Bit.Trip Complete Preview

The Bit.Trip series will be available in one bundle, with new challenges and unlockables.

If you are devoted to your Nintendo Wii and scour the Wii Shop Channel on a regular basis, you have likely stumbled across the charming yet challenging Bit.Trip series. Some games are also available on Steam and the iPhone, but Bit.Trip Complete for the Wii will include all six WiiWare games: Bit.Trip Beat, Bit.Trip Core, Bit.Trip Void, Bit.Trip Runner, Bit.Trip Fate, and Bit.Trip Flux, with some new additions. The Nintendo 3DS version is coming out as Bit.Trip Saga and will make use of the 3D technology, but it won't have any of the additional features that will come with its Wii counterpart.

Each Bit.Trip game features a new mechanic, but at their core, they're all rhythm games. Whether you're moving a paddle, jumping, firing, or constantly dodging, it's the simple visuals and the head-bobbing chiptune melodies that are going to keep you hooked. It makes sense, considering that the creator and founder of Gaijin Games, Alex Neuse, is a huge Atari 2600 fan. Amid all the 8-bit-style graphics and colorful visuals, there is a simple story being told about Commander Video. To learn more about the story, be sure to watch the interview with Alex Neuse above.

Bit.Trip Complete adds 20 new challenges to each game, giving hardcore players a reason to revisit and ace each level. They're tough, and you have to perfect each challenge to move on to the next. Four challenges are unlocked initially, and the rest is up to you. Online leaderboards have been added now, so you can see how you're ranked against all the other players out there. For those who were intimidated by the "normal" difficulty of the original games, easy mode has been included, and hard mode has been added for veterans. Concept art, a video gallery, fan remixes, and letters from Alex himself are just some of the content that you can unlock as you progress through the game.

If you think you've got the rhythm and quick reflexes to survive, look for Bit.Trip Complete and Bit.Trip Saga when they arrive on the Wii and 3DS respectively on September 13. Music fans should note that Bit.Trip Complete will come with a limited-edition soundtrack sampler that includes 18 tracks of in-game music. Listen to Sound Byte Radio for the tunes as well as other video game music, and to view our reviews of the previous Bit.Trip games, please go here.

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23 comments
LoyalNintendo
LoyalNintendo

I love the BIT.Trip series, but the flux one just really is a pain to finish i wonder if Nintendo will overprice it for a 50 like they have previously

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ Shadowmax889 That's what I hope for.It's just a matter of which to grab first....

waZelda
waZelda

Time to extend my Bit Trip gaming beyond having used the running dude as a character in Super Meat Boy.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Ok I'm definitely getting both.But which one first? Awesome 3D in your face pixel action?Or the super featured Bit.Trip Complete? Arg so hard.

Crisis_Eye
Crisis_Eye

This is incredible. I only have Bit Trip Runner, and a demo of a few others, but his interview made me want to see the storyline behind each one. Plus unlockable content!

Number_1_Gamer
Number_1_Gamer

I have the first three games downloaded. The first is great. The third is pretty good. The second I didn't like at all. Haven't played the 4th through 6th games yet.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Never played it, although I have played Super Meat Boy in which you unlock Commander video as a playable character. If Bit Trip is similar or at least has some gameplay elements like in SMB I might consider buying it on the 3DS since I don't have a Wii.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I may have to get both over time.I'd love to see those crazy levels in 3D and have Bit.Trip on the go,but I'd also love all those extra features on WiiWare.

rushiosan
rushiosan

It's not a bad game (or bad series) at all. The games are just hard anough to keep most casual players away from them. I felt really frustrated after playing 5 of 6 titles - the FATE entry was the most enjoyable so far. I appreciate the original feeling of this saga, but I definitely won't buy the bundle. It's not for me. I like rewarding games with balanced difficulty, specially platformings, those that you don't have to fail thousand times just to learn how to pass the stage. Intuitive gaming is far more enjoyable than "trial and error" experience in my opinion.

SomeOddGuy
SomeOddGuy

@flashn00b- Only owning BIT.TRIP Beat on Steam is only a sixth of the entire adventure since playing one doesn't necessarily mean you've played the others with how different the mechanics are for each game. And with the amount of new challenges they said to have provided for each title, I believe that this more than justifies a repurchase. Even from anyone that's purchased all six games on Wiiware this would still validate a purchase, just for how many new features are available, especially online leaderboards. But yeah, I own three different versions of Beat and two different versions of Runner. I'm definitely going to try and make it five and four versions respectively for those titles, hoping to pick up both Complete and Saga.

flashn00b
flashn00b

Will there be enough new stuff to justify buying it again despite owning the original Steam version?

Cholster
Cholster

Wanting this soooo much. :D Any word on retail price yet?

jecht_35
jecht_35

I don't know which to get I like the idea of it being portable and these games look like the ideal portable game for the 3DS. Then on the other hand the extra features on the Wii version are amazing. Oh the choices eh September is a long way's away I'll let my future self make the choice then.

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

Complete obviously is better because it has more features, but Saga is neater because t's portable, and this seems like the kind of game I'd want to play on the go.

videun
videun

bit.trip demos are on the the WII on that shopping channel.

Rod90
Rod90

Holy ****!! I will get one of these, don't know which one, but I'll get one.