Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 9, 2013
    Visual niggles aside, Nano Assault EX takes everything that went well with the retail release, adds more features and puts it up for easier access at more than half the price.
  2. Mar 13, 2013
    There's still room for improvement, but it's a must-have for those looking for a shooter on 3DS, even if they've played the Wii U version.
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    Nano Assault EX basically offers up exactly what you'd expect from an eShop upgrade release — better controls, more options, and a brand new mode.
  4. Mar 17, 2013
    Nano Assault EX is a showcase of the hardware of the 3DS, of the 3D effect, and of the talent of Shin'en. But it's also a great shoot'em up, with many diverse sections, adrenalinic and strategic, in which the difficulty ramps up very nicely.
  5. 85
    Gorgeous visuals coupled with a stunning use of stereoscopic depth make for one of the most graphically stunning packages on the Nintendo 3DS. Luckily, it’s a lot of fun to play, too.
  6. Jun 10, 2013
    If you want an entertaining shooter that really take advantage of the unique 3DS capabilities, then Nano Assault EX is the way to go.
  7. Mar 13, 2013
    Despite its shortcomings with the lack of a second stick, Nano Assault EX is an incredibly pleasant surprise, as it melds the nail-biting appeal of an action shooter title with the delights of exploring a beautifully realised cellular world.
  8. Apr 21, 2013
    Nano Assault EX turns out to be an enjoyable and challenging game for the genre of shooters of two and three dimensions.
  9. Apr 21, 2013
    Fast and frenetic, Nano Assault Ex is a game that will test your reflexes in a series of short bursts perfect for that bus ride home.
  10. Apr 3, 2013
    It looks good and delivers short-term fun – but controls and dynamics need improvement.
  11. Mar 23, 2013
    Not too challenging, not too long, with some gameplay flaws and not very original, but all in all Nano Assault EX can entertain who is looking for a quick, easy pick-up shooter. Circle Pad Pro is supported and recommended.
  12. May 9, 2013
    Too flat to truly recommend. [June 2013, p.79]
  13. Better than the Wii U version... It's beautiful and slightly boring. [May 2013, p.86]
  14. Mar 18, 2013
    Nano Assault arrives in Europe in this Ex no the e-Shop, sold at a competitive price. And is the quality/price ratio, rather than the new addictions, to save the Shin'en title.
  15. Mar 14, 2013
    Nano Assault EX is a solid upgrade over the original game, but the shortcomings remain unaddressed. That said, it's still very much a decent experience filled with enjoyable moments, and if you're intent on playing Nano Assault, you should get the eShop version.
  16. Mar 13, 2013
    Some serious 3D eye candy and an interesting concept are spoiled by a pretty shallow gameplay in this Nintendo 3DS re-release.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    I never played the retail version of this game but now I wish I had. This is an excellent experience that I wasn't quite expecting. This one ups the retail version in a few ways. Graphics have been slightly enhanced. We also now have cpp support which I would've like to have used but I own the XL version. Without it it still works fine but I can see at time where a second analog would greatly benefit the controls. Add in a survival mode along with online leader boards and that makes this the definitive version. The Star Fox style levels are where the shooting controls aren't quite as good but that's only 25% of the game. If you have the cpp don't even hesitate and dl. All this for only 14.99 is well worth the download. Full Review »
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    It's one of those games you want to tell everybody to give a try.It goes from exploring a cell with a sense of "Mario Galaxy style" to find the DNA parts and kill all of those nasty microbes, to fly around and shoot a lot of bugs coming to you in the classic shooting style. And the 3D effect is just fantastic (except for a few bugs). Full Review »
  3. Nov 5, 2013
    tons of content and 3d is amazing. there are 32 levels and tons of extra content like an arcade challenge mode and a boss mode. you can also us play coins to unlock songs and encyclopedia entries. this game is awesome and worth the $15. I got it on sale for $7 which is more than 50% off the original price. if you want it but it's too expensive just wait for it to go on sale. Full Review »