Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Mar 23, 2012
    Colourful and entertaining minigames with retro feeling.
  2. Jul 16, 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.
  3. Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  4. Mar 28, 2012
    Bit.Trip Saga may be lacking in frills, but it certainly isn't short on thrills. Granted, there are occasional problems with the 3DS controls, while the lack of extras compared to the Wii release is a little disappointing, but overall Bit.Trip Saga is an entertaining collection of games well suited to the small screens of the Nintendo 3DS.
  5. Mar 26, 2012
    Bit.Trip's carefully poised fusion of old-school difficulty and retro-futuristic aesthetics won't be to everyone's taste, but anyone with an interest in distilled arcade design owes it to themselves to at least have a go.
  6. Sep 20, 2011
    Sadly, Saga is slightly gimped when measured up to its Wii counterpart, Bit.Trip Complete. Aside from sometimes-wonky controls (gyroscopic movement for your paddle in Beat or Flux are inexplicably absent, for one), 3DS owners have been bafflingly shafted on the extras Complete offers Wii users, though the bonus of 3D effects here isn't a terrible compromise. Minor gripes aside, this is still a must-own 3DS title.
  7. 80
    Except for a few slow downs with the 3D effects on, this is just what portable gaming is all about. Snack sized fun with great music that just as easy to pick up as it is to put it down. Bit.Trip Saga is must have in all Nintendo 3DS collections.
  8. Sep 30, 2011
    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.
  9. Sep 22, 2011
    Bit.Trip Saga is an engrossing compilation of six inventive games bound together by vibrant visuals and dynamic soundtracks.
  10. Sep 21, 2011
    Bit.Trip Saga, the 3DS set, is certainly disappointing in that it's more of a bare bones grouping of the titles as opposed to the Wii compilation.
  11. Sep 23, 2011
    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.
  12. Sep 23, 2011
    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.
  13. Apr 18, 2012
    Only 6 mini-games in this compilation but if you like Pong and old school experiences, you will be excited to meet the very famous CommanderVideo.
  14. Mar 14, 2012
    It's not quite as fully-featured as its Wii equivalent but this is still an excellent compilation of some of the best indie games of this generation.
  15. Apr 11, 2012
    Bit.Trip Saga it's not a title on the same, high level of Bit.Trip Complete. Nonetheless, its lack of content can be partially redeemed by the good use of the 3D graphics and the perfect fit in the mobile context.
  16. Nintendo Gamer
    Feb 26, 2012
    Punishing yet utterly charming. [Feb 2012, p.98]
  17. Sep 16, 2011
    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 much better with a little more polish.
  18. Nintendo Power
    Sep 1, 2011
    Now, with the addition of 3D visuals, the games in handheld compilation Bit.Trip Saga are crazier than ever. [Sept 2011, p.82]
  19. 75
    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.
  20. A generally fantastic series of games let down by some very shoddy ports.
  21. Sep 22, 2011
    Bit.Trip Saga is a game you could crawl into and live inside of comfortably for a good few weeks.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Nov 16, 2011
    I've been putting off this review for quite some time and for good reason. My significant other purchased, played and clobbered the originalI've been putting off this review for quite some time and for good reason. My significant other purchased, played and clobbered the original bit.trip games for the Wii console, and I was looking forward to getting my hands on them as well in the portable format I so greatly prefer. I've actually grown attached to the soundtrack in its entirety, being a fan of some hardcore electronica, glitchcore, and 8-bit symphonic. I don't think I've ever been quite so let down in my life by anything. I've since even played through the originals in the console, and to call them significantly better is somewhat of an understatement. FATE is completely unplayable, since I'm left handed, and no effort to give those like me any chance at it was made whatsoever. Worse yet, it's by far one of my favorites of the series. RUNNER has a similar unplayability. A tiny amount of lag changes much of the timings, and said lag only gets worse as one plays. Even turning off and leaving off the 3D functionality entirely doesn't end it, prevent it or even limit it much. If you want to play the bit.trip series, stick with the Wii version, and pass this up. Just like I said of Sega and the Sonic Classics collection, I say deservedly for bit.trip saga on the 3DS: If you're going to do it, do it right, or just don't do it. Full Review »
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    The Bit.Trip series has always been a shining example of a great indie game, and being able to play any of the bit.trip games portably on aThe Bit.Trip series has always been a shining example of a great indie game, and being able to play any of the bit.trip games portably on a Nintendo DS is a pretty awesome thing. Bit.Trip Saga gives you all of the great bit.trip games in one place, and then puts some pretty impressive 3d through it as well. The games all run smoothly, and the 3ds controls work great - especially those changed to use the touch screen. The 3d is subtle - about as noticeable as in the 3d classics games, but still great quality. The Games are all fantastic, but this compilation suffers from a lack of extras. Bit.Trip complete on the wii contains bonus levels for all the games, and comes bundled with the soundtrack, as well as containing video extras, but this collection is simply the games. Overall, a great game. Full Review »
  3. Dec 8, 2012
    The wonderful joy of 6 bit trip games... from home to home... And now you can play all six bit trip games on a hand-held device, without theThe wonderful joy of 6 bit trip games... from home to home... And now you can play all six bit trip games on a hand-held device, without the need of a cable. And with a downloadable version of Bit Trip Saga which got released on December 20 for only $15, it will be a deal price with five games all together. Rather then that, the game starts with Commander Video, the protagonist. Some of these games will become your favorite. Others won't be... mostly Bit Trip Void is people's least favorite.(Void is my favorite game) As you go through the adventure of Commander Video, you will either cry or laugh(depends if you love him or not) at a certain point... It's a sad part... But this game is worth it, for a low price. This game is a fun and interesting game, but if you want more stuff like art and challenges, you should get the Wii version, called 'Bit Trip Complete.' Full Review »