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Samba De Amigo. Nintendo Wii
** Samba De Amigo **
When I found out I was getting a Wii for Christmas a couple of years ago I decided to get a few games before hand so there would be a good selection ready to play with on Christmas day. One of the games I had seen advertised and decided that it looked like a fun party game was Samba De Amigo, a game which involves using the Wii remote and Nunchuk as maracas and dancing to music shaking the 'maracas' as you dance. So after a little online search I found this game and ordered it.
** In The Box **
Samba De Amigo comes in a normal white Wii box, the size of a DVD case, inside the box is the game disc along with an instruction manual for the game and also a separate manual containing safety instructions. The game instruction manual is written in English and is clear and simple to follow with pictures to accompany the written instructions.
** The Set Up **
The first time I played Samba De Amigo I found the set up of a game to be a little more long winded than I wanted, this was because it was Christmas day and like a child I just wanted to play the game without all the set up.
When you play Samba De Amigo for the first time you will need to enter your name and set up the wii remote and nunchuk as your maracas. Looking back now it took less than 5 minutes to do this. Entering your name and whether you are left or right handed takes a matter of seconds and the calibration of the remote and nunchuk to turn them into your maracas is only a couple of minutes.
To calibrate the Wii remote and nunchuk you will be taken to a screen with Amigo. Amigo is the main character in the game, he is like a funny looking monkey and he will help you calibrate your maracas by showing you a little tutorial of how you need to hold them and the directions that you need to point them for the different moves.
After calibration you will be free to choose single player or multiplayer and which songs you want to shake your maracas to.
When you first play the song choice is limited and you will need to play quite a bit to unlock more songs. I thought I could get away with my usual trick of leave my brother on it for a few hours and let him unlock it for me, however, all of the songs he unlocked are only available under his name which meant that I had no choice but to dance myself to get things unlocked for me as well.
The songs on the game are a selection of well known ones such as Feeling Hot Hot Hot and Rhinana's Pon De Replay. There are also a large number of lesser well known ones which are still fun and catchy and very good to shake your maracas to.
** Game play **
Once you have got through the set up, calibration and song choice you will be presented with a really colourful and bright screen, usually Mexican themed with game characters and some mii's appearing in mexican hats and ponchos dancing around in the background. To be honest it all looks kind of crazy, yet bright and fun.
The song will start with a 3, 2, 1... GO! On the screen you will see two large red circles at the top, two yellow in the middle and two green at the bottom. These circles represent the direction you should shake your maracas. Once the music starts there will be little balls appearing from the centre of the screen, these balls will move towards the coloured circles and as they hit the circle you must shake your maracas in that direction. On the easier levels this can get quite monotonous as they only go to the top and the middle circles, usually at a slow speed and both maracas in the same direction, however once you have got though the first couple of levels the difficulty steps up a bit and the balls start flying everywhere in all directions. This is where I found the fun to really begin as if you are anything like me you will loose track of which hand is pointing where and end up in some unusual positions.
The harder levels also involve you waving the remote rather than shaking it to add a bit of variety and all of the levels and songs involve some kind of 'pose'. The pose will appear on the screen as a silhouette of a person showing the position you should be in and the direction you should point your maracas. The poses are always a cause of laughter and often a good distraction from the moving balls which after getting the all clear for completing the pose you must go straight back into shaking the maracas at the right circles to avoid getting boo'd by the game.
While you are dancing the background screen can be very distracting as there are mii's dressed in ponchos and giant animals including teddy bears dancing around! The whole game is basically a bit crazy and colourful. But I like this, it adds to the party feel.
When the song is complete your score will be displayed along with a grade from A to E and a percentage of how many moves you completed successfully.
** Multiplayer **
Multiplayer on Samba De Amigo is good fun, in fact it is the only time that I play this game anymore. When we have our Wii nights I always find this is a great ice breaker as everyone seems to get into it and find it funny to be dancing with imaginary maracas.
