Wii can make beautiful music, together with a single player or a whole band of them. More of a sophisticated sonic toy than a game, Wii Music allows users to arrange and play along with a collection of classical and traditional songs. Players can apply a choice of several musical styles, such as rock, jazz, and Latin, to any tune in the song list. The choice of instruments is the players' as well, and the game offers a selection of more than 60, including guitars and banjos, pianos and vibraphones, and a variety of drums.
Once the arrangement has been made, it's up to players to perform it. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk are used as all sorts of performances, in a fashion meant to mimic the real-life strumming and drumming of the instruments. Instead of demanding note-matching precision, Wii Music encourages virtual musicians to play their own way. Whether they shake to the beat, speed it up, or let it drop, the software blends the player's controller movements into the flow of the song.
As many as four players can perform a song, each using a controller as a different instrument. Performances can be recorded and played back, with videos of Mii characters playing their parts. Recordings can be shared over the Internet with other Wii Music players, who can add their own changes to the recording and share it as well.