Nintendo Patent Suggests Wii Music U is in the WorksJon Ledford |
A recently unearthed patent filed by Nintendo suggests that the Wii U could be getting a new incarnation of Wii Music.
A NeoGAF poster named Rösti has posted that Nintendo has recently patented a game that apparently creates music. This title would likely play similarly to 2008's Wii Music, but using the modern capabilities of the Wii U and its GamePad. Based on the patent's description, the game will allow you to assign different instruments to different users. After each person crafts their individual parts of the song, the recorded instruments will be played in unison in order to recreate the full song using each player-made portion.
This music game will use the GamePad's built-in speaker and microphone in order to help create the songs. We have strong feeling that Wiimotes can be used in a way similar to the original title, but will likely be more accurate given the Wiimote's new MotionPlus capabilities and the Wii U's sensor. The original Wii Music title was released in 2008 after being developed by Nintendo for four years and was met with a rather underwhelming reception, which was attributed to the popularity of other peripheral-based music games at the time, such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
Rösti provided the following excerpts and images from the filed patent which describes the game's ability to use the Wii U's GamePad in order to make music:
BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY
 Conventionally, there is a game apparatus that outputs the sound of performing one composition as an ensemble using a plurality of instruments. In the game apparatus, a user selects a part to be assigned to the user themselves. When the selection of the assigned part is completed, the ensemble is started. Then, the user can participate in the ensemble by performing an input operation based on the assigned part.
 The game apparatus, however, can merely provide the audio output of the composition performed as an ensemble from, for example, a pair of loudspeakers provided in a monitor. Thus, even a composition performed as an ensemble may lack variety, as compared to other types of sound outputs.
 Therefore, it is an object of an exemplary embodiment to provide a storage medium having stored therein an information processing program capable of a wide variety of sound outputs, and an information processing apparatus, an information processing system, and an information processing method that are capable of a wide variety of sound outputs.
For the sake of facepalm-worthy nostalgia, we present Nintendo's original, E3 2008 Wii Music presentation:
At least if Nintendo tries the same thing this year, no one will be on hand to boo them.