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Miyamoto Hints at Wii Music Sequel to Change Things Up

Posted by Trevor Chan

Could Mario pop up as a session player?

It's been almost two years since Nintendo launched its creative take on the rhythm/music genre with Wii Music and Shigeru Miyamoto has hinted that a sequel could be in the works, or at least some point in the future.

Talking to Techland, Miyamoto spoke about the use of Mii characters in connecting players in Wii Music, and went on to declare:

And there's a lot of potential still in Wii Music, I think. Because we're going to change it up, a new interface is coming, and all of that.

If Wii Music 2 materialises, we might even see the world's most famous plumber make an appearance in some form, although consumers will have to understand the game's concept first before Mario swaps the plunger for a saxophone:

...that's not to say if there's another Wii Music, Mario wouldn't make an appearance. If we get more people to understand what's going on in the game concept, then he might appear in the game. I don't know. But, mostly, Mario is really action-oriented.

[via techland.com]

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RaylaxStaff

#1

Raylax said:

Let's hope it turns out better than the first. It wasn't bad, but some over-responsive waggle made it tiresome, and it got old pretty quickly.

Hardy83

#2

Hardy83 said:

No, the original was pretty bad.
Aside from the crap midi tunes, the fact there was next to no options and a VERY VERRRRY limited music selection.

I mean there was a side mode in one of the Guitar Heroes games for the Wii that did a better job than Wii Music in it's entirety.
.....Yet the game sold more then actual good games.

y2josh

#3

y2josh said:

Talk of Wii Music 2 around the time MTV announces it wants to sell Harmonix (the Rock Band people). Hmmm, intriguing.

grenworthshero

#5

grenworthshero said:

Yeah, the first one was pretty...not-good. I'm not going to say it was bad, but I REALLY regret spending 50 bucks on that game. I've barely played it since I bought it. I am excited to hear there might be a sequel, but, I think this time I'll just wait to see reviews before I spend money on it.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#7

Philip_J_Reed said:

The first one was--and is--one of my favorite games for the Wii...even if it really doesn't qualify as a game so much as it qualifies as music experimentation software. I've composed some lovely stuff with it, as have a good deal of our users here.

I'd love to see a sequel that refines the experience of the first.

NintyMan

#8

NintyMan said:

As one of the few that like Wii Music, I'm glad Miyamoto's considering a Wii Music 2. There's still plenty of potential in the concept, and I would love it if they improved upon it with more songs, instruments, and minigames. Having Mario and maybe other Nintendo characters would really boost the game, not just because of Mario playing a saxophone next to your Mii as you play, but also because it would be the first time a Nintendo character would be in a Wii series game.

Nintendork

#10

Nintendork said:

I used to think the exact same way about this game, Hardy83, but then I played it.

Holy pizzas.

Wii Music is one of the most fun and deep music "game" (tbh, it's more like an application) I've ever experienced.

siavm

#12

siavm said:

Wii Music made no sense to me. It is just swooping out instruments and not let you really play the song. The other music games on the market do it better and with a goal. But music games are boring to me and too expensive. So if nintendo wants me to buy a game I didn't get the first time they are going to have to make it fun, have goals, and AAA nintendo quality.

WaLzgiStaff

#13

WaLzgi said:

Wii Music was a great idea. It's just that the execution was poorly done. There were far too many public domain songs

The_Fox

#14

The_Fox said:

I hated everything about the first game with a passion, so I'm interested to see if Nintendo can possibly salvage the series.

motang

#15

motang said:

In other news Nintendo decided to buy Harmonix which was put on the market recently. As you all know Harmonix has an excellent track record in music genera games, and will be taking up the helm of making Wii Music 2.

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Philip_J_ReedStaff

#16

Philip_J_Reed said:

"The other music games on the market do it better and with a goal."

In fairness, though, their goal is to have you play the exact same song, note for note, every time without room for improvisation or variation. Which isn't really what music is about. It's what playing in a bar band is about, but that's not music...that's just repetition.

I won't say Wii Music wasn't flawed...because it was, and that's why a refined sequel holds so much promise for me...but at least the experience was more akin to actual musicianship. You were making decisions at every point in the process that would affect not only the way the song was playing, but the entire experience of playing it in the first place.

