Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Nov 6, 2018
    100
    Gaming needs more entries like The World Ends With You: Final Mix. Perfection in entertainment isn’t about lacking a single negative aspect, but rather how those blemishes are overcome, and how the work makes you feel. The game has issues as it fails in areas that could potentially cripple it for some. But at the end of the day, I believe it to be worthy of a perfect score. Deserving the highest praise, The World Ends With You: Final Mix can, and should, be listed among the best titles in the history of the medium.
  2. Oct 10, 2018
    96
    Final Remix adds improvements in the graphics section, in addition to including new content and the possibility of playing it in TV or tabletop mode. It has an interesting story, a fantastic soundtrack and a very original gameplay, although it may take us a while to adapt to the game system on Switch.
  3. Oct 26, 2018
    90
    Ten years after its original release, The World Ends With You still is an interesting and above all original roleplaying expereience. A bizarre story, interesting characters and dynamic team battles show off its creativity.
  4. 90
    The World Ends With You's strengths are in its narrative, which is genuinely different and consistently interesting, and the verve and style with which it pulls it all off. There's reason for existing fans to play the game again, because it has an all-new chapter to work through, and there's certainly a reason for people who haven't previously played it to give it a go, because to this day, nothing else has quite managed to offer what The World Ends With You offers.
  5. Oct 10, 2018
    90
    The World Ends With You has always been a fantastic game, and it's at its best in the Final Remix on Switch, even if the optional motion controls don't quite do it justice. Its story, presentation, battle systems, and music are all incredible, and there's nothing out there quite like this. Whether you're a newcomer to the game or a veteran from the DS days, there's no better time than now to play TWEWY.
  6. Oct 10, 2018
    90
    The World Ends With You: Final Remix isn't just a long title. It is one of the best DS games reborn on a modern console. The music, the visuals, and the gameplay are all incredible, and having this cult classic come back to life is a blessing. This is an incredibly stylish RPG that demands your attention.
  7. 90
    Fantastic. A unique ARPG packed with a brilliant story, fun gameplay, and a fascinating premise, everything about it screams instant classic. Don’t sit out on this one, especially if you can get around the initially jarring control options.
  8. Oct 10, 2018
    88
    A game full of charm and attention to detail. In the face of a combat system never 100% accurate remains a solid and exciting experience. Definitely recommended for those who have never had the opportunity to try the original, the title has something to say even to those who want to dive back into the world of Neku.
  9. Oct 10, 2018
    87
    One of the most unique and refreshing JRPG of all time. The controls are far from perfect (in both modes), but this is the best chance to experience this fantastic story... Or rediscover it once again.
  10. Oct 29, 2018
    85
    The World Ends With You: Final Remix is a great port, so long as you keep it in handheld mode. Combining RPG storytelling with frantic cell phone game tapping, this funky, high-fashion game is still a surprisingly unique experience, but the Joy-con controls are simply not up to par. With a killer sound track, a surprisingly complex plot, and a whole lot to do after the credits roll, this DS title has more than stood the test of time.
  11. Oct 10, 2018
    83
    The Switch version of The World ends with you is a nice one, albeit not perfect: the price is too high and we're still wondering why the Pro Controller is not supported in TV mode. Still, what we have here is one of the best JRPG of the DS era, which is a lot to say by itself.
  12. Oct 12, 2018
    82
    A hurricane of style, good ideas and convincing narration clashes with a difficulty so low that sometimes is irritating: beyond an all-but-old problem of about a decade, The World Ends with You remains an incredibly fresh and original game that deserves to be played by both veterans and those who missed it on the DS in 2007. There is no better opportunity to brush up on the adventure of Neku, just hold on to the touch screen and leave the Joy-Con in a corner. The party, this time, is the exclusive prerogative of the handheld mode.
  13. Nov 14, 2018
    80
    The World Ends With You: Final Remix is a must for new players who are looking for a deep, rewarding JRPG. If you've played the game on Nintendo DS, however, you may find the gameplay options presented in this port a bit of a downgrade from the original.
  14. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    Although it doesn't quite live up to the original DS version, the Switch port of TWEWY is certainly worth a go for those in search of a fun and unconventional JRPG experience.
  15. Nov 2, 2018
    80
    TWEWY -Final Remix- does a stellar job with updating the DS originals visual and aural design. Some control issues and changes to combat mechanics to fit the Nintendo Switch are unfortunate but the story and game systems are still excellent and will still have you eagerly trying to survive the Reaper’s Game.
  16. Oct 26, 2018
    80
    The World Ends With You makes its premier on a home console and this Nintendo Switch version is certainly filled with elements that should attract any player's attention, from its dynamic combat system to its art style and fluid gameplay...as long as it's played on the Switch as a handheld, since the use of the conventional control system brings some interactivity problems and turns a fluid gameplay into something more clunky than it is acceptable. Regardless of that, this version of The World Ends With You is without doubt a very welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch catalogue.
  17. 80
    Sure, an enhanced version of a mobile port is bound to disappoint some, but The World Ends With You: Final Remix is a more accessible version of the original that's still an extremely memorable and one-of-a-kind experience.
