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- Wii Music for Nintendo Wii lets you play musical instruments and make music using the Wii Remote and the Wii Balance Board
- Start a band with up to six different band members
- Pick a background stage, and shake, move, and press buttons to play up to 60 different instruments for a ton of melodic fun
- No need to press a specific button at a certain time; instead you just need to mimic the actions of playing that instrument
- Save up to 30 music videos and create playlists among your favorites
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When it comes to music and rhythm games, Wii Music stands in a class of its own. Unlike other music games, which penalize players if they don't play perfectly, Wii Music is 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 Music automatically transforms your improv stylings into great music.
In Wii Music every 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:
- Solo Play: When you play by yourself, you can add one part at a time to arrange the whole song exactly how you want. The Tutes are on hand to back up your band in any parts you need filled.
- Multiplayer: When in a band with friends, up to four people can be band members.
- Wii Friends: Using WiiConnect24, you can send your jam videos to Wii Friends who own Wii Music. They can then watch your performance, modify it to their liking and send their jam videos back to you.
When not playing with friends, you can invite jam masters known as Tutes to play with you. They'll join a session playing an instrument that each thinks is strong for a specific song. You can simply enjoy the musical camaraderie, or pick up instrument tips by watching them jam. If you choose to watch, the Tutes will show you lots of techniques for many of these instruments, then ask you to follow their examples. They'll start with the simplest techniques, then as you master each one, show you even more nuanced ones. Key Game Features:
- Easy to Play Improv Jams - All members of 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. Wii Music challenges you to transform your improv stylings into great music. There are no mistakes and no game scores-just playing for the pure joy of playing.
- Wii Controls Immerse You in the Music - You can play most of the 60-plus instruments in Wii Music using simple motions with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. Strum to play guitar, banjo and sitar. Drum to play jazz drums, congas and snare drums. Hammer away to play piano, vibraphone and marimba. Unlike most music games, Wii Music doesn't make you use many complex buttons. You only need to imitate playing the instrument.
- Virtually Endless Ways to Make Music - You choose the song and instruments and decide whether to blaze through a rock take on classical songs, put a jazzy spin on folk tunes or transform Nintendo classics like the Super Mario Bros. theme into Latin-flavored numbers. The song list is only a takeoff point-it's how you improvise with the songs that matters.
- Share Your Band Jams With Friends - They'll see your Mii band members, your players' improv styles and your instrument selections. They can watch your recordings, or play over parts of your song, then send their modified recording back to you. So you can send improv jams back and forth over WiiConnect24, changing them again and again.
You can play most of the 60-plus instruments in Wii Music using simple motions with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. Strum to play guitar, banjo and sitar. Drum to play jazz drums, congas and marching drums. Hammer away to play piano, vibraphone and marimba. Unlike most music games, Wii Music doesn't make you use complex buttons. You only need to imitate playing the instrument. Wii Music offers virtually endless ways to make music. Fun Beyond the Jam
Designed with classic Wii gameplay in mind, Wii Music includes many other modes and play options besides the main band jams, including several musical games and an enhanced video playback mode for recorded jams.
- Videos Mode: Watch your jam videos in an enhanced playback mode that brings your jams to life with fun environmental effects and dramatic camera angles.
- Mii Maestro: By waving the Wii Remote like a conductor's baton in this mini-game, you'll lead a Mii orchestra through orchestrated songs, such as The Legend of Zelda theme. Make them play quickly, slowly, strongly or gently-the orchestra is at your command.
- Handbell Harmony: In this musical mini-game, you'll play in a handbell ensemble by swinging your Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Everyone on the team has a job to do: play one of your notes only when the tune demands it.
- Pitch Perfect: How good is your musical ear? In this whimsical musical quiz, you'll have to solve challenges, like putting note-playing Miis in order from lowest to highest pitch.
- Drum Mode: In the one mode that uses the Wii Balance Board accessory (sold with Wii Fit), you can feel what it's like to play a real-life drum set. You'll use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as drumsticks, and place both feet on the Wii Balance Board-which work as virtual pedals for the bass drum and hi-hat cymbal.
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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.
(1) In the "conductor" mode, you're expected to waive the baton to conduct an orchestra. The music seems simple, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but it was arranged beautifully. The woodwind begins quietly then strings take over. Keep on waiving your baton, or if you stop, the musicians give you a strange look. The tune continues with brass, rapid string counter melody, and ends with alternating timpani and a cymbal blast. The second orchestra piece is Carmen, which can be played fast-slow-fast with a dramatic ending.
(2) In the jam session, you choose the musical instrument, song, style (pop, calypso, March, Hawaiian, etc) and whether you want to be the melody, bass, harmony, or percussions. There are numerous instruments to select but there four basic ways to control or "play" them: piano control, guitar control, violin control and trumpet control.
(3) In the improvisation mode, you just pick the instrument and start playing. The computer will help you with the accompaniments such as bass and drums. The melody seems to be random notes matching simple chord progressions in minor or major key. To make more fun, certain buttons add more functionality to the game depending on the musical instruments. For example, when you play guitar, use button C to play a chord, instead of a single note. When playing recorder, press B to make a trill (trill is a technique to produce two quick repeated notes).
(4) The video mode enables you to record your performance and share it with your Wii friends. The game comes with four prerecorded video clips from the factory.
(5) Pitch Perfect is a fun game to test your hearing and pitch recognition. For example, you are asked to arrange the Miis playing low note to high note, or you have to select two Miis playing a harmony among three Miis on the screen.
Conclusion: unlike other game which emphasizes pressing color coded buttons, this game is more on the musical side. The song selections are mostly public domain music and not as many as Guitar Hero because it is not necessary to have hundred of music library to enjoy music. A simple repertoire like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star can be arranged in limitless ways as long as you're creative. Even Mozart created a variation of this popular French tune.
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As simplistic as the game seems at first, it actually teaches you how to play music, recognize harmony, and...Read more