The multiplayer options are varied from little challenges and knockout competitions which we do find fun but in general call us boring but we enjoy the mode of just selecting a song and dancing to it.
Multiplayer is played in the same way as single player with regards to the way you dance and pose.
The game can be played with up to 4 people if you have four remotes and four nunchuks however I only have two nunchuks and also find that just two people dancing around is often enough with limited space.
** Controls **
The controls are pretty simple, hold the Wii remote and nunchuk and shake them around like they are maracas in time with the coloured balls on the screen. The frustrating part for me is that I often find that when I shake the maracas forward to get the middle moves, they aren't detected, I'm not sure why this is, I have tried re-calibrating the remote and nunchuk many times which seemed to work at first but within a couple of songs it seems out of sync again. My friends also have the same problem so I'd say it is more to do with the game than us.
** Graphics and Sound **
The graphics in the game are good. The game screens are always bright and colourful and very smooth moving, which in a dancing game is very important. The loading times between screens is minimal.
The sound is great! Most of the music in the game is the songs you are dancing to, and when you aren't dancing the music is still along the same lines of party music.
** Price and Availability **
I paid just £9.99 for this game a couple of years ago and at the moment on Play.com you can buy it from around £5!
** My Experience and Opinion **
While I don't tend to play this game as much as I do my other dancing games I do still enjoy it and have no intentions of getting rid of it. I don't play it alone as I don't find the fun in it, but when I have friends round it is almost always played as for multiplayer fun it is fab. I do recommend it, it is good fun for all ages and the game itself is certified as a U rating. The bright colours will make it attractive to children and the fact that you are using the wii remote and nunchuk as maracas is something completely different to other dancing games which simply makes it a must have purchase!
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Purchase of the product
I was wandering through town on my way back from university to catch the bus when I noticed there was a new xtravision clearance store. I found this game second hand here for £5 which I though was pretty good as Wii games usually cost somewhere in the range of £10-£30 usually and I hadn't ever seen this game before in other shops just heard about its predecessor which was available on the N64. I had always wanted to play it so here was my chance at a bargain rate.
Plastic durable box like that of a DVD which is pretty standard now a days for most gaming discs, which in my opinion is much better than the cardboard kind they used to have when games were played on cartridges. It also comes with instruction manual and various other bits and pieces about health and safety and electrical information.
The game doesn't really have a plot it's more of a party game where you use the Wii remote and nun chuck as a set of maracas to shake in time with the songs. There are maybe 4 different levels of difficulty ranging from easy to very hard/expert. Each level has 12-16 different songs to play through in order to open up the next difficulty level. What I liked about this was that the songs are all different so you maybe have 60+ different song selections once everything up, in comparison to the donkey konga games on the GameCube this is a much larger selection though it is much appreciated. It also has some popular cover songs in there along with Spanish and Mexican based songs which I really liked also including take on me and tub thumping, it just breaks the music up a bit and makes it more fun to play
There is a career or story mode which you play to initially open levels and songs up but after that you can play them as you please in different modes including multiplayer.
The graphics are nice and colourful and easily suited to any age group there is nothing offensive about this game. The levels also very in environments as you get to the harder levels and you even get to play maracas while sonic the hedgehog dances with you which is a nice touch including some better known characters in for people who are not so familiar with the samba de Amigo series.
There are a few problems I have had with tis however and I don't know if it's the fact I have a second hand copy or if my scart lead is a bit damaged but the graphics glitch or go fuzzy at times which is a bit distracting if you are at a really difficult part of the song. So I found that a bit annoying. I also find that the characters maracas also get in the way of the moving notes which you have to shake the remote too and found that a bit distracting too, but this isn't a problem in all the levels or throughout an entire song.
As previously stated there is a wide variety of songs to play too much more so than the likes of donkey konga or even sing star without having to spend extra money purchasing more which I liked. The audio is of very high quality too the music doesn't have any fuzzy noises to them either.
