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Wii Karaoke U launches in Europe on October 4

Karaoke fans in Europe get another way to embarrass themselves with Wii Karaoke U.

Wii Karaoke U

Nintendo has announced that Wii Karaoke U will launch in Europe on October 4 as a free download, with over 1,500 songs. But while the “game” is free to download, it’s not free to play: in order to play the game, Nintendo is taking a somewhat unorthodox approach.

After downloading the game, if you actually wish to make a fool out of yourself and “play” it (i.e. sing), you’ll have to purchase “virtual tickets” for the game.

A one hour ticket costs £1.79, and will let you sing for an hour. A 24-hour ticket costs £4.49, and a 30-day ticket costs £13.49. Don’t worry though, there is a free one-hour ticket included. If you buy the Zelda Wind Waker HD bundle in Europe, you’ll get a 7-day free pass.

Developed by Joysound, Wii Karaoke U features tons of songs and three different “game modes”: Karaoke Battle, Standard Rating mode, and Online rating mode. Whatever those are. There’s no word on the North American release. It might not even be released here — Nintendo might just want to spare us the embarrassment.

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  • EricNavedo

    Same day as Wind Waker HD disc edition bad release date choice..

    • The Clockwork Being

      Not in Japan. Probably the Karaoke game will be a success.

    • Arthur Jarret

      It’s ‘free’ – it’s a subscription based service instead of an actual physical release – so you don’t really have to choose between the games.

  • Shota

    yeah! this is common in japan. And finaly it reaches europe !

    • EricNavedo

      why not get wind waker :P

      • Shota

        already preordered

      • Baum 「ツリー」

        Why not both?

  • CEObrainz

    If there are Japanese song’s available on this, that would amazing. Then I would have that one extra option when inviting people round.

    • wiiudaily

      You sing better in Japanese?

      • CEObrainz

        I have friends that would prefer to sing Karaoke songs in Japanese then English, that’s why it would be a great addition to the game.

      • Squid

        Japanese songs are more fun to sing. :P

      • Shota

        i can sing japanese :3

    • Shota

      maybe or maybe not. you need licence for japanese songs in order to be used in other country

      • CEObrainz

        Ahh, licences like that are not so easy to get and probably won’t generate enough to cover the cost in the first place.

        • Shota

          maybe joysound can make deal with japanese music company’s ?

    • bizzy gie

      Hamano chi no chino. Gubi gia kai! Nutiku san. Wiki wan. Nobo gon chi. Mu ya cho! Mu ya cho!

      That’s how I’d expect songs to go. If you can sing along to that, more power to ya.

      • Shota

        that’s kinda chinese.

        • bizzy gie

          No. No. I threw some “san” and “wan” up in there.

          I’m good.

          • Shota

            XD

      • Nintenjoe82

        Suba-ra-shi chin chin mono
        Kintama no kame aru
        Sore no oto saru bo bo
        Iie! Ninja ga imasuuuuuuuu
        Hey hey let’s go kenka suru
        Taisetsu na mono protect my balls!
        Boku ga warui so let’s fighting…
        Let’s fighting love!
        Let’s fighting love!
        Kono uta chotto baka wa
        Wake ga wakaranai
        Eigo ga mecha-kucha Daijobu – we do it all the time!
        Hey hey let’s go! Kenka suru…………

        Day one buy if they have that song.

    • The Clockwork Being

      That Hatsune Miku music

  • david jarman

    I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so!

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      I don’t thiiiiiiiink sooooo!!!

      • david jarman

        Well, I am half Asian, but you’re right I’m not japanese. :(

      • DiorLiquor

        Dang you’re so cute babe

        • Katz

          Eh, he’s okay…

          • DiorLiquor

            He’s adorable love his eyes ^_^

          • Merrfn

            You are the opposite of adorable. You are creepy…

          • Arthur Jarret

            And you’re a little short for a stormtrooper.

          • Merrfn

            I actually found this profile picture on amazon or eBay. I can’t remember which, but this very short stormtrooper is actually a JPEG of a car sticker.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Are… are you trying to do a jedi mind trick on me, lil’ padawan? Because I believe you may not really be a stormtrooper sticker, but an ewok in disguise!

          • Merrfn

            Well I was considering becoming a Boba fett car sticker.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Whatever, you’re both poor Jango sticker knock-offs.