  18. Oct 18, 2018
    80
    The World Ends With You Final Remix is a port with problems, that much is certain, but I can't help but feel it's still a game well worth playing. I genuinely expected to be disappointed with how the game plays, and while there are some frustrations present that you shouldn't have to deal with, it's still such an enjoyable venture that I have to recommend it to JRPG fans. Oh, and the music is amazing.
  19. Oct 16, 2018
    80
    The World Ends with You -Final Mix- is a great surprise for the lovers of the RPG genre that own a Nintendo Switch. For all of those that may want to discover this Nintendo DS classic or simply play again, the will find a complete game that, nevertheless, faces important issues regarding the movement of the characters.
  20. Oct 15, 2018
    80
    I would recommend Final Remix not because of the new content, but for enjoying an older RPG in a more accessible format. The World Ends With You making it to the Switch means that a wider audience gets to enjoy this unique title, and the game is worth revisiting even for those that have already completed the DS version of the title. TWEWY is by no means a perfect game, but it has a lot of charm, and sometimes that can be what matters most.
  21. Oct 12, 2018
    80
    Although the controls leave something to be desired, the chaotic battle system, catchy soundtrack, and engaging storyline all combine to make this an unforgettable RPG that hits all the right points. We’d give this one a high recommendation to anyone that hasn’t yet experienced this gem in some form; there’s plenty here to make this a game that’s worth your time. If you’ve experienced the game before, however, we’d advise that you think hard about how badly you want it for your Switch. If this is the last we see of this property, then The World Ends With You: Final Remix feels like a fitting sendoff, even if it isn’t perfect.
  22. Oct 11, 2018
    80
    For those who missed The World Ends with You originally, the Nintendo Switch version is a great way to see what all the fuss was about. Its gameplay, style, characters, and story are still perfectly fresh even ten years following its original release. Meanwhile, those wanting to try it again will find plenty to like about its adjusted gameplay and particularly some of the new ideas brought about in A New Day. The new conclusion doesn’t offer the answers to story questions that existing fans will have, but if Final Remix provides the success the game deserves, perhaps those answers will come.
  23. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    The World Ends With You is a wonderful game, but this Final Remix doesn't quite to it justice.
  24. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    Something was lost in translation and The World Ends with You: Final Remix fails to bring the same amount of uniqueness and innovation to the Nintendo Switch. The game itself is fortunately the same as before: edgy and colorful, meaningful and surprising.
  25. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    TWEWY is a very unique game JRPG fans cannot miss. Control-wise we don’t like the this version that much, but other than that, it has aged pretty well.
  26. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    The World Ends with You is a little less fresh and exciting than it was a decade ago. But, despite a few shortcomings and the loss of dual-screen play, it’s still an incredible game and worthwhile for those who’ve yet to play it. There’s not quite enough that’s new here for returning fans though.
  27. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    For newcomers, picking up The World Ends with You: Final Remix should be a no-brainer as it’s definitely the definitive version of the Nintendo DS gem.
  28. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    The World Ends With You Final Remix brings a cool, but chaotic adventure to the Switch. The port mixes RPG with Jpop and anime in a blend of awesomeness. And it is playable by two players.
  29. Oct 10, 2018
    78
    Because of the Switch’s two modes, The World Ends With You: Final Remix is simultaneously a good port and a bad one. Using handheld mode and touchscreen controls, Final Remix holds up as a great JRPG with tons of depth. It packs all the flair and charm seen in the DS original, along with some new incentives to keep playing after the story wraps. But the moment you dock the Switch and try to use motion controls TWEWY becomes a pain to play, which eliminates the fun of the new cooperative mode.
  30. Oct 28, 2018
    77
    The World Ends with You certainly stands out from its RPG peers by offering a unique art style and a battle system that makes great use of the Switch's control methods. That being said, I highly recommend keeping this sucker undocked.
  31. Oct 18, 2018
    75
    Still a solid RPG with interesting mechanics and an engaging story, living up to its reputation. Even playing all these years later, it still feels very fresh with its own unique identity. While the Switch version is still fun, it’s far from a great port, and the extra content is pretty disappointing.
  32. Oct 17, 2018
    75
    My nostalgia for the game isn’t connected to gameplay. Instead I’m wistful and rosy for the zen-like grind and the charming aesthetic. If you’re okay with playing this game in portable mode at all times, I can easily recommend Final Remix. If you’re put off by the motion controls, or if you were looking for more in the way of new content, then purchase this one with caution.
  33. Oct 18, 2018
    74
    The World Ends with You Nintendo: Final Remix is an interesting old school experience on the Nintendo Switch that plays okay but is also lacking a little accuracy.
  34. Nov 6, 2018
    70
    My favorite artistic element of The World Ends With You has always been the soundtrack, which is carried over successfully in Final Remix.
  35. Nov 5, 2018
    70
    For anyone still having avoided or otherwise missed the original release a decade ago, a willingness to look past the temporary frustration of its controls notwithstanding, The World Ends With You: Final Remix remains, in both gameplay and story, as splendid a JRPG as it’s always been.
  36. Nov 2, 2018
    70
