Excerpt: If any of you have been reading my reviews since I started, you’ll know that I enjoy the odd “social” or “casual” game every now and then. And despite the Wii’s rather eclectic library of casual and social games, there was a void that was notably apparent for someone like me. And despite the various franchises that were brought to the Wii in both U-Sing and We Sing, I still was left quite unsatisfied when comparing to other Karaoke games like Lips or Singstar on the Xbox...
Excerpt: The music genre has experienced a renaissance this generation with the likes of Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band all rapidly rising and falling in quick succession. Nintendo hopes to emulate some of that success with its Wii U launch title Sing Party. The company is trying to rekindle the party success of its original Wii system by making the Wii U just as entertaining for group play.
Karaoke and dance party game features wide range of music.
Common Sense Media
26 November 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Sing Party is a karaoke game for the Wii U. Unlike other karaoke games, no music videos appear in the background, which removes some of the concerns about sex and violence. The songs are mostly family friendly with no lyrics that are truly objectionable -- and several that are uplifting, such as Katy Perry's "Firework" and Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine.
Excerpt: feels like a genuine karaoke experience. If you’ve been thinking about potentially picking up a dedicated machine for that purpose but you already own a Wii U, the game would actually be a great alternative...
Excerpt: It takes a certain kind of fearlessness to be able to grab a microphone and shamelessly belt out cheesy songs in a living room full of friends. For those who treat karaoke like a religion, Sing Party's debut on the Wii U will no doubt seem an enticing prospect for late night shenanigans. Liquid courage and loosened inhibitions may boost the fun in the moment, but will this jubilant karaoke game leave you with a headache and gut full of regret in the morning?
Excerpt: From the moment that Harmonix made microphone-based vocal stylings a big part of the larger Rock Band experience, the market for stand-alone karaoke games fell off (Karaoke Revolution: Glee excluded). Sing Party aims to redefine the individual singing approach with the Wii U GamePad. Considering FreeStyle Games' past success in adapting the Guitar Hero formula to a new format with DJ Hero, the studio was an apt pick to try and revive a tired approach with fresh tech.
Pros: Meaningful use of the GamePad, Welcoming party play approach, Stellar, wide-ranging soundtrack
Cons: Still just a stand-alone singing game, Additional mics sold separately, Wired mic plugs into console, not GamePad
Excerpt: I love to sing. As a music theatre veteran I take any opportunity I can to belt out a tune. When I was a child I would drive my parents mad, blaring music from the likes of Whitney Houston to The Bangles while singing away into my hairbrush. I am that annoying girl, the one who will not give up the microphone in Rock Band, insisting on just one more turn.