NintendoWorldReport's Scores

  • Games
For 1,780 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
Score distribution:
1,780 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Frankly, I haven't seen a more impressive Wii shooter. Old and new fans alike will find much to love, and I encourage everyone here to give it a shot.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A really great Kirby game that looks great, plays well and sounds nice, but is far too short for its own good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from the camera issue and length, MadWorld is superb. Everything from the visual style and the sound to the ultra-violent gameplay and visceral controls are wonderful. It has its flaws, but MadWorld is riddled with unadulterated fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies is a fantastic handheld game, and well suited to the Nintendo DS. Unfortunately, superior versions of the game are available for much cheaper on almost every other platform, making the DS version a hard sell.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pop Island: Paperfield is great value at 200 points, especially for those who own the original. It is easy to make the assumption that it is a bite-sized edition of the first game, but it is more akin to an expansion pack, throwing new stages and vehicles into the mix.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The conclusion left me wanting more and the experience was as smooth as silk. It was addictive, fun, and strikes the perfect balance between an arcade and puzzle game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a marvelous little game which everyone should play, but with the caveat that it ends abruptly and will have you passionately craving more when it’s done.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Scribblenauts is ultimately very similar to the first game. If you loved it, you'll likely get a lot out of this level pack.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are no bugs and glitches, the controls are tight, and save for a few annoying spots, the levels dazzle in their ingenious design.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    May not have as much universal appeal as a typical Mario platformer, but the puzzle-heavy gameplay is engaging and addictive in its own way. There are a ton of levels, and the level design is interesting enough to maintain your interest for a long while.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless, if you hold nostalgia for Sonic the Hedgehog, this 3DS version is excellent, as it is a stellar enhanced port of a fun game, game design rough edges and all. We can all hold out hope for Sega to bring the far superior Sonic 2 to the 3D Classics line in the future, but for now, the speedster’s debut is fine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I'd recommend these versions to new Pokémon fans when they come out locally, due to all the in-game help. When it comes down to it though, I'd rather have a new, more inventive game than a remake. [JPN Import]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extremely well-designed game that is perfect for kids. Unfortunately for parents, this game is wonderful and addictive, meaning that most kids who get their hands on this will crave more characters to collect them all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Capcom is known for milking its franchises, Trials and Tribulations is not a mindless sequel. You'll cheer. You'll boo. You might even yell, "Objection!" The first entry is still the best, at least in English, but the final Phoenix Wright game definitely surpasses the second.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the graphics and interface have been jazzed up to be more pleasing to the eye and to reflect the ease of use that Ruby and Sapphire have, the basic story and premise of the games is the same as it was nine years ago. [JPN Import]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact of the matter is that the NHL Hitz series was fun to play from day one, and just because there are four more players on the ice for NHL Hitz Pro doesn't change that one bit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rage of the Gladiator tries to be a Punch-Out!!-esque game, but it doesn't quite live up to the promise. Still, it's an entertaining game with solid production values that manages to wind its way down the road of quality despite some superfluous controls, rigid skill trees, and extra-long battles.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only one of the best X-Men games ever produced, it also brings the characters into a strong action-RPG structure that fits the team perfectly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It finally seems that Midway has put together an effective formula that manages to reinvigorate the franchise while retaining enough of its classic flavor to satisfy those who stuck with it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Gripes aside, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a fantastic platforming game with plenty of new ideas and a great style to call its own. The game also features beautiful graphics which are reminiscent of the technical qualities of Rare's "Star Fox Adventures."
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Dragon Quest IV is so steeped in retro gaming culture that it's bound to be polarizing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Teslagrad may have been a long time coming on Wii U, but it was worth the wait.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yes, it's as excellent as ever, but it doesn't strive to eclipse its predecessor. The poorly paced plot and lack of freshness leads me to believe the original may be better. Black 2 is fully worth a purchase, but beating the game only left me wanting more, and not in a good way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All you need to know is that it is a great action platformer that introduces awesome new ideas while oozing with style, personality, and fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Spyro fans (I know you're out there) shouldn't hesitate to pick the game up. Additionally, the game would be good for younger action-gamers, as the easy mode is well thought out; enemies have less endurance and punch, and even fewer techniques.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So if you've never played MSF, this is definitely the way to do so. For people who've already bought the game on 3DS, it's a judgment call. I certainly don't have buyer's remorse thanks to the new content, but you will basically have to play through that of the 3DS game again to get to it. But with those pretty new graphics, who's complaining?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A quite uncommon (if not flawless) coupling of remarkable depth with relative accessibility, although it will not take players by the hand through all of its intricacies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, the game’s best feature is how well it respects the player’s time. With some minor options tweaks, even boss battles can be lightning fast. Growing your characters and working out new strategies with Grimoire Stones is incredibly rewarding.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I was lucky enough to review the game while my in-laws, who are not gamers, were visiting. We played every night, and they loved it. Nintendo is trying to reach the non-gamer audience, and Wii Sports Resort is just the prescription.