The music game genre is in full development and has gained a massive amount of popularity in a relatively short time. The two big leaders of the market, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, already have a pretty loyal fan base that can hardly wait to get their hands on the new songs launched as DLC (Downloadable Content).
With this massive amount of popularity music games are registering, especially on the casual market, it was only a matter of time before the main casual game developer, Nintendo, launched such a title. Named Wii Music
, the new release is specifically designed for the Nintendo Wii console, allowing players to use the innovative WiiMote and Nunchuk controllers.
The Japanese company took this title very seriously and used one of its most brilliant game designers, Shigeru Miyamoto
, the man responsible for cult games like Mario, Donkey Kong or the Legend of Zelda. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Miyamoto detailed on the development process of Wii Music, saying that it was an ordinary endeavor, and he didn't have to do a lot of things.
"The typical pattern when we're developing our games is that the development teams will work very diligently to make the game and I'll take a look at it and say "why does this game feel so serious? You need some more silly things in there." But this time around I didn't actually have to do that because the team was creating all of those strange instruments of their own accord. Even the cheerleader, which is another instrument in Wii Music, is something that I didn't even have to suggest to them; I just turned the game on one day and all of a sudden there was a cheerleader. From that sense I would say that Wii Music was a relatively easy development project for me."
Quite some interesting facts there, proving that the entire Nintendo staff can be creative, not only the lead designers. Wii Music is very popular these days, and it enjoyed quite a lot of sales in the regions where it has been launched, which is why it is sure to make the Wii console a very attractive one this holiday season.