The Wii U may have finally gotten an imminent release date, but with many gamers concerned about the recession-unfriendly price point, it's clear that the Wii will still command a sizeable install base desperate for something to play. You can usually rely on Nordic Games to get on base with a decent karaoke title, surprisingly innovative dance game or ill-advised Karting clone (best forgotten, really), so with Christmas party season looming, there's never been a better time to release another We Sing game. With UK Hits, Robbie Williams and Pop already covered, not to mention the sensational Rock setlist - Nordic are looking to the 80s for their next singalong song selection.
We Sing 80s is built upon the same foundation as its numerous predecessors, which is to say that it's functionally identical. Nordic has iterated on the interface over several years, providing a slick and accessible way to choose a few tunes to belt out as loudly and proudly as possible using USB microphones. One to four players can get involved; either competiting, cooperating or swapping the mikes depending on how seriously you're willing (sober?) enough to take it. As an Eighties-themed title, however, cheesy garish neon is the order of the day (see also: Double Dragon Neon), providing one of the most colourful and engaging overlays we've seen yet. You've still got a range of singleplayer modes and comprehensive training tutorials, a jukebox mode that allows you to watch the music videos and, most importantly, a suite of multiplayer and party gametypes designed for tipsy afterparty karaoke.
So, what's the track list like?
Matt and I comprehensively ruined a fair few songs during our hands-on time, notably Toto's Africa, Starship's Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, Word Up! by Cameo and Queen's anthemic I Want To Break Free. It's a strange and eclectic mix of tunes that features several undeniable classics, some utterly awful entries and, bizarrely, plenty of omissions (erm, where's Sledgehammer, Bon Jovi and hair metal exactly?). Cheese is naturally the order of the day, and though the setlist is ten tracks smaller than We Sing Rock!, there are a few tunes to suit all tastes.
Interestingly, there seem to be far more songs that feature multiple voice parts than in previous iterations. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, for example, allows you to assume the role of either Albert Hammond or Diane Warren - so with two players involved you can riff off each other and harmonise to your heart's content. We hope that the majority of tracks will offer this mode, as it's by far the most fun you can have with a Karaoke title.
Ultimately, We Sing 80s will live or die on whether it's setlist is fun to sing - not just once, but several times over. Here's the full list, the last seven of which have been revealed today.
- Queen – I Want to Break Free
- Toto – Africa
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Power of Love
- Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
- The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
- Sade – Smooth Operator
- Lionel Ritchie – All Night Long (All Night)
- Cameo – Word Up!
- Cyndi Lauper – True Colours
- Tears for Fear – Shout
- Yazoo – Only you
- Lisa Stansfield - All Around the World
- Paula Abdul – Straight Up
- Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
- Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
- Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
- Spandau Ballet – True
- Musical youth – Pass the Dutchie
- Yazz and the Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
- DeBarge – Rhythm of the Night
- Smokey Robinson – Being With You
- Roxette – The Look
- Blondie - The Tide Is High
- Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
- Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
- Duran Duran - Rio
- Sabrina - Boys (Summertime Love)
- T'Pau - China In Your Hand
- The Bangels - Eternal Flame
- Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
We'll give you a full critique in our review closer to the September 28th release date. Until then, what do you make of We Sing 80s thirty tracks - and what eighties classics would you ideally want to sing?