Rolling Stone (the magazine) and 505 Games (publishers of frightening shovelware for the Wii) came together today and announced Rolling Stone: Drum King, due out this Spring for Nintendo’s 50 million selling white console.
Drum King is the first music/rhythm game to specifically orient itself at the drumming hobby and via nunchuck and Wii remote will allow gamers to stomp the bass drum like John Bonham himself (although no Led Zeppelin tunes are featured).‚ You’ll flail your arms around a la Wii Music to play the virtual drum kit, as no separate hardware is included or even offered.
The 30 song track-list for the title seems very exciting until the words “inspired by” instead of “master” enter the fray.‚ And they do.‚ Each and every song in Drum King is a cover, not the original work.‚ But who knows, if the musical purist demographic only represents a small percentage of Wii owners, which it probably does, 505 Games has yet again created a great game that will sell like hotcakes to the rest of them.
The full set-list is below and as an editor’s note; I did not misrepresent “Spoonman” by Soundgarden.‚ The press release spelled it that way.‚ Ruh roh.
All Star – Inspired by Smash Mouth
Banquet – Inspired by Bloc Party
Be My Baby – Inspired by The Ronettes
Blister in the Sun – Inspired by Violent Femmes
Born to Be Wild – Inspired by Steppenwolf
By the Way – Inspired by Offcuts
Can’t Get Enough – Inspired by Bad Company
Can’t Stand Losing You – Inspired by The Police
Cissy Strut (instrumental) – Inspired by The Meters
Click Click Boom – Inspired by Saliva
Direction – Inspired by Starting Line
Feel Good Inc. – Inspired by Gorillaz
Fight the Good Fight – Inspired by Triumph
I Fought the Law – Inspired by The Clash
In Too Deep – Inspired by Sum 41
Let There Be Drums – Inspired by The Ventures
Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous – Inspired by Good Charlotte
Mickey – Inspired by Toni Basil
No One Knows – Inspired by Queens of the Stone Age
On Top of the World – Inspired by Boys Like Girls
Pull Me Under – Inspired by Dream Theatre
Saturday Superhouse – Inspired by Biffy Clyro
She Sells Sanctuary – Inspired by The Cult
Song 2 – Inspired by Blur
Soundgarden – Inspired by Spoonman
Stay With Me – Inspired by Faces
The Take Over, The Breaks Over – Inspired by Fall Out Boy
The Final Countdown – Inspired by Europe
We Will Rock You – Inspired by Queen