Wii Music

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Intuitive game too simple for music gamers.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 22 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 6+

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.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 7+

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 pile of games and forget about it, cursing yourself for wasting money on it. HOWEVER, if you spend time to get into it, this game (more like a toy or hobby) can return rich rewards, especially if you like creating music. True, there are only a limited number of play-along songs, but the secret to enjoying them is to *not* play the songs as written. Instead, improvise your own tunes with the myriad instruments, ignoring or partially using the tunes given to you in the game. Taking this approach opens up a door to creativity that Rock Band and its ilk cannot supply. Basically, this "game" lets you compose and perform your own music as a six-piece combo! As you perfect and hone your tunes, you'll find that hours can go by and you'll be amazed at the results. For an idea of how complex and wonderful this can all be, watch some of the YouTube videos composed on Wii Music. The only minor downside is that there should be more songs downloadable, but because this game was a major flop for Nintendo, they will sadly never develop a Wii Music 2 with online features. Also, because this game was not well received and is widely misunderstood, you can probably get it used for only a little money. Grab a copy and see what you think!

This title has:

Educational value

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 20, 2008
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: E for N/A
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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