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Feature: BIT.TRIP SAGA vs. BIT.TRIP COMPLETE

Posted by Corbie Dillard

We'll help you decide

When Gaijin Games released its first BIT.TRIP title BIT.TRIP BEAT back in 2009, the game took many players by surprise not only with its unique musical and visual presentation, but also with its extremely addictive gameplay. And as beloved as BEAT would become, the series would only get more interesting as each new release took gamers further along into CommanderVideo's bizarre journey.

Now here we are, two and a half years later and the series of six games is finally complete. But Gaijin Games wasn't satisfied with its collection of WiiWare hits and decided to up the ante a bit with not one, but two new BIT.TRIP retail collections: BIT.TRIP COMPLETE for Wii and BIT.TRIP SAGA for 3DS. Now fans can not only have all six BIT.TRIP games on one Wii disc, but they also have a collection of the titles that they can take with them on the go.

So what exactly do these two new titles have to offer and is there enough new content to make them worth the money, even for gamers who already own the WiiWare originals? And for those of you trying to decide which of the two to get, could there be enough incentive to warrant ponying up for both releases?

Thankfully the guys at Gaijin Games were kind enough to send over preview builds of both titles and allow us the opportunity to take them for a spin recently so we can give you a rundown of what both collections have to offer to help you make up your mind.

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The first question most people are likely to ask about BIT.TRIP COMPLETE is whether or not the game is worth the $40 price tag for those who already own some or all of the WiiWare originals. While the basic games are the same as those available to download, that's where the brand new batch of challenges comes into play.

Not only will you be able to play through all six of these great BIT.TRIP releases on the COMPLETE disc, but you're also getting 20 brand new challenges to tackle as well. And let it be known that these challenges are not for the faint of heart, as they basically pick up where the regular games leave off and only get more difficult as you progress through them. You also have to perfect the challenge from top to bottom in order to successfully complete it, something that will take many tries and a level of profanity that would likely make Chris Rock blush.

To add even more bulk to the package, Gaijin Games has also tossed in a wealth of conceptual artwork, videos, audio tracks and a letter for each game written specifically for the collection by series creator Alex Neuse. You're also getting worldwide online leaderboards so you can shoot for the top score on individual levels from all six games. So there's certainly no shortage of content on the COMPLETE disc and it provides the ultimate BIT.TRIP experience for fans of the series to enjoy.

PROS

  • All six BIT.TRIP games on one disc
  • 120 brand new challenges (20 per game)
  • Unlockable artwork, videos, and music tracks
  • Letters from series director Alex Neuse for each game
  • Bonus 18-song soundtrack included
  • New difficulty settings - Easy, Normal (Original difficulty), and Hard
  • Online leaderboards

CONS

  • Challenges might frustrate less-seasoned players
  • Most new content must be unlocked

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While BIT.TRIP SAGA doesn't come with all of the brand new challenges seen in COMPLETE, there's still a lot to be said for the collection. Not only are you getting all of the BIT.TRIP titles in one package, but you're getting them in a full 3D presentation and can now take them with you wherever you go. And you'll be surprised at just how much the 3D depth adds to the experience: not only does it really bring the games to life, it also makes it much easier on the eyes when it comes to differentiating between what's off in the background and what elements are actually in the field of play.

As if all of this weren't enough to get excited about, several of the game's also offer brand new play control schemes to liven things up a bit. While there are no tilt controls, the touchscreen controls of BIT.TRIP BEAT, BIT.TRIP FLUX, and BIT.TRIP FATE all add a nice new layer of playability to the experience that really does a great job of providing the precision needed for the challenges they offer. Of course if you're really feeling brave, you can also try using the Circle Pad for BEAT and FLUX, although we certainly don't recommend it.

The look and sounds of the games have all remained intact from their WiiWare brethren, but these games look absolutely fantastic on the smaller screen of the 3DS. Even turning the 3D effect completely off does little to detract from the vivid visual display you'll witness from each title. And this is definitely a game you'll want to plug in the headphones for if you're looking to experience all the package has to offer from an audio standpoint. (If you pre-order BIT.TRIP SAGA from gamestop.com, you get a free bonus 18-song soundtrack with special slip cover)

PROS

  • All six BIT.TRIP games on one cartridge
  • Full 3D visual presentation
  • Portability
  • New control schemes for several games

CONS

  • No additional challenges or content
  • Basically the same games as available on WiiWare
  • No online leader boards

And the winner is...

