NintendoWorldReport's Scores

  • Games
For 1,839 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Score distribution:
1,839 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
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    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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The absolute best fighting game available on the GameCube.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's beautifully constructed, funny, and exciting. It is simply jam-packed with the joy of gaming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Okami is a stunning game experience through and through. It has depth and longevity, as well as beautiful art direction, graphics, and music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Punch-Out!! is a fantastic game on almost every level. It's entertaining for those who have thoroughly enjoyed the previous two games, and still accessible to people who are brand new to the series. The game is a one-of-a-kind boxing experience that transcends the boundary of sports games. The controls are great, the humor is there in spades, and the gameplay is almost unparalleled.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brilliant level design and wonderfully gimmicky characters.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wind Waker HD is an excellent remake of an awesome game.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Runner2 is the type of sequel you dream happens. It takes the concepts and gameplay of the original and advances them in every way. Gaijin Games didn’t just make a great game—it made one of the best side-scrolling platformers in recent memory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
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    But more than anything else, Shovel Knight oozes personality and charm more than any game I’ve played in recent memory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
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    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
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    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.
    • 93 Metascore
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    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dark Moon’s multiplayer is an incredible local experience that should have you shouting with your friends in no time. Online play, however, loses a bit of that experience’s immediacy. The only way to convey anything is to select one of four preset phrases from the D-pad, which hinders communication.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whether you classify it under sports, party, or fighter, Camelot has produced a fine game. If you are looking for an awesome pick-up-and-play multiplayer game this holiday season, you cannot go wrong with Mario Power Tennis.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An outstanding package complete with everything you could possibly want from a Space Invaders title. The core game experience simply bombards your senses with awesomeness and could not be a greater joy to experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the most polished game in the Rhythm Heaven series, a series already so well constructed that it has the ability to consume lives. It's occasionally frustrating, frequently hilarious, decidedly beautiful, and monumentally fun. If you own a Wii you need to own this game. Pull it out next time you have friends over; I guarantee it will be more fun than any "party" game, even for those not playing.
    • 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]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The online multiplayer isn’t perfect, but it’s light years beyond what was present in Brawl and comparable to the 3DS version. Even still, the easiest way to say it is like this: The Wii U release is the best version of Smash Bros. to date.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A spectacular sequel. It retains the wonderful and challenging puzzles from the original while offering grander story. There's a wealth of content, with over 150 puzzles and three different mini-games.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Marvel Pinball 3D is a wonderful addition to anyone's 3DS collection. The game's pick-up–and-play nature lends itself well to the downloadable platform. Despite just being more of the same, the game's visuals and ingenious table design make it a must-have. With four fully featured tables, you will definitely be getting your money's worth out of Marvel Pinball 3D.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is a game that simply must be played to be fully experienced, standing at the forefront of truly wonderful storytelling in videogames.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The sense of exploration and freedom is one thing that makes Skies of Arcadia such a wonderful game.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It was an unparalleled experience in the early 90s and holds up remarkably well today.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Skylanders Giants is a fantastic game regardless of your desire to shell out money for additional characters. Whether you have three figures or 48, this well-designed game is worth the time of kids and adults alike. Don't scoff at its concept; you shouldn't miss one of the best Gauntlet-esque games in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game isn’t weighed down by copious story or in-depth upgrade systems, it’s just a boy, his grandma, and a heaping helping of baddies; it is pure platforming bliss. The deluxe version of the game is equal parts delicate retooling and new content, making it perfect for old and new fans alike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There are no sacrifices, no compromises, and no settling for second best here. Two Tribes has gone above and beyond the call of duty and have created an instant classic. This is truly the best Worms game ever made.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily the best classic 2D Metroid game yet, and even the best game on the handheld to date.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's so good, in fact, that even if you stripped away the DK license and made it, oh, I don't know, "Raven's That's SO Swinging", you'd still have a great game. Donkey Kong is just the icing on the cake. You want innovation, but still want a full game? It's right here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. U is close to the ideal 2D Mario game hinted at by the debut of New Super Mario Bros. seven years ago. It's a more sincere follow-up to Super Mario World than any previous game, and even if its innovations are muted and on the periphery, this is the evolution the series needed. It's a simple question, really: Do you like 2D Mario? If so, play this game. It is that damn good.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game is difficult, even on the easiest setting. For those who have been craving a difficult game ever since the GBA titles held off, "Maniac" mode is waiting and it is positively brutal. [JPN Import]
