Nintendo Force Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 770 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 SteamWorld Heist
Lowest review score: 20 Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 770
770 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If it had been released closer to the franchise's heyday, Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth could have been seen as one of the all-time greats. As it stands, it's a fun stew of mixed influences that often does things by the numbers, but goes harder with its art than it has to. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 75]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The lack of stuff like Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures, the infamous Atari 2600 port and anything related to Ms. or Jr. Pac-Man is noticeable, but the amount of quality stuffed into this collection more than makes up for any absences. Everything plays really well, too. I'm no Pac Pro, but I didn't notice any sort of game-breaking lag in my time with it. Simply put, this is a fantastic collection that's well worth coming down with a case of Pac-Man fever for! [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 74]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mario Strikers: Battle League is best suited for players who'll have the time and inclination to put in enough practice to get good, and who will have similarly dedicated friends to play with and against. Solo players, or those with young kids? Probably safe to give this one a pass if the free demo doesn't click with you. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 71]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you were a video game developer and you happened to have a time machine, and for some reason you decided to use that time machine to travel specifically back to visit me on a Saturday morning around 30 years ago, and then you asked my childhood self what the perfect video game to make would be, I'm pretty sure I would have invented Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge on the spot. This game is the stuff of a young Turtles fan's dreams. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 68]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're just here to knock monster heads around, you'll get bored quickly. $30 is too much to recommend this one, unless you're a really big fan of kaiju action and story, or you want to get really deep into the customization aspect. Without unlockables or much variety in gameplay, the game's initial punch of awesome fades quickly. Still, this game could be just the start of something bigger. If Dawn of the Monsters turns out to be just the dawn of a new series, perhaps its sequels could build more on the foundation of this one's ruined cityscapes. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 27]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of mysteries in any media, The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is absolutely worth your time. Its gameplay is engaging. Its presentation is engrossing. And I hope I've made enough of a case for it here for you to want to try it out! [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 25]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Slipstream may not be perfect, but it was clearly made with a specific vision and a ton of love. There are plenty of other options out there for sure, but if you're really into drifting and retro racers, you may get better mileage here than most. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 24]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Young Souls succeeds when it comes to style, and the world it invites you to explore – both the human world above and the goblins' underworld below – is truly inviting. But for this game, you'd be better served to play on PC, PlayStation or Xbox instead of the Switch. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 23]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If your main problem with most modern beat-'em-ups is that they are too complicated and fancy looking, then you may prefer the straightforward action here, but anyone expecting more than an hour or so of mindless man-bashing in a primitive 3D game engine will walk away disappointed. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 22]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is exactly the kind of game Atari used to make back in its heyday, except considerably more modern. Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of the Atari brand, though, Kombinera is a fantastic little puzzle game. It may occasionally be too difficult for its own good, but if you're into this kind of thing, you're just about guaranteed to have a ball. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 20]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Big props to WayForward for the attempt, but Kunio-tachi no Banka doesn't deserve to be placed on such a high pedestal. All Zero is good for is rounding out your Kunio-kun collection . . . and savoring Megan McDuffee's infectious tunes. [Issue #60 – July/August 2022, p. 19]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I enjoyed my time with Rune Factory 5 and I'm hopeful that its shortcomings will result in an even better entry in the future if we get one. (And hopefully sooner than a decade away, too.) Rune Factory 5 captures what matters most in a farming sim: a charming world and cast, and a cozy experience that will keep you coming back whenever you want to take it easy. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 76]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Traveller's Tales has outdone themselves with this new LEGO Star Wars. Their attention to detail and wide variety of activities, coupled with the expansive environments, makes for a fun-filled return to that galaxy far, far away. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 75]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I came to love every decision these designers made for this somehow-still-just-his-first-time-in-3D Kirby adventure. There is so much to love here, and it's so apparent that the whole package was put together with a remarkable amount of respect for this now 30-year-old series. I encourage every Switch owner to join Kirby on this journey immediately. Go make yourself some memories in the Forgotten Land! [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 73]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Triangle Strategy may take itself a touch too seriously at times, and not all the characters deliver a backstory worth listening to, but its strengths lift it far above its weaknesses. It's not the second coming of Final Fantasy Tactics, but it deserves recognition for what it is: A truly fine turn-based strategy RPG. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 71]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I think it's best to start Sophie 2 knowing exactly what you're getting into. Is it a wholesome, cozy game? Yes. Will its gameplay test your knowledge and skill with complex systems? Also yes. But together, they provide a fun experience that longtime and new Atelier fans will enjoy. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 69]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As it stands at launch, Nintendo Switch Sports is a good game and a fun way to revisit the spirit of the Wii Sports era. But if you're on the fence, wait a few months (or a year) to see if the added-later content adds more value. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 68]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While no review can cover every aspect of a game, overall the first year on Switch is nothing short of a success for The Show. The most realistic baseball sim remains just that, all the while being portable. For any baseball fan, The Show is a must-buy. For any sports fan, The Show is a must-buy. With more content dropping throughout the year (and patches to improve the experience too), there's more than enough bang for your buck. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 65]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pikmin Bloom is a burst of fun that quickly gets marred by paywall greed. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 26]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The differences from the original game put me off a bit initially, but the more I played, the more I grew to like what this sequel does. Luminous Avenger iX 2 may not be the new apeX of 2D action, but it's still worth a look if this kind of game interests you. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 25]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I happened to overhear my sons playing this as a pair while I was in another room, and they were rolling with laughter at how terribly they were failing. A video game that's still fun even when you aren't winning? Programancer can be proud of that! [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 24]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Trying to graft emotions onto avatars with very little expression by simply adding grunts, simple animations or long pauses can be done, but it's a big ask for the viewer. Feel free to discard any plans to play this one and move on. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 23]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, I'm equally delighted and disappointed. Maybe there's a better version of this game available in another world? [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 22]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon may be pretty to look at and enjoyable enough to play, but the snail's pace of its upgrade system flies counter to the appeal of roguelikes. Without more streamlined growth and acquisition, the incentive to dive back in for another run takes a massive hit. Barring a balance update, it'll remain a textbook case of "slow close, yet so far." [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 21]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you love NES games and can handle a LOT of gore (seriously, it's rated M for a reason), Infernax is an unforgettable nostalgic experience. [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 20]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, there may be some call for a bit of complaint here, but not much. The promise of 48 new tracks for $24.99 works out math-wise to just 52 cents per track, and I just can't see how anyone could argue the value of that! [Issue #59 – May/June 2022, p. 19]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Depending on how much you enjoy pushing yourself, the fun of Big Brain Academy may wear thin relatively quickly for solo players, but if you're in a situation where you can play with others locally – like quarantining at home with your spouse and kids for nearly a full two years now – Big Brain Academy is an absolute must-buy. [Issue #58 – March/April 2022, p. 76]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I think The Caligula Effect 2 will provide a fun experience for fans of the first game and JRPG fans in general. But for those new to the genre, you can find better ones on the Switch that may leave you with fewer regrets. [Issue #58 – March/April 2022, p. 75]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Everything about Sonic Colors should work, but like so many 3D Sonic games before it, its ultimate potential remains just out of reach. There's fun to be had, and the high points are incredibly cool, but the shoddy gameplay boils the entire thing down to a surprisingly mediocre experience that's tragically unworthy of what this concept deserves. [Issue #58 – March/April 2022, p. 74]
    • Nintendo Force Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This really does feel like a big step forward for a series that famously plays things safe, and I'm excited to see where the franchise will go next! [Issue #58 – March/April 2022, p. 72]
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