Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. A great Wii Ware title, and an excellent follow-up to Beat, and definitely more my cup of tea than the original.
  2. Core is compelling enough keep me playing it for a long time. Beat fans, music game fans, shmup fans, retro fans, fast-paced puzzle game fans, and anyone who's interested in playing a truly one-of-a-kind title should pick up Core post-haste.
  3. On the outside this may look like just another flavor of Bit.Trip Beat, but don’t let that sway you. Even though artist Gaijin used the same colors of paint on their canvas, the result is wonderfully different.
  4. It’s a welcome reprieve from games with highly complex battle systems or overwrought narratives, and takes you on a beautiful, if occasionally frustrating, trip.
  5. Bit.Trip.Core is a prime example of a downloadable game done right. It’s addictive, provides a challenge, and most importantly, it’s cheap.
  6. 85
    Bit.Trip.Core is a fun and challenging game, especially for only 600 Wii Points.
  7. While some of the new has obviously worn off the BIT.TRIP experience and the high level of difficulty will likely turn some gamers off right from the start, it's still difficult to fault BIT.TRIP CORE's unique and engaging gaming experience.
  8. Bit.Trip Core has simple gameplay, challenging difficulty and an endless fight for the biggest scores. Get ready to get addicted.
  9. 80
    It takes you about three seconds to learn how to play it and it takes quite a few mistakes before you hit a game over, but this is a remarkably intense, challenging game.
  10. All in all, with Bit.Trip Core you're getting a good game for a good price that simultaneously looks backward into gaming's brief but storied past and forward to a genre that's finding itself more and more popular.
  11. Bit.Trip Core is another solid entry in the Bit.Trip series, but it maintains most of the issues of its predecessor (long levels, difficulty, busy visuals). If you loved Bit.Trip Beat, getting this is a no-brainer.
  12. The modern and 8-bit worlds collide again as old school arcade gameplay is given a new twist.
  13. One just wishes that the game went on for a bit longer, but for 600 Wii points it does a good job of delivering a solid amount of entertainment for what you might be able to find digging through your couch after you are done bobbing along to the mus
  14. 79
    Bit.Trip Core is an excellent addition to the WiiWare library, and a great addition to the rhythm genre.
  15. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It's not quite as enjoyable as its predecessor but still a quirky, fun game. [Nov 2009, p.102]
  16. 78
    If you were a fan of Bit.Trip: Beat, Core is another awesome package that’ll last you a few good hours for a slim 600 point price.
  17. The psychedelic sequel to Bit.Trip Beat improves upon its predecessor and has an entirely different sort of rhythm shooter action.
  18. Core fits into the series quite well and makes me curious as to what other old arcade game will be tackled in the inevitable third Bit.Trip game.
  19. Very similar to the first game of the series (Bit.Trip Beat), this chapter has nice visuals and a good soundtrack.
  20. Edge Magazine
    A rare bit of vindication for Nintendo's oft-misused service. [Sept 2009, p.101]
  21. If you like rhythm games and want a challenge, then by all means try it. If you're more the casual rhythm guy or gal, stick with the plastic instruments.

Awards & Rankings

#85 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Mar 17, 2011
    I love this game, but it is SO hard! I consider myself a hardcore, oldschool, blah blah blah gamer, but this game just kicks my butt over andI love this game, but it is SO hard! I consider myself a hardcore, oldschool, blah blah blah gamer, but this game just kicks my butt over and over. That said, it's fun, and worth playing, but be sure to have a tolerance for difficult games. Full Review »
  2. ShawnL.
    Sep 9, 2009
    Easily one of the best WiiWare games yet and as good as BEAT was, CORE is even better.
  3. RichM
    Aug 5, 2009
    Great inventive game. Fun game play and awesome music! Would recommend highly.