GLEE fever swept the nation when it first hit the small screen last year, combining camp dance routines with comedy and drama.
Since then CDs, DVDs, books, iPad apps and more have been released under the Glee umbrella (see ‘The Glee merchandise machine). Worldwide sales of its digital music singles have reached 13m.
The fictional TV show is set in a US high school and revolves around a glee club – or choir – which competes with other singers across the states. Now Konami has teamed up with 20th Century Fox to bring the brand to Wii.
Karaoke Revolution Glee features real footage from the TV series and 30 playable songs including Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘Endless Love’ which was originally recorded by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross.
For the gleeks
Karaoke Revolution Glee presents itself as more than just another karaoke game. Players sing along to on-screen lyrics as usual, but can also perform alongside their favourite Glee characters such as Rachel Berry, football star Finn Hudson and leader Will Schuester.
The game tracks the user’s vocal harmonies and rewards them for pulling off notes successfully. As singers progress through both single-player and multiplayer duet modes, extras are unlocked which include video clips from the show.
With its enormous global following, Glee lends its fun style to the Karaoke Revolution series, which is up against We Sing, Lips, SingStar and more. The Glee licence also makes this Wii exclusive a stand-out karaoke game in the competitive music genre.
The Glee merchandise machine
Two collections of Glee episodes are available to buy, with the third set and more expected to arrive in the coming months and years.
A whole stash of Glee CDs have already been released including a Christmas album, season one and two collections, ‘Rocky Horror Glee Show’ and more. Over 5m albums have been sold worldwide.
A range of Glee titles have hit the bookshelves including season guides, music transcripts, calendars, fan books and more.