Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. The dynamic Wii-mote allows you to really become involved with "family business" like never before.
  2. If you've long finished Zelda and Super Paper Mario just didn't hit the spot, appease Mick Jagger by making your next Wii game a black one. Maybe Nintendo will soon follow with the console itself.
  3. You should only be considering the Godfather on Wii if you haven’t played the game before since the new additions don’t drastically change the game. The Wii version does share all of the new content found in the PS3 version so if you are interested in the motion sensitive controls (which you will be once you experience them), this is the version to get.
  4. With a surprisingly large upgrade of the gameplay offerings, including generally good (although too easy/too difficult at times) Wii-centric controls, if you haven’t been “made” in any other version of The Godfather, the Wii version certainly is a perfect way to learn the Corleone “family business” for the Mature-aged gamer.
  5. Although there is little difference in the storyline compared to the early versions of the game, the Wii delivers dynamic controllability and good gameplay (neglecting the problematic artificial intelligence) that organized crime enthusiasts will enjoy.
  6. Overall, the game is a great mobster game that everyone has to try if they liked The Godfather movies.
  7. Out of all the platforms you can now play Godfather on, the Wii comes out on top for its great implementation of controls, new features and refinements. Best of all, The Godfather finally brings some mature content to the Wii, catering to gamers like myself who cringe at the idea of playing one more mini-game of "Super Monkey Ball."
  8. A lengthy and enjoyable GTA clone that is actually improved upon thanks to the great use of the Wii's unique controls.
  9. 80
    A great first step on Wii, as it uses more than 25 gestures, IR aiming, and has a ton of features above the original game in the form of new items, missions, gameplay modes (favors and blackmailing specifically), and RPG elements. More important than any list of numbers and features though, is the fact that The Godfather is just fun to play.
  10. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    The Godfather is the perfect example of how Wii controls can make an average game better. It's a shame it doesn't look better, but this is still highly recommended for action fans. [Apr 2007, p.89]
  11. 80
    We haven't been bowled over by most of the Wii-makes hitting shelves so far, but The Godfather is a definite exception. The controls and extra content more than make up for the fact that the game already looks visually dated.
  12. Even without the flashy visuals, The Godfather: Blackhand Edition represents the best Godfather game yet, thanks to the wealth of new content and improved controls. W'd recommended the game to newcomers as well as Godfather veterans.
  13. While the formula's got its flaws, it turns out motion controls complement The Godfather 's free-wheeling violence and intimidation almost perfectly, making the game world more immersive than before.
  14. While the graphics fit the Wii version a lot better than the 360 or PS3 versions, the controls aren’t really worth the purchase.
  15. 80
    The Godfather: Blackhand Edition is a surprising breath of fresh gaming air. EA shows that third party publishers are certainly capable of "getting" the Wii's motion controls.
  16. Nintendo Power
    If you don't mind sifting through GTA-style filler, Blackhand Edition's The Godfather ties and offer-you-can't-refuse machismo are well worth the play. [June 2007, p.101]
  17. It boasts plenty of game-time, because even when you finish there are always more collectables to go find... in the middle of driving games and, of course, you can always go back and fight people for the heck of it.
  18. 80
    While there isn’t enough in the Wii version to warrant a buy if you’ve played the game before, Blackhand Edition provides a much needed M-rated action game for the system.
  19. If you're a Wii owner and you haven't played The Godfather then by all means pick this game up and see what all the fuss is about, but if you've already fought your way to the top then there's probably not enough new content here to warrant a second play through.
  20. A good port of a pretty good game, which controls very decently with the Wii controller. That’s not quite a glowing recommendation, but this game does deserve some respect.
  21. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition works in a smattering of new content and a brand-new control scheme with good results.
  22. Games Master UK
    One hell of a workout, but it's great fun punching and kicking your way to top dog. [May 2007, p.72]
  23. 76
    It's still got some dodgy AI moments (mafia members running non-stop into walls, anyone?) and occasionally the Wii controls are a little unresponsive, but for 20 plus hours of gameplay, you could certainly spend your money on worse during what seems to be a somewhat worryingly slow period for game releases on Wii.
