Samba de Amigo Wii

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
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  1. Apart from the obvious fact that party games have moved on an awful lot since Samba De Amigo first appeared, there's no denying that the control system just doesn't quite translate as well as it might have - and that can only hurt its appeal in the long run.
  2. While some may pass this off as a quick and dirty cash-in on the part of Sega, the Wii is natural fit for Samba. Fans of the original game will dig the new content, while newcomers will enjoy the far more casual approach to rhythm gaming. If you can muscle your way past some of the control issues on the higher levels, you’ll find a great family title that’s enjoyable for both the kids and adults, which is rare.
  3. Samba de Amigo returns again thanks to Wii in a game that inherits all the best of the original, while adding new options to adapt it to present needs. The control with the features works well but they are not absolutely precise. Furthermore the game is repetitive and so it is not at the same level of other musical games of this generation. Even so, thanks to the great number of ways of gaming and songs available, it will turn to reference all the nostalgia of the first version and also for the lovers of the latin rhythm.
  4. The big question is how the Wii remote controls work in replacement of the old maracas. Sadly, many enthusiasts will be frustrated. While the functionality is okay, the faster movements required on the higher difficulties frequently don’t register as you switch between notes – resulting in failures you don’t deserve. It cripples what is otherwise a fun return to maraca-shaking goodness.
  5. If my Spanish isn’t off, Samba de Amigo means dance your ass off. And you will—to songs at first infectious, and then plague-like. But do yourself a favour: buy the additional music packs.
  6. It has some serious flaws, sure, but maybe those who are looking for some moments of fun without thinking too much about it can overlook them.
  7. Some fun songs and unique gameplay help get Samba going, but imprecise controls and unreasonable difficulty bungle the beat.
  8. All around, Samba de Amigo is probably the best "arm dancing" game I've played yet (don't laugh, the Wii has tons of 'em), but unfortunately isn't billed as such.
  9. 70
    If you were hoping for the Wii version of Samba to replace your old Dreamcast game, it won't. The controls are just too imprecise for it to be the definitive version.
  10. 50
    While the colorful visuals are even sharper on Wii, the included minigames are some of the laziest I've seen.
  11. AceGamez
    If you're a hardcore gamer or have played the Dreamcast original to death then this has to be seen as a bitter disappointment; the imprecise controls on Hard will drive anyone looking to play the game at its most challenging level up the wall - the controls simply aren't accurate enough. For those looking for a casual bit of rhythm-based fun with friends though, Samba De Amigo is right up your street.
  12. If you're after a simple, lively party game, give Samba De Amigo a shot, but if you're after a precise, addictive high score rhythm game like Guitar Hero, look elsewhere.
  13. The Wii remote and Nunchuk don't work as well as we hoped, which makes beating the game on a harder difficulty a chore. Once you get past this hiccup, however, Samba will keep you shaking.
  14. The minigames, although plentiful, are archaic and reminiscent of early games on the Wii, and the lack of online multiplayer drops the replay value a bit.
  15. With a game like Samba de Amigo you expect some maracas, but instead you’re playing with your Wii-mote. Add somewhat disappointing graphics and you'll get a game that you only want to play if you have some friends over. Drunken friends that is.
  16. Although the title is easily accessible, well-decorated and simply constructed, there is very little here to justify a full price tag.
  17. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Excellent in so many ways, but falls down hard due to control shortcomings. [Nov 2008, p.82]
  18. Samba de Amigo could’ve been one of the best Wii games of 2008, but unresponsive controls really mar the experience. The fiesta is still there, but it’s a bit of a letdown.
  19. 70
    Overall this is not a game to take too seriously - but in a good way. Go with the carnival atmosphere, get some friends over, add some snacks and drinks and you are well on your way to a great evening in.
  20. While control frustrations take the edge off the competitive element of the game, it’s still possible to have plenty of fun. Samba de Amigo is part rhythm game, part dancing game and part social game – you tend to feel more silly playing on your own than with others.
  21. If only the Wii controls were as precise an instrument as maracas...
  22. This is a real mixed bag, on the plus side you have a great track list and colourful graphics which are fun and energetic, but on the down side the control problem is a real let down.
  23. Unfortunately, even though this game sounds great, the controls reduce it to a mediocre status.
  24. The song selection is a great change of pace from the standard rock fare found in Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but in the end the controls just don’t cut the mustard.
  25. Games Master UK
    One of 2008's biggest disappointments. [Nov 2008, p.67]
  26. That old Samba magic is still there, but the challenge is in beating the controls, not the game. This should have been way better, given the console's strengths. [Nov 2008, p.56]
  27. If you are the kind of gamer who likes to learn song layouts, practices all the way to Carnegie Hall, and then uploads a video of a brilliant high score to YouTube, then this one is probably not for you as it will only madden you in the long run.
  28. As polished and as faithful to the source material as Samba de Amigo is aesthetically, the lasting impression is of a missed opportunity. A tighter game would have made a massive difference, though the essence of the license is so strong that an impulsive purchase won’t be a complete mistake - especially if a games party is on the agenda.

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
#72 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. AlexH
    Apr 20, 2009
    Sadly I missed out on the original. We didn't own a Dreamcast. But I loved the concept and was thrilled when they made a reboot for theSadly I missed out on the original. We didn't own a Dreamcast. But I loved the concept and was thrilled when they made a reboot for the Wii. And I love every second of it. The controls, admittingly, can be a little finicky at times. But I only failed a song in career mode once, and that was my entire time with the game, from easy to super hard mode. So I tend to believe that reviews stating the contrary are a tad hyperbolic. This game is a winner! Infectious music, colorful graphics and a great premise. Amigo is my amigo. Full Review »
  2. StevenW
    Dec 25, 2008
    Great game, easily matches up to the one on the dreamcast. the controls are easy to pick up, it doesn't take long to master the maraca Great game, easily matches up to the one on the dreamcast. the controls are easy to pick up, it doesn't take long to master the maraca positions. fun from the start and something anyone can play. great choice of fun music, would be great for parties, its still the happiest game in the world. Full Review »
  3. VoltaireT.
    Nov 9, 2008
    The controls works great, but require a lot of practice to master. Non-gamers can easily engoy EASY and NORMAL modes, but the HARD and The controls works great, but require a lot of practice to master. Non-gamers can easily engoy EASY and NORMAL modes, but the HARD and SUPERHARD modes require a lot of patience. It your willing to learn, youll have a blast playing through the game, if not, enjoy th easy and normal modes. All in all, its a grewat game. Online leaderboards, downloadable content, its a blast with friends. And its only $40. Full Review »