Code of Princess 3DS

  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
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  1. Oct 11, 2012
    The gurus at Atlas have once again graced us with a fantastic piece of gaming art. If you own a 3DS, then you owe it to yourself to try this great game.
  2. Oct 18, 2012
    This is the rare kind of game that seamlessly blends classic brawler gameplay with RPG elements while still managing to remain simple and fun, and is one of the most appealing games we've seen on the 3DS so far.
  3. Oct 9, 2012
    I think Code of Princess will go on to be one of those cult-classic games that gamers will bring up in their 'must-play games' list for the 3DS, just like Guardian Heroes. It's really that good. That 'spiritual successor' label? Totally worthy. This is a beautifully crafted side-scrolling beat-'em-up that has no equal on the 3DS, and the love that went into the localization makes it that much better.
  4. Oct 17, 2012
    Truly a holistic success. This is a game that feels like a love letter to fans that enjoy beat-em-ups, RPGs and anime. It's a courtship of elements that create a single piece of work that is both familiar and imaginative.
  5. Apr 21, 2013
    With a simple gameplay but that leaves us always wanting play more, an appealing visual look, and modes that guarantee entertainment for many hours, this is certainly another great game for the Nintendo 3DS's catalog.
  6. Oct 25, 2012
    It's got a couple of nagging issues, but Code of Princess has a fun story, a bevy of characters, and a lot of heart.
  7. 80
    Code of Princess is an exceptional game, and despite its repetitiousness.
  8. Oct 11, 2012
    With a myriad of options, characters, levels, and level-ups to be experienced, it's hard to argue against Code of Princess if you're a fan of beat 'em ups.
  9. Apr 2, 2013
    A really interesting new addition for the Nintendo 3DS eShop game library. An extremely engaging beat´em up experience despite its issues.
  10. Mar 25, 2013
    The Agatsuma Entertainment game will manage to meet the large audience of players who love Japan and the madness that awaited an action title to break a little pace of their hours of play between a JRPG and the other.
  11. Nov 25, 2012
    Overall, Code of Princess is quite good if you're a fan of brawlers.
  12. Oct 12, 2012
    There's a hefty number of characters and stages to check out, lots of optional side content, and the addition of individualized move sets, special abilities, full stat customization, and more which make for a fun and rewarding throwback to old school beat 'em up fun.
  13. Oct 10, 2012
    Code of Princess surprised me with its combat depth, offering a challenge for those with enough patience to see it through. As a handheld title, the short missions and easy-to-remember controls suit the 3DS well. In the greater scheme of things, however, Code of Princess' difficultly spike is overwhelming if your tolerance doesn't extend to repeated content and frustrating bosses.
  14. Nintendo Power
    Oct 3, 2012
    Ultimately, Code of Princess isn't as good as its spiritual predecessor, but it nontheless offers an enjoyable, content-rich, and often genuinely funny action experience. [Oct 2012, p.86]
  15. Dec 18, 2013
    Code of Princess plays like an old school game, but as a package manages to feel fresh due to its witty script, complete with sharp voice acting.
  16. Apr 5, 2013
    It brings many great ideas, but not all of them are successfully applied. Anyway, it's entertaining and addictive, and will have you playing for a long time if you like the genre.
  17. Apr 5, 2013
    While solid as a brawler in the tradition of Guardian Heroes with added roleplaying elements Code of Princess shines when it comes to the absurd, funny and sometimes plain silly characters and story.
  18. Apr 3, 2013
    Code of Princess is a good beat 'em up that focuses all his attention towards the Campaign mode. The lack of an intriguing storyline and some multiplayer problems make this buy an interesting one but only for die-hards of the genre.
  19. Apr 2, 2013
    Code of Princess is a good brawler game which resembles the iconic Guardian Heroes from Treasure. The combat system is both easy and interesting and grants enough fun to entertain any kind of player. Few issues with the multiplayer modes ruin the experience, but the final result is still good enough.
  20. Nov 3, 2012
    Code of Princess is a fun and funny fantasy brawler that's unfortunately hampered by technical issues.
  21. Oct 24, 2012
    Code of Princess provides an excellent means of satisfying the reptile-brain impulses within me, and like many other games in this genre it will be there whenever I need a sudden adrenaline boost. That makes it a difficult game to recommend for anyone without a reptilian brain that sometimes demands relief, but it satisfies the urge to concuss everything in sight splendidly.
  22. Oct 19, 2012
    Code of Princess is a fun and frantic action adventure for the 3DS, one that often provides plenty of excitement-but which, at other times, feels limited either in design or by the hardware it calls home.
  23. Oct 12, 2012
    Code of Princess is still a solid game for the 3DS. Its marriage of role-playing and fighting elements with the traditional beat-'em-up framework adds a satisfying layer of depth to the genre, and the ability to play co-operatively or competitively with your friends helps stave off some of the repetition of its missions. It may not be the biggest release of the year, but that doesn't mean it's any less worthy of your attention.
