NintendoWorldReport's Scores

  • Games
For 1,674 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 Super Mario 3D World
Lowest review score: 10 Charlie's Angels
Score distribution:
1,674 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A giant leap for the platforming genre. Freed from the shackles of traditional 3-D platforming, the game is much more than just "Mario 64" set in space. I never thought I’d describe a Mario game as “epic," but that’s exactly what it is.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It is the truest sequel Nintendo has produced in over a decade.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The real star here is the Visor. Someone at Retro is a true visionary (no pun intended), as the Visor makes Metroid Prime more than just a 3D Metroid game.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best looking console game of all time. It is its franchise's redeemer. It is a masterpiece of video game storytelling. It is genuinely tense and occasionally even scary. It is one of the best action games ever released.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is one of those few genre-defining games that while clearly dedicated to fans of the series, also serves as a wonderful adventure for those new to the series.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's only March, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is destined to be the best game of the year on any platform.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A flawless masterpiece, Link to the Past drastically improved upon its predecessors by introducing a more linear framework for the player to explore (rather than the vast open-endedness of the two previous games), a better interface and controls, and dungeon puzzles and layouts designed in such a manner that can only be called perfect.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rather than drastically reworking the series, Twilight Princess refines and expands almost everything you already love about Zelda, and it looks damn good doing it...One of the best games of all time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    World of Goo should not be passed over by a single gamer. It is easily the best WiiWare game to date and, perhaps, one of the best this generation.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you've never played Ocarina of Time before, run out and buy this immediately. If you're intimately familiar with the game, there's nothing too new in this version to pull you in, though if you ever get the urge to play it again, Ocarina of Time 3D lets you experience all your wonderful memories with a brand new modern feel.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the port’s plumbing has a few leaks, most of SMB3’s gameplay remains in pristine condition for the ultimate platforming experience.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a host of new features both on and off the field, Madden 2004 is simply the most complete football game ever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The core gameplay has remained largely unchanged since the N64 days, meaning we've essentially been playing the same game for nine years, and we'll be playing the same game for another five or six years, at least. Get it, appreciate it, and enjoy it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the top-down view creates some problems, the game is quite enjoyable overall. DS Players looking for a modern GTA experience needn't look further than Chinatown Wars.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Thankfully 3D World isn’t just a refinement of the Mario formula, it’s a powerful re-imagining. It’s an explosive cavalcade of color and excitement as well as a well thought out evolution of Mario.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The absolute best fighting game available on the GameCube.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyward Sword is an epic, the sort of epic you call out of work or school for a few days to complete. A focused playthrough will take you north of 30 hours, and if you try to 100% the game, there is a 50+ hour quest to go through. Throw in the second quest, dubbed Hero Mode, and there is a lot of game to play.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Aside from the addictive gameplay, the graphic style gives the game a fresh feel that doesn't look like every other cel-shaded game. Thick, heavy black lines and an overwhelming amount of pink seem to be the exact opposite of what you find in most hit titles, but it works for Joe because "Team Viewtiful" took time to make it work.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even without any additions, Cave Story is still the same amazing game people have raved about for eight years. It's one of the best 2D platformers in recent memory, and this version is worthwhile if you've never played it before or are itching for a reason to play it again.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though the game only supports two-player simultaneous gameplay, there are so many modes and so much to do and see that it feels much bigger in scope. It's going to take months to unlock everything - something 1080 can't brag about.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its large number of modes, weekly DLC that is accessible via the SD Card, online play, better instruments, a variety of modes, diverse soundtrack, and excellently charted songs, Rock Band 2 is the definitive band game for Wii.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The controls are tight and responsive and very well designed. Gameplay is top-notch, with tons of different modes to play though and a multiplayer element that is truly unbeatable. The game will never die, and will remain fresh time and time again.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The outstanding puzzle design and tremendous challenge is what is going to make this game a huge hit, despite any of its flaws.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The battle system is as mathematically complex as ever, the added relationship system can suck up countless hours, and the final handful of missions is absolute hell for anyone playing on Traditional Mode. Still, an olive branch is extended to newcomers, who can turn off the more imposing features while being met with helpful tutorials and impeccable production value.