DJ Hero Wii


Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. 100
    As much fun as Guitar Hero - and perfect for any party. The music is great, but we miss some more game modes.
  2. DJ Hero is without question Activision's coolest rhythm game. The turntable has its drawbacks (it's a bit small for larger folks), but that soundtrack will give you a new appreciation for music and perhaps satisfy your DJ fantasy. Just don't pass this off as another game with a useless peripheral. It's one of the sweetest, most original games we've played in a long time.
  3. The mixer-turntable controller is very responsive and as a peripheral, it is of a high quality.
  4. DJ Hero is an exciting and brilliantly realised package, and while it may not offer the fantastic co-op experience of some of its contemporaries, its slick gameplay and fantastic presentation make it a must-have title in an overcrowded genre.
  5. 90
    In an overcrowded genre of music games, DJ Hero resides at the very top with the best of 'em. The original mixes are stunning and scratching the turntable is just as fun as it seems.
  6. There are several ways the series can grow in its already rumored sequel, but, for now, we have a brand new toy to master, a killer soundtrack to play it with, lots of in-game unlockables, and new downloadable mash-ups to add to the library for the foreseeable future.
  7. I’m hooked on DJ Hero. In many ways, it feels like a new beginning for the music genre. Freestyle Games has pulled off an impressive trick, crafting a game that holds true to its sister franchise while at the same time putting a unique spin on both the gameplay and the music.
  8. If you are a hardcore rhythm game player, you will enjoy this title. If you even have a slight preference toward playing any type of rhythm game, all it'll take is one play of a song to make you a fan of this new entry in the ever-growing rhythm genre.
  9. By all means get DJ Hero if you're a fan of music games and have a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, because Freestyle Games has put together a fantastic music title. Everyone else will just have to wait until the price drops.
  10. After playing the game nonstop for days now, I think it’s safe to say that DJ Hero has me excited about music games again. While there’s clearly some room for improvement in future instalments, this initial foray into the world of DJ’ing is one well worth making.
  11. While there are none of the wild moments of genesis—your accidental fader slip is just a mistake, and doesn’t produce an unexpectedly perfect beat—there’s also little sting of failure. You can’t fail; miss every beat cue, on any difficulty level, and the record spins on.
  12. DJ Hero is all about one thing: experiencing music, that one moment where you are totally in the zone and the music becomes part of you. With 93 great mashups that is no problem at all.
  13. 90
    Rock followers will keep favouring Guitar Hero, but now everyone can turn his home into a disco, and a friend meeting in a fun music session.
  14. With a pretty impressive setlist, and a new way to play music games, this title is a breath of fresh air in what has been a sea of complacency for music games.
  15. In the meantime, if scratching vinyl appeals to you, or you enjoy this style of music, you should absolutely give DJ Hero a spin.
  16. Nintendo Gamer
    Top-class music game with great tunes and difficulty levels to suit beginners and experts alike. Shame about the 'aspirational' pricing. [Winter 2009, p.50]
  17. Nintendo Power
    Admittedly, playing the game can be more than a little overwhelming at first--not unlike patting your head while rubbing your belly--but it's extremely gratifying when it clicks. [Holiday 2009, p.90]
  18. 85
    DJ Hero is almost a breath of fresh air in an already overcrowded genre. The rhythm game is becoming too much of a business and this really feels like it was designed with a lot of passion for the music.
  19. 85
    DJ Hero brings you a complete new experience which will be loved by every music fan.
  20. It is far from the DJ simulation I was expecting and more of a button and slider memorization game set to killer jams, but enjoyable nonetheless.
  21. DJ Hero is a well made title that even old farts can enjoy. From the quality set list, accessible turntable peripheral, and generally nicely implemented mechanics, there's a lot for any gamer to enjoy. On the downside, the multiplayer elements aren't nearly as convincing as they should be, making this a game you'll likely play alone.
  22. The gameplay is unique and engaging for those interested in it, if marred by some control issues. There's a lot of content and personality here and a well built game, but guitar heroes probably won't fall into the groove right away.

Awards & Rankings

#63 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#62 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Fred
    Dec 19, 2009
    Awesome fun! Thought this was going to be a game for our teens to play when I took mama out for a date night, but I find myself dreaming of Awesome fun! Thought this was going to be a game for our teens to play when I took mama out for a date night, but I find myself dreaming of becoming the next Crystal Method! Give it a go! Full Review »
  2. WeaverG
    Dec 17, 2009
    DJ Hero is a much needed breath of fresh air in the music game genre. I love the sheer volume and variety of tracks out of the box - more DJ Hero is a much needed breath of fresh air in the music game genre. I love the sheer volume and variety of tracks out of the box - more than Guitar Hero and Rock Band. However, I have two complaints. DJ Hero needs to allow for multiple profiles to allow unlocking new content for everyone. The lack of SD card support is a major failure - it was available in Guitar Hero 5! Regardless of the shortcomings, DJ Hero is a blast to play and has music for just about anyone. Full Review »
  3. Aug 2, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I bought the second DJ HERO game before this one, and it's much better, but this one's worth playing...if you are fine with unlocking all the songs before you are allowed to play them. Full Review »