          • Merrfn

            Well I never thought about it that way. Yeah, you are right.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Anyway, back to my main point: These are not the droid car stickers you are looking for.

  • Mark

    Interesting. Strange that Nintendo would take this approach.

    • Stuart Thomas

      It’s the best way to have access to an online archive of music. See with karaoke it gets old when you only have 20 songs to sing, this allows access to music from an already existing karaoke provider. Its seems somewhat pricey, but its not like your just gonna pick it up and start playing. It’s gonna be one of those games you drag out when you have company over for a party or something.

      • Mark

        Huh, never thought of that. I guess it makes sense now. Good info :)

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    That’ll be a big hit in Japan.

    • Merrfn

      None of the Japanese people I know like Karaoke. Is it a stereotype? Or do Japanese people really like Karaoke games?

      • Magnus Eriksson

        They have a lot of karaoke bars there, so I guess its quite popular.

        • Merrfn

          Interesting, I never knew that. That being said, I don’t really know much about Japan in the first place.

          • Ian Woodall

            Karaoke was also invented in Japan, it was a way of getting their workers to socialise leading to increased productivity.

      • Lusunup

        Will they find it disrespectful if you don’t try an sing.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        They have a lot of clubs and bars that carry them in Japan. They are popular there so it’s not a stereotype. Lol. A game like this would probably sell enough. I’m not really a fan of it personally.

        • Merrfn

          So it’s big, but it isn’t a thing that everybody partakes in. It’s a trend and a normal activity.

          I wonder how many of the 1500 songs are Japanese, or foreign languages…

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Exactly, it’s a normal activity there. So it’s not really stereotyping. Least I wasn’t trying to anyways.

          • Merrfn

            I will try to make an analogy:

            It’s like some Japanese developers making a American football game. It is news on a Japanese website. They all say it will do fantastically in America. Which it most likely will. It is stereotyping in a way, but not really. The game will most likely do well. American football is big in America. Karaoke is big in Japan.

            I was more wondering if it was a “ching chong chow I am Chinese and I like noodles” stereotype.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Well, the game is made by japanese people. I guess they belive it will sell, and it might do. Things like these actually get a party factor quite easy. But maybe its a bit last year or maybe its becoming retro and popular again? I dont know. It could sell ok-ish in Europe too.

          • Merrfn

            Whenever we have a barbecue at my house, we usually play singstar or something. This game functions similar to an actual Karaoke machine I believe?

      • val berger

        very popular, it’s an own industry there. been to hong kong where this isn’t even as huge and still they got stuff like living rooms to rent and hang out with friends and play karaoke games all night. totally common there and quite some fun :)

    • thuggamer99

      it’s already in japan…there just releasing it everywhere else.

  • Felix

    this is lame.

    why no one have balls to say it? :D

    Nintendo is doing a really BAD job.

    • Superstick98

      Wind Waker HD. 5 days. Nuff said.

      • Felix

        well said ^^

        • Superstick98

          I didn’t know you could speak Spanish. ._. Lol you’re awesome. xD

      • Katz

        Games have been going HD for a couple of years, nuff said.

        • Superstick98

          I know. No one cares about those though. XD Wind Waker is gonna be awesome. :P

  • Ducked

    Why can’t they call it Wii U Karaoke?

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Not sure if I like this approach. Almost rather it have song DLC or unlocks than a pay to use cost.

    Of course I guess a 24 hour pass for under $5 could be good to see if you like the game or for a party night is not bad. Maybe it won’t be that bad if the song library is kept up and accessible fairly fast.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Just made me wonder. How will you be able to tell if this game sells shitty on Wii U? All games seems to sell quite shitty, even the non-shitty game. Maybe its time for a shitty scale? Deep shit to surface shit for example…

    • Merrfn

      Soft shit, hard shit and runny shit. That can be the scale.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        When we are at it

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    Amfg. Wij Fit U, Wii Party U, Karaoke Wii U what’s happening, where is the promise to gamers like U? Please no more torment like this, o well Boone forces me to buy these games, but I kinda wonder doesn’t N go a bit to much to the “casual” side again? (prays it turns out alright)

    • Shota

      karaoke wiiu is made by Joysound. they also made it for other devices (for now only in japan) Karaoke wiiu is better that you think it is. Not like Singparty.

    • Arthur Jarret

      Why is he forcing you to buy these games?

