totally different from the more typical rhythm games, and it accomplishes its goal. However, the game is not meant for solo play and isn't really suited for the more musically apt, either.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a couple of unusual tweaks, Legend of Kage 2 is an unabashedly conventional action game, the kind that we don't often see anymore. Fans of the original Ninja Gaiden titles will adore this less difficult throwback.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pipe Mania is a great pick-up-and-play title that anyone can enjoy, especially with the smooth touch screen implementation the DS version brings to the table.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a shoot-em-up fan, you won’t leave this game disappointed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There isn't as much depth as you wish there was.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the console versions remain the definitive Guitar Hero experiences, portable players that are absolutely ga-ga for the franchise should give Decades a shot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All gripes aside, Legendary Warriors is a nicely formed package that does a good job of continuing the movie's story. If you’re a fan of the movie you will definitely get a kick out of this. Who couldn’t use a bit more panda?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Children who are fans of Neopets could do much worse than Neopets Puzzle Adventure, as could serious fans of puzzle games. While the game is not quite of Puzzle Quest's caliber, it still offers a solid and fun experience that is only hampered by a lack of depth in its story mode.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of retro gaming and can manage to wade through the filler, Retro Game Challenge provides ample challenge and enjoyment. Marred somewhat by its execution, though, I cannot recommend the game for everyone. It appeals to a niche audience, but that audience will find it to be very rewarding.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Gardening Mama comes very close to being a leader in the series, glitchy controls and gameplay that can become tedious and boring hold it back from being a truly enjoyable title.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game isn't ashamed of displaying its roots, whether they are in the form of point-and-click gameplay or 90's animation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The story is quite engaging while never being pretentious thanks to its great sense of humor, and difficulty has been balanced so that both experienced and novice players can jump in without feeling overwhelmed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dokapon Journey is a good game, and while it is heavily inspired by its console cousin there are enough differences that keep it from being a shameless console-to-portable port.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a great package for fans of the band and die-hard fans of the Guitar Hero series starved for new music.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those that have played the other games in the DreamWorks Animation series might get a feeling of déjà vu when experiencing it, but if you’ve never played any of the other games, Monsters vs. Aliens should impress with its solid approach to an equally memorable film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All of this makes for a meaty package, but the gameplay does feel repetitive and unfair at times. Revenge of the Fallen is clearly meant for big fans of the license, but is still a solid game on its own.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All of this makes for a meaty package, but the gameplay does feel repetitive and unfair at times. Revenge of the Fallen is clearly meant for big fans of the license, but is still a solid game on its own.