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Rock Band confirmed for Wii

No multiplayer or downloadable tracks.

Harmonix, MTV Games and Electronic Arts have confirmed a Wii version of Rock Band is on the way - as promised by silver-haired fox John Riccitiello at the beginning of February.

It will be available in the US in June, with the bundle - game, drums, microphone, wireless guitar - suggested to retail for USD 169.99.

However, the Wii version will not support online multiplayer nor allow you to download additional songs. The PS3 and 360 have enjoyed fresh tracks every week since the American launch last November.

"The Wii version still contains the robust four-player band experience and all the fun at the core of other versions of Rock Band," said a spokesperson for EA US.

"However, because the Wii's online capabilities and potential have yet to be fully realised, we wanted to wait before we explored online functionality for Rock Band to ensure that players get the high-quality of online performance they've come to expect."

Rock Band Wii will contain 63 songs, with stand-alone instruments available from launch.

EA Europe has been contacted for comment.

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