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Destructoid (Sep 13, 2011)
Comparisons aside, Bit.Trip SAGA stands alone as a visually enhanced, portable repackaging of some of the best games of this generation of consoles. Just like Paris, Bit.Trip SAGA is for lovers.
gamrReview (Sep 21, 2011)
I’ll end this review on a bittersweet note. While the BIT.TRIP series has had an incredible run on the WiiWare service, and now on 3DS, it is sad to see this fantastic series come to an end. With so many great ideas crammed into six tiny downloadable games it would be a dream come true to see it continue on bigger and more powerful systems. That being said, this is a great opportunity to go on one last TRIP and experience these six masterpieces one last time.
Game Shark (Sep 30, 2011)
That said Bit.Trip.Saga makes for a great package of on-the-go games enjoyable in small doses with high score and endurance play as the focus rather than involved narratives or complex layers of mechanics. Arcade game fans will appreciate the challenge level as well as the drama when trying to get out of the black-and-white fail-state “Nether” and back into the game to keep racking in the points. The handheld format suits the Bit.Trip beats well, and although these games are available elsewhere the 3DS package is definitely one of the better and most concise ways to experience them regardless of a couple of omissions.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 23, 2012)
Nu är det bara en väldigt bra samling istället för en perfekt sådan. Fortfarande med en fet jäkla köprekommendation dock. Bit. Trip Saga är inte helt lätt att få tag på, men det är mödan värt och kommer vara ett spel du har lika kul med idag som om 5 år samt att det lär vara en titel som faktiskt får samlarvärde tids nog. Kort sagt en underbar resekamrat och något som varje Nintendo 3DS-ägare med självaktning bör ha i sin samling.
GamePro (US) (Sep 20, 2011)
For a series that's been entirely restricted to life on digital download platforms, it's great to see Bit.Trip get the amount of theoretic exposure usually given to retail releases. This is arguably the way the series was meant to be played -- though you can (and should) certainly critique and enjoy each game on its own design merits, the ability to move through Commander Video's odyssey from would-be birth to death all at once makes for a more cohesive thematic experience, especially lending the synaesthetic homecoming of the series' final entry, Flux, an affective quality. More so even than Rez or Child of Eden, whose (still fascinating) musicality-gameplay relationship feels perhaps a little more incidental, completing Bit.Trip Saga seems to carry more weight; that finality remains a testament to its journey.
IGN (Sep 23, 2011)
The developers really should have included the new content they created for the Wii version of this collection, but luckily it has enough 3DS-specific pros to make up for this exclusion. With addictive gameplay, gorgeous and creative use of 3D, and some amazing new control options, portable gaming enthusiasts have no reason to pass this title up.
GameSpot (Sep 22, 2011)
Though each individual game is distinct, they are all banded together by vibrant visuals that evoke the era of 8-bit gaming. The dynamic soundtracks share a similar retro aesthetic, each changing and evolving along with your gameplay and providing an absorbing and enriching musical experience. Bit.Trip Saga doesn't come with any bells and whistles, but these six games thrive on the new platform. The stylus controls are a notable improvement in Beat and Flux, though headphones are recommended if you want to get the most out of the excellent soundtracks. Bit.Trip Saga deftly brings this diverse and delightful series together on a new platform, giving 3DS owners a great way to experience these unique games.
NintendoWorldReport (Oct 10, 2011)
So is Bit.Trip Saga worth picking up? If you already own the WiiWare titles the answer is probably no. The 3D effect does add to the game, but not so much that most people will feel like rebuying them. However, it does make a solid travel title for the 3DS. If you don’t own these games, as I didn’t prior to now, then yes. Each of the six titles is a charming experience, and while some are better than others the entire suite of games is worth experiencing.
72 (Mar 23, 2012)
Gestern war alles besser? Na ja. Meine Retroseele freut sich zwar über das farbenfrohe Pixelspektakel, spielerisch bleibt sie aber nüchtern. Denn mehr als eine hübsche Sammlung kleiner Minispiele ist hier nicht drin. Für sich genommen sind das immerhin durchdachte Reaktionstests, mit denen selbst hartnäckige Auswendiglerner gefordert werden. Ich hatte meinen Spaß und als Sammlung fühlt sich das Sextett spürbar vollständiger an als die einzelnen Episoden. Wenn nur die Wii-Steuerung in gleich zwei von sechs Bit.Trips nicht so ungenau wäre! Zumal die Minispiele auf dem Handheld ohnehin passender untergebracht sind. Darüber können selbst sinnvolle Dreingaben wie Wii-exklusive Levels und Schwierigkeitsgrade sowie der Soundtrack nur bedingt hinweg trösten.
Cubed3 (Jul 13, 2012)
The mixture of varying styles throughout the entire Bit.Trip Saga package is enough to keep fans of rhythm games content thanks to it proving to be far more than a run-of-the-mill music-based product, instead being a wonderful combination of great tunes and intriguing genre-splicing. Although there are elements that should have been included, as with the Wii version, Bit.Trip Complete, those wanting a portable taste of Gaijin Games’ cult hits should look no further than this 3DS release.
Nintendo Life (Sep 16, 2011)
The argument can be made that maybe Gaijin Games should have included the new challenges found in COMPLETE, and the lack of multiplayer and online leaderboards is a bit disappointing, but the new 3D coat of paint and portability are still solid selling points and ones that help make this collection worth the money for fans of the series. The new control variations offer a fresh spin on the games, and despite looking absolutely amazing on the small screen of the 3DS, the frame rate issues do end up bringing down the overall experience a bit. Ultimately, BIT.TRIP is still one of the best gaming series to come out of this generation, but you can't help but feel that this 3DS compilation could have been better with a little more polish.
65 (Mar 21, 2012)
Bit. Trip Saga regroupe six jeux d'exception qui sauront vous séduire grâce à leur originalité, et leur forte personnalité. Cependant, on peine à comprendre l'intérêt de cette compilation 3DS qui n'apporte strictement rien à la série, si ce n'est un effet 3D guère convaincant. On ne pourra par conséquent que vous conseiller de vous procurer la version Wii, moins chère et bien plus complète.
Wiiloveit (Nov 27, 2011)
There are some aspects to this collection that don't impress me at all. However, there are redeeming qualities that pull the value of this purchase back up, aside from the obvious solidity of the games themselves. Even though I will continue to play SAGA and I do recommend obtaining the game if you can, I honestly feel the developers let myself and other BIT.TRIP fans down in more than a few respects.
Giant Bomb (Sep 23, 2011)
Visual issues aside, Bit.Trip Saga remains a pretty awesome set. Your other option is picking up Bit.Trip Complete, which also collects every game with new challenges. These games would set you back $42 on WiiWare, and it's $39.99 on 3DS. It's not the ultimate sendoff for what may very well be the end of the series, but another chance to put my fingers through the Runner gauntlet is worthwhile.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct 28, 2011)
Op papier zouden de trippy graphics en de 3D voor een unieke ervaring moeten zorgen, maar in praktijk verloopt het jammer genoeg anders. Het 3D-effect doet de avonturen van Commander Video absoluut geen eer aan. Van de combo tussen Pong en Breakout in Beat en Flux, over de knalfestijnen Core en Fate, tot de on-rails platformer Runner en het Ikaruga-achtige Void – geen enkele van de genres heeft baat bij het 3D-effect. Het blijven stuk voor stuk geweldige games maar de 3DS-versie kunnen we je allerminst aanraden. Check echter zeker de Wii- en Steam-versies.