Posted by: Tha Square | March 25, 2008

Get Ready to Rock (Band) Out on Your Wii June 22!

What’s the one game that can rival Guitar Hero? That’s right – Rock Band. Yesterday, it was officially announced for the Wii on the Rock Band website except with some major drawbacks. Online play and downloadable songs have been removed from the Wii’s version for some reason (insert face_hand picture here). I don’t know why a great game such as this is going to have a large, attractive portion of its gameplay removed, especially when Guitar Hero has online play for the Wii already. The folks at Harmonix stated:

“When developing Rock Band for the Wii platform, we focused on making the core gameplay experience as solid and enjoyable as possible while tailoring it specifically to the strengths of the platform. The Wii version still contains the robust four-player band experience and all the fun at the core of other versions of Rock Band. However, because the Wii’s online capabilities and potential have yet to be fully realized, we wanted to wait before we explored online functionality for Rock Band to ensure that players get the high-quality of online performance they’ve come to expect.”

Huh, how can they have “focused” on the gameplay when all they did is port it over? I mean, the games already finished and the Wii’s online capabilities should be quite apparent with the Virtual Console and Wiiware in the pipes. Anyways, the Wii’s version will come packaged with a microphone, a drum set, a guitar plus five exclusive songs for $170. Yeah, way to make up for the hundreds of downloadable songs the Wii could have had with FIVE “exclusive” titles. Way to really push the envelope there…

I’m not saying I’m not excited for Rock Band, I really am, I’m just sad to hear the online has been stripped from the Wii version. Expect to Rock Out (not online though) on June 22.




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