    If you have missed the initial release of The World Ends With You, Final Remix is a great opportunity to experience the story of this excellent JRPG for the first time. However, be aware that the battle system controls in this edition are the worst... "Noise" of the game.
  37. Oct 14, 2018
    70
    The World Ends With You -Final Remix-, while still great for newcomers, should have been the definitive version of the Nintendo DS classic but it ends up being just an improved version of the mobile game with far too little new content.
  38. Oct 14, 2018
    70
    Still a courageously original action role-player that breaks almost every rule in the role-playing book. Although what it really needs is a sequel, not another remaster.
  39. Oct 11, 2018
    70
    Purists will likely still prefer the Nintendo DS original due to its superior controls and increased difficulty, but this provides newcomers a perfect chance to experience a JRPG that, for many, fell well under their radar all those years ago.
  40. Oct 11, 2018
    70
    Presentation wise, the Switch remaster both looks and sounds great, improving upon the original mobile remaster wherever it can, but the gameplay is severely neutered when compared to the original Nintendo DS release. Combat will never be as smooth with the Joy-Con setup as it is with touch controls, and the modifications made to the partner system in order to make gameplay work on one single screen remove a great deal of the original battle system's charm. Final Remix is a good game as it is still, at its core, The World Ends with You, but it is a deeply flawed, deeply disappointing reimagining of the DS classic.
  41. Oct 11, 2018
    70
    The new music is wonderful, the additional stories are engaging, and the updated visuals make it hard to return to the pixelated appearance of the original DS release. Still, despite these obvious improvements and extra pieces of content, there’s a downside to the update. Some people, especially newcomers, won’t find issue with the new control scheme, but for many long-time fans the dual-character combat of the original is a huge part of what made it a game worth remastering.
  42. Oct 10, 2018
    70
    For newcomers, if you can push past the awful touch controls, The World Ends With You provides a gripping tale that will consume you from start to finish.
  43. Oct 10, 2018
    70
    After 10 years, The World Ends With You is still an original game. OK, gameplay wise we’re not getting the full experience on Switch due to the lack of a second screen, but nonetheless the option of playing in local multiplayer all by ourselves manages to recreate some of the original feelings. The HD graphics are spot on, but the overall experience isn’t as good as we remembered, and the price point seems a bit off given the age of the game.
  44. Oct 10, 2018
    70
    As frustrating as it is brilliant. Whilst the story beats and core gameplay have fairly aged gracefully, despite the shiny HD sheen, the overall presentation of the game looks less flattering in 2018. It’s odd – in a game that’s very much the ‘how do you do fellow kids?’ of Japanese role-playing games, the story is the one element that doesn’t feel dated.
  45. Oct 29, 2018
    60
    The World Ends With You: Final Remix brings a cult Nintendo DS classic to a modern platform that should be a good fit, but some poor choices in how the combat is handled bring down the experience and actually makes it the inferior version.
  46. Oct 15, 2018
    60
    Now on Nintendo Switch, The Worlds Ends with You Final Remix is still a good and enjoyable game, but the port is lazy. Everything comes from Solo Remix, a mobile version from 2014, and the added gameplay system, with one Joy-Con that is used as a wiimote is not as efficient as it should be.
  47. Oct 11, 2018
    60
    My opinion of The World Ends With You: Final Remix is one of indifference. All the consideration that went into making the original a compound piece of craftsmanship, inseparable from the device on which you played it, is absent. In its place is a more user-friendly experience, and while I'm not against taking a traditionally difficult game and making it more accessible -- something Square Enix already did when it ported the title to mobile devices -- Final Remix's failure to utilize the extent of the Switch hardware shows a lack of understanding as to why so many people consider the Nintendo DS original to be the masterpiece it is.
  48. 60
    On paper, The World Ends With You would have been perfect for a Switch adaptation, and it still could be. There hasn’t been any indication of post-launch updates to fix the controls, but in a less cynical view we can be glad they’re not selling Another 7 Days as a separate expansion. But Final Remix is something rare: the Switch port of a classic game that would have been better served happening on 3DS if they wanted to replicate the original experience.
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  1. Oct 10, 2018
    The Nintendo DS masterpiece is squeezed onto a single screen, with the improvements just about outweighing the compromises. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Oct 12, 2018
    If you have never played The World Ends With You before, the Nintendo Switch version released on Thursday night is not a bad way to get into it. Final Remix retains the game’s great sense of humor, its fantastic music, and Tetsuya Nomura’s most restrained character designs. But if you have played it before—say, if you’re a big fan of the original 2007 Nintendo DS version, like me—you will most likely be disappointed by the Switch port.
  3. Oct 10, 2018
    As good a port as you can make without strapping a second screen to the Switch.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 53
  2. Negative: 8 out of 53
  1. Oct 12, 2018
    7
    On one hand, this game is a lazy port of the mobile/tablet version of TWEWY that has the cheek to cost £40. Squenix couldn’t even be botheredOn one hand, this game is a lazy port of the mobile/tablet version of TWEWY that has the cheek to cost £40. Squenix couldn’t even be bothered to add a proper control scheme - you’re forced to use touch controls in handheld mode, or some god awful, tacked on pointer controls in docked/tabletop mode...

