Wii Music

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12th November 2008

Wii Music

19th September 2008

Wii Music gets US release date

Wii Music 2 in the works?

Miyamoto thinks it deserves an encore.

A sequel to Nintendo's much-derided 2008 effort Wii Music could well be on the way, judging by comments made this week by the game's creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

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Wii Music

Out of tune.

There has already been plenty of debate about Wii Music. Some say it's another bold move by Nintendo to explore the wider uses of console technology and expand the gaming demographic. Some say it's another sign Nintendo is abandoning its hardcore fanbase in order to pursue a more lucrative agenda. Others say fcuk u in ur stupid ass Nintendo Wii Music sux ballz i want teh realz next gen.

But most of the debate has been about what Wii Music actually is. Is it a videogame? Is it a toy? Is it a creative tool? Is it a learning device? The answer is, it's attempting to be all of those things. The bad news is, it's not very good at being any of them.

Let's start with the basics. Wii Music features more than 60 virtual instruments, ranging from the obvious (drums, guitars, pianos, string instruments etc.) to the more obscure (sitars, banjos, DJ turntables) and the downright silly (dog and cat noises).

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PS3 sales reach new low in Japan

PS3 sales reach new low in Japan

Wii Music struggles, 360 going strong.

Fewer PS3s are being sold in Japan than ever before, with the figure plunging under 4000 units for the week ending 26th October according to Media Create data.

Sony will take solace in 6962 sales of PlayStation 2 consoles, then, but sitting behind format rival Xbox 360 with 7844 units sold will sting.

The reason behind it all could be the recent Xbox 360 price cut. Microsoft counts no games in the Japanese top 40, and the PS3 claims just NBA Live '09 way down at 39.

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No MotionPlus support for Wii Music

But Miyamoto keen on future inclusion.

Nintendo brain Shigeru Miyamoto has said Wii Music will not support for the fancy MotionPlus peripheral. This, remember, clips into the bottom of the Wiimote and adds a gyroscopic sensor allowing six degrees of motion-sensing freedom.

Miyamoto: Guitar Hero a "cover band"

Wii Music the real-creation-deal.

Nintendo creative star Shigeru Miyamoto believes Guitar Hero is a "cover band" compared to the creativity on offer in Wii Music, which is due out here on 14th November.

First Wii Music tracks revealed

Mario, Zelda, AC themes included.

The Japanese website for Wii Music is listing six of the songs featured in the game BUT IS IT A GAME OR IS IT A TOY OR IS IT ART OR IS IT A GAME OR OR OR.

Nintendo announces Wii Music date

Nintendo announces Wii Music date

Sorts out schedule for end of 2008.

Nintendo has made official noises about releasing Wii Music in Europe on 14th November.

This is the game Shigeru Miyamoto was playing on stage at E3, should you ever forget. Our hands-on impressions of Wii Music can fill you in on the rest.

EA has also locked down a release date for the Wii versions of 21st November for Skate It and Need For Speed: Undercover. We've not heard about the other versions of these, but they're unlikely to be too far from that.

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Wii Music gets US release date

Wii Music gets US release date

It's out over there next month.

Nintendo has confirmed Wii Music will launch in the US on October 20th.

You know, it's the game (OR IS IT A GAME or is it not or is it or DOES IT MATTER) where you get to play all manner of musical instruments using the Wii remote. Videos et cetera can be found on the gamepage.

So when's it out here? No idea. "We've made no announcement for Europe," a spokesperson told us. "This is just for the US." We're guessing it'll arrive in time for Christmas, though.

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Nintendo denies ignoring core gamers

But Iwata is sorry about E3 briefing.

Satoru Iwata has apologised to gamers who expected the next Super Mario or Legend of Zelda to be unveiled at Nintendo's E3 press conference last week.

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Racket game.

One reason music games are so big is that they're fun to watch: the blaring chart tune, the hypnotic pulses of the display, the posturing antics of your friends. The fact that they make a good spectator sport for the whole room is central to the entertainment value and success of Guitar Hero, SingStar, DDR and the rest. It's fun for everybody, whether they're playing or not.