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Nintendo demos gesture-controlled Wii Music

New title on show at E3 exhibition

Nintendo has given a real-time demo of long-rumoured title Wii Music at the E3 exhibition, demonstrating gesture-controlled instruments and the new Wii MotionPlus attachment.

Nintendo icon Shigeru Miyamoto told the audience that Nintendo designed Wii Music to allow everyone to experience the joy of performing music.

When players play a saxophone, for example, they hold the controller as they would a real sax. The same concept applies to drums, which will use the Wii Balance Board as the kit pedals.

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While most music games today require you to press buttons with precise timing to match symbols on screen, Wii Music relies on the gestures and placement of the Wiimote to create songs.

There will be 50 different instruments in all, including drums, piano, guitar, violin and saxophone, all of which you play using the same positions and gestures as the real thing. There was no timing, as in Guitar Hero or Rock Band, as the gestures, button presses, and timing of the player's movements were controlling the action.

The software won't grade your performances, Miyamoto said, but it will record them and allow you to create music videos with up to four people.

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