  24. Oct 18, 2012
    Beyond the winning localization and expert voice acting, though, playing through this adventure just felt lacking – its various unique ideas and innovations never came together to create a real sense of fun.
  25. Mar 18, 2013
    There's some playability at the core of the game for those who enjoy mindless, droll beat 'em ups, so Code of Princess isn't the worst game out there for the 3DS, but for $40 you can do a lot better.
  26. Apr 9, 2013
    On the surface this game seems to have it all. Good graphics, a nice soundtrack and awesome gameplay. On the other hand the framerate is not constant and the game offers no deep storyline. Still it is a nice game to play in between of the big titles.
  27. Apr 8, 2013
    Code of Princess is flawed by annoying technical and gameplay issues that don't really live up to the Guardian Heroes legacy everyone was hoping for.
  28. Apr 24, 2013
    This could have been good, but the visual chaos on-screen is really a shame.
  29. Apr 16, 2013
    Code of Princess looks and sounds brill, but the shallow nature of its hack 'n' slash action lets it down greatly.
  30. Apr 16, 2013
    It's a tribute act: one that initially delights through recognition, but ultimately feels hollow and counterfeit.
  31. Dec 21, 2012
    As a spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes this somehow manages to copy all of the flaws and leave out half of the positives, but it's still a fun beat 'em-up all the same.
  32. Oct 30, 2012
    Its presentation is good, but its shallow gameplay is boring. Apparently, even the dev team knew that, as they decided to cover up the mess with fake RPG elements.
  33. Oct 17, 2012
    A high-quality localization and a wealth of content, however, can't make up for a gameplay experience that quickly grows stale.
  34. Like Lady Zozo, its heart is in the right place, but its arms and legs are on backwards and inside out. Too monotonous to be entertaining.
  35. Games Master UK
    May 9, 2013
    A royal pain in the ass. [June 2013, p.83]
  36. Oct 25, 2012
    If you're dying to play something on you 3DS you could do worse than Code of Princess, but you could do a lot better too. It's a decent diversion with a fair amount of content, but at $40 and with so many cool and promising games coming out for the system in the near future, I have to recommend that you hold on to your money until then.
  37. 44
    The game was just that painfully disappointing. It's its own fault, though. It was touted by its team as a spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes, one of the best Saturn games of all time and a great side-scrolling beat 'em up in any context. The comparison, though, only holds up at the shallowest level of the surface, falling apart as soon as one scratches that away.
  38. Dec 19, 2012
    The JRPG genre is ripe with overused characters and plot points worth joking about, but the game's lazy mish-mash of half-assembled ideas rarely made me laugh. Code of Princess wants to be a clever parody, but it never rises above the level of shameful mockery.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Oct 9, 2012
    Like JRPGs but wish they were more action oriented. Well then Code of Princess is up your alley. Great looking graphics, arcade style actionLike JRPGs but wish they were more action oriented. Well then Code of Princess is up your alley. Great looking graphics, arcade style action and goofy plot lines make for a whimsical and fun game experience. The characters are well designed but and kinda fan-service but the game play and tone more then make-up for it. The 3d has a diorama effect giving a toy-like appearance to the experience, which was a plus for me. I can't wait to unlock all the characters. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2012
    This is probably one of the best 3DS games I've played in a long time. Story mode is pretty awesome and the dialog is quite well written andThis is probably one of the best 3DS games I've played in a long time. Story mode is pretty awesome and the dialog is quite well written and funny. Voice actors are great too! The gameplay can be pretty challenging at times, but you can grind yourself up to the right level when you need to. I also like how you can play as different characters in both story mode and free play. Only issue i have is with the frame rate at times, but it doesn't really take away from the experience for me. A must have for any RPG fan. Full Review »
  3. Oct 10, 2012
    Being named the spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes, Code of Princess is finally here. But does it live up to the hype? Short answer, YES!Being named the spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes, Code of Princess is finally here. But does it live up to the hype? Short answer, YES! COP is a beautiful JRPG beat em up game that has a ton of content, including local/WiFi co-op/vs multiplayer action, and over 50 playable characters. The campaign is broken up in bight sized sections, which is good for on the go gaming. The story is good and once I got the combat mechanics down I was hooked. There are some minor issues with slow-down but nothing that deters from the experience however, I could tell that this game was designed with the original 3DS in mind, not the 3DS XL. Either-way the game is fun and beautiful, never letting up not even at the end. Campaign isn't too long but, with 50+ playable characters and full campaign with up to 4 players Local/WiFi multiplayer and also a 2-4 player VS mode, Code of Princess will keep you busy for a long time. Enjoy and support great games from Japan. Full Review »