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Miyamoto: "Wii Music is better than a game"

Miyamoto: "Wii Music is better than a game"

Miyamoto has said that he sees Wii Music as more of a toy than a true video game.

One of the big announcements at E3 this week was Nintendo's Wii Music, a kind of music-making simulation being developed for the Wii by Nintendo.

However, in an interview at E3 2008, Miyamoto was fielding questions from the crowd and remarked that Wii Music is even better than a video game - it is a musical toy!

Miyamoto based his view on the fact that the game has no over-arching goal to it, no objectives to complete and no content to unlock or progress through. Instead, what it does have is a lot of music-making potential and a free reign to have a bash at making a melody.

"And that's why it's better than a video game," said Miyamoto.

"I really think that half of an elementary music school could be dedicated to this," continued the Nintendo boss-man, further hinting at plans to make Wii Music an educational tool and toy instead of a competitive experience comparable to Guitar Hero.

"I'm hoping that through Wii Music, we'll get more drummers, more musicians and more people interested in music."

Of course, there does seem to be one weakspot in the idea of this non-game in that the game will focus on public-domain music, with no plans at all for downloadable content according to reports.

Does Wii Music still sound good to you, or are you happy with Electroplankton for your music-making? Let us know in the forums.

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Timmy_the_tortoise 18th July 2008, 13:11 Quote
I could have a bash at making a melody using my PC 10 years ago..

And over 100 years ago I could have a bash at making a melody using these magical things called musical instruments...

You're not going to get more people playing (real) drums because of this game.. You are more likely to get more people playing this game as a (relatively) cheaper alternative to playing real drums.
sotu1 18th July 2008, 13:40 Quote
with you on this timmy. miyamoto seems to have lost it a bit on the pitch. overhyped, i think it is. it's got potential. dance e-jay was great fun, but the problem i found is that once i'd made a track i never wanted to listen to it, just enjoyed making it. i think the game should have the option to upload/download to the wii channels so we can hear other contributions.
Timmy_the_tortoise 18th July 2008, 13:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by sotu1
with you on this timmy. miyamoto seems to have lost it a bit on the pitch. overhyped, i think it is. it's got potential. dance e-jay was great fun, but the problem i found is that once i'd made a track i never wanted to listen to it, just enjoyed making it. i think the game should have the option to upload/download to the wii channels so we can hear other contributions.

Yes, you should definitely be able to record what you play and send it to friends and things..
Thacrudd 18th July 2008, 15:30 Quote
Sounds like fun! When my band wrote songs, we did not listen to them, we got enjoyment from others listening to them. Release date?
Cadillac Ferd 18th July 2008, 18:50 Quote
Miyamoto is soooo right! You know why? Cause he's better than a game designer! He's a crazy aging Japanese man who knows how to make lame games for Japanese audiences! Hooray for him!
johnmustrule 20th July 2008, 05:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Timmy_the_tortoise
I could have a bash at making a melody using my PC 10 years ago..

And over 100 years ago I could have a bash at making a melody using these magical things called musical instruments...

You're not going to get more people playing (real) drums because of this game.. You are more likely to get more people playing this game as a (relatively) cheaper alternative to playing real drums.

Record guitar sales and lessons after guitar hero came out, I like the real things myself but there's no denying that this sort of thing, especially if its popular, will attract many musicians.
BurningFeetMan 21st July 2008, 07:36 Quote
There's a lot of Wii hate in these forums, I've no idea why?

Regarding Wii Music. I play and practice guitar and keyboard. I mix and compose using Cubase & Ableton Live. I'll probably pick up Wii Music for shits and giggles. I adore Guitar Hero III, so if they can make Wii music just as addictive and fun, they'll be onto a winner! :)
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