Nintendo’s New Music Game Is Developed By Intelligent Systems

By Ishaan . August 26, 2013 . 2:02pm

Nintendo’s new Jam With the Band game for Nintendo 3DS (or Daigasso Band Bros. as the series is called in Japan), is being developed by Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems.


Today, Nintendo erected a teaser website for Band Bros. P, which lists Intelligent Systems as its developer and also mentions that the game is “powered by Vocaloid,” the synthesizer software used to compose Vocaloid music for virtual pop-stars like Hatsune Miku.


We’ve actually detailed how exactly the Vocaloid software is involved in the past. Band Bros. P can use the Nintendo 3DS camera to take a picture, and the microphone to record your voice, then and produce an in-game Vocaloid for you.


We’ll have more information on Band Bros. P as it is made available. On that note, it certainly looks like Intelligent Systems are keeping busy. In the last two years, they’ve been involved with Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pushmo, Crashmo, Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Game & Wario.


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  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    Hopefully it gets localized for the NA and PAL regions. Looks interesting to me, so if not I’ll be kind of sad.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      uh it has english name>
      Pushmo came over so of course it will
      Chibi Robo 3DS game is coming as well

      • William Hsia

        just cause it has an english name doesn’t mean its a guaranteed released, even then its just a title of the game.

      • PreyMantis

        Time Travelers for the 3DS has an English name, and that never came out here.

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          uh this is Nintendo I am talking about

          • PreyMantis

            Like Mother 1 & 3, Soma Bringer, and other Fire Emblem games that never left Japan? Yeah, you’re not making any sense.

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            Yall using the past to make your argument.

            Maybe yall are not up to date.

            Iwata joined Nintendo of America to help localization. After joining
            Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney
            Professor Layton latest game is coming
            Chibi Robo 3DS game is coming

            All of Intelligent System 3DS games got localized.

            I am talking about now yall talking about the past.

            The Nintendo the past took risk with their IPs.
            They created numerous IPs which failed to sell and get notices by gamers back then.

            So with Fire Emblem, Advance Wars early years and many others stayed in Japan for time being until Melee opened the path for American and European Nintendo fans to know and learn what other IPs and Franchises Nintendo have.

            Many of the stayed Japan Only and died. Many of the appeared as assist trophies, stickers or trophies in Brawl or Melee.

          • PreyMantis

            Alright, what about Tomodachi Collection for the 3DS? A game made by Nintendo and just came out a few months ago, but did it ever come out of Japan? Nope, it’s still a Japan-only game.

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            Reggie Fils-Aime already stated they are thinking about it after Animal Crossing New Leaf success.


            Seems like many of you are indeed not up to date

          • PreyMantis

            Is it official? No, it isn’t, so give it a rest, kid. Having English names doesn’t equal a localization, even for Nintendo games.

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            Im 19.

            Reggie fils said the same for Wii Three JRPG.

          • PreyMantis

            Okay, you’re 19, so what? You’re still a kid. Whatever with that, we’re getting off-topic here.

            Now, you’re just grasping at straws. The three RPGs for the Wii were never planned to come over to the West. It wasn’t until people tried to persuade Nintendo and created the famous Operation Rainfall (in case you don’t know: campaign did Nintendo started localizing them. You know what else Reggie said? He said that they have a plan to release Mother 3 outside of Japan, and this was back when Gameboy Advance was still relatively new. Guess what happened to that? Nothing! Two more handhelds later and Mother 3 is still a Japanese-only game. Fans of the Mother series had been begging Nintendo to localize the game. Nintendo can easily release that on the eShop, so why is it still not out after all these years?

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            no I am a young adult
            You the one who called me a kid to begin with

            No. Nintendo had plan.
            Why release three new IPs and JRPG over during
            Mario 25th Anniversary 2010
            Zelda and Kirby 25th and 20th Anniversary 2011 so it can get overshadowed.

            Once 2011 was almost of Nintendo announced Xenblade Chronicles was coming.

            You are still using the past.

            Nintendo localization has changed as of late 2011.
            They are localizing almost everything may not be on time or same for all region but they are localizing everything.

            Stay up to date.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        What is this logic…Tons of Japanese games have English titles that never make it here. Tons of Japanese bands have English names and they never get popular in America. The Japanese tend to have a fascination with English and they think it’s “cool” so they’ll name things with English titles.

