The Nintendo Wii franchise has produced a rhythm game called Wii
Music. But is it a hit or a flop? This review discusses how the game
works and its value to players.
Nintendo’s Wii was an enormous hit, the novelty of a motion-based
game system firing the imagination of seasoned gamers and novices
alike. Along with their other innovative ideas to get people moving,
Nintendo promised to create a rhythm game that anyone could play,
and so Wii Music was born.
The premise of Wii Music is that the player can simulate playing
songs with over 60 different kinds of musical instruments. As the
player progresses, they unlock ever more complex songs, which are a
range from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to classical or rock songs.
The game has single player and multiplayer modes, plus three
minigames—Maestro where the player has to conduct an orchestra,
Handbell Harmony where the player keeps time with bells, and Pitch
Perfect where the player has to identify correct pitches in the
The game is played with the Wii controller and Nunchuk, moving them
according to different instrumental methods, like moving controls up
and down to simulate hitting keys on a piano keyboard. For the
drumming section, the player also uses the Balance Board for floor
pedals. There is no penalty for moving the controllers wrong,
however, and it seems the only thing you can affect about the songs
is the tempo. For the Jamming sessions, the player can watch a
replay of their songs and even save the sessions and create a cover
for their musical endeavors.
Rated E for everyone, the Wii Music game’s largest flaw is its
simplicity. There are enough instrumental combinations and songs to
keep the compulsive player going for a long time, but there’s not
much challenge to shaking the Wii remote. Very young gamers will
love being involved in the music and action on the screen, and the
multiplayer mode has potential for short-term goofy social
interactions, but once the novelty wears off, this game may not see
much play time. Nintendo’s Wii Music was a good idea that wasn’t
fully realized, and for seasoned gamers, Guitar Hero or Rock Band
are more apt to entertain than this simplistic rhythm game.
- A great game for multiplayer purposes- makes for great play
dates or family time.
- Large and fantastic selection of instruments and music for
people of all ages
- May become monotonous for gamers who are used to other
rhythm games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero
- Without any high scores to beat, it may make certain players
feel that they don't incentive to play for very long.
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