There is multiplayer mode and mini games if you an extra Wii remote or an online mode I am pretty sure though I haven't tried the online mode out myself there is a button on the main menu for it if you are feeling up for it.
If you manage to get to the level described as hard you are genuinely going to get a good work out of and I actually sweat there is so much movement, if you play this for an hour every night I can guarantee you that you will either lose weight or lose inches off your waste and if you are not used to it you may even be sore the next day. I know I was, the movements you make are pretty similar to those of the Wii sport Tennis game but a bit more regimented in that you have to move the remote and nun chuk up down left and right with both arms in time with the music. So overall the game is fun and good for you to a certain extent providing you don't get to competitive or addicted to it. Though I think it's a pretty good idea for people who can't afford Gym memberships, expensive classes or simply can't get away from the house due to other responsibilities such as looking after the kids, but in this instance your kids can join in too.
A few glitches but good family fun and exercise if it's raining or the funds are low. I think I will get my mum to play with me in the future.
I think second hand it can go for somewhere in the range of £5-£25 but I would definitely snap it up if you have a Wii and like more active games.
(originally posted by me on Freeola)
Whatever happened to Sega? They used to be at the top of their game, cranking out consoles like there was no tomorrow, and now they've been relegated to producing games for other companies. It was probably due in part to the failure of the Sega Saturn and their Megadrive periperhals, the Mega CD and 32X. By the time they got round to releasing a decent console, the Dreamcast, so many gamers have defected to Sony's Playstation range that there wasn't really much Sega could do to claw back their popularity. Which is a shame since the Dreamcast was the home to Samba De Amigo, one of the most enjoyable and original games Sega ever produced. Samba De Amigo was a rhythm game where you held two plastic Maraca peripherals in your hand and shook them in time to the on-screen action. Yes, it does sound like Guitar Hero, but Samba De Amigo was released well before Harmonix came up with their plastic guitar based game. And you know what? It's back, this time on the Nintendo Wii.
The Wii version of Samba De Amigo is a port of the original Dreamcast game, with an expanded list of songs and some slightly enhanced graphics, rather than being a proper sequel. As in the Dreamcast original, you control a strange little orange guy who I presume is meant to be some sort of monkey. Though this time around you use the Wii Remote and Wii Nunchuck in place of the plastic maracas that came bundled with the Dreamcast game. Three pairs of colour circles appear on screen, and little notes travel towards these circles. You have to hold the nunchuk or remote in a high, medium or low position and shake the appropriate device just as the note passes through the circle. You keep shaking until the song finishes, then pick another song. Complete a set of songs, and you unlock another set, and so forth.
There's forty or so songs in the game, many of which are exclusive to the Wii version of the game, though only a few of these are actual master recordings - the rest are just cover versions. As you'd expect, there are a lot of Latin-style songs such as La Bamba and The Macarena, but there are also other songs included in the game that you might not have been expecting, such as Tubthumping by ChumbaWumba and Take On Me by Aha. And like Guitar Hero, Samba De Amigo grades you on how well you complete a song, harder difficulty levels offering more of a challenge. At least, that's how it's supposed to work. In fact, just playing Samba De Amigo without hurling the controller at the screen is a challenge in itself, thanks to the game's inadequate control system.
The problem is that while Dreamcast version of Samba De Amigo came with its own custom controllers, this version relies on the Wii controllers, and they just aren't up to the job. Quite frequently the game will select any circle other than the one you wanted, particularly when you're trying to hit a note in the middle of the screen. Meaning that when you actually do shake the controllers, you end up hitting the wrong note. If you have a second Wiimote then you can use that in place of the nunchuk, which makes the controls slightly more responsive. But they're still far less accurate then they should be. And that's a real shame because it ruins what could be a hugely entertaining game. And it's not even the programmers' fault, which makes it all the more unfair. Nintendo are apparently going to release a peripheral to make the Wiimotes more accurate, and I suppose it's possible that it may at last make Samba De Amigo worth playing. But till then, if rhythm games are your thing, you're best off sticking with Guitar Hero or Rock Band.
