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U-Sing Review - -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.0
Sound 10
Value 9.0
Distributor: Mindscape
Michael Marsh


U've got talent!

Finally a Wii exclusive from Mindscape that allows gamers of all ages the chance to engage in some healthy console karaoke singing. Even though it's reminiscent of Singstar and Lips, it's oozing with Nintendo Wii goodness and features a wide gamut of tracks from hey days of the 70's to the 21st century, ensuring some decent variety.

With bands such as Coldplay, Mika and even the Jackson 5, U-Sing will appeal to a variety of gamers, especially the casual gamer and now that a game like this is available on the Nintendo Wii, we can predict some big things with this franchise. The game itself can be purchased with or without the microphones, however we reviewed the standalone game and used our own USB microphones which worked a treat.


  • 30 hits songs and their original clips from top artists

  • 3 levels of difficulty from beginner to all out pop star

  • Playback your best performance to your friends and family

  • 7 exciting games modes including Training, Solo, Duo, Versus, Battle, Jukebox & Medley

  • Fully compatible with Logitech® Wii™ Microphone

Although Sony revolutionised the gaming industry with their Singstar series on the PS2 and PS3, it created the template of competitors and best of all, it works quite on the Nintendo Wii with around seven different gameplay modes to participate in.

Whether you're playing the game solo or in duet mode, the game even contains three levels of difficulty to ensure novice and professionals singers alike can easily participate in this game. Even though this premise is based on the karaoke idea, the game introduces a score aspect and the more notes you sing in tune with those of the singer, the more points you will be awarded.

Thankfully the words are displayed on the screen, including how long the words should be sung for. The battle mode is also fun as players compete against each other for the top score of the game. It's always fun to beat someone with their choice of songs and Mika's Love Today was that song as I pummeled my opposition into the ground.

The jukebox gameplay mode is fun as well that allows the player or players to customise their tracks and although it's rare that most players will love all the songs on this disc, Mindscape should be commended on their choice which is pretty cool in our books.

The game itself features 30 songs that include original video clips from the artists involved and this is generally similar to other games of this genre. It would have been nice if more were included but we're guessing that Mindscape will be releasing additional games for this new franchise on the Wii.

The also game does quite a good job at analyzing the players tone, pitch and rhythm thanks to its voice recognition technology and I must admit that it's probably more accurate than Lips on the 360. Although you can get away with humming, it's not as easy on U-Sing. And now, let's see this impressive track listing;

Track Listing

  • Black Kids - I'm not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you

  • Boyzone - Better

  • Coldplay - Viva La Vida

  • Culture Club - Do you Really Want to Hurt Me

  • Duffy - Mercy

  • Esmee Denters - Outta Here

  • Gloria Gaynor - I will survive

  • Jackson 5 - ABC

  • James Morrison - Wonderful World

  • Just Jack - The Day I Died

  • Keane - Somewhere Only we know

  • Kool & the Gang - Celebration

  • La Rouz - Bulletproof

  • Lady Gaga - Eh, Eh

  • Lily Allen - 22

  • Lionel Richie - All Night Long

  • Mika - Love Today

  • Mr. Hudson & the Library - Too Late, Too Late

  • Orson - No Tomorrow

  • Sam Brown - Stop

  • Snow Patrol - Crack the Shutters

  • Stereophonics - Have a Nice Day

  • Texas - I Don't Want a Loser

  • The All-American Rejects - I Wanna

  • The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

  • The Kooks - Always Where I Need to Be

  • The Mamas & the Papas - California Dreamin'

  • The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up

  • The Saturdays - Issues

  • The Temptations - My Girl

As you can see quite a varied track listing with some great mainstream songs such as My Girl from the The Temptations to Lady Gaga's Eh, Eh! Another interesting feature of the game is that Mindscape have released different versions of this game to different gaming territories which means that it includes both local and international artists.

Although the gameplay is quite sturdy, without its impressive track listing, the game would have been a little lackluster which is thanks to Mindscape joining forces with Universal Music, one of the world's largest music companies. Needless to say, the songs and the gameplay works quite fine.

Graphically, the title is a good looking title on the Wii and has not been dumbed down but features some great music videos from the variety of artists. The words are quite clear which are displayed at the bottom of the screen and even on our component connection, it's quite clear, not as clear as the PS3 which is full HD but very acceptable.

In conclusion, U-Sing on the Wii is a very fun gaming karaoke title that features a rather impressive track listing and some very sturdy gaming on the Wii. The gameplay is quite fun and hopefully this will be the next craze on the Nintendo Wii and as the console is the perfect party game console, this might be the next perfect party game!

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