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Wii Rock Band 2 Special Edition

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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Platform: Nintendo Wii
Edition: Special
  • Tour Challenges - mini-campaigns focused on the best songs by instrument, decade, genre, etc
  • Quickplay - with prefab or customized characters that can play on any instrument. Make customizable set lists and organize your song lists in different categories
  • Customizable Set Lists keep the music rolling and your band rocking in Quickplay mode
  • Drum Trainer - gives you the fundamentals of different beats and fills, translating gameplay into real drumming skills
  • Character Creator - new choices in clothing, accessories, tattoos, hairstyles, etc

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Product Details

Platform: Nintendo Wii | Edition: Special
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 16 x 8.8 inches ; 18.2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 18, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,658 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Nintendo Wii | Edition: Special

Product Description

Rock Band 2 offers an unparalleled, deeper, dynamic gameplay experience. This package includes a newly designed guitar and drum peripherals, with spiffier detail and a more realistic playing experience. These are all fully compatible with the original Rock Band instruments. The Guitar is sturdier, with a more precise strum bar, a built-in sensor allowing quick and seamless calibration, a retooled tilt sensor for improved Overdrive employment, a more realistic neck and body design, and quieter buttons. The Drums have an improved kick pedal with metal plate, velocity-sensitive drum heads, cymbal and hi-hat expansion ports, quieter drum heads and a wireless connection.

Classic, Developing and Emerging rock acts including Pearl Jam, Metallica, Allman Brothers, Motorhead, Devo, Jane's Addiction, Megadeth, Paramore, Modest Mouse Features AC/DC including Let There Be Rock Axl Rose debuts official new track, Shackler's Revenge from the album Chinese Democracy Includes Bob Dylan's Tangled Up In Blue This package includes a newly designed guitar and drum peripherals


Continue Your Rock and Roll Fantasy

Rock Band 2 lets you and your friends take your band on an even more expansive and immersive world tour - in person or online - and continue your rock and roll fantasy.

Harmonix, deliver Rock Band 2, the next step to the platform that lets audiences of all ages interact with music in an all-new way. Rock Band 2 lets players vicariously jam out as some of the best guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers of all time.

Featuring a track list with more than 80 on-disc tracks from some of the most hallowed bands of the rock pantheon, Rock Band 2 by challenges rockers to master lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals.
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Key Features

  • Take your band on an online-enabled World Tour mode, record albums, tackle the addictive Set Challenges, or even compete against other bands, either in your living room or halfway across the world, in the "Battle of the Bands" mode... plus all of the modes you know and love from the first Rock Band game!
  • Rock Band 2 will ship with 2nd generation hardware: more durable, wireless drums with an expansion port to support cymbal pads and improved wireless Fender Stratocaster guitars - with multiple colors - that will let you rock harder and longer than ever before.
  • Rock Band 2 pushes music simulation farther than it’s ever gone with a tool that actually teaches you how to play the drums in real life - or you can just have fun jamming and playing along to songs like an animal in the Freestyle Drum mode.