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Control quibbles aside, Fluidity is a wonderful game. With its clever, Metroid-like level design and novel premise, it is one of the top WiiWare games in recent memory. If you can tolerate some persnickety controls, then you should hop on the Wii Shop Channel and buy Fluidity right now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In the sea of generic collect-a-thon shovelware platformers available for the Game Boy Advance, Rare has created something completely unique, charming, and fun overall.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The new touch-controls alone make Planet Puzzle League far superior to its predecessors. A wealth of single and multiplayer options simply push it over the top.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s packed with content, and even in the later hours I was thrown into areas I had yet to discover. Whether you choose to explore, race, or compete with friends, there’s a home for you in Fairhaven.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Kid Icarus: Uprising is jam packed with content, and outside of the control issues, is an amazing game. The 21-year wait for a new Kid Icarus game was completely worth it, because this is one of the craziest and most original games released by Nintendo in a while. If you have a 3DS and are even remotely interested in this game, I highly recommend that you seek this out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It looks incredible, sounds great, and plays beautifully...what's not to love? If you haven't yet tried out this excellent series, this is the best game to start on.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its inventive and addicting gameplay was clearly built in such a way as to place maximum value on the DS touch screen. A compelling and engrossing story was constructed around these gameplay mechanics, and an attractive and unique visual style was created to display such a game.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    EAD Tokyo's 3DS debut is marvelous, and filled with almost endless creativity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you’re a Wii U owner looking for something to play, you really can’t go wrong here. It’s exactly the kind of game Nintendo does well, and it’s among their best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A surpremely playable RPG. It has an interesting plot, a refined fighting system, beautiful graphics, a superb soundtrack, and intuitive controls. What's more, it's a long game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whether you’re flipping your car through heavy traffic or cruising along the beachfront bumping Magical Sound Shower, 3D Out Run is a cool, chill, and infinitely replayable classic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Movie buffs will adore its tongue-in-cheek style that lampoons a slew of classic films.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What really makes the difference, though, is that Animal Crossing: Wild World is one of the first games to take advantage of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing players worldwide to travel to other players' towns.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It offers the most intuitive, polished and entertaining use of the touch screen yet. What's more, it has enough depth to hold a player's attention for hours on end. [JPN Import]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It is the truest sequel Nintendo has produced in over a decade.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SteamWorld Dig is a fresh game for the Nintendo eShop and one of the best digital games available on Nintendo's 3D handheld.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tales of the Abyss holds up surprisingly well on the 3DS, despite being a relatively conservative port of the original. And with the 3DS's small selection of RPGs, it's a must have, and a great entry point in the Tales series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    3D Galaxy Force II can’t escape its arcade roots, which translate into a short and shallow experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A compassionate and hugely entertaining throwback to a classic kind of game that isn't often released these days.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories fills a gap in the Wii's horror lineup, and it does so with finesse and substance. It is a game that can be appreciated by anyone craving a good psychological thriller that makes good use of motion controls and in doing so, appeals directly to the Wii's core audience.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All three of these single-player games hold up well by modern standards and each will take at least a few hours to exhaust...if you're good enough, that is.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ninjatown is a wonderful experience overall, and never feels frustrating despite its challenge. While there may be a specific formula to beating every level, it's the trial and error that allows ultimate success to feel so very gratifying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For anyone with an affinity for sea life and an appreciation of gaming at a slower pace, Endless Ocean: Blue World is a must purchase - especially since it's hitting stores for a low initial MSRP of $29.99. Regardless, Endless Ocean: Blue World is a great game rife with content, and it's a steal at any price.
    • 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.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    The Oregon Trail is a great premium-priced title on the DSiWare Store and stands out as one of the best titles on the service. Not only is the gameplay engaging and fun, but it's also educational. In short, The Oregon Trail is one game you're not going to want to miss, whether you like educational games or not.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is probably room for more features, but as a simple record of crossword history, the game works well. For crossword junkies it's a no brainer.
    • 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.