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          I am talking about Nintendo not third party.

          • Enzo

            Fire Emblem has an English name and there are plenty of those that didn’t get localized. Not a good argument.

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            Uh that was the 80s
            Do you actually think it was easy to localize games back then

            and knowing if the audience is there

  • Heisst

    They’re always working on at least 2 games at a time so there must be more than one studio within IS.

  • British_Otaku

    I’ll be the first then…
    Working on this instead of another Advance Wars?
    I’m curious about this (especially the self-vocaloid thing) but afraid that Advance Wars is joining F-Zero and Star Fox’s decade long slumbers little by little.

    • Guest

      Hopefully they are working on it but it’s early to discuss…

      In an interview with Mr. Higuchi, who worked in FE:A, he said: “Well, whether it’s Fire Emblem or the Advance Wars, we never want to put an end to any series we’re involved with. We always want to make games that provide a lot of fun to gamers, so if we have the chance, we’d certainly like to make another [Advance Wars] title.”


      I’d love a BWiiiU too!

      • British_Otaku

        Nice. I never tried the Battalion Wars series out, but I saw a few screens which implied it was using 3D models and real time.
        Were they good?

        • Guest

          Yes, real time strategy, and it was goood!
          Difficult but fair and a lot of variety with military operations on land, sea, and air…
          The gamepad it’s a perfect fit for this game!

          Edit: Even a BW3DS could be cool, to keep the name tradition :P

  • IxisNaugus

    This is interesting, I never expected Intelligent Systems to be behind the latest installment of the Band Brothers games. After a bit of digging, though, it makes sense that the torch of this franchise was passed down to a bigger team. The little we’ve heard of the title so far at least suggests that this game will be bigger and more feature rich than the past DS games, so having another developer tackle it is understandable. Meanwhile, Nintendo SDD can continue to develop unique software.

    I must say though, Ishaan, you echoed my immediate thoughts at the end of your article. IntSys in recent times appear to have had their hands full, with a lot of software being put out with their name on it. Were they not co-developing Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem with Atlus? I just assumed after they’d wrapped up the latest Paper Mario, and Game & Wario, that they’d be too heavily involved with the crossover Wii U game to have any other projects going on simultaneously, or at least nothing big enough to see a retail release. I feel like this game will be big enough to require a fair amount of resources at IntSys, though, so I have to wonder if Atlus are doing most of the work on the crossover title. Perhaps the team at IntSys has grown in recent years? Though I don’t remember reading anything like that, if it was ever mentioned or reported on.

    • Actually, SMT x FE seems to be primarily in development at Atlus. I would imagine IntSys are advising or supervising alongside Nintendo SPD, but I don’t think a large IntSys team is involved in actively developing that game.

      • IxisNaugus

        Ah, I see. I agree it would make a lot of sense if IntSys was playing a more supervisory role, as opposed to being more hands-on. If only a small portion of the guys at IntSys were dedicated to helping out with SMT X FE with Atlus (could realistically be only a couple of guys when you consider SPD could be doing the same job), that’d definitely leave the rest of the studio to continue their own projects. Still, it really does appear as though IntSys has been working themselves to the bone in recent years. I don’t recall an earlier period where they seemed to have so many releases within a relatively short amount of time from each other. Especially with some of them being high-profile releases for the 3DS, like Fire Emblem and Paper Mario.

  • Göran Isacson

    Sees Fire Emblem and Vocaloids in the same article, proceeds to completely ignore the game that’s actually being talked about to imagine a SRPG with Vocaloids in it.

    Real talk though, I’ve never played any Band Brothers game before. I know that Barbara Bat comes from them courtesy of Smash Bros Brawl, but that’s about it. What kind of music gameoplay are we talking about here? Parappa The Rapper style? Elite Beat Agents style?

    • s07195

      I guess SRW UX was close enough to a Vocaloid ever getting into a SRPG. Though that’s a pure strategy, I think.

      • Göran Isacson

        Ooh that’s right, that game ahd a Vocaloid mecha, didn’t it? crazy times.

  • xzeldax3

    Fuuuuuu- I have played Band Bros and Jam with the Band to death! I really hope this one comes stateside! It’s the ultimate rhythm came because you can play every single instrument in the song!!!!! In-depth edit mode, now with vocals, and custom downloadable songs leads to replayability = infinite!!!

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