Guitar Hero and such have their place, without question, and they are good at what they do. But they're more about auditioning for a Bon Jovi coverband than they are about expressing yourself through music. Wii Music is more like a jam session with friends; you may not produce a masterpiece, but the experience is rich and rewarding.

LuWiiGi

#17

LuWiiGi said:

Yay, I'm so happy (notice my sarcasm there).

I'm not saying this won't be any good, but I just wish Nintendo would focus on making new games. I've had enough of Mario and party games Nintendo (at least take a break from Mario for another few years), and I think we need a few new fighters/shooters/racers! Something like Mass Effect or Assassin's Creed!

aaronsullivan

#18

aaronsullivan said:

Wii Music has some genius in it. I think it suffers from some lousy sampling and far too few selections of music. The instruments have some depth to them, but there's just not enough room to play around or enough structure for some players.

My family had some great times with it, but it was short lived. Motion Plus could CERTAINLY help as instruments tend to rely on smaller movements.

Can't wait to see what improvements are made in Wii Music 2.

On a side note: I am SO ready for an HD Wii successor, though. Each new game announcement that seems like it's destined for the current Wii makes me cringe a bit. :) Here's hoping for 2012!

cyrus_zuo

#20

cyrus_zuo said:

Wii Music is my favorite game ... seriously ...

I've gamed from the 2600 when I was 7, and I make games for a living. The things that I loved about WiiMusic is the ability to be creative. You can do just about anything. There is the ability to make your own music, to be the designer of something, which makes it unlike all of the other music games out there (though I enjoy the other music games, they are much more like playing Simon Says than they are like making music).

I wrote at length about the game early on: http://vgbm.blogspot.com/2008/11/in-defense-of-wiimusic.html

...and I only wish it was easier to share music to YouTube, b/c I've really enjoyed making versions of songs that sound nothing like the song they are suppose to be, and instead sound like totally original compositions with layers of sound created through careful timing and planning ahead.

I love creating things, which is part of why I make video games for a living. WiiMusic gives the chance to make something that is unique and it is very satisfying to create an original sounding composition. After a couple of well thought-out hours you can create something fun and unique. I love the experience of doing that and really feel the game, for people who are creative anyway, is fantastic. There is nothing else like it and it makes me happy every time I fire it up.

WaveyChristmas

#22

WaveyChristmas said:

I guess I'm up for it! Yet I haven't played the original and most likely never will. :p But really though, where's Wii Play 2?

Sakeraf

#23

Sakeraf said:

Wii Music was good, just not worth 50$. I can picture in the sequel Link on the Ocarina and DK on the bongos. Sweet...

TwilightV

#25

TwilightV said:

They can throw anything they want in it, but I really hope they put in more Nintendo themed music and more of the orchestra conducting minigame. Add those and i'll be a very happy customer. :3

Punny

#26

Punny said:

If they do release Wii Music 2, I hope they make it better. I hope there's a song composer, too.

pixelman

#27

pixelman said:

I haven't played the original, but if they added a song composer I'd be all over it.

Caliko

#29

Caliko said:

YES!! I also remember Miyamoto considering motionplus support for the sequel!

The most creative music game might get a sequel!!

@Pixelman that's basically what it is.

fishman100

#30

fishman100 said:

maybe they could make a mario sidequest type thing where the music stops playing if you get hit by an enemy or die in a sidescroller like the original mario bros.

LittleIrves

#31

LittleIrves said:

To all those lovers of Wii Music out there... I salute you.
And to all who still don't know its power: I urge you to check out the links posted by warioswoods (#9), or the Wii Music page on Nintendo's own site, as the videos there show what a unique, rich experience is possible through this misunderstood game.

Kid_A

#33

Kid_A said:

This'll get the ol' Wii Music thread rolling again!
One of the reasons I started becoming a regular at Nintendo Life is because of the awesome Wii Music-loving community here on the forums, so this is great news for me :)

Capt_N

#35

Capt_N said:

The 1st lacked a composer. If N wants to have a function that gives the game control over what notes sound when an instrument is played, fine. But I would also prefer an option to actually be able to compose, similar to Mario Paint, or something.

Also, an interesting feature should be ability for the game to be able to recognize audio, as in sound software recognizing, like for instance pop in an SD card w/ your fav tunes, the game recognizes the sound patterns, @ you can play a concert in tune to the music. The game would be able to follow the actual musical notes of the song.

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