Battle of the Bands (Wii)

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Battle of the Bands is a rhythm game based on timing, similar to the Guitar Hero series. The concept is however different because it focuses on a clash between bands with different styles. Also no external peripherals are used, only the regular controllers.

At the start of the game, players choose a band and a music style (Country, Marching, Latin, Hip Hop or Rock). The game contains cover versions of 30 popular songs of which each one has five different versions based on the aforementioned styles. The notes scroll up from the bottom of the screen near the top and players need to swing the Wiimote in the right direction at the right moment. The game is always played against another opponent (human or computer) with a similar playfield on the other side of the screen. Both players play the same song, but with a different style. Based on the performance, the style of the player performing best is heard dominantly. When the other player improves, the volume is adjusted into the other direction and as such the song is constantly mixed based on the different styles.

Contrary to contemporary music games, missing a note does not influence the music itself, only the shift in volume towards a certain player. There are also different attacks to use while playing. The opponent's screen can be covered in smoke, have their controls reversed, or notes can even be shrunken or flipped around. There are also certain Face Off instances where the players take turns playing a part, launching attacks, while the other player can block through syncing.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Band Mashups" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot Apr 25, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Jolt (UK) May 31, 2008 6 out of 10 60 PC Gaming May 25, 2008 6 out of 10 60
GamingExcellence May 28, 2008 5.7 out of 10 57
IGN Apr 24, 2008 5.6 out of 10 56
GameZone May 05, 2008 5.5 out of 10 55
GameDaily May 21, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Official Nintendo Magazine May 22, 2008 48 out of 100 48
Avid Gamer Jun 18, 2008 3 out of 10 30


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Sciere (520515) added Battle of the Bands (Wii) on Aug 25, 2008