• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Dec 12, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
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  1. AceGamez
    While "Twilight Princess" has been collectively anointed the Wii's top killer-app by virtually the entire gaming community, I would wholeheartedly disagree and offer up Elebits as my choice for the best overall Wii game to date.
  2. A solid title that uses the Wiimote and Nunchuk controls extremely well. If you're not in it for the offline 4 player multiplayer, which isnt all that great, or the level building then this is probably a rental. Though, if you want to get perfect rankings on all the levels youll likely want to make it a purchase. [JPN Import]
  3. Anyone, of any age, can pick up the Wii remote and zap a few cute little beasts. To make a long story short, for all those looking for a rich gameplay experience on their Wii, Elebits might be for you.
  4. An above average game, mainly due to its new and interesting game mechanics, and the ability to create huge messes is a lot of fun. However, where it shines in the fun factor, it is quite dim when it comes to graphics and sound.
  5. 85
    It may not be the most attractive game on the planet, the voice acting may bring back memories of "Barry? Where's Barry?" and the physics may be far from perfect, but the game is incredibly fun, with tons of extras and thousands upon thousands of Elebits to retrieve — and I was determined to push sleep off a little longer just so I could nab 'em.
  6. Elebits makes wonderful use of Wiiconnect24 and the Wii remote, something all third party companies (heck, even Nintendo) should keep in mind in the coming months.
  7. While it isn’t the best launch game on the system, it definitely does a good job of showing off what the Wii is about – using a unique control scheme to make a game that couldn’t really be made elsewhere.
  8. Elebits is fun because it tries something new. Tossing things around in the air and demolishing bedrooms and kitchens is more fun than it ought to be, and the controls in the game are usually spot-on.
  9. 83
    If you're looking for a visual stunner, Elebits is not for you. But if you just want a really fun outing that's every bit as original as it is engaging, I think Elebits is your game. This title is destined for sleeper status.
  10. It’s not a particularly attractive game and there are some gameplay quirks to work around, but it’s easy to forget the issues when you’re making a total mess of things, tossing objects from one side of the room to the other and letting gravity take its course.
  11. If you own a Wii and want something that not only uses the controller to its fullest and provides a unique since of humor and game play, then Elebits should be in your Wii library. A great first wave title indeed.
  12. Inspired, intuitive and a real giggle. [Mar 2007, p.42]
  13. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    The sort of unique, simple and fun game the Wii needs and does so well. But frustrating hitches and sub-standard graphics tarnish what could have been a classic. [Apr 2007, p.72]
  14. After a 15-20 minute learning curve anyone of any age will feel right at home navigating the numerous screens and manipulating objects and collecting hundreds of Elebits.
  15. Elebits is original, addicting, easy to pick-up and play, and comes highly recommended. However, because of its relatively short length, a rental might be in order to decide if the extra features are worth the money.
  16. Games Master UK
    Like nothing we've played before. Fun, addictive but what you see is what you get. [JPN Import; Mar 2007, p.68]
  17. 80
    The game can be annoying at times--opening doors is almost always a hassle, for example--and the limited time you have to find the Elebits makes things a little hairier than necessary but this is still one of the more original and fun titles available for the Wii.
  18. Elebits is wonderful in its execution of an original idea. But like most original ideas in the gaming world, it is not free of repetition.
  19. 80
    One of the better games released for the Wii so far, Elebits provides a healthy challenge and plenty of interactivity combined with solid control. It is definitely worth a look.
  20. What could have been a lame attempt at making Wii Katamari turns out to be a whole lot of fun. It's pseudo-plagaraism of the King of Cosmos holds this back from getting a better score.
  21. 80
    The game has a certain charm that will please fans of just about any genre, not to mention add some much needed diversity to the currently shallow Wii lineup.
  22. Even in a time swamped with deadlines and tons of new releases (see: Holiday season), we couldn’t get enough Elebits.
  23. 80
    What could have been little more than an extended tech demo has actually turned out to be one of the finest Wii games to date and certainly the most novel and interactive.
  24. Elebits takes full advantage of the Wii control scheme and runs with it, distancing itself from the collection of rushed ports available at launch. It's not a particularly long game, but it is addictive and fun.
  25. It's not an essential purchase, but certainly one that makes more inventive use of the hardware than some other Wii launch titles.