Track List

  • Abnormality - "Visions"
  • AC/DC - "Let There Be Rock"
  • AFI - "Girl's Not Grey"
  • Alanis Morissette - "You Oughta Know"
  • Alice in Chains - "Man in the Box"
  • Allman Brothers - "Ramblin' Man"
  • Anarchy Club - "Get Clean"
  • Avenged Sevenfold - "Almost Easy"
  • Bad Company - "Shooting Star"
  • Bang Camaro - "Night Lies"
  • Beastie Boys - "So Watcha Want"
  • Beck - "E-pro"
  • Bikini Kill - "Rebel Girl"
  • Billy Idol - "White Wedding Pt. I "
  • Blondie - "One Way or Another"
  • Bob Dylan - "Tangled Up in Blue"
  • Bon Jovi - "Livin' on a Prayer"
  • Breaking Wheel - "Shoulder to the Plow"
  • Cheap Trick - "Hello There"
  • Devo - "Uncontrollable Urge"
  • Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel the Pain"
  • Disturbed - "Down with the Sickness"
  • Dream Theater - "Panic Attack "
  • Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"
  • Elvis Costello - "Pump it Up"
  • Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
  • Foo Fighters - "Everlong "
  • Guns N' Roses - "Shackler's Revenge"
  • Interpol - "PDA"
  • Jane's Addiction - "Mountain Song"
  • Jethro Tull - "Aqualung"
  • Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle"
  • Joan Jett - "Bad Reputation"
  • Journey - "Anyway You Want It"
  • Judas Priest - "Painkiller"
  • Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"
  • L7 - "Pretend We're Dead"
  • Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
  • Libyans - "Neighborhood"
  • Linkin Park - "One Step Closer"
  • Lit - "My Own Worst Enemy"
  • Lush - "De-Luxe"
  • Mastodon - "Colony of Birchmen"
  • Megadeth - "Peace Sells"
  • Metallica - "Battery"
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "Where'd You Go"
  • Modest Mouse - "Float On"
  • Motorhead - "Ace of Spades "
  • Nirvana - "Drain You"
  • Norman Greenbaum - "Spirit in the Sky "
  • Panic at the Disco - "Nine in the Afternoon"
  • Paramore - "That's What You Get"
  • Pearl Jam - "Alive"
  • Presidents of the United States of America - "Lump"
  • Rage Against the Machine - "Testify"
  • Ratt - "Round & Round"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Give it Away "
  • Rise Against - "Give it All"
  • Rush - "The Trees"
  • Silversun Pickups - "Lazy Eye"
  • Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
  • Social Distortion - "I Was Wrong"
  • Sonic Youth - "Teenage Riot"
  • Soundgarden - "Spoonman"
  • Speck - "Conventional Lover"
  • Squeeze - "Cool for Cats"
  • Steely Dan - "Bodhitsattva"
  • Steve Miller Band - "Rock'n Me"
  • Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
  • System of a Down - "Chop Suey "
  • Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
  • Tenacious D - "Master Exploder"
  • Testament - "Souls of Black"
  • That Handsome Devil - "Rob the Prez-o-Dent"
  • The Donnas - "New Kid in School"
  • The Go-Go's - "We Got the Beat"
  • The Grateful Dead - "Alabama Getaway"
  • The Guess Who - "American Woman"
  • The Main Drag - "A Jagged Gorgeous Winter"
  • The Muffs - "Kids in America "
  • The Offspring - "Come Out & Play"
  • The Replacements - "Alex Chilton"
  • The Sterns - "Supreme Girl"
  • The Who - "Pinball Wizard "
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RB2 on the Wii delivers! Best game on Wii so far IMHO. December 18, 2008
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii|Edition:Special
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I managed to get my hands on Rock Band 2 a bit early, and spent the entirety of the evening playing. What a drastic improvement over Rock Band 1 on the Wii! This is identical to the Xbox 360/ PS3 versions of the game, and I was even more impressed than I anticipated. I was having a blast before I even had a chance to play a single note: The character creator tool was a welcome bonus! You create a band and members, and then you hit the road. It was a really satisfying experience! This is really the first time that a Wii game has been truly competitive with other Next-Gen console games.

The World Tour mode is now available locally or online, and there are also challenges and battle-of-the-bands. There was a "Wii pre-release" battle available for the select few who managed to snag the game early, and I was able to compete head to head with other bands (there were only 3 other bands online since the game was not yet available @ most stores).
There are sure to be plenty of lengthy reviews, so I will just note some of my observations:

*Band Members - once you create your band-mates using the Character Creator, when you play a gig, there they are! I knew this feature was present, but I had no idea how exciting it would be the first time my character (who happens to look JUST LIKE ME!) appeared on stage! It was really satisfying! This feature was really well done. My first order of business was to create characters for my wife and all our friends. Whenever they come over and play from now on, they can use their characters. Also, these characters can be moved around, dropped etc. Also, whenever you select a character to play a gig with your band, they get a "cut", earning that character money which can be used to buy clothes, accessories, instruments, etc.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New to Rockband December 22, 2008
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii|Edition:Special
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Rhythm type games never interested me much, until now. I played guitar hero way back and was left unimpressed so I never thought much of checking the progress in this genre. For Christmas, I received Rock Band 2 for the Wii as a gift and immediately loved it.

Overall, all the instruments are easy to play and are fun. The freestyle, training, and solo mode allow to progress at your own pace. (Currently, I'm terrible but am improving). Challenge and band tour mode prove more difficult as your progress.

