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Ultimate Band - Nintendo Wii

by Disney Interactive Studios
Everyone 10+
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews) 59 / 100

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Platform: Nintendo Wii
Nintendo Wii
  • Eight Imaginative and invocative venues, including 'Jamhalla,' 'Aztec Palace,' and 'Dome Debut' come to life during gameplay and react to how well players perform.
  • Take on - drums, lead guitar, bass guitar and a band front man - all with unique motion mechanics using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
  • Follow a unique narrative story mode or stand up and jam to any songs and venues they've already unlocked.
  • 30+ songs made famous by artists such as The White Stripes, The Who, The Jonas Brothers, Weezer and more.
  • Players can customize their bands by creating characters that look just like them, or by selecting from different character genres.

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Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0016OVB2U
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,014 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Nintendo Wii

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Rock and roll comes in all shapes, sizes, flavors and colors, but there is one truism. All great bands don't just play their music, they live it. And now you can do the same as you play and perform moves just like a rock star with Ultimate Band for Wii. Ultimate Band puts players on the track to Rock n' Roll stardom by advancing their music careers and popularity from playing in a neighborhood garage to performing in front of an international audience at a world famous venue. But this isn't your typical rhythm game.

Playing in the garage in 'Ultimate Band'
Start in the basement & clubs.
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Playing on the big stage in 'Ultimate Band'
Take your act to the top .
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On-screen Wii Remote directions in 'Ultimate Band'
The Wii-Mote makes rockin' easy.
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Unlike other games in the music genre, Ultimate Band utilizes the innovative Wii Remote and Nunchuk that players already have to provide the ability to play the drums, bass guitar, lead guitar, or take on the role of the front man, without the extra cost of music-mimicking peripherals. Players also use the familiar, intuitive controls of their Wii Remote and Nunchucks to create and customize characters that reflect their own unique personalities and attributes. Along the way, players unlock new songs, venues, and accessories that can be used to customize their band members as they experience a new type of musical gaming experience that will take them where they have never been before.






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Key Game Features:
  • Choose Your Instrument: In Ultimate Band, there are four band roles that players can take on - drums, lead guitar, bass guitar and a band front man - all with unique motion mechanics using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
  • Multiple Game Modes: Players can either follow a unique narrative story mode or stand up and jam to any songs and venues they've already unlocked. In addition Ultimate Band offers group and family entertainment through multiplayer modes that include head-to-head competition or cooperative play.
  • Extensive Song List: 30+ songs made famous by artists such as The White Stripes, The Who, The Jonas Brothers, Weezer and more.
  • Gender-Specific Detail: Although there is no singing in Ultimate Band, all of the songs in Ultimate Band are re-mastered so they are performed in the gender of each band's front man and include added attention to age-appropriate lyrics.
  • Character Customization: Players can customize their bands by creating characters that look just like them, or by selecting from different character genres.
  • Eight Varied Gameplay Environments: Eight Imaginative and invocative venues, including 'Jamhalla,' 'Aztec Palace,' and 'Dome Debut' come to life during gameplay and react to how well players perform.
Gameplay: Out of the Garage and on to 'Stage Breaks'
Although there are many ways to play Ultimate Band, one of the most exciting is through its compelling storyline, told via cutscenes. Players begin by choosing the gender of their character, crafting their image with a wide variety of clothing accessories and choosing a band name. Once the other members are added in a similar way, the touring cycle begins that will lift player's bands out of the garage, into the clubs and possibly on to the biggest stages in the world; but the story doesn't end there. Once players have hit the big-time there is the challenge of 'Stage Breaks.' These are special events that only happen when musicians are in their groove and are in context with the theme of each game environment. For example, in 'Jamhalla,' a Viking-themed Rock n' Roll fortress, a dragon punctuates the performance of your song. Just make it through the song, and he just makes an appearance. But rock the house and he blasts flames. Now that Rocks!

Nintendo Wii/DS Connectivity
If you have Ultimate Band for the Nintendo DS you can sit in with players on the Wii version. Simply set your DS to search Wii versions of Ultimate Band in range and you can join in the fun. While the Wii gamers roam from gig to gig and in and out of the studio, you have the ability to play VJ by altering the color of the lights, as well as turning on and off stage effects among other things.


