Toronto music edutainment company Stagename has launched Rock Rivals, a mobile social game designed to teach anyone how to create great music. The experience is more social and more rewarding then previous attempts to motivate music learning and composition. The game, available now on iTunes, appeals to novice music makers who want to dive-in and learn the fundamentals, while more savvy music makers can put their skills to the test and even develop skills needed to thrive in the music business. Read the rest of this entry »
Ubisoft® has announced a new downloadable track for its best-seller Just Dance® 3, featuring Mario™, the famous Nintendo® videogame hero! For the first time ever, the world’s number one dance game brand will welcome the gaming world’s most beloved character showing off his best dance moves. The track will be downloadable through the in-game Just Dance store on December 14th for 250 Wii PointsTM, exclusively on WiiTM. Read the rest of this entry »
Ubisoft® has announced that Just Dance® 3 is now available for PlayStation®Move for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The third game in the multimillion-selling Just Dance franchise was made available for Kinect™ for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Wii™ system from Nintendo back in October. Developed by Ubisoft Paris and Ubisoft Montreal, Just Dance 3 is rated E10+ and is available at retail locations and online at the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $39.99. Read the rest of this entry »
Just Dance continues to garner positive reception from consumers as Just Dance 3 becomes the best-selling game on the Wii™ system from Nintendo for the month of October in Canada, according to today’s report from the NPD Group. Additionally, Just Dance 3 debuted on Kinect™ for Xbox 360® in October and became the top-selling Kinect-required game for that system. Read the rest of this entry »
Ubisoft has released The Black Eyed Peas Experience for Kinect for Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. The second release in the multi-million selling “Experience” franchise, the game offers to all Black Eyed Peas fans the chance to dance and sing along the members of their favorite band by following their moves and lyrics on hit songs taken from their multi-platinum selling catalogue. Read the rest of this entry »
Witnessing a professional musician make attempts at rhythm games can be painful. Does Rush failing its own Tom Sawyer on Rock Band with an embarrassing 31% completion rate come to mind? That scenario won’t be repeated with Ubisoft’s latest title Rocksmith — at least that’s the hope, says producer Jason Schroeder.
No brightly coloured buttons here. Players can plug in any real guitar with a standard quarter-inch input jack and jam along to 50-song music library, including tunes from The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys and Nirvana, to name a few. (Full track list available here.) Read the rest of this entry »
Majesco Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Bagdasarian Productions, the owner of Alvin and The Chipmunks, have revealed a selection of the official songs that will be featured in their upcoming dance video game, Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which is based upon the third installment of the blockbuster film franchise coming to theatres this December 16th. The game is currently in development at Behaviour Interactive and is scheduled to set sail in November. Read the rest of this entry »
Ubisoft will redefine music gaming with the release of Rocksmith in October 2011. Rocksmith is the first and only music video game where players can plug into any electric guitar. Every copy of the game will include a Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable, a standard quarter-inch to USB cable allowing guitars to be played through an Xbox 360®, a PlayStation®3 or a PC for the first time. Players can access an in-depth library of music including everything from the latest hits to classic rock songs.
Rocksmith features gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player’s skill level, mini-games to help hone specific skills, a split-screen multiplayer option, and a first-person perspective that puts the player on stage. Rocksmith will feature a huge variety of in-game effects pedals that allow users to customize and reproduce their favourite tones. Its innovative game design makes reading music visually fun and intuitive. The game includes a sizable catalogue of music from classic rock bands such as The Animals, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, to current artists like The Black Keys and Interpol.
“Canadian music and game lovers can be among the first in the world to try out Rocksmith at select, high profile music events this summer,” says Lucile Bousquet, Director of Marketing and Communications for Ubisoft Canada. “Rocksmith not only engages experienced musicians, it’s also exciting for those who are playing a guitar for the very first time.”
