Nintendo Enthusiast's Scores

  • Games
For 769 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 What Remains of Edith Finch
Lowest review score: 15 Jett Tailfin
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 769
769 game reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Miitopia is a wonderful adventure featuring Nintendo's Miis, giving them character and life. Quirky humor, interesting albeit random gameplay, and an amazing character creator give this 3DS masterpiece a new chance on Nintendo Switch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World is a remake tethered to the archaic design of its source material. Updated visuals cannot mask outdated mechanics that just don't fly in this day and age.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sumire is a beautifully told and emotionally resonant story about a young girl struggling to find reasons to be hopeful. A well-paced narrative full of character-driven growth delves deep into themes such as loss and growth, while its watercolor art style and acoustic soundtrack paint a beautiful picture of rural Japanese scenery. A charming world and simple but fun puzzles add variety and are almost enough to forget about issues like frame rate dips. Ultimately, Sumire makes the most of its brief runtime, and it’s a day trip I won’t soon forget.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mundaun comes recommended for fans of adventure and horror with its unique, striking aesthetic and appreciable chunk of optional secrets. A lack of direction or specificity in how to complete some objectives may bore or frustrate other players though.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Earth Defense Force: World Brothers is an incredible, silly, and addictive action game. It makes smart and satisfying changes to the core formula of the series that make it one of the most enjoyable entries in the EDF franchise to date, and it has the potential to be one of the most exciting co-op games you've ever played. It's only downside, though, is incredibly major -- the Nintendo Switch version is plagued with graphical issues that significantly impact the quality and fun factor of an otherwise amazing game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    By today's standards, there's nothing revolutionary about Famicom Detective Club, but that doesn't stop both games from being really solid experiences. Despite a bit of predictability in the plots, both stories were incredibly engaging and nothing short of a complete joy to play through. It's easy to see that Mages really took a lot of pride in crafting a quality remake here, since every little detail shines through. If you're at all curious to see what these games are about, you owe it to yourself to give at least one of them a look.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    By today's standards, there's nothing revolutionary about Famicom Detective Club, but that doesn't stop both games from being really solid experiences. Despite a bit of predictability in the plots, both stories were incredibly engaging and nothing short of a complete joy to play through. It's easy to see that Mages really took a lot of pride in crafting a quality remake here, since every little detail shines through. If you're at all curious to see what these games are about, you owe it to yourself to give at least one of them a look.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Knockout City is a ton of fun, with lots of game modes, amazing visuals and music, tons of customization, and incredible network capabilities. Graphics take a hit on Switch and the controls carry a steep learning curve, but it is a great experience overall.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    SnowRunner on Switch is now the most authentic driving simulator that the hybrid has to offer. It's a feature-for-feature port of an already renowned game and is made all the better thanks to Switch-exclusive portable functionality. While there are some technical limitations, Saber Interactive has managed to cram SnowRunner's foliage-dense open-world maps onto the hybrid with preservation of detail that was unexpected. It's one of the best-looking games on Switch and the largest in terms of sheer content. Anyone who's a fan of driving games is in for a treat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    When you set aside the little performance issues and the lack of some quality-of-life additions, Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster is still an excellent dungeon crawler with tons of demons to experiment with and several different endings for hardcore players to find. The game feels like it’s dragging on sometimes by so heavily emphasizing gameplay over story, but when the gameplay is this solid and with the world renewed in HD, it’s not much of a complaint.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Pokémon Snap goes beyond the scope of the original game to provide an experience that’s both nostalgic and refreshingly modern. On-rails photography journeys are enjoyable thanks to a plethora of secrets, fun items to use, and consistently interesting changes to each level. Modern quality-of-life features minimize any potential frustrations with not understanding how to best plan out your runs, while a slew of side quests, online functionality, and postgame bonuses add some meaningful replayability. Though it remains technically imperfect and may not justify its price tag for all players, New Pokémon Snap is a welcome return for the spin-off series and one that Pokémon fans shouldn’t skip.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a fun, clever little experience that anyone will enjoy. Aside from a moment at the end, the puzzles are smart without being too difficult. The writing is spot-on and well-balanced, and everything can be wrapped up in a single sitting, making it a great title for livestreaming or a long travel day. