Wii Music

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Intuitive game too simple for music gamers.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 21 reviews

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Gamers will see "Wii Music" logos in the game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this music game doesn't contain any inappropriate graphics or lyrics. It's simpler to play than other music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but it may not provide enough challenge for those used to playing those competitive games.

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User Reviews

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Parent of a 14-year-old Written byNikostein January 3, 2019

Fun for the family

It’s a easy to play game where you can play instruments on the Wii remote for the whole family to play.
Parent Written bySteve S. November 11, 2011

You will either love or hate it - nothing in between.

This is one of the most misunderstood Wii games ever made. If you skim the surface of it, you are sure to want to pull the disc out of your Wii, toss it in the... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 24, 2019

Perfect for the family.

I enjoy that you can make your own music & covers freely, even after 11 years, it still holds up as a good game.
Teen, 14 years old Written byRich4270 April 27, 2013

One of the Wii's bestest games.

I just got this game today, I tried and I liked it.

One of the coolest features in the game is create your own performence, save as a video and make a front co... Continue reading

What's it about?

A word of warning for Guitar Hero or Rock Band fans expecting a similar experience with Nintendo's WII MUSIC: you might be very disappointed. While you get access to 60-odd instruments, can play songs or "jam" with virtual musicians, and even record your performances for prosperity, this game lacks depth. However, young children and players who love fooling around with music might find the format intriguing, for a while.

You don't actually play any notes in Wii Music; rather you simply move the motion-sensitive Wii Remote or nunchuk controller to create musical riffs. Your movements create an improvisation to a song. There are five ways to play instruments: hold the Wii Remote and nunchuk like a guitar (with hands outstretched) and strum away; play the drums or piano by holding the two controllers like drumsticks (alternatively, you can play drums using the Wii Balance Board for your kick drum and hi-hats, but it's not an easy endeavor); a violin-like control scheme by pressing the B, C and Z buttons while moving the Wii Remote left and right; or trumpet- or flute-like control with the Wii Remote up to your lips and pressing the 1 and 2 buttons.

Is it any good?

For those used to playing the current popular music games where you "play" notes on musical instrument controllers, the play mechanic of Wii Music may feel dumbed-down. Rather than playing notes, you just move around the controls to simulate playing. Players may also find that the music quality and selection is disappointing. Instead of studio recordings, the music featured in the game is MIDI instrumental versions. The selection of songs to jam with doesn't include current music, rather players select from songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Ode to Joy, The Entertainer, Every Breath You Take, and La Cucaracha. There are also video game soundtracks from Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.

Admittedly, Wii Music is more fun with up to four friends or family members jamming together in front of the same TV (each handling a different instrument). Plus, the ability to send a composition electronically to friends and family members who have the game (and who can then tweak the composition by adding new sounds) is a good idea. You can also partake in various mini-games, though some are better than others (sorry, but the one in which you conduct just isn't fun). While Nintendo tried to create a mainstream music game that anyone could pick up and play, it missed greatness because the notes are all laid out for you in advance and the music is a cheesy selection of poor quality songs. We tried Wii Music out with a couple of kid-testers and the game held their interest for only a short while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not Nintendo really flubbed with this game. Or is it genius? Perhaps it was designed for children. Do gamers mind they're not playing any notes and simply must wave their arms to the beat? And will players care if these songs are not studio recordings but rather MIDI instrumental versions of classics?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 20, 2008
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: E for N/A
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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