      If he is forcing you: Are you on the island, I never saw the ending, so I still don’t know what the island is? Can you tell me?

      http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Boone-lost-615905_1024_768.jpg

  • Nintedward

    I’d buy it if it had loads of bands that I actually like! For example Metallica, Alice in chains,Pearl jam that sort of thing! I quite often find my self singing along to songs on youtube that have the lyrics there! Who else is guilty of that or is it just me ?

    • Merrfn

      I don’t like this pricing structure. I am not used to a pricing structure like this. It actually puts me off the game. But seeing as it has over 1500 songs rather then the usual 20 or so, it makes sense.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      You misspelled Boyzone, Westlife and New Kids on the block there.

    • Arthur Jarret

      Real men don’t sing.

      j/k

      If you want to select your songs, get a PS3 with free included Singstar – for which you can buy seperate songs and sing along indefinetely.

      If you’re very cheap – find the free youtube version with sing-along subtitles. If you need scoring, get a cat (if it meows along, you’re not doing very well)

  • Adam Porter

    What a joke, expensive shovel ware. Christ Nintendo how many more mistakes can you make?

    • Mark

      What makes it a mistake? It’s not supposed to be a game for an ordinary person to pick up; it’s a damn party game, and it works as if it were a real karaoke place.

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    Karaoke is HUGE in Japan. Odd it’s releasing in Europe then. Is it big tehre too?

    • Shota

      maybe it will succeed. when i was in japan i sang so many times. bringin friends along is the best.

    • Merrfn

      So has it been released in Japan already?

      • Arthur Jarret

        I think it was a launch title for Japan.
        I’m pretty sure the Japanese community has been up for a long time: you can select the communities shown in the top bar of miiverse.

    • Arthur Jarret

      No, not big here at all.

      Well, maybe in the teenage girl demography. But those aren’t likely to be big early adopters of the Wii U anyway – and probably have gotten the PS3 for the included singstar anyway (which has seperately bought songs, instead of time-based subscriptions).

      • Magnus Eriksson

        It might run hot in teenage clubs and the like. I worked at such a place when Sing Star was a hit. All the girls played it all the time.

        • Arthur Jarret

          Ah, I don’t really like or ever pay attention to singstar-crazy girls like that.
          I’d rather have some gamer-chick who knows how to handle a joystick.

          (insert mr.bean picture of choice)

          • Clel
          • Arthur Jarret

            His nose is a triangle!

            ILLUMINATI!

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            singstar girls? Is that a thing?

          • Arthur Jarret

            The proof is in the picture

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            is that… Is that the wiggles?

          • Arthur Jarret
          • Magnus Eriksson

            Yeah, well, I worked there. They were young teen girls. Would definitely get fired and imprisoned if I joysticked around with them. Also my girlfriend would be very angry at me. So never thought that thought.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Dude… whenever you talk about girls of any kind on the internet – mention they are underage first! You know how easily these conversations can get out of hand!

    • Magnus Eriksson

      My wiener is huge in Japan

      edit: atleast I have a T-shirt that say so

  • sd

    That pricing structure is ridiculous.

  • Connor Devlin

    pleeeease no

  • Wiiluigi

    Pass. Ill download it just cause its free. Maybe they’ll give club Nintendo points to a lucky few like Tank!

    Nice concept but the Wii U is not a jukebox! Did they really think people will fall for this? I love nintendo but like I said. Pass!

  • Petri

    If the initial software is free, there is no such thing as bad release date for this.
    I don’t think I would play with those prices though.
    Make it 99 cents a hour, and I might if I was drunk enough.

  • kjbris

    Will it also release in Australia?

    • Merrfn

      No word on it yet. I think it may, but at this point only Europe (and Japan?) is confirmed.

      • kjbris

        I see. Japan has this one almost from the beginning.

        • kjbris

          and Japan has more than 10 million songs, not 1500 songs…

      • kjbris

        I see, Yeah Japan has this since launch and they have more than 10 million songs not 1,500 songs…

    • kjbris

      I can’t comment here??

  • A SNES Day Off

    The idea behind this pricing is more experimental than anything. Nintendo obviously realise that games like this are not going to be played on a regular (or daily) basis, because they’re best enjoyed with a group of people. So in the long term, it could work out decent value paying ‘as you go’ rather than one lump sum.

    • Arthur Jarret

      Yup, this seems like something fun to do at a kid’s party once a year. Too bad there’s not a perma-unlock option for sing-crazy kids.

