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User created content as the core of Band Brothers DX

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Daigasso! Band Brothers DX is the first Nintendo title to dive into user created content. Players can create their own songs with the composer mode and store up to 100 songs on the cartridge. The tool looks pretty robust since serious composers can alter the wave of the tone with a visual effecter. Once a masterpiece is made it can be uploaded to an online database through Nintendo Wi-Fi where the world (well, the world of Japan) can download it and play it.

 

Essentially, core players will make a library full of music to play. Inevitably some of songs will delve into the gray area of copyright law. What happens when someone uploads a Band Brothers DX cover of “Viva La Vida” or more locally, “Kiss or Kiss”? Will Nintendo step in and remove them? Probably not, but if, and this is a big if, Daigasso! Band Brothers DX gets localized this is an issue Nintendo has to think about. On a more positive note online music sharing will be another outlet for the indie/otokei dojin music scene and the growing number of arranged video game songs.

 

In addition to user created songs, Nintendo will release a number of legally licensed songs as free downloads. Sixty-three of them are listed including: One Night Carnival (this was in Ouendan), Real Life Real Heart (Ouendan 2), Love Story wa Totsuzen ni, CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA, and Doremon's Dream. Not as much video game music is listed as downloadable content yet, but Nintendo is likely to add more songs than Song of Ashley from Sawaru Made in Wario.

 

Oh, and Daigasso! Band Brothers DX has more instruments to play besides the DS face buttons. You can strum a touch screen guitar and practice your karaoke skills on the JR line.

 

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Images courtesy of Nintendo.

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