Want the experience of performing great sounding music with your friends but have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever? Well fear not! Nintendo have announced that the ultra-accessible music-sim Wii Music will be arriving on US store shelves on the 20th of October.
Wii Music sets to carry on from where Wii Sports and Wii Fit began by taking fun, yet often inaccessible activities and dropping them slap bang in the living room with an intuitive interface and welcoming format. Players can improvise jams on the fly with more than 60 instruments from the guitar to the sitar via the trumpet, marimba and violin. Using the Wii remote and Nunchuk, Wii Music turns players’ movements into what the press release calls “great music, even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before.”
Cynicism aside, Wii Music has the potential to add a whole new layer of meaning to the music-sim genre. The game will be notably absent from the score-centric competitiveness of Rock Band and like, focusing on the act of collaborating musically rather than competing prowess – which considering the ultra-easy controls would be just the teeniest bit ironic.
Anyone who has ever been in a band will tell you that getting together a group of friends who all play different instruments and collaborating in a constructive way is as challenging as it is rewarding. Wii Music is not going to make potential musicians too lazy to bother learning the real thing, if anything it will inspire them. What Wii Music will do is give gamers the chance to experience just a bit of the thrill that comes from sharing live music with friends.