      Obviously, the core gamer demographic that frequents these boards isn’t the intended consumer group for this.

      On the other hand: At least the miiverse community will be a fun place to discuss music in general with people.

  • Arthur Jarret
  • Arthur Jarret

    NEWSFLASH: EUROPEAN E-SHOP UPDATE FOR THE 19th OF SEPTEMBER

    As always, I’m posting the weekly european e-shop updates in a random topic.

    Wii U

    Download titles:

    Nothing. Zilch. Emptiness.

    Pick up Chronicles of Mystara if you haven’t already. It’s solid retro-style fun with a nice online mode – as long as you’re patient enough to wait for players to join.

    Virtual Console:

    Mega Man X (€7.99 / £5.49)

    It has been several months after the US got this excellent title – but finally we are able to update our old Wii version to play on the gamepad.

    I’ll be certain to tear Sigma another new one on the gamepad in this rerelease.

    Retail Download:
    Game Party Champions (€29.99 / £19.99)

    This mini game collection launched to generally unfavorable reviews.

    I haven’t played this – so cannot really say anything about it except to read the reviews before buying a digital version like this (which you cannot return)…

    Temporary Discounts:

    Chasing Aurora (€4.89 / £4.19) – until 3rd of October

    A solid 2D flight-based racing game that is pretty fun with multiple players, but a bit boring in the 1-player mode, where it only offers time trial. The aesthetics are pleasing – and the way the credit sequence is built left many commenters on miiverse asking for an adventure mode or sequel – which is being made under the title ‘Secrets of Rætikon’. Unfortunately, this sequel will debut on PC, MAC and Linux – with no Wii U version announced yet.

    Kung Fu Rabbit (€2.49 / £2.24) – until 3rd October

    This Wii U adaption of a smartphone game starts deceptively easy – but after the midway point becomes quite challenging. Already a steal at the price – as well as fun for smaller children due to the easy early levels – this discount makes it a no-brainer.

    3DS

    Download titles:
    Star Wars Pinball (€4.99 / £4.49)

    Wii U owners had to wait compared to the PSN and Xbox live versions – but 3DS owners had it worse. But now they can finally enjoy the long promised release while the Wii U version is gearing up to receive extra tables.

    AiRace Speed (€4.99 / £4.49)

    The third in this download-only series, there will be another round of high-tempo tunnel flying. There are 18 tracks, five different jets and impressive gameplay
    footage shown to date. It seems to have potential and for this price, I might pick it up.

    Rage of the Gladiator (€6.99 / £6.29)

    Originally a critically acclaimed WiiWare title, this 3DS version will feature improved visuals, two additional difficulty settings and additional weapons through an in-game shop.
    The game can best be described as ‘Punch-out with weapons’ – relying more about dodging and timing than trying to button bash your opponent to oblivion.
    As I had the Wiiware version on my list for some time, but failed to buy it – I will be sure to pick up the 3DS version.

    Retail Downloads:

    Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (€34.99 / £29.99)
    Once again, we can tend to crops and talk to neighbours in the next entry of the long-running Harvest moon series.

    Super Street Fighter IV 3D (€19.99 / £17.99)

    This launch-day 3DS title finally gets a digital release – ensuring you’re always ready for a fight. I usually just give a low, dirty kick and run away, myself.

    It’s quite impressive how Capcom managed to fit the full console game, including all DLC customes, on the less powerful 3DS hardware – including full 3D visuals and a different camera point to amplify these visuals.
    The only real trade-off was display resolution and moving backgrounds. Unfortunately, the Arcade upgrade and future upgrades are unavailable for the platform.

    Temporary Discounts:
    Mutant Mudds (€5.99 / £5.39) – until 3rd October
    This nice run ‘n gunner/platformer is now cheaper than ever.

    A solid game, it released to favorable review scores.

    Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (€2.49 / £2.49) – until 3rd October
    This little endless runner offers up a nice challenge – and for this price it does give a nice bang for your 2,5 bucks.

    Permanent Price Reduction:
    Bike Rider DX (to €2.99 / £1.99, was €5.99 / £4.99)
    I wish I could tell you guys more about this title… but I got nothing.

  • val berger

    can’t imagine this model will work. it’s interesting though, but …. I just don’t believe in it.but maybe I’m gonna try it out one day.