Wii STRIKES THE RIGHT CHORD WITH UNIQUE FAMILY MUSIC GAME

The sheer pleasure and creativity of making music - either on your own or as part of a band - is only a few hand gestures away this Christmas with the launch of a unique new game only for Wii - Wii Music.

Easy to play and with no experience necessary– you and your friends and family will soon be jamming for fun and making sweet music across a range of over 60 different instruments on more than 50 tracks made famous by artists from John Lennon and The Police to Madonna and Kylie Minogue and including compositions by Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Beethoven. You can’t make a mistake– if your movement is not entirely accurate, Wii will make the right kind of sound for you.

You can choose to record all instruments yourself or choose your part in a band of up to six members– the others created and controlled by the Wii.

Before you know it, you will be turning out superb sounds on everything from piano, guitar and saxophone to the bagpipes, sitar, beatboxer and even a barking dog! Instruments are played by simulating real-life movements using the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk.

Not only can you create beautiful music, you can save your track, personalise it with its own record sleeve and even make your own music video starring your Mii characters. For your very own video gig you can choose your own stage setting from a live club scene to classic concert hall or a beachside driving gig on the back of a truck.

Using WiiConnect24 you can share all your recordings with friends and family who can savour it, rate it and remix it if they wish. Following on from the success of Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Wii Play at connecting families in a fun and social way, Wii Music’s easy-to-follow tutorials help you practice, rehearse, arrange tracks and eventually begin improvising as you get more accustomed to the playing styles.

If the drums are what get your heart beating and your toes tapping, then Wii Music has a realistic Drum Kit where the Wii Remote and Nunchuk act as drumsticks and the Wii Balance Board serves as foot pedals. You can also take to the front of stage in a mini-game where you conduct by swinging the Wii Remote. There’s even a Pitch Perfect Music Quiz to compare people’s musical ears.

The man who created the game, Shigeru Miyamoto, General Producer said:

“Why shouldn’t people who like music, but find playing instruments difficult, be able to perform music just by letting their feelings take control and simply waving the controller and pushing a few buttons to the rhythm? With this goal in mind we created Wii Music, which is not quite a game and not quite an instrument, I hope that as people play, they will truly understand the joy of performing and develop a greater passion for music”

Wii Music launches across Europe on 14th November.

About Nintendo

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment,Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii and Nintendo DS systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.7 billion video games and more than 470 million hardware units globally, including the current generation Wii and Nintendo DS as well as the GameBoy, GameBoy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo Gamecube. It has also created industry icons that have become well known householdnames such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokemon. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.


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