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Release Date


  • US 20th Oct 2008
  • EU 14th Nov 2008
  • JP 19th Oct 2008
Controller Support


  • Review Wii Music (Wii)

    Grab yourself a WiiMote, it's time you became a maestro!

    Miyamoto is Nintendo's legendary games developer, he's responsible for the majority of Nintendo's success over the past 30 years and proves a lot of people wrong time and time again. The release of Wii Music takes me back to earlier in the year, when Wii Fit was first released. Wii Fit was...

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Wii Music News

  • Random Wii Music Walked So 'Trombone Champ' Could Run, And We Need A Switch Port

    Coming up trumps

    If you are unfortunate enough to have not graced Twitter in the past 24 hours (we don't necessarily blame you), then you probably will have missed the meteoric rise of Trombone Champ, and with it's Mii-style visuals, it had us feeling a bit reminiscent. This Guitar Hero-inspired game from Holy Wow Studios is an absolute hoot (or...

  • Feature A Look Back At Nintendo's Long History Of Art, Music And Game Making Software

    Over 35 years of programmin', paintin' and makin'

    Between the Super Mario Maker games, Miitopia, and now the soon to be released Game Builder Garage, the last decade has seen Nintendo embrace the creativity of its players to produce fun content for all to experience. It’s amazing to see the creativity of the communities that form around these...

  • News Unseen E3 2006 Demo Footage Showcases Early Gameplay For Super Mario Galaxy And More

    Wii Series was also prominently featured

    E3 2006 was a big event for Nintendo. Having formally revealed its GameCube successor in 2005 under codename "Revolution", E3 marked the first time press were formally allowed to try the Nintendo Wii. If you were ever curious to see how that looked, several videos have now made their way online. Released by...

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (December 8th)

    Here are our picks, but what are yours?

    As regular readers will know, every weekend we post a write-up of the games Team Nintendo Life will be playing in our spare time. As you'll also likely know, this week saw the release of a pretty major Nintendo game, and you can probably guess where this week's entries are headed. So, please accept our...

  • Feature The Unexpected Legacy of Wii Music

    Life changing inspiration from the most unsuspected of places

    In this guest feature, Nintendo Life regular and chiptune musician Shiryu explains how Wii Music played a pivotal role in encouraging his prolific output. As tradition mandates every year, I sat watching the Nintendo's 2008 E3 presentation with high hopes of a new F-Zero being finally...

  • News Miyamoto Hints at Wii Music Sequel to Change Things Up

    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...

  • News Wii Music Plus Possible?

    Miyamoto sees more in the future of Wii Music.

    ONM UK didn't just grill Shigeru Miyamoto on Mario, they also asked him some questions about other games. One of these was Wii Music. It's quite logical to think that after Wii Fit Plus, Nintendo would also want to offer an enhanced version of Wii Music. But although Miyamoto would like to do more with...

  • News Wii Music Heads To School

    Wii Music instrumental in promoting musical arm waving curriculum for U.S. Schools

    With the short attention span of so many kids these days, how do we reach out and turn them on to the interactive fun of musical instruments? Give them an interactive video game, of course. In Washington D.C. a new program is trying to entice kids into the music...

  • Feature Miyamoto - Not Deterred By Unfavourable Wii Music Reviews

    Shiggys has responded to some of the harsh critique his latest game, Wii Music, has incurred on the Internet, basically explaining that the typical reviewer, the hardcore gamer, probably doesn't get the point of the game.

    There’s two ways I can talk about that. One is, I think — you point out the IGN review in particular. And my guess is that...

  • News Wii Music primed and dated

    Nintendo announce that Wii Music will hit the stage this October in the US and November in Europe.

    Creating fun for all the family, this fall will see the arrival of Wii Music. Whether you are a music maestro or taking your first musical steps, this new title for Wii will have the whole family creating unique musical performances together with over...

About The Game

Create a musical masterpiece with up to four players. Anyone can play the huge selection of instruments in Wii Music with simple motions—like strumming and drumming.

It’s easy to play improv jams. Musicians in your band jam by simply playing their instruments to the beat of a song or by improvising to their heart’s content. Play faster. Play slower. Skip a beat, or throw in 10 more. No matter what you do, Wii Music automatically transforms your improv stylings into great music. There are no mistakes—just playing for the pure joy of playing.

Wii controls immerse you in the music. You can play most of the 60-plus instruments in Wii Music using simple motions with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. Strum to play guitar, banjo and sitar. Drum to play jazz drums, congas and marching drums. Hammer away to play piano, vibraphone and marimba. Unlike most music games, Wii Music doesn’t make you use complex buttons. You only need to imitate playing the instrument.

Wii Music offers virtually endless ways to make music. You choose the song and instruments and decide whether to blaze through a rock take on classical songs, put a jazzy spin on folk tunes or transform Nintendo classics like the Super Mario Bros.® theme into Latin-flavored numbers. The song list is only a takeoff point—it’s how you improvise with the songs that matters.

Send your band-jam recordings to Wii Friends who have Wii Music. They’ll see your Mii™ band members, your players’ improv styles and your instrument selections. They can watch your recordings, or play over parts of your song, then send their modified recording back to you. Improv jams can be sent back and forth over WiiConnect24 and changed again and again.

Beyond the Jam:

  • Wii Music includes many other modes besides the main band jams, including several musical games and an enhanced video playback mode for recorded jams.
  • Play it again: Use the playback mode to see your jam recordings brought to life with dramatic camera angles.
  • Pick up the baton: Command an orchestra in the conducting game where you’ll wave the Wii Remote controller like a conductor’s baton to lead a Mii orchestra through orchestrated music. Make them play quickly, slowly, strongly or gently.
  • Ring a bell? Play a handbells game where you’ll swing your Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to play your two handbells as part of a larger ensemble. Everyone on the team has a job to do: Play one of your notes only when the tune demands it.
  • An ear for music: Take a tone quiz that tests your musical ear by giving you challenges, like putting note-playing Miis in order from lowest to highest pitch.
  • Bang the drum: Play a virtual drum set in the drumming mode, the one mode in Wii Music that also uses the Wii Balance Board accessory (sold with Wii Fit™). You’ll use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers as drumsticks, and place both feet on the Wii Balance Board—which work as virtual pedals for the bass drum and hi-hat cymbal.