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You may pick up Prince of Persia for the killer gameplay, but the story is what will keep you coming back. This game is like an excellent short story. Every once in a while you'll pick it up again to relive the breathtaking adventure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of price or underwhelming extra features, this is an excellent and authentic port of my personal favorite game of all time, and one I would recommend to virtually anyone. If you can read, you should play Chrono Trigger, and the new DS version is an accessible way to do that.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Xenoblade Chronicles is considerable in the production value it took to make something of this scope; Xenoblade Chronicles is considerable for telling a story with more layers than one can count while retaining a level of accessibility for people of any walk of life; Xenoblade Chronicles is considerable for having an active combat system more engaging than anything I have seen in years. Although, with all things considered, Xenoblade Chronicles is really good, too.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still, this is a solid title that must be experienced. If you don't mind a few disembodied handfuls of rage-inducing difficulty or the constant, sanity-warping slapstick, you'll have a blast, especially if you invite some friends to slap around.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily lives up to its predecessor's outstanding degree of polish, while subtly enhancing some elements of story and mood. In terms of raw quality, disregarding legacy and innovation, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is easily one of the best titles on GameCube and of this entire generation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily the best classic 2D Metroid game yet, and even the best game on the handheld to date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy VI Advance is the last Game Boy Advance game from Square-Enix and Nintendo, but this classic game is a great way to say goodbye to a system.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Yes, it would have been nice to get the game months ago as originally intended, but don’t let Ubisoft’s distrust in the platform sway you; Rayman Legends is one of Wii U’s best.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rock Band 3 is the ultimate rhythm game experience. It takes the groundwork laid by past games and makes it extraordinary.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Metroid Prime Trilogy is a must-own compilation for fans of the series and newcomers alike. All three of the games are still immensely fun, and the various updates made to the first two games make them even more enjoyable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though THPS4 may not be the best introduction to the series due to its steep learning curve, it makes an excellent follow-up for the legions of THPS fans already out there.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I had a ton of fun playing through RE4 again, and I’d never go back to the GameCube version now that I’ve used the Wii remote and nunchuk. RE4 was already an exemplary game it was first released, and now it’s even better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It expands on the previous game with new stages, more tricks, an excellent and varied soundtrack and more. It just doesn’t have much in the way of innovation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even if you’ve never played one of the recent Castlevania titles, and especially if you were bothered by the unbalanced design of the last two games, go out right now and pick up Aria of Sorrow.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A Link Between Worlds is a delightful adventure that hits every high note a 2D Zelda game has ever produced while creating many new hallmarks of its own.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best features of past Mario Kart games are back, and when combined with the new ones in Mario Kart DS, the end result is the most impressive game to ever hit the Nintendo DS and also the best game in the Mario Kart series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Possibly the best GBA title yet... Many fans yearn for handheld titles to compare with the polished, deep, lengthy experiences of console games; Mario & Luigi is one of the few to attain this ideal.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans who loved the first two games shouldn't hesitate in picking up Bowser's Inside Story. It features everything that makes the series enjoyable and adds onto it everything but the kitchen sink. Despite a few minor flaws, it's a game that features an ingenious game design synonymous with Nintendo games and is easily one of the best DS games of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wind Waker HD is an excellent remake of an awesome game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It becomes difficult to fully enjoy Phantom Hourglass if you are a Zelda vet. The lack of even an option for D-pad control tells me that Nintendo did not have their Zelda fan base in mind when they were creating Phantom Hourglass. And that’s okay, I guess. It’s still a decent game, but it’s also a game apart from the rest of the series. It just feels different, and I think it demonstrates that Nintendo is reluctant to sail into the murky waters beyond Wind Waker.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a pretty big step up from "Advance Wars 2," and the new dual-CO tagging system adds a new dimension to the strategy that actually works quite well. [JPN Import]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A visual and aural masterpiece. The game has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a next-generation game including bump mapping and 480p support on the visual end, and five channel surround sound via Dolby Pro Logic II on the aural end.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Okami is a stunning game experience through and through. It has depth and longevity, as well as beautiful art direction, graphics, and music.