Wii Music (Wii Balance Board Compatible) Wii
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Released on 14/11/2008
Wii Music for Nintendo Wii
In Wii Music for Nintendo Wii, it's easy to play improv jams. Musicians in your band jam by simply playing their instruments to the beat of a song or by improvising to their heart's content. Play faster. Play slower. Skip a beat, or throw in 10 more. No matter what you do, Wii Music for Nintendo Wii automatically transforms your improv stylings into great music. There are no mistakes in Wii Music for Nintendo Wii - just playing for the pure joy of playing.
In Wii Music for Nintendo Wii, the controls immerse you in the music. You can play most of the 60-plus instruments in Wii Music for Nintendo Wii using simple motions with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. Strum to play guitar, banjo and sitar. Drum to play jazz drums, congas and marching drums. Hammer away to play piano, vibraphone and marimba. Unlike most music games, Wii Music doesn't make you use complex buttons. In Wii Music for Nintendo Wii, you only need to imitate playing the instrument.
Wii Music for Nintendo Wii offers virtually endless ways to make music. You choose the song and instruments and decide whether to blaze through a rock take on classical songs, put a jazzy spin on folk tunes or transform Nintendo classics like the Super Mario Bros. theme into Latin-flavored numbers. The song list in Wii Music for Nintendo Wii is only a takeoff point - it's how you improvise with the songs that matters.
Send your band-jam recordings to Wii Friends who have Wii Music. They'll see your Mii band members, your players' improv styles and your instrument selections. They can watch your Wii Music recordings, or play over parts of your song, then send their modified recording back to you. Improv jams can be sent back and forth over WiiConnect24 and changed again and again.
Wii Music for Nintendo Wii Features:
- Play it again: Use the playback mode in Wii Music for Nintendo Wii to see your jam recordings brought to life with dramatic camera angles.
- Pick up the baton: Wii Music for Nintendo Wii lets you command an orchestra in the conducting game where you'll wave the Wii Remote controller like a conductor's baton to lead a Mii orchestra through orchestrated music. Make them play quickly, slowly, strongly or gently.
- Ring a bell? Play a handbells game in Wii Music for Nintendo Wii where you'll swing your Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to play your two handbells as part of a larger ensemble.
- Everyone on the team has a job to do: In Wii Music for Nintendo Wii you'll have to make sure you play one of your notes only when the tune demands it!
- An ear for music: Take a tone quiz in Wii Music for Nintendo Wii that tests your musical ear by giving you challenges, like putting note-playing Miis in order from lowest to highest pitch.
- Bang the drum: Play a virtual drum set in Wii Music for Nintendo Wii's drumming mode, the one mode in Wii Music that also uses the Wii Balance Board accessory (sold with Wii Fit). You'll use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers as drumsticks, and place both feet on the Wii Balance Board - which work as virtual pedals for the bass drum and hi-hat cymbal.
Seemingly eons ago, when Nintendo first revealed Wii to a very skeptical industry, game design genius Shigeru Miyamoto chose to demo the console with a strange music simulator. It looked funny and promising, but was not mentioned again, seemingly consigned to the Big N's creative dustbin. But now it's back, it's called Wii Music, and it could be the perfect opportunity for frustrated musicians who wouldn't know one end of a saxophone from the other - but would love to blow into one.
Unlike, say, Rock Band or Guitar Hero, there's no real competitive element to Wii Music, it's more of a musical toy, and it won't punish you too much for hitting a few bum notes. Players simply select a song, a preferred tempo and an instrument, and then make strumming, shaking or bashing movements with the controller. The result is almost always sweet, sweet music.
You can speed up, slow down and improvise outside of the rhythm of the track to provide individual flourishes.
Fancy some improvisation? Experimenting with controller movements or button presses modifies the sounds, opening up a vast array of aural possibilities. The good thing is, you aren't expected to hit notes at specific times, either. Instead, you can speed up, slow down and improvise outside of the rhythm of the track to provide individual flourishes. It's all about messing around with sounds.
Each Wii Music pop group consists of six members, all represented on the screen by Mii characters. You can play alone accompanied by computer-controlled band mates, or get three mates to plug in and jam along. As you belt out your tune, your Mii characters perform in a variety of cute locations, relevant to the musical style you're... erm... celebrating. They may be in a cool club or a sunny field, and all the environments have fun animated touches, like throbbing disco lights or dancing flowers.
There are 60 instruments to choose from, including familiar favourites such as the guitar, trumpet and maracas, as well as some unusual options like dog barks and beat-boxing. The 50 songs include well-known pop hits (Madonna, The Jackson 5 and The Police all have tunes on there), nursery rhymes and classical compositions. Something for all the family, then.
Brilliantly, you play the bass drum and hi-hat cymbal with the Wii Fit balance board, using it as a foot pedal.
There are even a few mini-games to spice up the action. The virtual drum kit provides a full array of things to bash - brilliantly, you play the bass drum and hi-hat cymbal with the Wii Fit balance board, using it as a foot pedal. The other drums employ your remote and nunchuck, with different buttons providing access to toms and cymbals. Alternatively, a conducting mode lets you use your controller as a baton, leading your own mini-orchestra.
Performances can be recorded and sent to friends via WiiConnect24. Your mates can then sit back and enjoy the performance (complete with snazzy camera angles of your band in action) or add some of their own musical magic to the tune and send it back to you. Long-distance collaborative jam sessions may be just the thing to get you through those long dark winter evenings...
Open mic night
Wii Music is another one of those offbeat Nintendo treats that redefine what you can do with a games console. If you're fed up with over-competitive Rock Band louts or can't play SingStar to save your life, this might make a great audio alternative.
Preview by: Keith 'Beat Box' Stuart
Preview Published: 24.10.08
Nintendo at work on Wii Music 2?
Eurogamer's got a story running that says Nintendo might be putting together a sequel for the 2008 game Wii Music. That's according to comments the game's creator Shigeru Miyamoto made while talking to Techland, anyway.
The quotes in question? Mario's daddy said, "There's a lot of potential still in Wii Music, I think. Because we're going to change it up, a new interface is coming, and all of that." Miyamoto also went on to suggest that the plumber himself might even make an appearance this time around, saying, "If we get more people to understand what's going on in the game concept, then he might appear in the game."
Wii Music has sold well over 2.5 million copies, so a sequel's hardly unlikely. The original game sees you forming your Miis together into a band, and letting loose on a variety of instruments as you craft cute versions of pop standards.
Miyamoto's comments might suggest a sequel's already in the works, but Nintendo has yet to comment. The company's probably too busy playing Epic Mickey, Junction Point's new Wii action-platformer-RPG game, which hits the UK on 25th November. We don't blame them, frankly.
Wii Music Preview (24/10/2008)
Seemingly eons ago, when Nintendo first revealed Wii to a very skeptical industry, game design genius Shigeru Miyamoto chose to demo the console with a st…
Eurogamer's got a story running that says Nintendo might be putting together a sequel for the 2008 game Wii Music.…
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