Canadians are invited to pick up a guitar and try out Rocksmith at official Rocksmith Rehearsal Studios across the country, which are designed to look and feel like an authentic garage-style rehearsal studio space. The Rocksmith Rehearsal studios will be located at some of the country’s biggest rock music festivals including:
Heavy TO in Toronto: July 23-24
Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal: July 29-31
Scheduled to launch this November, the game is currently in development at Behaviour Interactive and lets players sing and dance along with the film’s stars Alvin, Simon, Theodore and The Chipettes (Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette), in an immersive motion-based experience. The Kinect™ for Xbox 360® version tracks full body dance moves as players control their Chipmunk on stage, and plays back their “Alvin-ized” voice as they sing along. The game will also be available for both the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.
“The Alvin brand has proven to be evergreen with universal awareness and growing appeal,” said Jesse Sutton, CEO, Majesco Entertainment. “The extensive customization and combination of dancing and singing to contagious Chipmunk music will deliver a full-featured experience based on the upcoming movie that the whole family can enjoy together.”
“This game will bring fans even closer to the fun and music of Alvin and the Chipmunks by taking full advantage of the Kinect for Xbox 360,” said Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President, New Media for Fox Consumer Products. “It’s going to be the perfect complement to the upcoming film and we know that fans are going to love it.”
The forthcoming Alvin and the Chipmunks movie finds the trio vacationing aboard a luxury cruise liner, turning it into their personal playground until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a remote island. The Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked video game continues the story with an around-the-world journey that has The Chipmunks visiting six tropical locations inspired by the movie. Hear your voice “Alvin-ized” when you sing along with the game and unleash your “Munk Power” to perform ultra-cool dance moves.
The Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked video game features include:
Sing and dance as any of The Chipmunks and The Chipettes — Alvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor.
Perform more than 50 different dance moves to electrify the crowd with your on screen performance.
Customize your Chipmunk before you hit the stage by choosing from a huge range of styles and accessories.
Experience the movie in Story Mode with environments inspired by the film.
Hear your voice “Alvin-ized” during your on-stage performance using the Kinect for Xbox 360.
The world’s most popular dance game, Just Dance®, will launch its third title, Just Dance 3, worldwide on October 11. Developed by Ubisoft® Paris and Ubisoft Montreal, Just Dance 3 will mark the game’s debut on Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and the PlayStation® Move for PlayStation®3. The new title will also be available on the latest Wii™.
In addition to the game’s exciting 40-track song list, Just Dance 3 introduces exclusive new game features such as four-player choreographies, a DJ feature that allows custom mixing, freestyle dance options, a new “Shout Out!” feature on Kinect where players can score extra points by belting out their favorite songs – and much, much more!
“As part of the highly anticipated launch, Just Dance 2 will be featured in Katy Perry’s new music video ‘Last Friday Night’. The game will also become an official sponsor of Katy Perry’s 2011 North American California Dreams Tour,” says Lucile Bousquet, Director of Marketing and Communications for Ubisoft Canada. “Our fans really connect with Katy Perry, and we’re excited to be teaming up with such a renowned hit singer.”
The Just Dance 2 concert sponsorship includes a contest where fans can win a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Miss Perry. The ‘Just Dance Your Way to Katy Perry’ contest challenges fans to record themselves and their friends dancing to Katy’s ‘Firework’ on Just Dance 2® in an effort to win VIP tickets and meet-and-greet passes to Katy’s U.S. and Canadian shows. “I’m a fan of Just Dance 2®, and I’m glad it brings people together to dance, just like I get to do on my tour,” says chart-topping Katy Perry.
The Canadian leg of the California Dreams Tour begins in Toronto on June 29th and ends in Vancouver on July 19th.
To round out the pre-launch excitement, a Canadian Facebook contest will be unveiled in late July, where one lucky winner and a guest will be flown to Toronto for a VIP experience complete with accommodations at a hip hotel, a shopping spree, dinner at a trendy restaurant and tickets to a top concert.
Featured tracks in Just Dance 3:
2 Unlimited – “No Limit”
Black Eyed Peas – “Pump It”
Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand”
Groove Century – “Boogie Wonderland”
Gwen Stefani – “What You Waiting For”
Katy Perry – “California Gurls”
Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
Laura Bell Bundy – “Giddy On Up (Giddy On Out)”
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”