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mutant Mudds is a top-tier eShop title, and deserves to be played by any fan of 2D platformers. Outside of the 3D effects, it doesn't do anything too radical, but it doesn't have to. Renegade Kid's first 2D platformer is a sweet, sincere effort that will remind you of the great platformers of the early '90s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is first-class work with a compelling storyline and an active card-battle system that stays fresh throughout the life of the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you have the people and equipment to play it, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles is a great adventure that has no trouble standing out from the crowd of GameCube RPGs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stick it to the Man! is the perfect game to sit down and relax with, to the point that it sometimes feels more like an interactive cartoon than an actual video game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are annoyances here and there, but Kirby: Triple Deluxe is still a strong entry in the Kirby franchise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yes, it's as excellent as ever, but it doesn't strive to eclipse its predecessor. The poorly paced plot and lack of freshness leads me to believe the original may be better. Black 2 is fully worth a purchase, but beating the game only left me wanting more, and not in a good way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a subtle progression of moves, an excellent sense of empowerment when you defeat a tough area, and a solid learning curve, Red Steel 2 manages to keep up the pace throughout its 10-hour adventure.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For owners of the first game, this $20 upgrade is worth it because you get a good amount of new content in addition to all the refinements found in Wii Fit Plus. For those who skipped the original Wii Fit, the Wii Fit Plus bundle is an excellent deal since you get the Balance Board and all the activities from Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some hardware limitations and online issues keep it from being the ideal experience many fans crave, but the plethora of control methods along with the enjoyable gameplay and captivating story make it a game that people must try at least once.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those of you with social lives, grab this game, take it (and your GameCube, if necessary) to your next party. It'll be a hit and people will love you for it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With no way for Skylanders veterans to dive into the Wii U version without buying the Starter Kit, the best bet may be to stick with whatever system you've been using and wait until the next year's version to consider jumping to Wii U. Skylanders Giants is excellent, and the Wii U version is a fine port, but until the near-field communication technology on the GamePad is used in the game, this version is unfortunately hampered.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Boy and His Blob looks and plays great, and at forty stages it doesn't wear out its welcome. The main game is just long enough to be satisfying, but there's enough bonus content that you'll be coming back to unlock extra stages and concept art. It's truly meant for all ages and is a must-own title for the Wii.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bit.Trip Beat is one of the best WiiWare titles available, featuring simple, fun, and addictive gameplay. Gamers interested in unique and original games should definitely download this title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The addition of multiple mini-games and more hidden secrets throughout the levels certainly makes up for it not being an exact port.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those with an interest in either strategy games or RPGs, but not sold on the other, Conquest is the perfect introduction to both.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although the original Trauma Center is a fantastic game, I wouldn't say it's for everyone, due to the extreme difficulty. Second Opinion fixes that issue while providing options to make the game even harder for veteran players.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    World War II buffs will certainly enjoy this game, but if you're looking for a great GameCube shooter, you'll probably want to look elsewhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are a lot of things I hate about the Spider-Man 2 game. The movie-based missions are horrible, the graphical quality is wildly inconsistent, and the game is infested with bugs and glitches. Yet the game's primary strengths are enough to make it enjoyable in spite of its shortcomings.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While my review may seem overly positive, the game's small number of flaws are incredibly frustrating at times. That said, if you feel you can look past a few missed opportunities and a flawed but fun combat system, I can't see why you wouldn't enjoy The Last Story. Just don't expect it to be as genre defining as previous Sakaguchi titles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole, Undercover is the most polished LEGO game I’ve ever played. The humor, while often hokey, works alongside the gameplay in a manner that makes the game charming for its long campaign. LEGO City Undercover isn’t the game to save the Wii U from its recent dearth of games, but it is still a solid, fun romp for anyone who has an affinity for LEGO games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a fun and unique puzzle game can't go wrong with BOXLIFE; however, the game does become overwhelmingly difficult as players reach the game's toughest levels.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Geometry Wars: Galaxies will appeal to fans of arcade-style gameplay. It keeps its action simple, but intense.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Wii Fit is a great supplement to your existing exercise routine, but I don’t think it will ever replace a gym membership and proper eating. However, it does provide at least one very unique experience: the improvement and awareness of your center of balance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bit.Trip Core is another solid entry in the Bit.Trip series, but it maintains most of the issues of its predecessor (long levels, difficulty, busy visuals). If you loved Bit.Trip Beat, getting this is a no-brainer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles My Life as a King is a deep and engrossing title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It seems obvious, now, that this game is for the hardcore Need for Speed fan. If you love the series, get it; it's a marked improvement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its all charm, highly polished design, and uncharacteristic longevity, Kirby's newest adventure should appeal to anyone who isn't afraid of the cuteness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m not sure how much I can recommend this HD remake for people who already got their Revelations fill on the 3DS, but if you haven’t played it before, Wii U is the way to go.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's a bummer that the quirks of Crashmo didn't make a return, no one really loses when Pushmo World is so wonderfully crafted, with awesome puzzles and excellent new twists.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NBA Jam is a very faithful revival of a long-lost favorite.