Wii Music

Published by Nintendo, Developed by Nintendo

Genres: Music (4 players)

US release date: Oct 20th, 2008 | EU release date: -

Wii Music user review

Dull, boring, and lifeless

Parvin wrote this game review.

Review written by
Parvin

August 3rd, 2009

Wii Music is based more as a family friendly game, rather than something you'd play with your friends. In my opinion, I hated the game. However, I feel it's not fair on children who would like to buy this game, so this will be a review showing two sides.

Gameplay

Wii Music screenshotIn the game, you have 60+ instruments, varying from an electric guitar, to jumping around in a cat suit. This isn't really a game, more of an experience. There is no story line. All you're doing is making music videos throughout the whole thing.

Although there are many instruments, all you're doing is shaking the wii remote. That's it. You can't even get that 'I'm going to put some effort in to this' feeling', because it's so hard to when all you're doing is giving the remote a little waggle for every single instrument. This had greatly disappointed me. Another problem is you can't convert the song, so if you try to play it a different way, it would come out pretty terrible since it's sticking to the original tune.

One thing that's good about this game is the way you can make your videos. For example, if you wanted to take out your drummer to help your performance, you can do that.

Wii Music screenshotAnd another nifty thing you can do is that before you perform, you can choose your stage. There are some nice ones, like performing whilst you're on a moving truck, and just standing in space. And after you're done, you can make your own poster for your new music video and then send it to your mates!

The songs

Nintendo hasn't done amazing with the song list. Your first collection of songs will be classical, well known songs, such as O Christmas Tree, and some random Russian lullabies. As you progress, you get more songs such as Material Girl by Madonna and Nintendo classics, like the Legend of Zelda theme tune

Wii Music screenshotThe problem with the song list was that it hardly varies and there are no modern songs. They could have put in a bit of effort to even put in some S club 7! Another let down to the game.

Other modes

Along with the rubbishy gameplay comes 3 other modes. One consists of you shaking your handbells at the right moment to keep a certain song going. You shake when your desired colored handbell appears.

Wii Music screenshotAnother mode is the famous orchestra mode, which was shown in e3 06. This was amazingly let down as all you do is keep shaking your wii remote to conduct an orchestra. You could sit down and waggle for years and it wouldn't change anything!

The last one is more of your song awareness. A song will play normally with a few of your miis, and the pitch, loudness, or wrong key will be heard. You have to use your skills to figure out which mii has screwed up your song. Also, you'll get other challenges within this mode, like placing miis in order of pitch.

Overall

Overall, its a game which has lost out so much potential. It could have been great, but was upsettingly ruined. Hardcore gamers should run away from this, and anyone wanting a jam with their mates, stick to Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The only category this is aimed for is the family, which even that is hard to accomplish. A bad let down.

56%

Gameplay: Gameplay score: 2

Graphics: Graphics score: 8

Sound: Sound score: 8

Lifespan: Lifespan score: 8

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