Posts tagged: Guitar Hero

Wii and DS dominated 2008 Sales

authorMark | January 28, 2009

Nintendo announced this month that according to independent sales data released by the NPD Group, the Wii console reached 2008 unit sales of 10.17 million, and the Nintendo DS came in a close second, with 2008 unit sales of 9.95 million. Each of them broke the previous yearly unit sales record set in 2007 by Nintendo DS with sales of 8.52 million and the Wii is the first gaming console to ever reach the 10 million mark in a single year.

Not surprisingly, the Wii represented 55% of all home console sales in 2008, while the DS claimed 72% of all portable system sales in 2008.

Here’s some additional data released by NPD for 2008:

•The industry’s top 4 selling games of 2008 were: Wii Play at No. 1, Mario Kart Wii at No. 2, , Wii Fit at No.3, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl, at No. 4
•Industry annual revenues jumped 19% in 2008 over 2007, and Nintendo products were responsible for 99% of those additional retail dollars.
•Nintendo DS set another industry record for system sales in any month, with 3.04 million units sold in December.
•Wii broke its own monthly record, set in December 2007, by selling 2.14 million units last month.
•In December, Nintendo titles filled 20 of the top 30 spots on the best-seller list. Six games made for Nintendo systems placed in the top 10, including Wii Music for Wii (No. 9), which has now sold 865,000 units following its launch in October 2008, and Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS (No. 7), which has sold a total of 4.3 million units 38 months after launch.
•Activision’s Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero World Tour, and MTV Games/EA’s* Rock Band Special Edition Bundle all sold more units on Nintendo platforms than any other platforms in 2008.
•More 3rd party units were sold for Wii than any other home consoles in December for the 2nd consecutive month.
•For the year, more than 132 million games were sold in America for play on Nintendo systems.

Recession? What recession?

Guitar Hero: World Tour Preview

authorCanucklehead | August 21, 2008

Rock out with your sock out!

Rock out with your socks out!

I know many of you have already jumped on the RockBand wagon but ol’ Canucklehead here is sticking with Guitar Hero, mainly because I already own and that’s the way I roll. (read: cheap) Besides, it appears that with the newest incarnation coming out this fall, Guitar Hero will now have all the things that others told me made RockBand better - that being a drum and microphone. I think it goes without saying but just in case - all the instruments will in fact be wireless. I of course already own Guitar Hero for the Wii, but only ever had one guitar - as a result, I missed the true fun of playing with or against someone else. I mean, there was the day that Bucky handed my ass to me online - but really, that was not much fun at all. If only for the second guitar. I’ll probably pick this game up - once it no longer involves searching and hunting. (Finally got Wii Fit after searching for almost six hours last Sunday!)

The most interesting aspect of this new game will be that the musically inclined among you will in fact be able to create and share original music. Can you imagine a friend sending you a note like, “Hey man - check out this impossible song I just created!” I can already see the YouTube videos running through my head - that will be cool. Of course, I cannot read or play a note so I’m not going to be much help. While we still will NOT be able to download songs at this point Activision’s press release does promise “Delivering the largest on-disc set list in a music-rhythm game to-date, Guitar Hero World Tour is comprised entirely of master recordings from some of the greatest classic and modern rock bands of all-time including Van Halen, Linkin Park, The Eagles, Sublime and many more.” The final song list has not been confirmed at this time but speculation is rampant. A short time ago a full list came out which was dismissed as false by the game’s makers - a second and much smaller set list below has been released and confirmed by Activision of a taste of what we can expect - I’ve included it below. (The initial list appears to be a wishlist set up by fans and was actually really cool - you can see a copy HERE.)

There are alot more options and enhancements to the game which I’m sure will be seen by all the newer games going forward. Guitar Hero, and RockBand by association has not only revolutionized the gaming industry, but also the music industry. Anyway, I’m certain more information will be coming out shortly but I did want to draw your attention to one gameply mode that I think would be pretty awesome: Guitar Hero World Tour introduces Battle of the Bands mode which allows eight players to join online and challenge each other band-to-band to determine who is the best of the best! Now that my friends will be a hit at parties! Anyway, let’s get to the part you’ve all been waiting for - the setlist. Keep in mind that what appears below is only a partial list. I’ve already got my favorites picked out - what are yours and what songs are missing? Hit me in the comments section below. Keep on rockin’ and stay tuned to MyWiiNews for updates as they become available.

