Excerpt: Originally conceived by Sonic Team, Samba De Amigo first made its appearance in the arcades in 1999, around a year later it made it to the home at a time when SEGA only made games for their own consoles, appearing (with a pair of maracas nonetheless) on their historic final console, the Dreamcast.
Excerpt: This packed-to-the-brim remake of the Dreamcast classic handles many features admirably, from crisp and bright graphics to the presence of just about any toe-tapping Latin-party dance tune you could request. The big question is how the Wii remote controls work in replacement of the old maracas. Sadly, many enthusiasts will be frustrated.
Excerpt: The Wii has certainly earned a reputation when it comes to revitalising old games. Originally released on Sega ’s ill-fated Dreamcast console, this zany and fun game is the perfect partner for the Wiimote controller. To play, you hold the controller and nunchuck like a set of maracas and shake along to 40 sizzling latino grooves. The key is to keep an eye on the six hoops on the left of the screen.
Excerpt: Samba de Amigo and its manically smiling monkey first appeared on the Dreamcast a number of years ago. What really set it apart from other games at the time (and would still set it apart today) was its specialized controllers that resembled a pair of maracas. Now, several years later, SEGA has realized that the Wii Remote and Nunchuck make passable substitutes for maracas and have released a new version of the rhythm game.
Summary: The samba-inspired rhythm music game made popular in the arcades is shaking its way onto the Wii! Keeping the beat with over 40 songs, players shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk like maracas and compete with friends to see who has the best moves.
Excerpt: Name: Samba de Amigo Genre: Rhythm Platform: Nintendo Wii Samba de Amigo is actually a remake of an early cult classic among Dreamcast fans. Created by Sega and shipped with maraca controllers, the original game was fairly popular in its day, and it seems like a natural fit to bump up the graphics, throw in motion sensitive functionality, and jump in the line of Wii ports.
Conclusion: Some may argue that the original Smaba de Amigo is the best version of the title, while others will say the Wii version is the best. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the experience and enjoyment factors, which will certainly have eager gamers coming back for more.
Excerpt: And you were so close, Sega. So very, very close. And yet, the truth of the matter is that as wonderful as Samba De Amigo on Wii looks, sounds and generally is, the one thing that really mattered - getting the controls absolutely spot-on - has still eluded you. Don't worry, we know it's not your fault. Or even the fault of developer Gearbox. Seriously.