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Wii Music

a Wii music video game that simulates instrument playing

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Fun for musicians, great for the classroom -- oh yeah, kids can play it too

  • Dec 25, 2008
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My family got this game for Christmas and we've been playing it almost constantly since we unwrapped the box. We're musicians, so we may be biased in favor of it -- but that also means that we can see the potential in the game.

To play the basic form of this game, you choose a piece of music and an instrument each for up to four players. The number of available songs and instruments increases as you play -- we've just added a sitar to our collection. Players are divided up into melody, harmonies, and percussion (if you choose -- you can also do "Ode to Joy" on Dog Suit and ukelele if you want to) and everyone plays. You can have "sheet music" to guide you if you like, but in any case, all players can control tempo and phrasing of the piece and otherwise add their own creative touches.

You can play with friends or lay down multiple tracks and put everything together to make videos. You can conduct the orchestra of Miis -- several conductors together can work to achieve "chemistry" together, too, a surprisingly challenging task. There are also games to work on pitch and rhythm, all of which were fun and which would also be excellent for ear training or music classes.

There are options involving the Wii balance board, too -- that's an addition to our wish list, for sure.

As you play, "lessons" are offered to you. Doing well with them leads to more options in the game. I assume that this means the game will grow with the players.

Kids can certainly play this game, adults will find the skill tests challenging, and trained musicians will get a kick out of it.

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review by . March 29, 2009
The Game "Wii Music" is a very unique game.    its not so much playing in competition as it is educating or continuing an interest in different instruments.    A very good game for young people looking to experiment with different music styles, or older people who are already experienced in instruments.    Good family game, catchy tunes (twinke twinkle little star) lol    Id say go over a friends house who has it if …
review by . January 24, 2009
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Wii Music is a fun game for younger kids and, at least in my case, their grandparents.     There's really not a lot to the game. You are introduced to various musical instruments, most traditional and a few fanciful ones and exposed to the rudiments of making music.     This is definitely not "Guitar Hero" - and it isn't intended to be.     It is intended to be a way for younger kids to have fun and maybe learn a little bit about music …
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When it comes to music and rhythm games,Wii Musicstands in a class of its own. Unlike other music games, which penalize players if they don't play perfectly,Wii Musicis a musical playground where there are no mistakes. Here anyone can pick up and master the huge array of instruments available, through simple motions like strumming and drumming. Musicians in your band jam by simply playing their instruments to the beat of a song or by improvising to their heart's content. Play faster. Play slower. Skip a beat, or throw in 10 more. No matter what you do,Wii Musicautomatically transforms your improv stylings into great music.

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Your music, your way
On-screen direction in 'Wii Music'
Simple pickup and playability.
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Drum set in 'Wii Music'
Easy controls and learning curve.
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Sitar and congas in 'Wii Music'
Huge array of diverse instruments.
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Singleplayer in 'Wii Music'
Make music by yourself.
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Multiplayer in 'Wii Music'
Or with up to 3 friends.
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Gameplay: Getting Your Band Together
InWii Musicevery band has six members: Two play the main melody, two cover the percussion beats, one covers the bass groove and one uses the song's chords to support the melody. As a band, the six members often play their special parts at the same time, though each player can jam however and whenever he or she wants. Play all at once. Take turns in the spotlight. Pair up in creative ways throughout the song. You can bring the band to life by yourself, playing one part at a time-or with up to four players. See game mode below:
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Number of Players: 1-4
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Console: Wii
Genre: Music
Release Date: JP: October 16, 2008; NA October 20, 2008; AUS November 13, 2008; EU November 14, 2008
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