The House of the Dead 2 has the arcade and original game. It also includes boss mode in which any boss from the game can be battled. The House of the Dead 2 also has a training mode, a set of minigames.
The House of the Dead 3 has a time attack mode where health is replaced with time. The House of the Dead 3 also includes a new unlockable 'extreme' game mode, with tougher enemies and a smaller blast radius on the shotgun. In addition, weapons can now be used as a melee attack to block enemy blows. The melee attack requires the player to reload after each use.
Nintendo Power gave the game 7 out of 10. They stated that the lack of extras was disappointing, but the game was praised and they felt that the price seemed quite reasonable.IGN gave the game 6 out of 10. They praised the IR functionality, saying it is one of the Wii's best, and the flawless port of The House of the Dead 2, but stated that The House of the Dead 3 suffers from some technical issues and criticized the lack of extras, stating that the price seems almost too high; however, they did state that the games are still great and fun to play and recommended the game to die-hard fans and anyone wanting a great lightgun game.GameSpot likewise gave it 6 out of 10, commenting that "The "dogs of the AMS" make their move to the Wii in this fun but brief port of the on-rails arcade shooters."