We'd heard rumours of a DS Guitar Hero here at NintendoLife but we never quite understood how it would work. Would you have to plug-in some kind of miniature guitar controller or would it play similar to Jam Sessions?
The answer is no. We're going to let this hilariously bad trailer do the explaining:
I think it's fair to say we're stoked beyond belief. The peripheral has been dubbed the "Guitar Grip" and allows access to all the usual Guitar Hero buttons aswell as a nice little slot to keep a special plectrum-stylus thing.
Karthick Bala, CEO of Vicarious Visions (who are developing the game) had the following to say:
"We began prototyping ideas for Guitar Hero on DS in early 2007. We quite frankly didn't know whether it would be possible to bring the core essence of the franchise to handheld and have it actually work. It was 20-something gameplay prototypes that were built, all trying different mechanics and uses of the hardware. Some were pretty cool, others were total disasters!
At some point, we hit upon the idea of creating a peripheral that would have the fret buttons plugging into the GBA slot of the DS. We ripped apart an old GBA cartridge and did some electronics work on it to rig up a prototype device. As awkward and crude as that prototype was, that's when we knew we were onto something. We figured that attaching a full-size guitar or even a mini-guitar would be too awkward to play on the road, hence the design of the more compact Guitar Grip, which gives you the tactile sense of the fret buttons, with the touch screen depicting the strings of the guitar."
Over 20 licensed tracks are said to be included ranging from Nirvana to No Doubt. Expect it in the summer.