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Samba De Amigo - Nintendo Wii

by Sega
Nintendo Wii
Everyone
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews) 68 / 100

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  • Brand New Dual Wii Remote Control Option gives players’ untethered, maraca-shaking freedom with two remotes or the Wii Remote and Nunchuck.
  • Fun for Two Players in competitive or cooperative multiplayer modes, including Love Love mode where two players synch up their moves to earn points and test their compatibility.
  • The Samba-infused Soundtrack features over 40 upbeat, festive favorites from the original game, plus many new tunes.
  • Online Leaderboards and Friends Lists let players post their best scores and compare them to their friends’ scores.
  • Multiple Game Modes include Career, Single Player, Multiplayer, Training, and Records.

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  • ASIN: B000XZZ8C2
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 3.7 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,745 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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The samba-inspired rhythm music game made popular in the arcades is shaking its way onto the Wii™! Keeping the beat with over 40 songs on a Samba-inspired sound track, players shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk like maracas, and compete with friends to see who has the best moves. Throughout the dynamic songs there will be opportunities to strike a pose for extra points. Friends and family will be thoroughly entertained cheering each other on as they anxiously await their next turn. Special Modes expand gameplay with Quick Play, Classic, Battle, Survival, Hustle, and Mini-games.
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Samba De Amigo

Features

  • Brand New Dual Wii Remote Control Option gives players’ untethered, maraca-shaking freedom with two remotes or the Wii Remote and Nunchuck.
  • Fun for Two Players in competitive or cooperative multiplayer modes, including Love Love mode where two players synch up their moves to earn points and test their compatibility.
  • The Samba-infused Soundtrack features over 40 upbeat, festive favorites from the original game, plus many new tunes.
  • Online Leaderboards and Friends Lists let players post their best scores and compare them to their friends’ scores.
  • Multiple Game Modes include Career, Single Player, Multiplayer, Training, and Records.

Special Modes

Special modes expand gameplay with Quick Play, Classic, Battle, Survival, Hustle and Mini-Games Special SEGA Levels include beloved characters from past SEGA games High scores can be uploaded to global leaderboards and compared against you're your friends' lists

Samba De Amigo
Great Soundtrack
Classis Characters from the Original game

Product Description

The samba-inspired rhythm music game made popular in the arcades is shaking its way onto the Wii™! Keeping the beat with over 40 songs on a Samba-inspired sound track, players shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk like maracas, and compete with friends to see who has the best moves. Throughout the dynamic songs there will be opportunities to strike a pose for extra points. Friends and family will be thoroughly entertained cheering each other on as they anxiously await their next turn. Special Modes expand gameplay with Quick Play, Classic, Battle, Survival, Hustle, and Mini-games.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be deterred by bad reviews November 3, 2008
By Simon
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Samba de Amigo is the revival of Sega's classic Dreamcast game. The original was one of the first rhythm games to come with its own special peripheral controller in the form of maracas, which have now been translated to the Wii's motion-sensitive controls. You shake your controllers in time with the music, matching the beats in either the high, middle, or low circles.

This game has been unfairly panned in professional reviews, and to get the most out of it you have to understand how the controls actually work. Unlike the Dreamcast version, the Wii remote does not sense height - raising your arms above your head to shake won't actually register a high beat. It's about angles, so you tilt the remote up to hit the high circles, point it down to hit the low circles, and hold it level to hit the ones in the middle. It's very much about wrist work, and once you've got this down the game's easier to manage. The other problem is that the learning curve is pretty steep. Easy is a write-off, Normal isn't much challenge, but at Hard the beats start coming every which way, and it's often hard to focus on what you're supposed to hit next. With practice you'll get better, but the game isn't great at prepping you for the challenge.

Otherwise the rest of the presentation is mostly solid. Graphics are wild, colouful, and totally psychedelic. It's exactly the type of look to make the game stand out. The song list features a bunch of well-known Latin and pop beats, and while a lot of them are covers, this is a pretty strong lineup. There's also downloadable content available, so like other music games you get a bit more value.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More fun than a barrel of monkeys! November 3, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The first thing I noticed with this game is how incredibly fast you can pick up and play - no cut scenes, dialogue, etc. You even set up whether you want to use a wiimote/nunchuck or wiimote/wiimote combo by simply "shaking your left hand!" It's very satisfying to turn on the game and be playing within 30 seconds, so few are like that nowadays.

The music is so much fun, the colors and background scenes are bright and cheery, everything about the game makes me happy! So far I have done the Quickplay mode, Career, and Minigames. I guess the only thing keeping it from being a 5 out of 5 is that it seems to have a little trouble detecting my movement sometimes. I may have one wonky remote that makes the game even less responsive than it needs to be. Somehow this doesn't make the game any less fun! Normally I'm easily frustrated but this game leaves me grinning from head to toe.

I guess one other oddity of the game is the scoring system: maybe it's me but I can't figure out why an 89% is an A sometimes and a D other times! Maybe it has to do with how many "Perfect!" hits vs "Yeah!" hits?