When I first saw this game advertised I thought, what a great concept for a game. Its kind of like the dance mat but with maracas you use both the Wii Remote and the nunchuck and follow the guide on the screen.. You have, what look like marbles, going across the screen showing you where you should be shaking the controls. Up high, In the middle, or down low.. There is loads of different tunes to choose from and they are all very catchy. I recently took the game over to a friends house as we had a WII party and everyone enjoyed playing this game.
The only draw back with the game is it can be quite frustrating as it is not as responsive as it possibly should be. You can shake the controls up high but it doesn't always register in the game that you are. You have to be so careful and so accurate that it can become quite a nightmare of a game.
On the whole this game is great when playing with a group of friends.
This has to be one of my favourite games not only on the Wii but EVER!
It's so much fun with over 40 fun, upbeat classic pop and latin songs such as Mumbo Italiano and Samba de Janeiro and even more available for download. It's suitable for the whole family with a variety of bright and funky characters and several playmodes such as classic (single player), Battle (2 player either with a friend or the computer) and survival where you play as many songs as you can before losing your maracas!
It's played using the wii remote and nunchuck (or two wii remotes) as maracas following the moves on screen with either 1 or 2 players. You're graded on accuracy (rating) and the longest hitting streak in that performance (Max Amigo) so can get pretty competative trying to get a higher grade :P
There are 5 difficulty levels and somtimes it's hard to get the moves exact so it takes a while to complete (in my view this makes a game better value- what's the point in completing it in the first day eh?), but is a great upper body workout, builds co-ordination, rhythm and the songs are so funky, the frustration at getting it wrong can be forgiven.
Most of all I think it's a bargain! With other music games such Guitar Hero and Rock Band costing an absolute fortune this game can be bought for as little as a fiver (perfect stocking filler or pocket money game) and the soundtrack is unbeatable.
The game is enhanced by 7 mini-games that you unlock along the way, such as 'Strike-a-Pose' and 'Monkey See, Monkey Do' and little extras like choosing Hustle mode which means you not only shake your maracas in time to the music but also have to strike poses and perform other random dance moves.
All-in-all a great bargain, great workout and great happy game for all the family!
Samba De Amigo is a fun game which provides a great upper body workout - my arms literally hurt after playing this and tend to hurt for the next couple of days too - which I have to say restricts the amount of time I can play on this game! The interaction with the Wii remote/nunchuck is not the best and you can be doing the moves exact and holding the position and it does not register. The game is also quite difficult to set up and it takes a while to get from the initial menu screen to then actually be playing the game. On the plus side it is a great upper body workout and has some good song choices. I would recommend this as a game for the whole family however it is not one of my favourite Wii games and I am not entirely sure that I would recommend it for purchase - maybe a good game to just hire out for a week.
SAMBA DE AMIGO!!!! This Wii game is great fun to play as a family. The aim of the game is to follow the monkey's actions to dance the samba! Players utilise both the nunchuk and the wii remote together , a little like maraccas one in each hand. There is a wide choice of songs you can select to dance to and as with other games, the more you play, the more levels you can access. At times it can be hard to follow the cartoon actions which appear on the screen using red, yellow and green flashing circles, stick men and arrows. Higher levels require greater co-ordination and movement for example jumping and clapping. In my opinion this may be a challenge to younger players and those who are co-ordinationally challenged! It can feel a little tedious after a while as play is fairly routine using a pattern of actions. I have a nunchuck which has a wire and I feel that a wireless nunchuck would ease play as I have found that it is easy to get in a tangle whilst dancing. Due to the nature of the game I would recommend playing in a clear space to reduce the risk of an accident.
Good fun and good exercise though!