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is certainly one of the best games I’ve played this year, and I encourage you to check it out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    World Splitter is a great puzzle platformer with a unique gameplay mechanic for solving perplexing challenges. With 60 unique levels to play, the game's difficulty is quite diverse, and it offers the player a ton of replayablity through extra challenges. My only criticism is that the multiplayer mode could have been more realized. If you're a fan of puzzle games, World Splitter is a game for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion has some issues with controls and optimization on Switch, but it's a solid enough Zelda-like with adorable designs and hilarious writing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With enjoyable sim gameplay, an engaging element combat system, and excellent boss fights, Smelter is a game with a lot of good pieces across 12-15 hours of play. Unfortunately, it never becomes more than the whole of its parts. The platforming level design feels a bit unremarkable, and the myriad challenge levels placed intrusively within the main levels ruin the pacing. Still, if you love ActRaiser or Mega Man X, there’s enough to make Smelter worth recommending.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pac-Man 99 is not without its faults, but developer Arika made a wonderful experience that brings the iconic Pac-Man gameplay into modern times with a battle royale that is very tough to put down.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rain on Your Parade is an excellent little game and is well worth anyone’s time. It’s cute, it’s funny, and I’ve not played anything quite like it before. Just about everyone would be able to get some enjoyment out of Rain on Your Parade, and I might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite indie I’ve played thus far this year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Say No! More has extremely vapid gameplay and can be finished in less than two hours, but the art style and sense of humor are so refreshing that the game is still weirdly charming.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Genesis Noir is a brilliant story of love, loss, and cosmic forces that provides an amazing experience despite its flaws and performance issues on Switch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Utterly dreary, glacially paced, constantly fumbling over its own scene transitions, and rife with frivolous and inconsequential decisions, I Saw Black Clouds is everything you shouldn’t do with an FMV game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Rip Them Off is a pretty unique take on the tower defense genre. While there aren't a ton of maps, there's plenty of room to revisit them to try to improve your scores. Further, the later maps are incredibly difficult, so you'll probably be playing them for a while. Thankfully, the game accounts for these factors and provides an effective way to tinker with your setups. If you want a game that's easy to pick up, yet hard to master, Rip Them Off is well worth your time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    MazM: The Phantom of the Opera would have been a wonderful way of experiencing the story of the classic novel, but it is dragged down by a touchscreen interface that does not translate well to controllers and bizarrely does not allow for the use of the Switch's touchscreen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kaze and the Wild Masks is a solid platformer with its transforming character, healthy number of collectibles, and tough-but-fair bosses. However, it takes a little too much inspiration from Donkey Kong Country, the controls are touchy, and the difficulty ramps up too fast. Still, there are enough positives to make the prospect of a sequel enticing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monster Hunter Rise manages to continue the series trend of delivering an excellent action RPG while also offering meaningful rewards and addicting gameplay. The game's new additions such as the Palamute and Wirebugs add more depth to what was an already solid foundation. Kamura Village is downright gorgeous, with the surrounding areas teeming with monsters both new and old. I'm excited to continue to play the game for the foreseeable future, playing online with my friends and completing what seems to be nearly endless content.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're in the mood for a mobile-like puzzle experience, I highly recommend Sokodice. Conceptually, it's easy to pick up, new mechanics are regularly added to increase puzzle variety and difficulty, and it's practically designed to fit perfectly in those little gaps in your day when you only have a few minutes to spare.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch struggles to maintain a resemblance to its previously released counterparts. The visual performance lacks polish and is accompanied by frame rate issues and many other issues, such as visual bugs. While the core gameplay is somewhat intact, it's inhibited by other problems that make the experience subpar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WRC 9 screeches back onto Nintendo Switch with a slightly improved physics model and more content, but the visuals are still lacking and the lack of analog controls make this already tough racer even more challenging.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chained has a gameplay system that's easy to learn, yet hard to master and an interesting story hook to motivate the mechanics. It's a bit too easy and the story ends abruptly, but it's still a terrific puzzler from Studio Digital Caffeine.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    At best, Forward to the Sky is extremely unpolished. At worst, it's unfinished. It's one of the most generic games I've ever played, with almost no redeeming factors to it. I don't quite wish I had the few hours I spent playing this game back, but I can't possibly recommend that anyone play it, especially given the astronomically absurd price.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In Bravely Default II, you either break the battle system with some beautiful strategy, or it breaks you. And that’s the thrill of it. Taking charge of massive customization options to build a party that can uniquely demolish the varied bosses is incredibly satisfying and never gets old. When you couple that stellar action with a phenomenal soundtrack, it becomes possible to forgive the game’s uninspired story and technical hiccups. And while I really wish Square Enix were not struggling so much to tell a great story lately, Bravely Default II is still an utterly addicting RPG and an excellent addition to the Nintendo Switch library.

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