Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The experience of the first LostWinds has been left unaffected, with a perfect balance between gameplay, graphics and sound. The sequel is even better: it may lack the original sense of wonder, but anyway it delivers a fun and rewarding experience, as it requires both mental effort and a good eye to pad coordination. This with a technical compartment which stands tall, due to the magnificent design and a enchanting melodies. Frontier has delivered another gem, the best WiiWare title and one of the better for the Wii.
  2. 93
    The first LostWinds is probably one of the most attractive and interesting games of the Wii (not only WiiWare), and Winter of Melodias completely surpasses it.
  3. 91
    With satisfyingly challenging puzzles expertly woven between engaging platforming and a thoroughly charming narrative, Winter of the Melodias represents an essential purchase. It's not simply the best WiiWare title on the market, but one of the best Wii games full stop.
  4. LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is definitely a top-tier WiiWare title. It manages to correct most of the flaws with the first game and is an amazing example of why WiiWare is a good idea.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    An excellent and original platform adventure. The logical puzzle-elements are interesting and they work very well. [Dec 2009]
  6. It's a tightly designed adventure, in other words, and although I'm not willing to mention Winter of the Melodias and its season-switching intricacies in same breath as Link to the Past, Frontier's game certainly makes a decent My First Metroid, bringing the environment and Toku's powers together in a series of clever set-pieces while the map grows ever busier as his agility increases.
  7. The biggest complaints about the original LostWinds were that it was too easy and therefore didn’t take long to complete. Thankfully, both of these issues have been addressed - the difficulty has been upped slightly and the game is quite a bit longer, taking about four hours to complete in its entirety.
  8. A beautiful game, and, at times, surprisingly emotional.
  9. Winter of the Melodias is the best WiiWare title so far. With an outstanding graphic environment and an improved gameplay mechanic, there's nothing much to say other than to recommend the game if you're a Wii / WiiWare user.
  10. With its ingeniously implemented seasonal puzzles, graceful platforming segments and immersive environment, LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias has successfully triumphed over the faults its predecessor, elevating it to a near-masterpiece.
  11. Frontier Development has once again managed to demonstrate WiiWare's incredible potential. LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is in fact an excellent game, capable of building on its predecessor strengths while solving many of its issues. A must buy for any Wii owner out there.
  12. 90
    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is one of the best downloadable games you will play this year. The sheer amount of detail and care poured into this title secretes from every flick of the Wii remote. The motion controls are better than most every other game on the system and the art directions is absolutely jaw-dropping at times. I cannot recommend this title enough to anyone who enjoys a solid platformer.
  13. Winter of the Melodias continues right where the solid original left off, but adds tons of new puzzles that are there thanks to new moves and abilities (like changing the season) and a bigger world. A lovely snack that’s secretly a lot more fun than most ‘full’ games.
  14. The game is simply an absolute joy, and while I would have liked a few more boss battles here and there to lengthen the entire thing out, I can hardly complain about anything else.
  15. 90
    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is simply a marvel to play through, with Frontier taking the high quality of the original outing and building upon that strong foundation considerably.
  16. A brilliant sequel that improves on the original in every conceivable department. Essential.
  17. The gorgeous visuals and music, along with the finely tuned motion controls and cheap price point make Winter of the Melodias a guaranteed purchase that is anything but a load of hot air.
  18. Winter of the Melodias is an excellent sequel of the first LostWinds on Wiiware. A charming adventure with original puzzles and new character abilities with a funny gameplay mechanics. The game give us a great chances transforming the world between summer and winter. One of the best games for WiiWare and for Wii.
  19. 89
    Melodias is an excellent sequel to one of WiiWare's must-have games. The controls remain as intuitive and engaging as ever. Indeed, the new cyclone power only adds to the great arsenal of wind powers at Toku's disposal.
  20. Clocking in at roughly five hours, it's a fairly short experience. That being said, $10 is a small price to pay for the magic bottled up in this adventure.
  21. 88
    Do you enjoy a good-looking game with simple controls and plenty of challenge? Then try LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, especially if part one captured your heart. Frontier is building on the formula and manage to get an exquisite result. I can't wait for part three and perhaps a full disc-based adventure.
  22. Winter of the Melodias is better and more complete than the first LostWinds, even more unique and poetic; fortunately it's still short, as every haiku should be.
  23. We finished the sequence in the same place where we finished the original: wanting more.
  24. Even if you are one to scoff at how quickly LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias might last you, it's definitely one of the best games you can get for 1,000 Wii Points (US $10) on Wiiware.
  25. The only weakness is the imprecision implicit to the Wii Remote. The action is forgiving, but after a while having to repeatedly gesture to summon the proper wind power sorta blows.
  26. Another perfectly crafted adventure that puts to shame most other retail games at five times its price.
  27. LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias vastly improves upon its predecessor with clever puzzles and vibrant graphics.
  28. 80
    Even with its flaws, this is an excellent title. A lovely game with charisma to spare, Winter of the Melodias shows off WiiWare's true potential.
  29. Edge Magazine
    The perfect candidate for the 100th WiiWare game, LostWinds is on the verge of outgrowing the service it almost single-handedly redeems. [Dec 2009, p.101]
  30. games(TM)
    Niggles aside, LostWinds is still relevant, and remains a genuine threat to the Wii's stagnating physical releases. [Christmas 2009, p.129]
  31. It's an ideal sequel that should satisfy your hunger for more of the same, and a genuinely charming game in its own right.
  32. LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is a great “in-between games” game. It is undoubtedly one of the best titles I’ve played for WiiWare and can hold it’s own against offerings on other consoles. The gameplay and story are a little more succinct than I’d like, but I suppose that’s the aim of downloadable games.
  33. It’s a more enjoyable and slightly more challenging game than the first, and it’s perfectly suited to the system and to the typical Wii demographic.

Awards & Rankings

#95 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#93 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 100
  2. Negative: 65 out of 100
  1. Sep 2, 2010
    This is easily one of the best WiiWare games available. It is completely fresh and original and the controls are so ingenious. The game isThis is easily one of the best WiiWare games available. It is completely fresh and original and the controls are so ingenious. The game is clever from start to finish and the puzzles are balanced perfectly between difficulty and fun. The game is of reasonable length for a WiiWare game too. Graphics are very clean and beautiful to look at. Full Review »
  2. Justin
    Oct 14, 2009
    One of the best downloadable games on any service, not just WiiWare. Great controls, graphics, and gameplay. This game is fantastic and One of the best downloadable games on any service, not just WiiWare. Great controls, graphics, and gameplay. This game is fantastic and should be bought by anyone who owns a Wii. Download it ASAP, because you won't regret it! Full Review »
  3. TechnoHippy
    Oct 10, 2009
    A great game that somehow manages to exceed the quality of the first one.