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Other M doesn't get good until you slog through the over-baked story; if you can handle that, you'll be in for a real treat of a game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Much of Devil Survivor 2 is a close replication of a handful of solid concepts. Losing time in its fundamentals and the sheer amount of subsequent content-a package structured across dozens of hours-is as easy as it is rewarding, but enjoyment of that concept will likely vary depending on how long and how many times you've traveled that road.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are prepared to deal with many annoyances but seek an original and mostly enjoyable play experience, you'll be well served by Scribblenauts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite the good presentation and fun aspects of the game, the underlying poor design dirties up the game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite my difficulties connecting to people online, Dead or Alive Dimensions is an excellent and entertaining game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even the moments of relative calm are intense.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tetrobot and Co. is an adorable puzzle game for the Wii U eShop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nintendo fans have a right to be excited about any main-series Final Fantasy game coming to their systems, but this excellent two-pack is simply irresistible, a must-have for any handheld RPG fan.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even a modest step forward, such as adding more frames of animation to the character portraits, would have made the game feel fresher and more vibrant. As it is, Under the Knife 2 comes across as a cynical cash-in, a mission pack so lazy that it doesn't even have new missions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As everything Tri was and more, Ultimate in its portable form is a must-have, at least for Monster Hunter fans. Being able to bring the game’s immersive world with you where ever you go is a truly incredible experience.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    The game has virtually limitless replayability thanks to the free paint mode, which is accessible right from the start of the game. All in all, this is an excellent piece of software.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tappingo 2 should not be missed by 3DS puzzle game fans, especially those who like Picross. This is an excellent choice for those looking for something to add a little variety to their 3DS library.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With a wonderful Create-a-Superstar mode, a good Story Mode, solid gameplay, and most of the other features found in recent wrestling games, WWE Day of Reckoning should be judged favorably with all other WWE games.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s addictive and elegant in its simplicity, and the geometric world is bizarrely engaging.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is one beautifully crafted game and an extremely well put together crossover.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It retains about the series' penchant for easy and accessible gameplay wrapped in a retro package. Its simplicity and lack of additional modes could harm long-term enjoyment, but BIT.TRIP VOID is brimming with creative ingenuity that shouldn't be missed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monster Tale is a fantastic action game stinted by pedestrian exploration. Fortunately, consistently engaging combat and pet evolution systems temper the game's overreliance on backtracking, and its pleasant visuals and soundtrack suit the game well.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whimsical Mario remixes fill the background as you work and play. New downloadable puzzles and challenges offer continuing content to extend the title, giving you something to come back to when the main game is eventually over.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With top-notch graphics and sound that believably invoke the Metroid series, not to mention some really cool pinball innovations that incorporate many trademark features of the series, this game really does feel like a seamless, if unlikely, merging between classic arcade pinball and the creepy-cool Metroid Prime series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Regardless of length, the game provides for a satisfying experience while it lasts, with puzzles neither seeming too hard or too easy. Fans of puzzle games in general, and particularly those in the vein of Capcom's Zack & Wiki, won't regret picking this one up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    People new to the franchise will appreciate the efforts taken to acclimate them to the mythology and mechanics of Wayard, but the lack of nostalgia might diminish the title's overall appeal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While The Screaming Narwhal is merely an introduction, and provides no clear conclusion, it's still a fun adventure that fans of the series will enjoy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Zen Pinball 3D is a polished experience that will please pinball and video game fans alike. Despite its conservative take on pinball, as compared to games like Devil's Crush, it still offers an enjoyable experience that is worth any 3DS owner's time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Little Inferno is terrific the way it is, and doesn't need to conform just to fit inside a box. In the end, it's enough to just snuggle up around the fire and keep it well fed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The end result is a slower-moving game with plenty to see and do.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Mini Ninjas may not blow down any doors, but it is unique and very well executed. It's also fun, with appealing visuals and interesting environments designed for exploration. In some places, the game may fall a little bit short, but don't let that fool you. In the end, it's all Ninja, and not to be underestimated.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A pleasant experience that can become frighteningly addictive. There’s nothing quite like the joy of seeing your hen lay a golden egg after months of pampering, and a hundred other little events are similarly fulfilling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The rush you get from tearing through endless enemies and escaping impossible situations is what ultimately matters, and you will get it in the DS version.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Siege of Spinner Cay will tide you over, but it won't blow you away.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another excellent side-scroller with a special focus on variety.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The improvements made in de Blob 2 make it a much stronger game than the first, but likely won't be enough to convince players who were jaded after the first game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Band Hero is clearly aimed at a very specific audience, and for that audience it's a goldmine of content that they'll enjoy. For guys like me, who actually like rock music, I'll stick with something a little more hardcore.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, the faults of Lego Star Wars can be forgiven just to play as a Lego General Grievious swinging four lightsabers, or as Yoda bouncing around, or as Chewbacca.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails is quite an engaging game, but you need to learn it to fully understand it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Partially wasted license aside, Spider-Man 3 is a fluid, fun, refined handheld game that clearly benefits from being the developer's fourth Spidey game on the system in less than three years.