As mentioned previously, I don't have experience with RB1, GH, or GHWT so I cannot compare but I'm totally thrilled at how much fun my entire family is having playing this TOGETHER.

The only possible downsides I can see are:
1) At the time of this review, the Rock Band store for the wii is not up yet - so I cannot download the free songs or buy any new ones. According to Harmonix, it will be up soon.
2) The memory on the Wii is limited so downloading a lot of songs can be a problem so buy an SD card if you plan to purchase new songs. I wish I knew how much each song and it's data took up on my SD card. I can't test yet since the wii RB store isn't open yet.
3) It's pretty costly, but at least the quality of the instruments feels good.

I highly recommend Rock Band 2, it's a blast.

Edit after playing for 2 weeks:
I'm still playing every day and loving it.

For those interested about the instruments and playing:
Drums - To me, the drum set looks a little kid-like but it's durable and I haven't had any problems. The included drum & fill trainers help you get the beats down so you can move to the harder levels. I love that you can move the bpm up and down to further test yourself.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silence is Deafening! December 21, 2008
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii|Edition:Special
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ahhh the sweet sound of nothing!!! Finally, a "band" game where the instruments Don't make more sound than the songs do (at apt. dwelling reasonably volumed levels). These guitars are nearly silent when being played. And the drums are 50% quieter. In addition, the between song cut scenes aren't amped up sooo ridiculiously loud (like another "band" games' are) that you are always reaching for the volume control. The new instruments are upgraded very nicely. The guitars even have a photocell & mic built in to sync up with your TV when you calibrate. They look nicer with a 2-tone wood neck/head and the whammy bar is better at not sagging down. And did I mention they were soooo quiet? This actually creates a small problem of not sometimes knowing if you pushed the button or not. The new drum set is improved nicely too. The pedal has a metal plate added and the crossbar is more tighter fitting for less noise. The pads sound simular to RB1 drums with the silencer pads added, so that cuts the noise down as well. I have bought the add-on cymbals (2 set) and they aren't so quiet, but when you have them plugged in, you can still hit the regular pad also (so you can have 2 yellows or 2 greens) that you can have a choice of which to hit, so worth $20 extra. They are now wireless (3 batteries and a dongle) and are black/silver instead of white. It seems a mic is a mic is a mic, but cant they make it wireless? You can be on the internet in a subway for pete's sake!!! So now for the actual game itself: 4 out of 5. The "TOUR" (which you must do to open all songs) is maddeningly repetitive. I have played some songs 6 or 7 times because they are part of the "gig" you are playing. This is the only flaw I can find in this game. I just want to play each song once to open, and quickplay my life away! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars she played it everyday and loved it. Great Delivery
I ordered this for my daughter, she played it everyday and loved it. Great Delivery :)
Published 5 months ago by Tammy
3.0 out of 5 stars Wii Rock Band 2 Special Edition
The game is great but the guitar is so so...it gives us some trouble. The drums & the microphone are good.
Published 13 months ago by Christine Shriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Games
I love these games and still love them. I am showing my Fiancee the lovely world of gaming and he is glued! Finally have a full band!
Published 13 months ago by Nessie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
This was a Christmas gift for my grandsons. They spent many hours playing and I believe they still enjoy it even though they have had it for some time.
Published 16 months ago by Ann Rast
4.0 out of 5 stars Scratched up cd
Everything worked except the cd it was all scratched up and it would't go past the title screen of the game.
Published 17 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Band 2
first time ordering a pre-owned item. Everything was as advertisied Whole family(5-40yrs) enjoying it. Would purchase a pre-owned item again
Published 22 months ago by Janet C. Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Came with everything I needed. Everything worked andwas in good shape. the game wasnt even opened yet which was an unexpected bonus. I an 100% satisfyied.
Published 22 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars The new soul of the Party
In Rockband, you and up to 4 other "players" (more like bandmates) play at once in one of the most fun experiences I have had on the wii during a party. Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by Quager
2.0 out of 5 stars unhappy camper
i really love the rockband game in general. i played it at my cousin house and thats what made me want to buy one of my own. Read more
Published on February 2, 2012 by gamequeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it
I bought this for the kids two years ago. They still play with it. We even got the adults to jam. It was the best price and came perfectly shipped. It is still going strong.
Published on January 1, 2012 by C. Kachulis
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