    On the other hand, this is still TWEWY, one of the greatest RPGs ever made. The gameplay still holds up alright, even with the awful controls. The story is great (complete with hip dialogue that was so zeta cool back in 2007), the characters are fantastic and the soundtrack is GOAT level.
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  2. Oct 13, 2018
    0
    Full price for an enhanced port of a DS game with terrible joy con controls.. Was it too hard to rework them and make more enjoyableFull price for an enhanced port of a DS game with terrible joy con controls.. Was it too hard to rework them and make more enjoyable experience overall with the gameplay? Full Review »
  3. Oct 16, 2018
    10
    If you didn't get a chance to check out the original TWEWY on the DS, absolutely give this a look. If you did, go for it anyway because it'sIf you didn't get a chance to check out the original TWEWY on the DS, absolutely give this a look. If you did, go for it anyway because it's a great game even now.

    A bold art style catches the eye and holds it, with great character design and amazing enemy design. The mix of animals with tribal-style tattoo limbs/features is creative and both new and pleasing to the eye. The Switch version allows for noting a number of details missed in the origianl, simply because it's now in crisp HD and so much easier to see small things.

    The music is a great mix of things, with subtle changes as you go. Several fantastic numbers, and generally works very well.

    Speaking of music, it's a constant theme through the game from the positions that a few characters hold to the naming of the Noise.

    The game has an engaging cast of characters with beautiful interactions that manage to seamlessly blend fluffy, snarky, humor, and heard-wrenching. They feel like actual people, and like people who are interacting. Even the background characters have little things that make them more than just "Generic Background Character #2943415".

    The attention to detail from the movements of the characters when idle to the little blurbs the shopkeepers say as you buy things from them help give the game the feel of an actual place. And, speaking of, it's a pretty solid representation of the actual Shibuya in terms of how it's laid out. Obviously names changed for legal reasons and other things added since it's fictional, but still.

    There's a number of themes in the game, deeper than simply "save the world". Themes of dealing with other people, of trust, friendship, individuality, cooperation, freedom, family... So many things are explored on a number of different levels and it's honestly just fantastic.

    It sucks you in and doesn't let you go, and you don't have a problem with that.

    As for the technical things like gameplay... The DS version was innovative, using just about every input method on the system including shutting the DS to take on a certain optional enemy. With the changes they had to adapt it a little--removing one of the EXP types and reworking the distribution of the remaining 2, for example, with the lack of the Mingle feature. The lack of dual screens is a sad loss, of course, but the mobile port solved that with a method of play that was challenging in it's own right. And the Switch port adds a co-op mode! (Or, in all honestly, a "pretend you're two people but you're actually just one person using co-op mode" option).

    Psych activation is in a number of ways, I strongly suggest using it as a handheld if you can! You have a number of ways to use your attacks--pressing empty space, tapping empty space, tapping enemies or obstacles, rubbing empty space or enemies, pressing Neku (your main character), slashing enemies or across the screen or across Neku, dragging across empty space... And more. Each Pin has a Psych, which you use to attack, evade, defend, and heal yourself in real-time combat. There's several families of skills that use a different input method like the ones just mentioned and they have their own stats.

    And that's not even getting into the evolution trees! Using them differently--such as in battle or while the game is off (that's right, there's a type of EXP for not playing the game--or messing with the system clock to time travel)--will either master them, or possibly allow them to evolve depending on the Pin itself. Better grab a chart because there's a lot to keep track of. Just be sure it's a Final Remix updated chart, ones for previous versions aren't accurate thanks the reworking of the EXP system to remove Mingle EXP.

    Overall, the game was a 10/10 when it came out, and it's aged just fine. It's still a 10/10.

    If you were on the fence and looking for a game to make that Switch worth while, this is absolutely that game. If you just need something else to play, give it a shot.

    The World Ends With You, so embrace a new and innovative experience to expand your world!
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