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Wii Music launched in SA

Wii Music — the latest add-on for the Wii console, was launched on the South Africa market today offering Wii fans the chance to broaden their musical horizons and discover their inner beat.

Wii Music contains the sounds of over 60 instruments and comes with 50 included tracks. It features music of all styles, from the best of the classics to cult pop and even some popular gaming tunes like Super Mario Bros.

Instruments include steel drums, bass guitar, the saxophone and more; and, in keeping in a truly Japanese spirit, even offers the ‘instrumental’ sounds of a barking dog.

Game modes
Jam’ is the main game mode in Wii Music for creating your musical masterpieces. This is split into ‘Improvise’, ‘Quick Play’ and ‘Custom Jam.’ Muso wannabes can play as part of a six-member band, with the remaining instruments being controlled by the Wii as ‘Tute’ characters.

Improvise’ allows one to rehearse and master playing styles, while ‘Quick Play’ creates a totally randomised performance where all aspects of the set are chosen by the Wii.

Custom Play’ gives you full control, from choosing a musical style for the Tute accompaniment, to setting the speed, to choosing the instruments, to deciding where to perform.

Discover your inner beat

Virtual Drum Kit
The ‘Virtual Drum Kit’ is a popular feature which mimics a real set of drums. Using the Wii Remote and Nunchuck as drumsticks and the Wii Balance Board as foot pedals, almost every aspect of a standardised drum kit can be simulated including bass drum, cymbals, snare and hi-hats.

Wii Music offers 15 interactive drumming lessons, free play, and a one-player jam session with any of the 50 featured tracks.

Pitch Perfect
If you know bugger all about the fundamentals of music and sound, are tone deaf when it comes to comparing pitches, constructing basic harmonics or telling the difference between consonance and dissonance, Wii Music offers a Pitch Perfect music quiz.

It has eight difficulty levels which test the contestants on a range of tasks such as choosing or sorting notes by their pitch, identifying matching sounds, and spotting the wrong note in a piece of music.

Starting your own record label
Once a song is mastered into what you see as fit, it can be saved as a video clip, personalised with its own record sleeve, and uploaded and shared with friends and family over WiiConnect24.

In order to help players become more accustomed to certain styles of music, Wii Music offers numerous tutorials for tightening playing techniques, arranging tracks, playing drums and aural training.

The Wii Remote and Nunchuk can also be used to produce remixes.

Conduct an orchestra
Using the Wii Remote like a baton, up to four players are able to conduct a digital orchestra. Players are able to control the speed and volume of the rendition, and conductors need to remain synchronized to ensure a high score is awarded for the performance.

It doesn’t seem to matter what your musical or gaming experience is, Wii Music offers complete musical freedom and is an engaging and fun way for all the family to learn more about musical instruments and styles.

  • Recommended retail price: R549

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Nintendo Wii – Enter the Electronic Fist

I reckon I’ll still be playing computer games when I’m old – until my fingertips begin to crank up from arthritis. There’s nothing childish about that – I mean besides war, gaming technology brings about the latest and most innovative developments in electronics and digital technologies.

However, I always thought my latest gaming investment would be in a PSP3. Then I learnt more about the Nintendo Wii. Now I want one; especially after seeing the latest sales figures from Japan which reveal that Wii outsold PS3 by three units to one through August last year.

The Wii’s increasingly popularity seems to have no end. An interview with the senior vice president of marketing and communications for Nintendo, revealed that the company feels no threat from the Microsoft Xbox 360 or the Sony PS3.

“Two companies are going in one direction, and we’re headed in another” – George Harrison.

The Wii is revolutionizing gaming in the home with its close affinity to virtual reality. New motion-sensitive appendages are being developed at a rapid rate – letting gamers young and old experience the digital world in whole new ways.

The kung-fu wii power glove
I’ve also always wanted to be a kung-fu fighter when I grew up. Yet after taking a few classes last year I failed dismally as I found it way too physically intense. My dreams were shattered until I heard about the new wii kung-fu power glove.


Also referred to as the Wii Nunchuk, this device contains motion-sensing technology as well as an analogue stick which assists in character movement. The glove is contoured to perfectly fit the player’s hand. And, once armed, the glove-bearer can throw real punches and kicks that can be interpreted in a bad-assed kung-fu game (see video – link below).

Nintendo has come a long way. From manufacturing playing cards when it was founded in 1889, future Wii products include the Wii Body Controller, Mii Contest Channel, Nintendo Magic, Wii Handle, and something called Soma Bringer. (You can see a full list of the latest Wii products at www.crn.com. Who knows what these might cost but the standard and very current Nintendo Wii Console will cost you $180 (roughly R1260).

Breaking down the family
I do have one ethical problem with gadgets such as these however. An article I came across mentions that the Nintendo Wii games system has been implemented in several retirement homes in the US after a certain grandchild brought his/her Wii over to show granny! I might just as well be one of the pensioners striking for such a system in my future retirement home, but what of family ties?

When I was growing up a ‘games night’ involved playing scrabble or rummikub with the family. The television was switched off and we were forced to actually speak to one another. I just feel that bringing a screen into the picture turns everyone’s attention to what’s behind it, rather than focusing attention on one another. So my only concern is: what about the children?

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