Recently at the E3 2008 games expo in Los Angeles, PC Advisor got to take a look at two upcoming Nintendo Wii Series games - Wii Sports Resort and Wii Music. Here's our first look at Wii Music.
Wii Music doesn't require the WiiMotion Plus add-on. It is expected to launch sometime in November or December 2008. Unlike RockBand, Guitar Hero, Rock Revolution, et al, Wii Music more or less provides a jamming playground where it's perfectly fine for players to make mistakes... almost to a fault.
We like the concept of granting players a taste of the connection created when you play music with another person, but the lack of a discernable goal in what we played did feel slightly aimless, at least in Wii Music's jam mode. Sure we could see where we were supposed to play, but we weren't really penalised (even in terms of sounding all that bad) if we just rocked out, arms flaying wildly.
More than 60 instruments will be available in Wii Music: a vast variety of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion options; the piano, too. For instance, the Nunchuk and Wii remote let you glide an invisible bow back and forth at your shoulder to play violin, strum invisible space to play guitar, or rattle away when you play tambourine. Various buttons perform a range of flourishes, both visual and musical.
Word is that Wii Music will include about 50 songs, including public domain folk songs (we played Twinkle Twinkle), and more modern licensed content (we also played the Mario theme song, but expect some real songs you'd hear on the radio, too).
Nintendo says it's not really thinking about downloadable content for Wii Music, instead focusing more on letting players use their imagination to change up the style of songs provided. A death metal version of Yankie Doodle? You got it!
Four players can jam in your lounge room at once. You can also use WiiConnect24 to save an instrument jam as a video and share it with a friend. They can then record a musical part over it and send the combined piece back to you. Up to 6 parts can be layered, six melodic and two percussion.
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