Guitar Hero: World Tour Set List

Airbourne: Too Much Too Young

Anouk: Good God

At the Drive-in: One Armed Scissor

Beastie Boys: No Sleep ’till Brooklyn

Beatsteaks: Hail to the Freaks

Billy Idol: Rebel Yell

Blink 182: Dammit

Blondie: One Way or Another

BLS: Stillborn

Bob Seger: Hollywood Nights

Bon Jovi: Livin’ on a prayer

BRMC: Weapon of Choice

CCR: Up Around The Bend

Coldplay: Shiver

Dino Jr: Feel the pain

(The) Doors: Love Me Two Times

(The) Eagles: Hotel California

(The) Enemy: Aggro

Fleetwood Mac: Go your own way

Foo Fighters: Everlong

(The) Guess Who: American Woman

Hush Puppies: You’re Gonna Say Yeah

Interpol: Obstacle1

Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze Live

Jimi Hendrix: Wind Cries Mary

Kent: Vinternoll 2

Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way

Linkin Park: What I’ve Done

Lost Prophets: Rooftops

Mars Volta: L’Via L’Viaquez

Metallica: Trapped under ice

Michael Jackson: Beat It

Modest Mouse: Float On

Negramaro: Nuvole

Nirvana: About a Girl

No Doubt: Spiderwebs

Oasis: Some Might Say

Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train

Ozzy Osbourne: Mr. Crowley

Paramore: Misery Business

Pat Benatar: Heartbreaker

Radio Futura: Escuela De Calor

Silversun Pickups: Lazy Eye

Stuck in the sound: Toy Boy

Sublime: Santeria

Survivor: Eye of the Tiger

System of a Down: BYOB

Tokio Hotel: Monsoon

Van Halen: Hot for Teacher

Guitar Hero Aerosmith: Wii Edition

authorBucky | July 30, 2008

Steve Tyler's mouth never looked so large.

Steve Tyler's mouth never looked so large.

I finally got Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for my Wii. I’ve played Guitar Hero 3 to death, and I love it. For those of you that are still connected to a wire, let me fill you in on a little secret…wireless guitar totally rocks! If you haven’t played this game, then you’re missing out on a lot of fun.

The wireless guitar is great. Its very responsive to every strum and finger press. Its size is just right with the right weight. The only complain I have is that the Strum Bar is a little noisy when you strum it during gameplay, and the fret buttons have a bit too much “click” to them, although they do seem to be spaced apart just perfectly. It would be better if they had some kind of rubber mechanism to soften the impacts. The Whammy Bar is perfect - no complaints here. Not sure about the wired guitar, but the wireless one comes with Tilt Sensor. You tilt your guitar upwards to activate Star Power and Battle Attacks.

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New Guitar Hero 4 Details

authorLukatoll | May 15, 2008

Last year, true and wannabe rockers moved there fingers like maniacs as they worked their way through songs to be told, “You Rock!” This was the life of many gamers as they fought through the expert mode and eventually became a true guitar hero. Now that they have mastered the game, what do they do? Go and play Rock Band of course, because not only could they became guitar hero’s, but they could also become drum and singing hero’s too. So basically Rock Band kicked the crap out of Guitar Hero 3 last year. So this year, the guys over at Red Octane are deciding to follow more closely in Rock Band’s footsteps which is why Guitar Hero 4 will be receiving a dramatic overhaul. Here are some details of new features appearing in Guitar Hero 4.

First off, Guitar Hero 4 will be featuring more instruments then just a guitar. It will also include bass, singing, and a six-peice drum set with 2 cymbals (take that Rock Band!). You think thats good? Wait until you here this. Players will now be able to create their own songs and share them with players around the globe, thanks to the a new service called Guitar Hero Tunes. But these user created songs will not include singing. Players will also be able to create their own band members, album art, and instruments from scratch.

This time Guitar Hero’s guitar will not be a brand named guitar but instead Red Octane will be design their own axe for players to rock out on. And While no songs have been confirmed just yet, we can expect to see Sublime, Van Halen, Linkin Park, and The Eagle to be appearing on Guitar Hero 4.

Don’t worry, we will see Guitar Hero 4 by years end and it will be coming onto the 360, Wii, and PS3. There is no word yet whether or not it will make it onto the PS2 but I don’t see why not.

Well, thats all the details out right now, but keep checking back to My Wii News for more Guitar Hero and Wii info!


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