  24. Extortions, scandals and corruption? For gameplay like this, I’m willing to dump the story and other problems in a trunk and fuhgeddaboutit.
  25. If you can get over the AI and the pop-in of the vehicles (which really aren’t game breakers) you will have an enjoyable time with this game. There is plenty to do and with 30+ missions, the game will keep you busy.
  26. Even if you have already played this game on another console, I would recommend at least renting this game on the Wii to see how the subtle little details can really add a lot of enjoyment to a slightly cliché gaming genre.
  27. A good game with some of the best uses to date for the Wii controllers. There are some graphical issues and some odd control response but not enough to call out a hit on.
  28. 70
    The control scheme is definitely the selling point here (tossing people around never felt more fun). However, for those who already own some incarnation of this series this comes as guarded approval. Ask yourself: How many times do you need to escort the Don to the hospital or take out the Barzini family before it feels too old?
  29. 70
    The controls are an interesting hook. Actually slugging it out with your targets by swinging the Wii Remote and nunchuk is fun, and the shooting elements are handled well by making the pointer aspect of the Remote a "precision targeter," rather than your sole firearms control.
  30. Wii owners who haven’t yet played the game on another console and are hankering for a violent, bloody Grand Theft Auto-style title should pick this one up. But the expanded content doesn’t quite make up for the humdrum visuals and repetitive gameplay.
  31. If you've beaten it on another system, however, pass on the Blackhand Edition. The changes are fun, but they're not enough to justify buying a lackluster game twice.
  32. Nintendo Gamer
    A bit empty in places but worth a go if you enjoys yer killin'. [May 2007, p.42]
  33. The new features add to what was already an enjoyable and entertaining experience, only now you can kick, punch, shoot and strangle your way to the top and feel like you're actually doing it.
  34. Blackhand Edition has a few high points, but it's hard not to think of what a Godfather game could have truly been.
  35. AceGamez
    The motion controls add of the Blackhand Edition are a nice touch that provide the Wii with something exclusive, and they do add extra interaction into the gameplay, once you've got the hang of them.
  36. Generally a decent, well-thought out and enjoyable conversion.
  37. The new weapon wheel makes firefights less stressful, and adding more missions is never a bad thing, but the basic design of the game remains painfully dull. The uneventful stretches of driving, repetition in interrogations, and simplicity of missions has not improved.
  38. The Godfather feels pretty dated but it's still a solid and often entertaining free-roaming action title. The Wii game includes some pretty solid controls that for once haven't been simply tacked on to an existing release.

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#11 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48
  1. May 15, 2016
    This game.. stop, i want say this EDITION, this is very cool game, so sade and soul with wonderful storyline and normal graphics... Mafia forThis game.. stop, i want say this EDITION, this is very cool game, so sade and soul with wonderful storyline and normal graphics... Mafia for Wii. I very happy for playing this game)) Full Review »
  2. GrahamD.
    Jun 30, 2008
    This is a great game that doesn't get the credit it deserves. Even after you beat it, you'll keep coming back for the not stopThis is a great game that doesn't get the credit it deserves. Even after you beat it, you'll keep coming back for the not stop action and intense shoot outs. The controls are flawless and will keep you coming. This is definately one of the best Wii tities Full Review »
  3. DougL
    May 23, 2008
    Great until the end... If I had rated this when i had first started playing this I would have given it a 10, greta use of the motion controls Great until the end... If I had rated this when i had first started playing this I would have given it a 10, greta use of the motion controls great story line excellent graphics as far as the Wii is concerned (if you want Xbox graphics buy an Xbox) and good sound/music. After you take over your first warehouse you are about good enough to finish the game. I do not use free aiming much but it worked when i wanted it to. I would have varied what is required to take over a business as the game goes on some how and there should be more of a penalty for dying. The game is repetitive towards the end, but at least it makes you repeat fun things. I will tell you if you like the GTA-style of game at all you will be hooked the first time you choke someone down or throw them off roof or out of a window. Full Review »