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  • Summary: Wii Music includes many other modes besides the main band jams, including several musical games and an enhanced video playback mode for recorded jams. Play it again: Use the playback mode to see your jam recordings brought to life with dramatic camera angles. Pick up the baton: Command an orchestra in the conducting game where you’ll wave the Wii Remote controller like a conductor’s baton to lead a Mii orchestra through orchestrated music. Make them play quickly, slowly, strongly or gently. Ring a bell? Play a handbells game where you’ll swing your Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to play your two handbells as part of a larger ensemble. Everyone on the team has a job to do: Play one of your notes only when the tune demands it. An ear for music: Take a tone quiz that tests your musical ear by giving you challenges, like putting note-playing Miis in order from lowest to highest pitch. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 43
  2. Negative: 8 out of 43
  1. 91
    Wii Music may have a hard time winning over the skeptics who just want to laugh at it, but give the game the chance it deserves. You just might realize it's pretty damn fun being in on the joke.
  2. There is no easier way to make music and play recognizable songs than by playing the Wii Music. [Dec 2008, p.42]
  3. Bold, original and bizarre, it's better than we anticipated but ultimately too half-baked to fully endorse. [Dec 2008, p.62]
  4. A fantastic game for families and casual players who may be interested in a friendly, gentle ‘my first music lesson”.
  5. Ultimately, the longevity of the game depends on how much fun you can derive from improvising with a lackluster soundtrack.
  6. Once this novelty wears off, there’s not a lot of longevity here.
  7. But really, there’s no point to my taking Wii Music seriously as a game since Nintendo obviously doesn’t. If the game sells well, it probably has more to due with Nintendo’s tremendously effective marketing skills rather than anything inherent to Wii Music as a game. Even five-year-olds need some stimulation and sense of achievement. Wii Music provides neither.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. May 17, 2011
    I went and borrowed this game from my friends house, it was so epic...Miyamoto has done something epic again. He must not retire or im gonna start a boycott!!! Expand
  2. Johnk
    Nov 12, 2008
    Amazing game! People who say that it's simplistic are obviously not playing the game! Mega Man 9 is pretty simplistic if you think the point is just to die a lot.

    I clock more hours in this game than any other giht now - and that's saying a lot.
  3. AlanS
    Nov 2, 2008
    I don't think this is really a"game", but it's a really fun tool for developing a wide range of musical skills. People who are expecting Guitar Hero will be disappointed, but this piece of software is much deeper and more complex than GH, while also being far more accessible to non-gamers. Expand
  4. ChristopherT.
    Oct 22, 2008
    As a real life musician, I was skeptical about buying this game. I have a two year old son whom i figured, if nothing else, would have a blast playing with this. after spending about two hours with the game last night, i have to say that i'm pleased with my purchase. i thoroughly enjoy the drum mode (balance board, of course) and i am looking forward to improving my rhythmic skills even if it doesn't help me plays drums any better. i think the main game has endless possibilities and i'm also looking forward to making some unique jams by, get this, waving the wiimote around in the air like a fool. The minigames are fun too - i enjoyed seeing how quickly i could pass the pitch tests. Overall, the game isn't a game if you're a FPS/RPG/Sports Game hardcore gamer, but if you're a Music Nerd like myself, you'll most certainly find a way to enjoy this software. Expand
  5. Jun 11, 2011
    if you go into the game with low expectations, you will hate it. but if you start the game with an open mind you might actually find it alright, and believe it or not actually pretty fun. it's absolutely not anything like Rock Band or Guitar Hero of course, and it is extremely cheesy in some aspects but to be honest, I really did have fun with this thing.. It's very easy to grow bored of though, and after you unlock all the songs and stages, you'll pretty much put it back in it's case and probably never so much as look at it again. the songs are actually shockingly bad. stuff like fere jacques, happy birthday, things like that. best songs are by far the Nintendo songs. The most fun thing to do with this game is take a song and re-arrange it a bunch of different ways, but that does get fairly old fast.

    pretty decent I'd say.
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    Games such as Wii Sports and WiI Fit are pretty fun, but this game ia simply a terrible racket. Although the idea of playing on all of the instruments is cool, the game simply doesn't work. Even if you bring up the stupid note chart, it will still sound awful. You can make your own CDs and videos, but there is no sharing them online. The only mode in Wii Music that is fun is the games, because the bell ringing actually has notes to play and sounds pretty good and the pitch quiz will stump you and have you laughing at the same time. Wii Music could have been fun, but its not. Drumming on cans or is more fun than playing this. Expand
  7. BradW.
    Oct 23, 2008
    This game is a travesty and an insult to every gamer on the planet. I cannot believe how something like this could have been released to the market. This 'game' has no scores, no goals, no point and the controls don't work at all. Expand

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