I was talked about music-themed games in the previous post and now, with Wii Music out in the market, it seemed natural to talk about this latest Wii application. Truth be told, I have not had the chance to see a demo or try a demo myself (is there one?). However, if Wii Music is going to be anything like the Wii Sports bundle in playability, then I am sure that it will be a hit. For those like me who want to know more about the game before actually going out and buying it, here are some excerpts of an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, the brains behind the game.
Where did the idea for Wii Music come from?
Shigeru Miyamoto: When we first came up with the concept for the Wii itself, we wanted the Wii to be a device that everyone in the house would relate to, so we needed to have several key software topics available for people to play: sports, health and fitness, and music. So that was the genesis for creating Wii Music. Our initial experiments were finding ways to use the Wii remote and nunchuk to perform different instruments, and then we experimented with using the Wii remote to conduct an orchestra.
Given that, going into this holiday season, if someone is trying to decide between Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Wii Music, why they should choose Wii Music?
Miyamoto: Actually, I almost ask if we should even be calling Wii Music a video game. In my mind, I think of Wii Music being along the lines of a new kind of musical instrument. You can bring Wii Music home and within a few minutes, everyone in the family, regardless of their gaming skill, can pick up Wii Music and start playing a wide variety of musical instruments, not just making sounds, but actually making music. So in that sense, it’s like this new musical instrument that allows you to become a creator of music and a performer of music without the barriers that you would normally have of having to learn an instrument, learning to read music, and learning musical theory. That’s something no other game or any other interactive experience can offer.
These are only two of the questions asked by CNET ““ you can find the whole interview here. To be honest, though, the idea of actually making music appeals to a frustrated musician like me.