Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    A right port, with an interesting off-screen function and slight improvements in graphics. There isn't anything new in terms of gameplay. Ubisoft has missed the opportunity of taking advantage of the GamePad functionalities, but Assassin's Creed III is still a great videogame for Wii U.
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    The great Assassin's Creed 3 suffers of a strained optimization on Wii U. The "Nintendo version" is the worst version of the Ubisoft's latest masterpiece.
  3. Nov 25, 2012
    The Wii U version of Assassin's Creed III doesn't endanger what has made the game a masterpiece, and adds a few neat tricks of its own. The GamePad's map and horse calling features are useful tools that you'll enjoy, and being able to play it away from the television can't be understated. If you're going to purchase Assassin's Creed III for a console, the Wii U version is the king of the hill.
  4. Dec 4, 2012
    Technically very close to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, Assassin's Creed III on the Wii U takes advantage of some interesting (but is not revolutionary) innovations. The map and the few commands on the GamePad screen are nice, as is the ability to play without TV, on the GamePad itself, but for the rest, the experience is the same and AC3 remains an excellent game.
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    In more ways than one, this fifth installment (of the core console franchise) feels like the definitive Assassin's Creed experience.
  6. Jan 15, 2013
    Almost identical to the Xbox and PS3 versions, but limited GamePad features are disappointing. [Feb 2013, p.75]
  7. Nov 25, 2012
    The Wii U version of the title is practically the same as the other console versions, but unlike Wii U ports that originally came out months ago, it's possible that prospective buyers have still not purchased it. If that's the case, the Wii U version is as fine option as any, but those who have the game have absolutely no reason to buy it again. Still, forgetting its a port, Assassin's Creed III is the best game in the Wii U launch line-up and should be a must-buy for those yet to experience its incredible adventure.
  8. Nov 28, 2012
    The Wii U adds nothing to the experience, but neither does it take away from what is one of the year's most feature-packed and enthralling epics.
  9. Dec 2, 2012
    AC3 on Wii U has the same content as the other versions with several minor enhancements for the GamePad controller. It's a shame that the frame rate is a little lower and all the bugs of the other versions are still there.
  10. Dec 4, 2012
    A good port of the best entry in the series, but Ubisoft could have used the gamepad a bit better.
  11. Dec 1, 2012
    The same experiences we've enjoyed on other consoles, keeping all its strengths and weaknesses. There's little use of the GamePad, but Ubisoft didn't want to force the experience.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 158 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Nov 20, 2012
    Stop judging the "Wii U version", because this is a normal version, like the 360/PS3/PC versions are. Assassin's Creed III is a great game, from the beginning to the end. Great multiplayer and everything else. Just a few problems, like the inconsistent story. For this version, there are many new features in the Wii U Gamepad. Even if you don't like the use of the new controller, you can use the Pro Controller to play classically. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2012
    This game totally rocks. The graphics maybe the same as the 360 and ps3, but with this versions what you see is what you get. On the Wii U, the map and horse calling is on the gamepad. But only on the Wii U can you play the game on the gamepad and not just the t.v.
    Some people may say you can do this on the 360 or ps3, remember the Wii U just came out and its up to the developer how they handle the games.

    This is a must buy on the Wii U
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  3. Nov 21, 2012
    This is the best version of the game to have in my opinion. The game looks a little softer, maybe a tad more blurry, but it is the same exact game on the other consoles. I did have to use a controller instead of the pad after a while. Like most launch games the pad features did not do anything for me. There were a few glitches though and I don't remember the other versions having this much draw in. But this version seemed to run a tad better than the 360 version. I will take the performance instead of a slight graphical upgrade. But why an 8? Simply put the first 2 hours of the game is boring and the game pad ended up just being a gimmick. Full Review »