In the end, it's going to be a tough call if you're someone who's planning to pick up only one of these brilliant packages. Both have a lot to offer, even to those who've already experienced the games via WiiWare. The new challenges of COMPLETE are almost like getting sequels to each of the games and will challenge even the most seasoned gamers. Of course, being able to experience the games in 3D and take them with you on your 3DS is a fairly enticing prospect as well.

The bottom line is that if you're looking for sheer bang for your buck, the 120 new challenges, which include a wealth of brand new levels, add so much value to an already solid line-up of games that it would be impossible not to choose BIT.TRIP COMPLETE over the 3D presentation and portability BIT.TRIP SAGA has to offer. In the end it will most likely come down to personal preference as to which features are more important to you individually. Luckily you really can't go wrong with either release and if you have the means to get both, don't hesitate to do so.

We'd like to thank the folks at Gaijin Games and Aksys Games for allowing us the opportunity to take both of these games for a spin.

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User Comments (75)

lockelocke

#2

lockelocke said:

Darn I'm kind of bummed there are no online leaderboards in Saga... But I think I'll have to go with Bit.trip on my 3ds anyways.

Rocketship

#3

Rocketship said:

Might pick up the portable one as I have no Wii, but as I'm now cheap I'll give it a while for a price cut.

CorbsAdmin

#6

Corbs said:

No EU release date so far. We'll let you know as soon as we get the information. :D

TheGreenSpiny

#7

TheGreenSpiny said:

Saga sounds terrible. No Tilt controls for Beat and Flux? No thanks. It always amazed me how accurate those controls were when most retail releases had sh!t controls. This better be worth my cash Gaijin.

CorbsAdmin

#8

Corbs said:

Actually, SAGA was my personal favorite of the two titles. And trust me, you don't want tilt controls for a 3D game unless you want to throw your neck out trying to stay in the system's 3D sweet spot. LOL

Noire

#9

Noire said:

COMPLETE has difficulty settings?! :O Well I know which one I'm getting now ... I can put it on easy and actually beat one of the games set it on hard and show everyone how much of a REAL HARDCORE GAMER I am! :D

McGruber

#10

McGruber said:

I don't have a Wii anymore so it disappoints me that the 3DS game doesn't have leaderboards. I'm still going to get it though since I never played any of these games

bahooney

#11

bahooney said:

This is really enticing; I've never played these games, but have heard nothing but praise shouted from the rooftops. I think I might cave for Saga.

McGruber

#12

McGruber said:

I don't have a Wii anymore so it disappoints me that the 3DS game doesn't have leaderboards. I'm still going to get it though since I never played any of these games

thaantman

#13

thaantman said:

I only have a wii so complete sounds like the complete package to me. online leaderboards for all your hardwork, easy difficultly if u can't hack it, hard difficulty if your just crazy, and a set of bonus challenges to keep you busy. But still having these games in 3D would be cool and be more accessible, I remember showing a friend bit trip runner, once I gave him the controller he didn't want to put it down, so it be nice to show this game off to more ppl in a portable fashion, I also would love to plug in some headphones to the bit trip tracks, that's pure awesomeness in my ear.

cheetahman91

#15

cheetahman91 said:

Even though I already own half the games on Wiiware, Im going for Complete because of the difficulty levels. Maybe then I'll be able to get past the second level of Beat with just one remote. :P

TKOWL

#16

TKOWL said:

I was leaning towards Saga, because of the portability...

but then I saw that Complete has difficulty settings.

geozeldadude

#17

geozeldadude said:

much as i'd be into the 3D visuals, i'm going to have to go with all the content in the wii version.

TeeJay

#21

TeeJay said:

This is an easy call for me as :
1) I've never played a BIT. TRIP. game before
2) I don't care about online leader boards as I can't connect online most of the time anyway, and
3) I only have a 3DS.


So Saga wins by a landslide.

moomoo

#22

moomoo said:

I only got Beat and Runner, so SAGA will probably be what I'll go for. I can barely beat the games anyway, so I would probably not spend any time on the challenges or leaderboards. Why no difficulty levels on SAGA though? I can't see why not.

NeoRausch

#23

NeoRausch said:

i'm a sucker for BIT.Trip games. so i decided for.....BOTH! :P

3DS-Version first and when i'm stuffedon t the Wii Version, just for the collection! :)

I LOVE YOU, GAIJIN! <3

V8_Ninja

#24

V8_Ninja said:

The only reason that I'm getting SAGA is because I know that I would absolutely hate tilt controls for BEAT and FLUX. So yeah, I'm getting BIT.TRIP SAGA for those not able to decipher my crafty language.

