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Post by Baz on Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:50 am



A word of warning for Guitar Hero or Rock Band fans expecting a similar experience with Nintendo's Wii Music: You'll likely be very disappointed. While you get access to 60-odd instruments and can play songs or "jam" with virtual musicians, this game trades depth for breadth.

However, young children and players who like fooling around with music might find the format intriguing, for a while.

While we appreciate Nintendo wanted to take Wii Music in a different direction than other music games, the biggest beef is you don't actually play any notes. You simply move the motion-sensitive Wii remote or nunchuk controller to create prerecorded musical riffs. There are several ways to "play" instruments:

Hold the Wii remote and nunchuk like a guitar (with hands outstretched) and strum away.

Play the drums or piano by holding the two controllers like drumsticks (alternatively, you can play drums using the Wii Balance Board for your kick drum and high-hats, but it's not easy).

Use a violinlike control scheme by pressing the B, C and Z buttons while moving the Wii remote left and right.

Try trumpet- or flutelike control with the Wii remote up to your lips and pressing the 1 and 2 buttons.

You may also find the music quality and selection disappointing. Instead of studio recordings, the music consists of MIDI instrumental versions, like elevator Muzak. The selection of songs to jam with doesn't include current music, rather you select from songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Ode to Joy, The Entertainer, Every Breath You Take and La Cucaracha. There are also video game soundtracks from Nintendo's own Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.

Admittedly, Wii Music is better with up to four friends or relatives jamming together in front of the same TV. Plus, the ability to send a composition electronically to friends and relatives who have the game (and who can then tweak the composition by adding new sounds) is a good idea. You can also play minigames, though some are better than others.

While Nintendo tried to create a mainstream music game that anyone could pick up and play, it turned out to be a dumbed-down experience with a poor selection of songs recorded in lousy quality. We tried Wii Music out with a couple of kid testers and the game held their interest for only a short while ... before asking to put Guitar Hero back on.


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Post by jackie 46 on Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:57 am

Can't imagine you playing Twinkle,Twinkle....................Baz LOL.
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Post by Baz on Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:20 am

I was waiting for this to come out. It looked great. I was disappointed to read this.

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