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is simply a delight to play and look at, and even listen to, as Pikmin sing marching songs and squeal in agony while being eaten by monsters.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    EAD Tokyo's 3DS debut is marvelous, and filled with almost endless creativity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A true gamer's game, a lovingly crafted science-fiction magnum opus, a showcase title not only for excellent motion controls but also stunning artwork that rivals anything in gaming.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Pushmo is an ingenious puzzler that will consume the free time of anyone who gives it a whirl. I found myself putting in hours at a time because of its addictive nature. If you own a 3DS, do yourself a favor and go download Pushmo.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A masterpiece...This is the epitome of Metroid gameplay. The designers carefully mix all the best elements from the other games and layer them on top of the already brilliant level design and concepts of the original Metroid.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pikmin's main strength is its sense of freedom and discovery. There is a strong balance between this sense of freedom and having set goals.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whether you have all of the 100+ figures or just the three that come with the starter pack, Swap Force is well worth playing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its true genius lies in its inclusion of vocal harmonies that create an even more authentic band experience, and the art style and presentation also complement The Beatles' music greatly.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With excellent control, track design, graphics, sound, and customization, this is clearly the best F-Zero game in the series, and one of the best games on GameCube overall.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like trying out a broken roller-coaster ride - one that is highly enjoyable while it lasts, but is over too quickly and gets stuck often, so the excitement quickly gets replaced by frustration. However, when it does move, it gives you a thrilling, almost magical, experience that makes you want to remain seated all the way through to the end.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is probably the best game I've played so far this year, and I'm betting you will love it, too.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, Guitar Hero 5 is a fantastic and full-featured Wii rhythm game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dawn of Sorrow matches and in some cases exceeds the quality of "Symphony of the Night" in almost every way. Yet the two games have their own styles and features, so the newest addition to the series is in no way redundant with its legendary forebear. [JPN Import]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    About as perfect as an arcade racing game can be.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the map design issues, the gameplay is solid and is definitely not a rehash of the original Advance Wars. The additional characters, new story emphasis, and diversity of the scenarios make Advance Wars 2 feel like a brand new game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. (NSMB) features the best wall jump yet—there is precious little more satisfying than saving oneself from a perilous pit with a knee-jerk wall-jump. Mario may not control as he did in any of the classic Mario games, but he still feels perfect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    it is the title's simplicity that makes it so enjoyable. It's the world's most accessible game, and is a total blast.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is SwapNote for artists. I highly recommend this app, and I think it will develop a big following among the 3DS artists out there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lengthy and replayable Street Challenge mode, multiplayer options, and abundant customization settings make NBA Street V3 a fulfilling package for anyone even slightly interested in basketball (and not completely put off by the hip-hop vibe).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is both a worthy upgrade and worthy introduction if you’ve never played a game in the series before. The game may be augmented, but they’re augments made for the betterment of mankind.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DJ Hero 2 is an excellent sequel. It takes the solid gameplay the original game laid out and offers vast improvements.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A highly original action game that takes quite a while to master, and it has tons of modes, multiplayer features, and unlockables to keep you playing until you do reach a level of mastery.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Under the guise of a video game, Virtue's Last Reward unfolds an intricate story in which your participation is consistently worthwhile. In spite of the interruptions caused by its less engaging puzzle segments, this game stands out as an exceptional narrative experience unlike anything else on 3DS.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Warts and all, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 is a revolution in the way golf games control. The new Wii MotionPlus controls are very good, but not amazing yet. If you can power through the early throes of career mode so your player is halfway decent, or are a huge fan of Disc Golf, then by all means pick up this game immediately. Just don't expect it to actually improve your golf swing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's ironic, then, that the monotony of the new battle system still ends up being redeemed by a great story. And if great stories are your thing, The World Ends With You will warm your heart. If you are all about gameplay, you'll probably get bored fairly quickly.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What really stands out about Time Splitters 2 is not the gobs of stuff they’ve thrown in, but that each gob is so well crafted.