MT5mith

#25

MT5mith said:

I've never played a BIT.TRIP game before, but I've heard so much good things about them that I'm really tempted! I think I'll probably get SAGA, only cos I haven't got that many 3DS games.

Tethers

#26

Tethers said:

Soundtrack, New Difficulties, 120 new challenges & Online Leaderboards

Complete is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better. I mean, SAGA has no new content, so why should it be better? O_o

BlueBandanaJake

#27

BlueBandanaJake said:

I own all of the WiiWare versions of these games and loved them to death, but that being said I can play all of them on Wii and it'd feel pretty silly to buy them again for the same system, so this makes Saga feel more attractive to me, maybe somewhere down the line I'll buy Collection too :)

FonistofCruxis

#28

FonistofCruxis said:

I hope they come out in Europe before the end of the year and I'm not sure which I'd get but I'm leaning more towards complete.

Stine

#29

Stine said:

I have a hard enough time with the actual games, so the challenges actually sound like something that would scare me away. I'm gonna go for SAGA - portable, 3D and touchscreen controls. If it also had COMPLETE's difficulty settings, I would be in heaven.

Supremeist

#30

Supremeist said:

I've never played Bit.Trip games so idk, but I guess I'll try to pick up SAGA for the 3DS whenever it comes.

Run to retail my friend!!!!

wanderlustwarrior

#31

wanderlustwarrior said:

Getting COMPLETE as soon as it comes out. I've got a Gamestop gift card to get rid of, I don't own a 3DS, but most importantly, Gaijin deserves to be paid twice by me for their work.

Slapshot

#32

Slapshot said:

"a level of profanity that would likely make Chris Rock blush." Haha, Awesome one Corbs! :D

I'm definitely going with the SAGA iteration, but I'm really bummed about the lack of online leader boards though. There isn't a reason for them to not be included and the inclusion would add a ton of replay value to the games if it was added in before release.

DrCruse

#33

DrCruse said:

So the 3DS has... portability and a bad 3D effect. Wii has tons of bonuses including online leaderboards and challenges. I think there's no contest.

Shockwave

#34

Shockwave said:

@DsCruse

Bad 3D effect? They said it was good, and helped (like most games for the 3DS). Don't downplay the game/system on points that don't exist. There was plenty else you could have said you didn't like about Saga to make your point.

zeeroid

#35

zeeroid said:

If the pre-order soundtrack offer for SAGA were available in Canada, then that would be the easy choice. But since it's not, I'm having a tough time deciding. Argh.

Radixxs

#37

Radixxs said:

I will definitely get one of these, most likely COMPLETE for the soundtrack, as I have a distinct lack of 3DS to preorder SAGA.

winter123

#38

winter123 said:

I never feel like playing Wii anymore. It's just a hassle and the games feel super outdated. Graphics DO matter now that everyone has a giant HDTV. Versus the 3DS where i can just open it up and pop a game in! I want th soundtrack CD though, I guess gamestop gets to suck my money out of me yet again. As for new content, it could be argued that SAGA is ENTIRELY new content, because it's in 3d :)

winter123

#39

winter123 said:

My bit trip virginity was just taken... downloaded flux demo. I love it, and the motion control is accurate but makes me feel sick to my stomach! Definitely getting saga! Still debating if the CD is worth the preorder. I just bought Pilotwings and Dream trigger from amazon, and am getting a few more games for my birthday! There's not enough time in a day for all this.

winter123

#40

winter123 said:

Also there is WAY too much going on in the background making it hard to see whats happening in the play area. 3D will help with that! But why not just have a stagnant, or even black background?

wanderlustwarrior

#41

wanderlustwarrior said:

Because that wouldn't look good, and it's also intentional. The backgrounds are meant to be distracting, it's part of the difficulty.

Unless you don't plan on buying from Gamestop, why would it not be worth the pre-order for a game you're going to get?

Also, just edit your older posts; no need to triple post.

HandheldGuru97

#42

HandheldGuru97 said:

I'll get SAGA for Christmas or my Birthday. Seeing that I'm new to the series I think I will be a good way to enter the series. Maybe I'll pick COMPLETE after the Wii U launches.

warioswoods

#43

warioswoods said:

I need to see SAGA in action in full 3D before I decide.

Give me a 3D video on the ol' eShop, please.

SilverBaretta

#45

SilverBaretta said:

May as well get both. They both have just enough counterbalancing pros and cons to make it worth it. Man, there really is a whole wealth of games to suck my money up in the coming months!

