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Euro PR - Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND coming later in 2013

New karaoke application for Wii U to enable users from around Europe to compete with each other to climb online leaderboards!

2nd July 2013 - Calling all seasoned karaoke veterans and newcomers alike - a unique Japanese karaoke box experience is coming to Wii U later in 2013, giving you the choice to have a private sing-along with friends in your living room, or compete to become one of Europe's finest voices! Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND is a new karaoke application that will double up the Wii U GamePad as both a fully-fledged music back catalogue and microphone, offering up the traditional features of a karaoke session for any occasion.

From launch, the Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND software will be a free download from Nintendo eShop, with an extensive library of music available via streaming. The premise is simple - you choose whether to use the application for one hour, 24 hours or 30 days, purchase the ticket from Nintendo eShop, and presuming you have already downloaded the application on your Wii U, it's time to unleash your singing voice!

Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND puts the music choice literally into the palm of your hands via the Wii U GamePad, which acts as the catalogue to browse songs and create song lists of karaoke favourites. In addition, the Wii U GamePad doubles up as a microphone, however the Wii U microphone and compatible USB microphones can be used for those wanting to pull off iconic poses like their favourite artists.

Aside from the regular karaoke mode, the application offers three main modes which will put your skills to the test by scoring your performance with points that are awarded when the right notes are hit! The first mode shows your score at the end of the song, allowing you to relax and just sing, so you can use it to learn a new song or try a new singing technique. In the second mode, your score is shown in detail via a performance analysis feature allowing you to get special feedback on your vocal strengths and weaknesses. The third mode, however, is when the competition starts to heat up, with your score used in an online ranking feature enabling you to compete with other users from across Europe to vie for the top spot of being the best singer of each song from the catalogue. Whether your forte is R&B, or more in tune with Country, each song available through the application will have a constantly updating leaderboard of the best performers, so you'll need to keep up the standards to stay on top. Whatever you achieve there will be a mechanism which enables you to post a screenshot on Miiverse to proudly show off your singing prowess to others!

Whilst you sing, your Mii character will be in the thick of the action on-screen, with the ability to perform in a range of musical backdrops, don a variety of different costumes, and tailor performance sets and song lists to create your own Mii karaoke identity. If you want to mix up your song list at any point, a History button is available on the Wii U GamePad, which shows a list of a user's previously sang songs for selection.

Sing with friends in your living room or compete against the rest of Europe to climb online leaderboards in Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND, when the application launches on Wii U later in 2013. Stay tuned for more announcements, and begin preparing those vocal chords!

For further details:

Wii U website http://wiiu.co.uk

Wii U (UK) on Facebook http://facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk

Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK

Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope

Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk

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02 Jul 2013 07:10

Mm, real Karaoke machines are not common in Europe. Having the TV sceen and the gamepad really brings it closer to the real karaoke experience. Will probably get this for parties :D
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02 Jul 2013 08:40

Lucky Europeans. Assuming they don't tinker with the interface, and licensing gets sorted, this is totally the way to go. Apart from the likely lack of offline play (the original Wii version had a handful of tracks included but probably no one sang them anyway), this sounds about 1000x better than SiNG PARTY. Why did Nintendo feel they needed to launch with karaoke in the US? Instead, they threw money into a fire with that release, then said they might as well try to foist it on Europeans.

Hopefully, this title reaches the US.

In any case, though, there probably will be no JASRAC, so... :(
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02 Jul 2013 09:25

... This is coming out of Japan?? WOW! O_O
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02 Jul 2013 09:50

Now, i wonder why this is not coming to the US?
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02 Jul 2013 10:11

Well Sing was really pointless to release if they had a better model in japan that was free and only let you buy the songs you wanted...I could see this coming to the US at some point.
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02 Jul 2013 11:02

If we get all the Anime Songs, that are available in Japa. OMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH, this would be so nice. (^_^)
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02 Jul 2013 11:09

Sing for the Wii U that launched was terrible.
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02 Jul 2013 11:46

It should have come out a lot earlier, maybe they had licensing problems or something.

You don`t BUY the songs, you RENT them, other than Sing.
You pay a fee for some hours, in which you can sing the titles.
After time is up, you can`t sing them anymore.
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02 Jul 2013 18:11

I hope that the songs stay the same. As in, of course Japan has their Japanese songs, but they also had songs from all around the world, including plenty of English songs. It would be a shame if it was released and songs were removed.

Anyway, I'm hoping it makes it to the US.
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03 Jul 2013 03:53

Man another one that Euro gets that US won't :(

When I went to Japan I saw tons of Joysound. I never did go to one (my Japanese is terrible).

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