Wii Music Wii


Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 43
  2. Negative: 8 out of 43
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  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. Videogame or not a videogame. That's not the question. Wii Music offers sensations, gives fun and helps us to understand the meaning of music. It doesn't matter if this title is so casual, as long as composing our own melodies is an easy process for everybody.
  3. If you believe games are non-competitive ways to express yourself and where not much effort is required, then you will probably love Wii Music. However, if you believe games are all about skill, scores, and hard work, then you probably won’t enjoy this title at all.
  4. 70
    Overall, it's a well-rounded package that demonstrates something new, tries to bring a realistic yet fun appeal to playing music, with playing around the basic tune being the main pulling factor.
  5. Ultimately, Wii Music is the equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci saying he’ll paint the Mona Lisa for you, but then deciding to challenge himself by using a Etch A Sketch. Yes, I am sure the clever old codger could work out something, but you’re sure as hell not going to take a vacation to Paris to view the end result.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Wii Music's biggest downfall, oddly, is its music. [Dec 2008, p.64]
  7. Wii Music isn't very entertaining and it's not very educational. There aren't enough goals for it to work as a game, and there's not enough musicality for it to work as a toy. It's not clear what it is or who it's for. One thing's for sure: it's not worth forty quid.
  8. Thank God. Now I can stop pretending that I was having fun rocking out to Metallica and live my dream of playing backup cowbell in a cruise ship band version of “Yankee Doodle.”
  9. Ultimately, the longevity of the game depends on how much fun you can derive from improvising with a lackluster soundtrack.
  10. 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.
  11. Pointless minigames failed to hold our interest, while a horrid MIDI-based soundtrack, comprised of "hits" like Happy Birthday and Jingle Bell Rock, had us reaching for Guitar Hero.
  12. Ever wanted to wave your arms around to the polyphonic ringtones on your phone? Me neither. Welcome to the world of Wii Music.
  13. If Nintendo had either ponied up for some proper songs people would want to listen to or, preferably, found some way to allow you to make up your own tunes entirely, this could’ve been something even more special.
  14. 70
    Wii Music is probably Nintendo's most well-meaning game ever.
  15. While it hardly features a good wealth of modes and interactivity, Wii Music is an enjoyable experience through and through.
  16. Old and young should have no problem finding joy in the game, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  17. Games Master UK
    While Wii Music is sure to divide gamers, it's just too fun for us to pass up on. [Christmas 2008, p.63]
  18. games(TM)
    Like Wii Sports before it, this game knows its audience and how to keep them entertained. [Christmas 2008, p.117]
  19. A fantastic game for families and casual players who may be interested in a friendly, gentle ‘my first music lesson”.
  20. Wii Music is fun and charming, but it's also simple and shallow.
  21. 70
    Wii Music is an odd duck. It is far from a traditional videogame, and more akin to a tech demo or social audio experiment. The fact that it is so very basic means it's completely accessible to anyone, but at the same time there's not much here to interest regular and core gamers.
  22. Once this novelty wears off, there’s not a lot of longevity here.
  23. Using the note charts makes playing Wii Music tolerable, but if you try to free form it be prepared for disaster. It’s more of an educational experience for dedicated participants, but the poor sound samples, ancient song selection, and poor controls will have many players quitting the band before its first real gig.
  24. Nintendo may have had the best intentions with Wii Music. Their aim to create software anyone can pick up and play is shared by most publishers within the game industry. But there are limits to how simple a game can be before it stops being fun.
  25. Hardcore Gamer
    There is no easier way to make music and play recognizable songs than by playing the Wii Music. [Dec 2008, p.42]
  26. All promise, no pay-off: In Wii Music, a great gaming idea hits the skids with a bum control scheme, weak song selection, and mediocre graphics.
  27. 50
    Most adults will quickly recognize that Wii Music is little more than a noise maker tied to a series of gestures and grow bored of the experience in a matter of hours, if not minutes. The controls aren't particularly intuitive , but gimmicky, and the selection of music is fundamentally flawed with both dated public domain songs rendered in equally dated MIDI.
  28. 70
    More than any other ‘Wii’-branded Nintendo offering, Wii Music truly demands an open mind to appreciate. Join the party with too many expectations – in either direction – and you’re likely to walk away either bewildered, disappointed or disgusted.
