If there's one genre that just hasn't received enough attention on behalf of publishers and developers, it's music-based rhythm games. Wow. I'm impressed. I didn't think I was going to be able to say that with a straight face.
However, it seems that Konami feels that it has something new and exciting to offer, and I know this because the company officially announced during E3 2009 that it is bringing the Japanese sensation Pop'n Music to the Wii in Fall 2009. The series is apparently quite the phenomenon, having spawned 15 console games and numerous arcade games as well. (Don't feel bad. I'd never heard of it either).
According to Konami, here's what players can expect from the upcoming title:
- Easy and fun to play thanks to intuitive controls.
- Customize your very own avatar - upload your Mii, or choose from a diverse selection of amusing characters.
- Difficulties range from the standard mode for casual users and challenge mode for core users.
- Choose from a variety of recorded sounds such as clapping or percussion sounds.
- Select from a total of 14 different characters and six unique stages.
- Use your Mii and show emotions such as laughing, crying or being troubled.
- Assortment of licensed and original music to play with your friends!
- Downloadable song content will be available through the Nintendo WiFi Connection.
If wildly popular Japanese rhythm games are your thing, then I have to imagine you are ecstatic right now, so I leave you to your celebrating. For everyone else, it might be a harder sell, but we'll just have to wait and see how it fares once it's released later this year.
Anyone here played Pop'n Music before? Thoughts?