Nintendo Is Promoting Wii U In Japan With Evangelion Karaoke

By Spencer . April 25, 2013 . 12:48am

image Wii U’s killer app in Japan might be Wii Karaoke U. Nintendo partnered with Joysound to turn living rooms into karaoke boxes. Wii Karaoke U has over 10,000 songs available on a subscription basis. One hour costs 100 yen ($1). A 24 hour ticket is 300 yen ($3). Longer subscriptions for 30 days and 90 days are 1,000 yen ($10) and 2,000 yen ($20), respectively. That may sound pricey, but one night of karaoke can easily run over 2,000 yen. Songs are selected using the Wii U GamePad, which is a similar interface to actual karaoke boxes.


Nintendo is pushing the Wii U in Japan by advertising Wii Karaoke U. And out of all the possible songs to showcase, Nintendo picked the theme song from Neon Genesis Evangelion, "A Cruel Angel’s Thesis." Here’s jazz singer Aki Yashiro singing it.


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  • …………HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA Good one Nintendo kehehe.hack. Oh well guess Ill have something to look forward to in September XD

  • NekoDraga

    Anyone for a rousing rendition of Komm, susser Tod?

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      To start the song you have to beat off to the comatose Asuka and say “I’m so fucked up”.

      Seriously though I would have loved Komm Susser Tod in Rock Band.

  • I’m so jealous of Japan’s karaoke culture. Nobody ever wants to sing with me so I just sing to my cat instead.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      ……….don’t that make your cat know what deculture is now?^_^

      • puchinri

        That was a perfect reference. x’D

    • Aoshi00

      Perhaps karaoke is more popular in Asia? I used to sing w/ my colleagues occasionally some years ago, but it’s just not that big in the US…

      Hm.. no images to go w/ the song.. prefer Takahashi Youko’s version :)..

    • Wake

      The only logical solution is to get more cats. Cats cats cats. Cats.

    • puchinri

      I am too. I sing to my boyfriend, but he tells me I’m tone deaf. Maybe I’ll get a cat so it can’t complain (just try to escape, most likely).

  • Suicunesol

    That was great.

    It would be nice if the Miis did a little more though.

  • Chiupon

    it would be impossible for me to sing Evangelion karaoke without going into a tirade about how stupid shinji is :< "-insert japanese here- GODDAMN IT SHINJI I FUcKING HATE YOU I cAN'T EVEN SING THIS SONG BEcAUSE UGHHHHH". Mics would be thrown.

    • Göran Isacson

      Not gonna lie, I would play this game with you in person just to see that breakdown.

      And if we were playing with mics you bought for YOUR money, of course. :)

      • Neophoton

        Provided the mic isn’t being thrown at you, too. :P

        • Göran Isacson

          I think that would be a worthy sacrifice, truth be told.


      • Kefkiroth

        This. I love Shinji because I could relate to him much more than a lot of other anime protagonists.

  • That guy who hates Spike

    We have a Kareoke Joysound game on the Wii that works similarly.

  • Brimfyre

    WHY is the Wii U REGION locked?!?!?!?

  • Clifford Michael

    Um. If she keeps playing like that, she shouldn’t get a good score, her pitch is nowhere near the right ones. She sounds good though.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Well, at least they picked a good song to showcase the game. J-pop is a “love it or hate it” kind of deal, but “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” is arguably one of the better ones.

    • I’m mostly pretty tolerant towards J-Pop and I like quite a bunch of them. Cruel Angel’s Thesis has certain badass version, but for obvious reasons it’s not my favourite one.

  • Should’ve been Komm, Susser Tod.

  • When do we get a Wii U “Dance Like You Want to Win” synchronization game?

  • I really want to see the numbers of this game the next time Nintendo reveals profits from their games.

  • Alphabet Soup

    Would love a karaoke game of this scale (10,000 songs!) on the NA WiiU – especially if they could get songs in Japanese. The only karaoke box I’ve found nearby is one in NYC that’s awesome. They have Japanese and English songs, as well as some in Chinese and Korean I believe!

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