Wii-Music is a Rhythmaction game available on the Wii.
Wii-Music is a Rhythmaction game. Rhythm action games combine the enjoyment that comes from creating music with the challenge of video game scoring. The player is usually tasked with dancing on a mat, tapping a touch screen, pressing a button, singing into a mic or strumming a fake guitar controller in time with the music.
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Here, guest writer Toddie Downs tells us what she makes of Wii-Music... Wii-Music is hands-down terrific, and one of the best Wii games for families with preschool or elementary school children. As my family is probably one of the last on the planet to be without any version of Guitar Hero or Rock Band, this review may seem slightly skewed.
But we are without as my kids can't successfully play them yet - they are just too young. Wii-Music fills that void nicely, allowing kids of all ages to try a multitude of different instruments, 'play' them using a combination of the Wii remote and the nunchuck, and make and watch good looking videos of themselves playing the instruments, complete with customized video 'jackets' for the library. It makes children feel like rock stars.
When the Wii was first unveiled, an early version of Wii-Music was on hand to demonstrate using the Wii-mote to conduct a whole orchestra. This simple concept was the starting shot in a paradigm shifting period for Nintendo. A couple of years later and Wii-Music proper is upon us, offer a fleshed out rendering of that initial prototype, and sticking to the 'anyone can play' moniker.
Rythm action games are designed to enable people with minimal musical talent to enjoy playing along to their favourite songs. Wii Music takes this a step further by allowing those with limited rhythmical ability to also join in the music making fun. Here, you don't have to keep exact timings or hit particular notes. Instead you are encouraged to dive in and have fun, without focusing on performance or results. Less rhythm and more action.
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