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.