  26. As a simplistic hybrid of a shooter and hide-and-go-seek, Elebits works best as a demonstration for what the Wii's motion sensing technology is capable of--though it's not a half bad game, either.
  27. Nintendo Power
    If making a mess without cleaning it up appeals to you, plug in Elebits. [Feb. 2007, p.94]
  28. The most annoying part of the game is opening doors, which takes an awkward twist, good positioning and the ability to move fast before the things close again. But generally, it's a good romp through a very simple adventure and a terrific demonstration of the Wii remote's abilities for all ages.
  29. If you were a fan of the Katamari or Pikmin titles, then you will enjoy the innovative gameplay that is offered with Elebits.
  30. Cuteness and destruction? For now, that'll have to be enough.
  31. The game is a showcase of everything Nintendo hopes for its new console: the novel simplicity of the Wiimote, deceptively simple gameplay that's easy for non-gamers to learn yet a challenge for gaming veterans to master.
  32. The tactile sensation of pointing at a popcorn cart and flinging it into the stratosphere is interesting and fun, but simple movement and navigation will occasinally be a needlessly frustrating obstacle. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  33. Repetition and control issues aside, Elebits still manages to entertain in a very primal way. There's something so visceral about completely demolishing an entire house and then not having to clean it up.
  34. Edge Magazine
    Despite the charm, and despite the sophistication, there’s no disguising that Elebits is a slightly thin idea. Although the locations get grander and the destruction more alluring, there’s little evolution in the task at hand. [Feb 2007, p.76]
  35. Elebits is a great idea for a game, but the weak level design and somewhat boring gameplay brings it down. But for young kids, it may prove to be a hit.
  36. games(TM)
    It shines brightly for a while but is lacking that extra spark that could have turned it into the cult classic it’s so desperately trying to be. [Mar 2007, p.98]
  37. 70
    There’s just something so appealing about smashing vases against walls and ripping carrots out of the ground. A fun and ingenious design which makes Eledees a winner.
  38. Elebits definitely has its moments, but they are few and far between, often buried between lengthy spurts of tedium.
  39. The game is easy to pick up, but as the levels continue it becomes clear that the frustrations are not going to be eased, and the various modes are just repeating something you've already played.
  40. There's nothing special here. Elebits is a fairly competent FPS tidy-'em-up with a great edit mode, but that's all.
  41. 60
    It's at its best when you can just wreak havoc and tear apart a room, tossing furniture with abandon and scattering objects wildly. But the amount of tedium you'll have to wade through along the way isn't worth it. Frankly, Elebits is a great idea in search of a better game.
  42. 60
    While the cute little Elebits may not pack quite enough power to shine a spotlight on the game, there's at least enough juice to warrant some attention.
  43. 60
    Elebits is fun, but manages to feel more like a technical demonstration than a complete game.
  44. Play Magazine
    Imagine trying to perform neurosurgery with mittens and this should hint at what it's like to put video bread into one of Elebits' toasters. [Jan. 2007, p.70]
  45. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Much like "Katamari Damacy", Elebits is continually taking baby steps toward bigger and better things, only without the personality. [Jan. 2007, p.64]
  46. 50
    During my time with Elebits, I couldn’t help but think in the back of my mind that this game is just a long tech demo and nothing more. And paying full price for what a tech demo is just insane.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2006
#22 Most Shared Wii Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Aug 15, 2013
    Elebits is the game where everything is done right the gameplay, storyline, characters (the voice acting isn't that good for Kai), and bossElebits is the game where everything is done right the gameplay, storyline, characters (the voice acting isn't that good for Kai), and boss battles are all done incredibly well and I don't know any other FPS which doesn't involve any killing. Full Review »
  2. DavidD.
    Jan 16, 2007
    Very fun and original game, but it might not appeal to everyone. If you liked Katamari or Pikmin, you will probably like this game. I would Very fun and original game, but it might not appeal to everyone. If you liked Katamari or Pikmin, you will probably like this game. I would rent it first to see if you would want to buy it though. The only bad thing I can say about this game is the voice acting. Full Review »
  3. Ben
    Jan 8, 2007
    Solid, innovative gameplay mixed with gorgeous settings makes this a fun, addictive game. My wife and I are completely hooked. The level Solid, innovative gameplay mixed with gorgeous settings makes this a fun, addictive game. My wife and I are completely hooked. The level editting and sharing feature guarantees huge replay factor directly parallel online play in most FPS games. Full Review »