  29. 50
    I just can't recommend this game to anyone but the youngest, most easily entertained gamers out there.
  30. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Midi soundtrack and painful playlist make no motivation for players to give this game a chance. Cool controls can’t save it all. [Issue#173]
  31. Wii Music offers dozens of instruments and songs, but if you don't love playing music or have a great sense of rythm, it gets tiring after few hours. This title can't be considered a good videogame because it requires a lot of time and hard work to fully enjoy it. If you are able to pass all the lessons, you may have a great time with it, otherwise, we don't recommend it.
  32. Vastly more entertaining than expected and completely unique amongst a sea of me-too music games.
  33. Don't demand an orchestral "Guitar Hero" or instrument simlation and you'll be happy. [Christmas 2008, p.48]
  34. The game is a great learning tool for the musically inexperienced. It teaches rhythm and music composition, and helps foster creativity. Its focus is totally different from the more typical rhythm games, and it accomplishes its goal. However, the game is not meant for solo play and isn't really suited for the more musically apt, either.
  35. 80
    Wii Music is a novel and fun experience that will sweep away the hours while you're jamming with your buddies. Give it a chance and you're in for a good time.
  36. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Bold, original and bizarre, it's better than we anticipated but ultimately too half-baked to fully endorse. [Dec 2008, p.62]
  37. 60
    This kind of open-ended, creative gameplay is theoretically what people want "these days", but I think many gamers will be disappointed and not really know what to do with the game. Wii Music has been crippled by a disappointing song selection (mostly nursery rhymes or Nintendo theme tunes) and will probably only appeal to much younger gamers or really musical types.
  38. Although Wii Music seems stupid, it really goes beyond a game. It's not perfect, naturally, as there are failures in the game's production, such as the lack of more Nintendo songs. But with Wii Music, what Miyamoto said about "musical teachings" really comes to mind.
  39. Some might call Wii Music a waste of time, but in reality you need to understand what Nintendo was going for. It’s fun and basic. It’s not trying to be Guitar Hero or Rock Band, and really it does its own thing.
  40. 40
    While it is a good way for individuals to learn different musical styles, Wii Music lacks the simplicity and vicarious thrills of "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," and likely won't attract nearly as many groupies.
  41. It's hard to hate a game that doesn't do anything particularly badly, but Wii Music also fails to do anything especially well.
  42. 70
    Wii Music is Wii's "Nintendogs." It's not a traditional videogame with challenges and goals, it's an interactive playground. While some gamers will "get it" and have some fun with it, they'll likely abandon it after a little while. Most hard-core gamers will stay far away.
  43. Give Wii Music a try if you're growing lethargic of repeating the same songs in the same way over and over -- you might learn something about how music composition works, and you may discover your more creative side. Compared to other games of the genre and casual games in general, Wii Music is really more of a basic creative canvas than a "melt-your-fingers-off" game, but it enables its players to do a lot with a little and to do it nearly however they want -- it pulls this all off with a relative amount of finesse, too.

Awards & Rankings

#12 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
#53 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
  1. 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 theGames 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 gonnaI 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!!! Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2011
    i remember seeing this at E3 and just laughing and started wondering if nintendo finnaly fell of the truck into moronville as presenting thisi remember seeing this at E3 and just laughing and started wondering if nintendo finnaly fell of the truck into moronville as presenting this at E3 as there big game of the year . i remember talking to all my friends after waching the E3 press and how some wanted to sell there Wii's ASAP as there thinking this was nintendo's future of gaming . well having rented it for myself just to see for myself how this game actaully was ... well basically all the negitive bashing this game got at E3 was well deserved . i mean who wants to play twinkle twinkle little star on this game or go play some awsome music on games like rock band or guitar hero? maybe some one under the age of 5 and yes thats who this game is pretty jmuch intended for but you have to bash this game and nintendo for having the audacity to make this there showcase game at E3 where pretty much 99.9% of the people waching it are hardcore gamers and wouldnt wipe there ass with this game let alot want to play it .... nintendo removing more smiles from gamers faces. Full Review »