• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Jan 16, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
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  1. Nintendo Power
    Samurai Warriors: Katana is fun, and makes good use of the Wii's motion controls without being tiring. [Jan 2008, p.87]
  2. Games Master UK
    Fun at first but there's not much to it once you've mastered swinging. [Feb 2008, p.82]
  3. The moment Samurai Warriors: Katana is loaded into the Nintendo Wii, it’s clear that this game is going to be attacking all of your senses with a very stylized and stereotypical look of feudal Japan. Playing as a nameless up-and-coming warrior in the mindless battles between different factions of the Japanese aristocracy is enjoyable, even with all of the annoyances that exist in the game.
  4. There is a lot of fun to be had; I put over 30 hours into unlocking most of the game. It's just too bad that it's all solo gaming; the multiplayer aspects of the Wii are totally lost on Katana.
  5. A fun and promising new direction for the series, enough to make me anticipate a more polished, more multiplayer-friendly follow-up.
  6. As creative as the controls are, they can't hide the repetitive grind of the straight-up slaughterfest for which Koei's Warrior titles are known.
  7. Melee attacks in light gun games always suck. It’s too hard to judge the effective distance of your weapon, and much of the fun of melee combat as a concept is tied to the use of space and the tactics involved in controlling the flow of the fight. Unfortunately for Samurai Warriors: Katana, it’s basically a light gun game with melee weapons.
  8. Samurai Warriors Katana is not a bad title by any means. However there are still a handful of issues,and the problem of repetitiveness that really holds the game back.
  9. 60
    Samurai Warriors Katana is not a bad game. Heck, it verges on being decent, but is ruined by a couple of poor design choices.
  10. 58
    There’s some fun to be had here, and there’s no denying that with more attention to detail, pride in the visual presentation, and more focused design the Katana series could evolve into something truly unique on Wii. Knowing that this is most-certainly the first of many games in the series, and taking into account the full $50 price point ($30 is far more realistic, and $20 would be even better) we’ll encourage you to pass on this one, and wait for the inevitable sequel.
  11. The campaigns are repetitive, the action is fairly mindless, and it's not all that rewarding to play. Masochistic players who really enjoy the series may get a mild kick out of this new spin, but everyone else would be better off chalking this one up to ancient history.
  12. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Samurai Warriors will hurt you in ways that you've never been hurt before. [Apr 2008, p.80]
  13. 55
    Overall, the game almost has an experimental feel to it.
  14. 50
    As much as we enjoyed playing Katana, we really can't recommend it to most gamers. While the Wii Remote sword combat is the best we've seen yet, there are other games on the horizon that will likely do it better ("Dragon Quest: Swords" or "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" perhaps?).
  15. If an easily amused player can get over the difficulty and monotony, they’ll find an afternoon’s worth of enjoyment here.
  16. 50
    Unfortunately, any degree of polish was inconsistent at best and it left Katana, a game with a lot of potential, to flounder in mediocrity.
  17. As a budget title, it might be easier to overlook the flaws, but there's not nearly enough polish to justify the full price.
  18. Considering the combat by itself is so inelegant, propping it up with a cardboard narrative and banal set-pieces inflicts upon Samurai Warriors: Katana a far more serious wound than any of the in-game arsenal could manage.
  19. 50
    Good for a laugh, hurts your arms, Ghost Squad is better, Samurai/Dynasty series still haven't convinced me, good god it hurts your arms.
  20. Samurai Warrriors: Katana is a Wii killer. It is the kind of electronic swag, like the abominations coming from Bold Games (Orbs of Doom, Kidz Sports, etc.) that will make fans turn away from the platform. Nintendo needs to get control of third party publishers. They are making the Wii seem like a Fisher Price console.
  21. 45
    Appreciation goes out to Koei for attempting a new direction for the series, but they could have left out the dull repetition. Struggling with the motion controls in the first few stages, being forced to traverse on rails (and when the rails do come off, dealing with awkward movement), and facing wave after wave of repeated enemies just isn't all that fun.
  22. Koei's Sengoku-era-inspired Samurai Warriors franchise hits a new low with this on-rails first-person action game.
  23. Even though Katana shares the same “slaughter everyone” overall goal, the on rails approach combined with the Wiimote/nunchuck control system may turn off previous fans and will do little to attract new ones.
  24. 40
    There is something to be said for Koei going in a slightly different direction with Katana. It shows a willingness to evolve its core franchises beyond the dregs of monotony that they've been stuck in for the better part of the last decade. Now if that willingness to change could just translate into something enjoyable, and not something mind-numbingly tedious like Samurai Warriors: Katana, then we'd really be getting somewhere.
  25. It's sort of enjoyable because swishing a sword and firing a gun and seeing off billions of stupid enemies without having to think about it too much can be fun. Not fun for long, though, and not the kind of fun it's worth spending 30 or 40 quid on.
  26. AceGamez
    Not a good game by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not especially terrible.
  27. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Throw in boring unskippable intros and interstitials in every stage, and congratulations: Katana completely lost my attention. [Feb 2008, p.79]
  28. If you enjoy flailing your arms around aimlessly for hours, then this Wii game is for you.
  29. I don’t want to play this game anymore, and I can unreservedly suggest you don’t play it either. Go swat flies instead – you use the same motions and will achieve more satisfactory results.
  30. 20
    A simple, unpolished action game. The music is comprised of simple, repetitive loops that are just begging for the mute button, the voice acting is absolutely atrocious, the plot of each campaign is held tenuously together by the slimmest of threads, and the most important part of a game, the gameplay, is shallow and unsatisfying.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. DanS
    Feb 15, 2008
    I was excited when I first heard about this, then worried when I saw game stores dropping it's price to $40 just a week after it cameI was excited when I first heard about this, then worried when I saw game stores dropping it's price to $40 just a week after it came out. I'll agree that the graphics are NOT outsatnding and the sound library is weak at best, but the game is just incredibly fun. Having up to 50 enemies on screen to fight with at once is pretty wild. I'd suggest it to any ight gun or Dynasty Warriors fan. If you are like me and enjoy mindless fun, then this is a great game for you. Full Review »
  2. SteveT.
    Feb 4, 2008
    I rented this game and I think it is kind of cool. The controls are a little wonky, but the graphics and gameplay are ok. The fun part is theI rented this game and I think it is kind of cool. The controls are a little wonky, but the graphics and gameplay are ok. The fun part is the Musou attacks where you get to swing your weapon (Wii Remote) wildly. If you have a good sense of imagination this can be pretty entertaining. All in all this is not the greatest game, but it is fun to play if you are willing to get up off your butt and act like a dork for a while. I'd recomend renting it or buying it at a discount when things get slow. Full Review »