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twisted, a lowly GBA game, is everything that the DS-powered "Touched" was not. It's big, it's funny, it's well designed, and it's fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With a noble history on the Famicom, Super Famicom, and now the GBA, Fire Emblem holds up the tradition of excellent gameplay, interesting scenarios, and an engaging storyline. The only real complaint I have as a Fire Emblem fan is that the game is very easy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the pitching mini-game and Owner Mode (or Dynasty Mode for the less hardcore), gamers will have plenty to enjoy for the rest of this baseball season and well into the off-season.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a beast of a game, featuring hundreds of hours of open-ended gameplay. If you were turned off by the lack of structure and real goals in previous Animal Crossing games, nothing here will change your mind.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you skipped out on the original WiiWare release, this version is still an excellent choice. It performs slightly worse than its console counterpart, and fighting the same opponents in each difficulty level can get a bit annoying, but despite those two small complaints, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still an excellent game in its own right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're into Pokémon, you likely already have the game. If you're not, then this game won't convert you. However, if you've been away from the series for a while, this might be the game to make a return to the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IX is a fantastic game, and it is easily the best new traditional RPG to grace the DS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon X and Y is an odd pair of games to quantify because, on one hand, they are still solid entries in an incredible JRPG series and they offer some select new features that go above and beyond to make this feel like a brand new generation. On the other hand, inconsistent presentation, insubstantial core innovation, a low Pokémon count, and a minimal post-game keep them from achieving the total nirvana that this series has always been capable of.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The title has an enormous replay factor, and many Monkey Ball fans will find themselves playing the game until the next iteration of Super Monkey Ball.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a game with both pedigree and competition, and it doesn't live up to either. It is, however, a generally solid game with tons and tons of missions to complete.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As both a platformer and a party game, for both casual and enthusiast gamers, Nintendo's latest Mario game delivers in spades.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The designers did a great job converting the Japanese Ouendan into an equivalent Americanized Elite Beat Agents.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Delivers a fantastic story with that's almost as impressive. Everything comes together beautifully to create one of the most engrossing titles of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There's simply so much to see and do in Paper Mario, with secrets galore. With its entertaining characters and script and absolutely fantastic gameplay, Paper Mario will be a gem for generations to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The ultimate refinement of the Mario Kart concept; if you love that concept, you'll love the things Double Dash adds and enhances. If you were tired of the formula or never liked it to begin with, this game is not going to convert you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Donkey Kong Country Returns is hands-down one of the best Nintendo titles this year, and a real delight to fans of the Donkey Kong Country franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best single player experiences on Wii to this point. The basic gameplay is so strong that it easily overcomes a bland story and sometimes frustrating gestures. This game is just begging for a sequel, full of the same point-and-click animal changing fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a peculiar addiction when you spend most of your days looking for a toilet to put in your basement and writing letters to the hippo next door.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb game and one of the best DS games this year. The dungeons are top-tier, entertaining affairs, and the train is fun to ride around in as you journey through the interesting game world.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    To me, these games are without a doubt the strongest in the series, as they are refined, familiar, and awesome. It will rekindle nostalgia for Gold and Silver in longtime players, while drawing in new or lapsed players just as easily. It's more than just a remake; it is the best Pokémon game to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Little King’s Story is a prime example of how a game can be cute and colorful, yet still challenging and fulfilling. With all that this game has to offer, there is sure to be something here for all types of gamers of any skill level. No Wii owner should overlook this fantastic and unique experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're into Pokémon, you likely already have the game. If you're not, then this game won't convert you. However, if you've been away from the series for a while, this might be the game to make a return to the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Players who love incrementally improving their best score should not hesitate to buy what is one of the best retail-released shooters in recent memory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though this title screams party game, it’s much more fun to play alone than, say, a Mario Party title. Old school is definitely back, and it’s a heck of a good time playing it on a GameCube.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All that's needed is a more intuitive control scheme, some variety in training and dialogue, and some MUSIC DURING GAMEPLAY.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of the prettiest games on Wii, and it's also one of the best. The joyous platformer might not be difficult, but it's fun, inventive, and outrageously imaginative.