Really really can't wait to play it with a group, I can see how it would be a blast! I don't have kids but I can't imagine a kid that couldn't handle it. Easy to figure out, super fun to play! One of the best Wii purchases I've made all year.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Samba on the Wii! November 3, 2008
By F. Gil
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I rented Samba De Amigo first from a Blockbuster. I was put off from purchasing the game because I've heard so much that the controls do not work well and can be at times impossible to use. After I've rented it and played it for a good couple of days I never really noticed any bad controls mentioned by some reviewers. On Easy and Normal mode I've been able to get an A Rank on every song. The same goes for my nephew (age 8) so the controls must not be as difficult as some say. It's not hard to play but the controls are certainly far from being perfect. Also, with this review I can't compare how the controls do with the Dreamcast version of this game as I've never owned it.

Since I've enjoyed playing Samba De Amigo so much I've purchased the retail version. So far, I'm loving the game. There are plenty of modes to choose from. In Career Mode you can unlock maraca sound effects and other tracks to be playable. The tracklisting is what really got me into this game. There was no other rhythm game I've played where I was most familiar with the tracks. I knew most of the tracks that was played here and enhanced my enjoyment of the game. Later tracks in Career Mode do get much harder to unlock as you progress. Now that I'm in Hard Mode of the game the movements become more challenging but still not impossible to beat. At the time of writing, I've completed 53% of Career Mode and unlocked most of the tracks available with not much motion control issues. I do imagine that Super Hard Mode may have some problems but that is what practicing is for. Also, production values of this game are really great. I love the environments of the stages. Everything moves and flows to the beat of the songs. It may be distracting as you're trying to hit your beats correctly but it's fun to watch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I loved playing Samba de Amigo on the Dreamcast; I was lucky to have 2 sets of Sega original maracas controllers, even! I was thrilled that it was making a comeback for the Wii, because this meant wireless play. However, early reviews from professional game review sources panned the Wii remake almost unanimously for one basic reason: the controls were broken. Some have even said to wait until the game is "fixed" or adapted to the Motion Plus accessory Nintendo is releasing this summer (probably).

However, the controls are not broken, and I have some doubts that the game will be re-tooled for Motion Plus. Some reviews were pretty lazy, and the reviewers did not even try to learn how the game senses position and maraca-shaking. Indeed, you cannot play the Wii version precisely how you played the Dreamcast version and expect good results whatsoever. There are adjustments that must be made.

Luckily, adjusting to the Wii version's controls is not very difficult; it just requires keeping a few things in mind: 1) the height of the "maracas" is determined solely by the tilt of the controllers; 2) shaking is most successful along the plane of the controller (i.e., to hit the upper targets, thrust the controllers vertically toward the ceiling, as if you're jabbing the balls into the rings); 3) crossing-over left and right for poses requires the controller surfaces to be facing your torso; and 4) middle target shaking is forgiving for the most part, but it's easier if the controller surfaces are facing outward (and try to shake horizontally, tapping the balls into the targets). I started a discussion on this page with these and other tips for controls, but these 4 might be the most important tips. So far, I've been able to clear Career Mode on "Hard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it, really a game that never gets old
Like many reviewers, I'm also a big fan of the original Samba De Amigo on the Dreamcast. I found the game in a bargain bin and fell in love with it, not only for the concept, but... Read more
Published 12 months ago by GhostFrappe
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great fun
This "game" is great fun and really makes you work out without even knowing you are working out! Absolutely love it!
Published 15 months ago by Danell Behrens
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a solid remake
Samba de Amigo is a game where you shake your maracas to the beat of a song in different positions, Match silly poses, and in this case, flailing your arms around like an idiot. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jimmy
2.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious the first time, Intolerable the second
I tend to beat every game I buy. I did not beat this game.

The first time we played it was at a party, and it was hilarious. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Cute dance game and funny because you can see all of your Mii's in background as well. The music is fun and entertaining.
Published 19 months ago by lachinita34
4.0 out of 5 stars "Samaba De Amigo"
My boyfriend and I spent the day into the night playing "Samaba De Amigo" & now it feels like are arms are going to fall off. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by JessF
5.0 out of 5 stars Samba De Amigo
Hours of great fun. This is a bit of a workout game. The music is good. Tons of fun great game to keep the kids busy and working out
Published on October 24, 2011 by Norma
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Happy, fun game! Think it can actually cheer you up! Wouldn't really recommend it for people with wrist problems though since you have to flick your wrist to get it to register.
Published on May 2, 2011 by Buyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Game!
This game is great! I just got a Dreamcast (I know, it's 2011...), and I was looking at a list of the best multiplayer games. This popped up, but It was really expensive. Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by weasel
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Needs Zumba When You Have Samba de Amigo??
I wanted to buy Zumba Wii because I love Zumba. However, Samba de Amigo was only $10 and the best cardio workout to boot! Read more
Published on March 15, 2011 by Stroller Snob
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