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Just Sing! Christmas Songs Review

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Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Not something you'd want to find in your stocking

Developers seem to be absolutely crazy about releasing smaller versions of DS games as DSiWare downloads - just look at Bookworm and Master of Illusion as it is once again the case here. Just Sing! Christmas Songs is a small sampler of the retail game Just Sing!, which is due out sometime in 2010. As you might've guessed, it includes Christmas-related songs only, not that that's a whole lot to brag about as it means there's only two songs.

After starting up the game you will be asked to remain completely quiet while it adjusts your DSi's microphone settings to the game volume (so that it does not catch any in-game music, messing up your performance). This takes about 20-30 seconds and will automatically be performed every time the game is started, unless you choose to skip it, which will cause it to reuse the calibration from the previous time. No wonder it's the system's only karaoke game!

After this annoying interlude, you will be taken to the main menu. From there you can already tell you'll be done with the title in five minutes, after which you'll never play it again; two of the five selections are the game's two songs, while the other buttons are taken up by Records, the Manual and Options (which consist of nothing more than volume settings).

When you're ready to feel embarassed you can select either of the two songs and get started. As with most modern karaoke games, the song will then play without any vocals as the lyrics are displayed at the bottom. Bars in the middle of the screen indicate how high or low the tone of your voice should be to get the highest score. After 90 seconds of singing the song ends and your points will be converted into a rank, the highest requiring about 90,000 points.

Despite never having played a karaoke game before, we were able to get over 85,000 on both songs on our first try. We're certainly not very good singers here at Nintendo Life, so that must mean the game is rather lenient! People who are good at singing and have played similar games will thus no doubt have an easy time getting close to a perfect score and the highest rank. After getting your score it will be entered on a highscore table. Wi-Fi leaderboards would've at least some replayability to the game, but sadly it was not meant to be - these records are for your eyes only.

The game's cheap, so you can expect the graphics and sound to be cheap too. The two songs sound like bland MIDIs anybody with minimal experience could recreate, while the visuals consist of nothing more than a girl dressed in a santa suit jumping around on a stage. This is displayed on the top screen, while the actual gameplay occurs on the bottom screen, meaning you're not likely to even glance at her.


After playing both songs and getting a top rank there's really nothing left to do, other than play both songs again and wonder why on Earth you paid 200 DSi Points for the game. It's definitely interesting that this is the system's first karaoke game, and we are very curious what the retail game will be like, but for the moment this is a waste of money and a waste of time.

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User Comments (35)



primeris said:

I just don't see enough DSi ware to interest me in a DSi. This release makes me gag.



DJ_Triforce said:

They really need to start bringing the Gameboy and Gameboy Color games to the DSiWare... And maybe even remake some classics.



Mario_maniac said:

Why is it you reviewers insist on ignoring the fact that NEW Master of Illusion tricks are being released? Mind Probe was not on the freaking cartridge.

That said, ew at this game. Two songs? No thanks.



Drake said:

@ Mario maniac: Not my fault, blame whoever proofread the review and added in links

I changed it to Funny Face.



Mario_maniac said:

Ah, so it's not your fault after all. My apologies.

Whoever added it in, though... shakes fist



Hyperfludd said:

Actually, I think Band Hero is first karaoke game for the DSi.(Unless you mean DSiWare) But 2 songs? Seriously? Yeeeargh.



Morpheel said:

Sorry, buying a karaoke game for your DS is silly enough, let alone buying a scaled down version of one.



moomoo said:

Why can't there be more DSiware games like Mighty Flip Champs? The only promising games I see on the way so far are Flipper and Shantae, and Shantae is made by the same people that made Mighty Flip Champs (I think).



Sylverstone said:

Never saw this as a great thing to add to the Shop because:

1. Only two songs?
2. Christmas season ends, so does the appeal for this.
3. Karaoke? Really?

3 stars was deserving enough.



grenworthshero said:

No, it's definitely not Christmas music, because it's the first few measures of the first movement of Mozart's "Piano Sonata No. 15 in C Major"



warioswoods said:

^ Nintendo has nothing to do with this one, garden gnome.

The screenshots do call to my mind a certain scene in Mean Girls.



piguy101 said:

accually its 3 songs, the picture says: Jingle Bells silent night and e-manual still stinks though



SnaffyTheGator said:

(To the tune of 'Jingle bells')
Oh my Gosh,
This game sucks!
Why the heck it in the store?
It's so crud,
and It's a dud,
so you should run away! HEY!
(Sorry for the bad song! I'm new!)



starcrunch061 said:

I am not religious in the least, but it seems weird to have some half-dressed sexy Santa girl singing "Silent Night".



Bankai said:

Um, why is last year's review being linked to for this year's game? I know ithe recent rlease is probably just as poor, but still.



theblackdragon said:

@Waltz: what page is pointing you to this review under a link marked as Vol. 2? I just checked both Nintendo Download articles for this week, and I'm not seeing the bad link anywhere.

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