• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
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  1. 83
    Even though the game feels dated (and looks it too), Rygar: The Battle of Argus is extremely fun. Being a virgin to the series the ease of play and amount of enjoyment truly surprised me. This is the type of game that anyone can pick up and play and have a good time.
  2. The Battle of Argus feels like a bit of a missed opportunity here. While the controls work well, and the music is still amazing, nothing has been done to address concerns that popped up six years ago when the original game was released. Newcomers are definitely getting a great game that they may have missed on the PS2.
  3. Nintendo Power
    Worth at least a rental. [Holiday 2008, p.77]
  4. Rygar is an admirable revamp of a once classic NES game, it is still a port of a six year old title though and it shows; however it's still worthy of attention if you missed it the first time around and are looking for a reasonably competent adventure game.
  5. 67
    For Wii owners looking for a traditional action game in the vein of Castlevania or God of War, right now, this is still one of your best bets.
  6. Rygar feels every bit as old as you'd expect from a six-year-old game, but it still has some really fun moments.
  7. 61
    What may have been impressive in 2002 feels pretty dated today. This is an unnecessary port that doesn't add enough new content to warrant strapping your disk armor back on.
  8. AceGamez
    The Battle of Argus is reasonably entertaining in short doses, but there's nothing revolutionary or truly engaging to keep you coming back for more - it's just a competent port of an old PS2 game whose mechanics and design are really showing their age.
  9. 60
    Whilst it's good to see a decent forgotten game given a second chance in the modern day market, it is a shame that the original flaws weren't ironed out for this revision.
  10. The main saving grace for Rygar: The Battle of Argus is that it’s one of the easier Wii action games to play. Unfortunately, it suffers from a total lack of originality for those who are familiar with the 3D action game genre.
  11. You might have some fond memories of this series, but I suggest you avoid eye contact with this game the next time you're at the store. [Feb 2009, p.86]
  12. It’s playable and even fun; more so when you don’t have any way to compare it to the original. Even so, there are better Wii games out there so use some discretion with this one.
  13. Nintendo Gamer
    Hardly epic and in no way legendary, but this contains mild thrills - if you can come to terms with how outdated it all is. [Aug 2009, p.71]
  14. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Rygar may have been decent six years ago, but with no updates it's now dated and shoddy. [July 2009, p.86]
  15. Newcomers may enjoy this remake, but everyone else should stick with the superior (and inexpensive) PS2 version.
  16. Rygar: The Battle of Argus is sub-standard in every area, and while it has its moments, most are filled with boredom or outright frustration. The PS2 version is readily available for a few dollars, and the meager additions to this Wii iteration provide little incentive to pick it up.
  17. With its baffling design choices and shoddy controls, Rygar: The Battle of Argus fails to deliver as much fun and satisfaction as the original game.
  18. Enemies almost always react faster than your character, he turns as if he’s in a particularly unwieldy chariot. Jumping is a chore, thanks to the awkward mapping of the function to the nunchuk’s Z button.
  19. Low budget, low effort port of what is otherwise one of the PS2's more unfairly forgotten action games.
  20. Rygar: The Battle of Argus is totally not a good game: some of the good ideas linked to the potential of WiiMote are ruined by an old game structure that frustrates the player a lot during the game and there's no point in graphics that are under the today's Wii average.
  21. Why buy the new one when the older, better version is still available at a reduced price? We know you have a PS2.
  22. t is not just bad, it is bad in an incredibly Wii-specific, low-effort sort of way you just don’t see on other consoles.
  23. Rygar: The Battle of Argus should have been a challenging and thrilling Wii experience, if only more care and attention was put into the final package.
  24. Even if you remember the PS2 game with fondness, don't buy this one; your rose-tinted glasses will smash and you'll be left picking the splinters from your eyeballs as tears of blood roll down your cheeks. Also it's not worth £29.99.
  25. GamePro
    I can't in good faith recommend Rygar: The Battle of Argus--both fans of the original and newcomers should avoid it. [Feb 2009, p.77]
  26. A shameless cash-in and should be avoided.
  27. 20
    Nothing short of a total disaster.

Awards & Rankings

#38 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AdamKrasneski
    Feb 5, 2009
    *I have never played the original so i will not give it a rating based on a comparisong between the 2 like some reviewers have.* This game is*I have never played the original so i will not give it a rating based on a comparisong between the 2 like some reviewers have.* This game is truly a tragedy. There are loads of great ideas and promising content, but nothing can save it from its almost totally nonsensical dialogue and lack of a cohesive plot. The most story you get out of this game (that makes sense) is obtained through scrolls that display story text. There are really only 4 good points to this game. 1. The diskarmor is one of the most unique main weapons you'll ever use in an adventure game, and the fact you get three different diskarmors that all have very different styles and abilities is what keeps this game at a 5. 2. is the music, which has some questionable moments, but for the most part is done very tastefully and well timed. 3. is the boss battles and level design towards the end of the game. If only the first 5 hours played like the last 2 this game would have been a couple points higher in my book. Lastly is the updated character design. Like i said i didn't play the original version but i have seen both characters, and i must say, anime hair aside, the updated color scheme of the outfit, and even hair, is much more satisfying and charismatic.
    The only thing else i would like to add is that i have seen 1 cinematic cutscene from the original version and it automatically gives it one point higher than this version. This wii version only had one cinematic cut scene and it was very out of nowhere. A very disappointing experience for a game i was hoping would revive the franchise.
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