Odnetnin

#46

Odnetnin said:

A 3DS version of COMPLETE would be the best game I would ever hope to play and my one and only 11/10. Sigh I guess I'll just have to settle for lame 10/10 SAGA. While the online leaderboards and new difficulties should've been included no question, levels have score caps and I can be them on the original difficulties.

I'll be sure to grab COMPLETE down the line for the CD and bonus content, though.

Thanks for the article.

ueI

#47

ueI said:

Nintendo Power did have different reviewers for the two games, however. I'll be getting Complete for all the content.

Zach

#49

Zach said:

Great write-up... I think I'll get SAGA and, if I love it, COMPLETE.

timp29

#50

timp29 said:

I only played the original and it was hard. I don't think I could even unlock the extra challenges if I tried... not to mention the eye burning pain of intense concentration and trying not to blink lol. I would go for the 3DS version: i) portability, ii) so I don't have to fight over the TV to play and iii) extra challenges? are you crazy! those extra challenges would probably make me scream with rage and fly kick the TV.

WiiLovePeace

#52

WiiLovePeace said:

Anyone know if the Wii version checks if you have any Bit.Trip WiiWare games & copies the saves over? I've got all the Bit.Trip WiiWare games & would love to not have to lose all my game progress to play the challenges...

CorbsAdmin

#53

Corbs said:

No, the saves from the WiiWare games do not work on COMPLETE. You're gonna have to start from scratch on this one. :D

Darig0n

#56

Darig0n said:

I preordered Saga today! I was thinking about complete but I already own like 4 of the 6 on wiiware. Though it does have a lot of extra I've never even had the patience to beat any of them except runner so I can play this game on the go :)

Karakato

#57

Karakato said:

Never played the games and I like to play my games at the palm of my hands so Saga wins. I'll have to look at the 3D first of course.

Tony3DS

#58

Tony3DS said:

Luckily I've only paid for 1 Wiiware version...Beat so far, and I’ve got the free demos on the rest. I’d feel bad if I had bought them all and then they came out with this nice collection. I think Complete looks better, I do like the tilt controls and I want the soundtrack and all the bonuses.

But now Saga has all six games when I thought I read somewhere that it was only going to have 4 a while back. Must have been my imagination?

…and 3D portability would be great, so conflicted….so many games so little time.

eviLaTtenDant

#60

eviLaTtenDant said:

While i hope both find their way to Europe my priority would be COMPLETE due to the extra content, free soundtrack and difficulties. (And yes, i know the soundtrack will most likely not be brought over. Just hoping here since it would make a purchase quite a lot easier.) For SAGA i'd keep my eye on when the price goes down to about 15 €.

Blue_Yoshi

#63

Blue_Yoshi said:

BIT.TRIP SAGA all the way the stereoscopic features give more depth to the games themselves. Ive only played BEAT at my friends house for like 5 minutes and I can tell I like all of them especially in 3D

kobe1724

#64

kobe1724 said:

I'm going for BIT.TRIP SAGA for my newly purchased 3DS. My gut feeling told me COMPLETE at first, but the Wii is old news to me (besides Skyward Sword, of course).

NeoShinobi

#65

NeoShinobi said:

Ha, I knew buying none of these games originally would pay off.

I'll be getting Complete.

NeoShinobi

#67

NeoShinobi said:

I've played some of these games, but I've held off on buying them because I just had a hunch that they would eventually release a compilation with a crap load of extra stuff at a better value.

Pretty satisfying to know that that hunch ender up to be true.

Lobster

#69

Lobster said:

I preordered SAGA a while ago. That said I only have a demo on the Wii that I haven't even gotten around to playing yet (I know, I know!) so there's a good chance I'll pick up COMPLETE at some point down the line. I just bought four new Wii games, though, including Okami, so it probably won't be soon.

Mange

#70

Mange said:

I´m wondering if the Complete version reads my WiiWare Bit.Trip save files or... do I have to beat each game again to get my scores onto the online leaderboards. I still think that they should release a free WiiWare leaderboard channel.

Monsti

#73

Monsti said:

Damn, I wanted to get the 3DS one,but nothing new on the cartridge is bad. And also: Everywhere I look the Wii Dic is ten bucks cheaper. :/

SkywardLink98

#74

SkywardLink98 said:

Tough call... I play my 3DS mainly and need some new games but Complete has more bonuses and the leader boards sound interesting... but at $19.99 I might just get both :D

RADencker

#75

RADencker said:

I went with SAGA, and since RUNNER 2 was just released on Wii U, I will grab that as well. While waiting for RUNNER2 to finish, I downloaded the RUNNER demo on WiiWare as well. Awesome stuff!

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