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85 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Song list December 11, 2008
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Wii Song List
· Girls Not Grey
· Complicated
· Hanging on the Telephone
· Song 2
· I Want You To Want Me
· All Right Now
· Anna Molly
· Club Foot
· Won't Go Home Without You
· Dashboard
· Helena
· Get the Party Started
· Crushcrushcrush
· Just
· Stumble and Fall
· When Did Your Heart Go Missing?
· In Too Deep
· Unconditional
· Somebody Told Me
· Always Where I Need to Be
· Debaser
· Fell in Love With a Girl
· Break on Through
· Beverly Hills
· Move Along
· Rock Lobster
· First Date
· Whip It
· Take Over the Break is Over
· Hold On
· Our Time Now
· Just What I Needed
· All Day and All of the Night
· Steady As She Goes
· My Generation
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate band November 29, 2008
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My kids got this yesterday and have played it non-stop. When we ordered it a week ago it was $20.00 cheaper on Amazon, now it is the same price as everywhere else but with free shipping I was thrilled. My 15 year old takes band in High School and he is loving it. They wanted Rock Band but we don't have the room for all drums etc. so this is a great alternative.
They like it better than Wii Music.
My 9 year old is having a little bit of a difficult time with it but it took him a while to master Guitar hero so he is getting better slowing. This definitely is a game for many age groups probably aged 8 and up.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Layna S
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
GAMESPOT COM wrote a great in-depth review & also see on YOUTUBE COM videos of gameplay & how the controls work.
this game was made/influenced by Disney, so any objectionable lyrics have been cut out & the graphics are ultra friendly. I rented this & played for about an hour.
It has a great in-game tutorial & the symbols are very easy to understand & the moves are intuitive. You get the name the band, male/female for the drummer, singer/front man, guitar & base. There is easy, normal, hard & possibly advanced settings you can switch up right before the song plays. There is a practice area, etc. The customization is a bit limited, but it seems you'll unlock more stuff to "shop" in.
The game seems very lenient on how it grades for timing, it seems as long as you don't do it wrong or keep going when the next command comes, you get credit. This can make it a bit boring for EASY, but great for younger kids, Normal good as a beginning for teenagers & Adults & then Hard for those with good dexterity or once you've played a few times or so.
Each song you have to play & pass doing all 4 instruments. On easy there are less things to do compared to normal & hard & also therefore less things to hit.
Here are all the different things you do for each instrument from what I remember:
Drums - down beat for each hand, both hands down, side for cymbals, clapping, fast down beats, twirling sticks in one or both hands.
Guitar - C, CZ, Z, or no buttons for fret & strumming always for the note, B for whammy, arm circles w/wiimote, clapping
Front man/Singer - punching fwd one or both hands, holding remote/mic up angled to face, normal up & down, swinging in circle one or both hands, clapping, waving both hands
I didn't do bass in the 1 hour I played.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for Music Lovers July 31, 2009
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Wii Ultimate Band is geared towards kids who want to make music without the complexity of multi-note combinations. Instead you wave your nunchuck and swing your controller along with the rhythm. It can actually be challenging!

First, the basics. For people used to a Guitar Hero or Rock Band world, this is quite different. It's not about following notes up and down a guitar neck, or about combinations of tom toms and cymbals. Instead, it's primarily about rhythm. You do get to choose from singer, drums, guitar and bass - but each instrument is then played by rhythm.

So let's take the singer. You don't actually sing. Instead you hand-bunch, wave your hands in the air, clap and so on. For the guitarist you do strum, but all you do is "high strum" or "low strum". You can also do arm windmills and claps. Drummers are at least doing hits and stick twirls, so that makes sense.

That being said, it can be quite fun. They'll have the singer punching forward with one hand while turning in circles with the other hand. It's like patting your head and rubbing your stomach - quite challenging!

The character customization is very basic - a few face styles, a few hairdos. I do like that they have the song sung in a male or female voice based on the character who is singing the song. The graphics for the venues are fairly impressive given the Wii's limited capabilities.

The songs? This is always going to be highly subjective based on the player. If you take any song list and give it to 20 different people you'll get 20 different reactions. For us, there are too few "good classics". The versions they have are not wonderful. You have to unlock them in story mode before you can play them in free play.

Speaking of unlocking, it's really annoying.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Band is a great game for all ages! December 27, 2008
By Kelly
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ulimate Band is a great alternative to other band games if you are concerned about ratings. The varying difficulty levels and use of Disney channel type songs make it fun and appropriate for all ages. Can be used by 1-4 players at a time, provided you have enough Wii remotes/nunchucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this game
Published 17 days ago by Mike's Wife
4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
Kids like it and received this on time.
Published 2 months ago by Julia M. Corrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
The video needs more instructions to figure out how to make it work. I myself couldn't figure it out. My son came home home from college to set it up for me. Then it worked great.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Lyberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the family
I appreciate having a "band" style game that doesn't require any additional controllers and the music is pretty good. It's fun for adults and kids. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Regina M. Napolitano
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This has made my son enjoy playing his real guitar because he likes to rock with the ultimate band on his Wii.
Published 8 months ago by Cutie
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it but...
This game looked fun to me. I retired playing my guitar hero and rockband games and just was seeking another music game. So I bought this and, what a mistake! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tlmsrr
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
It is a fun game when you have someone to play with. I recommend this seller and game to anyone with children.
Published 12 months ago by Kim Putz
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty fun game
This game is really fun. The only problem is for me the controls can be really hard; there's alot to remember. Also, it starts to hurt my wrist after awhile. Read more
Published 23 months ago by CeCe
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Game
I bought this used at a game store & I'm glad I did. It's fun for grandkids & for me. I'm a natural with the drums but the others I need to practice.
Published on August 6, 2012 by TheBeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Excellent game-bought it for my neighbor girl, who is 9. She loves it! Carrys a DS with her at all times, on the way to school, and back, and anytime there is a road trip. Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Momawto2
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