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Electroplankton (Nintendo DS)

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Advertising Blurbs

Nintendo Winter Catalog 2005:

    A Musical Masterpiece

    In Electroplankton, art and music collide to create a wildly fresh interactive audio experience. Against a backdrop designed in the striking visual style of Japanese artist Toshio Iwai, you can poke, rub and draw on the touch screen to stimulate odd aquatic creatures and create your own music. Each of the different Electroplanktons features a completely different sound style, ranging from haunting melodies to head-nodding beats to funky Mario-themed remixed. One even acts as a sampler, allowing you to record up to four sounds and layer them over drum loops. Create new tunes and rhythms every time you play!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on May 23, 2006.

Back of Box (US):

    Watch it, Touch it, Listen to it...and Feel it.

    In this sea, you'll encounter ten unique species of tiny Electroplankton that respond to your touch and voice to create unforgettable sounds and melodies.Interacting with this wild and wide variety of Electroplankton is as simple as sliding your stylus across the Touch Screen. Toy with Tracy plankton and listen to their music as they swim along the lines you draw. Clap your hands or use your voice to lead a microscopic synchronized swimming team of Nanocarp. There are ten fascinating plankton to play with in all! The latest work by world-renowned Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai, Electroplankton bursts to life exclusively on the Nintendo DS.

    Toshio Iwai, a media artist
    Toshio Iwai's art has won worldwide acclaim for its unique fusion of digital and analogue, images and music. He has collaborated with such people as musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and movie director Hayao Miyazaki.

    • 01 - Tracy
    • 02 - Hanenbow
    • 03 - Luminaria
    • 04 - Sun-Animalcule
    • 05 - Rec-Rec
    • 06 - Nanocarp
    • 07 - Lumiloop
    • 08 - Marine-Snow
    • 09 - Beatnes
    • 10 - Volvoice

    Contributed by breakyboy (1563) on Mar 10, 2006.

www.nintendo.com:
    Swim with the music!

    It's tough to slap a label on Electroplankton. It's not a game, but you play it on a game device. There's no set purpose to it, but the end result can sweep you up in its charm. Most of all, its innovation sings out loud and true.

    Features

    • 10 unique Electroplankton ready to make music for you
    • Audience mode that plays a 15-minute composition you can participate in
    • Optimized sound for DS speakers or headphones

    Art and music collide in Electroplankton, which features the striking visual style of Japanese interactive media artist Toshio Iwai. You interact with 10 species of Electroplankton by using the Nintendo DS touch screen. When you come in contact with the Electroplankton and elements of their environment, the microscopic merrymakers give off a unique sound. The sounds will ring familiar with you, from a piano and percussion instruments to your own voice.

    Interacting with each Electroplankton is a bit different, although you'll aways use the touch screen, microphone or both. Some Electroplankton yield percussion sounds, others resemble a piano and still others sound like they've been put through a synthesizer.

    Some even come with their own beats. Rec-Rec is an Electroplankton that allows you to record your voice over a track of eight rhythms from house to industrial. You can overlay four of your own additions to these rhythms and slow down or speed up the beat.

    Then you have Nanocarp, who are less about making music and more about responding to your sounds. They change formations based on your input into the microphone. Nanocarp reply to clapping, blowing into the mic and you singing "Do Re Me" to them.

    Beatnes replicate the sounds of some classic NES games that struck a cord with Electroplankton creator Toshio Iwai. You can make your own melodies or re-create sounds from Super Mario Bros., Kid Icarus, an NES Collection and robot sounds.

    Electoplankton offers a fun and amazingly creative way to actually put yourself inside the game. You are the conductor, and a new world of musical composition has opened up for you to explore.

    The great thing about Electroplankton is it works on a variety of different levels. The precision of the Electroplankton's movements can help you create fantastic compositions, or you can take a more recreational approach and play with the different movements and sounds and just have fun with it. If you're savvy with recording equipment, you can use the DS's headphone jack to output your composition and record it for all the world to hear.

    Electroplanton is available exclusively online, and you can go to Nintendo's online store to buy it directly from Nintendo.

    Bottom Line

    Electroplankton is one of those rare artistic games that should be part of every gamer's collection.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53445) on Jan 15, 2006.