Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 38 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 38
  2. Negative: 21 out of 38
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  1. Guru players posting how-to videos on YouTube might not get a lot of it, but those craving a fighter that doesn't require slavish dedication will find Tournament of Legends to be a very welcome offering, and one that comes at a budget price, to boot.
  2. Tournament of Legends isn't the prettiest Wii game, nor is it the most deep and engaging. What it is, however, is a good little fighter that makes good use of the console's interface and truly brings back the feeling of playing a fighting game in the nineties.
  3. Tournament of Legends doesn't break the mould for fighters but it's always refreshing to play something different as opposed to traditional fighters.
  4. Nintendo Power
    Tournament of Legends won't immediately appeal to Soulcalibur crowd--the controls won't come naturally, but once you learn the ropes(or lack thereof, given that matches don't take place in a ring)you'll find a challenging, well-balanced game that can be a whole lot of fun with friends. [Aug 2010, p.90]
  5. 70
    Tournament of Legends is a good game, but there are a few niggles in the default controls, and it hasn't exactly got much depth to it.
  6. Like The Conduit, Tournament of Legends feels like a wasted opportunity: the graphics are pretty good and the controls are ok, but the game itself is a mediocre no-brainer beat'em up, which also lacks an adequate amount of content.
  7. Tournament of Legends has a lot of good ideas but it falters a bit in execution.
  8. Tournament of Legends disappoints in many aspects and we wonders at this point if it was really needed an environment change from the original ideas in Gladiator A.D. . The only 10 fighters in the game are the classic stereotypical heroes already seen a thousand times in other fighting games.
  9. This is a decent budget-minded fighting title, but it's not exactly one where you'll get much playtime.
  10. Nintendo Gamer
    Hardly an epic tournament, but if you've exhausted Smash Bros or Punch-Out!! you could do worse than try this. [Aug 2010, p.62]
  11. Jan 7, 2011
    Tournament Of Legends isn't a awful game. Despite imperfection and lacks, the title is enough enjoyable. Fans of fighting games will undoubtedly spend time with it, but don't expect to play it for months, or not to suffer the excessive flatness of the combat system.
  12. You can't help but feel that the game is constantly trying to do too many things at once.
  13. 60
    Tournament of Legends was much better than I had initially anticipated, but I am a sucker for generic fighting games with off-the-wall characters. If they had kept it Mature rated like it was initially supposed to be, and added fatalities, it would have been this generation's War Gods.
  14. 50
    It doesn't matter whether you play this one with motion controls or the Classic Controller: Tournament of Legends is not a good fighting game.
  15. Ultimately, everything in ToL can be learned and mastered in a matter of hours, which is perfect because that's about the maximum amount of time it can be fun for.
  16. For a game that began life as a gritty and realistic gladiatorial combat game, I was sad to discover that the process of watering down the content to a more family-friendly level has also diluted the entertainment potential of this title, especially since so many fighting games do wonders with a Teen rating and similarly outrageous characters.
  17. Despite its promise of being a visually-detailed fighting game that uses all of Wii's assets to the fullest, Tournament of Legends can best be described as a painfully average title.
  18. Tournament of Legends is definitely a different type of fighter with a unique mythological spin, but different isn't better in this case. This paltry package is best left to fade into the mists of time.
  19. These legendary fighters may look the part, but unresponsive controls are the first thing you'll notice.
  20. 42
    But sadly, the strength of the game's characters doesn't lead to a positive, or memorable, gaming experience.
  21. The new best worst game ever. Briefly entertaining in a terrible B movie sort of way, but once that wears off this is just insulting.
  22. 40
    ToL wins a consolation point since there aren't many 3D fighters on the Wii, and it is accessible to play. Everything else is a disappointment stacked on more disappointments.
  23. It was supposed to be something special, but in the end, the latest work by High Voltage Studios's nothing more than a failed 1vs1 under the shadow of some cool fighters. Nice mechanics, but the rest isn't as special as we'd wanted in the beginning.
  24. To put it as simply as possible, this is one terrible fighting game.
  25. Aged characters, aged gameplay and aged graphics. And we feel at least 15 years older after playing it, too.
  26. Despite its promising concept, Tournament of Legends can be easily defined as one of the worst fighting games on Wii. The lack of an online multiplayer mode and the awful gameplay will in fact force any gamer to move on to something more challenging and, most of all, fun.
  27. Games Master UK
    Any potential for campy fun disperses upon pressing the power button. [Oct 2010, p.86]
  28. 35
    Not only is this a poor fighting game by Wii standards, this is a massively wasted chance to create something unique and worthwhile. Your money would be better spent in the local arcade.
  29. games(TM)
    It's hard not to wonder just what exactly High Voltage Software is trying to prove. [Issue#99, p.114]
  30. The only redeeming quality is the echo of ambition that can be faintly heard in the ruins of execution.
  31. A reminder of the 1990's fighting scene. Unfortunately Tournament of Legends is more chump than champ.
  32. 30
    A shallow SoulCalibur imitation.
  33. Tournament of Legends is a mess of glitches, incompetent gameplay, and unfulfilled ideas. It is an insult to fighting fans and an embarrassment to the icons of classic mythology, although I suppose it deserves credit as the first fighting game that can be won in the middle of a full-on seizure.
  34. Incompetent, outdated and hopelessly misconceived - but other than that a great fighter for the Wii.
  35. Edge Magazine
    ToL's only saving graces are the hammy acting and daft moves. [Sept 2010, p.102]
  36. The bargain price may tempt you to give the game a try but trust me, it's no different than the shuckster me-too fighting games of 15 years ago only this time you'll be losing a lot more than just a quarter.
  37. Tournament of Legends feels slack, slow and is very ugly, if not ridiculous with its outdated engine and horrible design, giving to the whole game a rather hideous aspect.
  38. If the game had continued to be developed as Gladiator A.D. it might not have sold but at least that seemed like a project the developers could have been proud of. This game absolutely reeks of a rushed development cycle after the change in tone in pursuit of sales.

Awards & Rankings

#50 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Aug 20, 2010
    Not a bad game. Really good graphics, nice sound design and good gameplay. The main problem is that this game does not have enough content:Not a bad game. Really good graphics, nice sound design and good gameplay. The main problem is that this game does not have enough content: few characters, few game modes and no online option. A good choice if you can find it for less than 30 dollars. Full Review »
  2. Mar 15, 2011
    Game receives a bum rap for not being Soul Caliber caliber. GRAPHICS: Good by any standard, fantastic for the Wii- 9/10. ADVENTURE: The story,Game receives a bum rap for not being Soul Caliber caliber. GRAPHICS: Good by any standard, fantastic for the Wii- 9/10. ADVENTURE: The story, dialogue, and characters all fall into the so-bad-it-is-good category. The real time events/mini-games vary from why-don't-all-games-have-this (monster attacks) to the-developers-must-hate-us (armor repairs). Very limited character selection (8 to start, some play the same)- 5/10. MECHANICS: Mostly intuitive. Without any manual or tutorial we managed to get the slightly sluggish controls down quickly- 7/10. EXTRAS: Considering the cluster-#@^$ that was the development of this game the finished product offers two big rays of sunshine; 1. a solid rental/bargain bin purchase and 2. a good 'rough draft' for a future release that incorporates MotionPlus, more content, and maybe a better Sega license (Eternal Champions anyone?)- 6/10. Full Review »
  3. Mar 12, 2021
    I really liked this game and I had a lot of fun with it. It is pretty short but it was interesting enough to keep me playing it for many months.