Pop'n Music Review
Pop'n Music box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Bemani 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Konami 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 13, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Still, there are some things that Pop'n Music does get right. Though the control was a consistent problem, if don't mind just flailing your arms to get points there are some fun multiplayer modes to be had. One of the most memorable was a robot mode where players are split into teams that can control each side of a robot with Pop'n bubbles. There are also more standard multiplayer modes including a points-based versus mode. I really think the developers were on to something with their multiplayer modes, and I wish the control was up to par so that they could have been fully enjoyed.

Pop'n Music screenshot

Another thing that Pop'n Music has going for it is its visuals. The game looks surprisingly crisp on the Wii, and everything from the background to the character animations runs smoothly and without jagged lines. The overall style of the game is also quite good. There are plenty of bright colors and fun characters that include everything from an ancient chicken to a funky rabbit. It really is a shame that the visuals are so good, yet the gameplay is so bad. The great graphics prove that there was some solid effort put into the development of the game, and it is truly unfortunate that this effort was squandered with poor controls.

Pop'n Music is one of the most popular franchises abroad, and it would have been nice to see its success translate to an American market. If the button control from the original titles had been kept for this release, the review would have been a lot different.

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Fans abroad have consistently praised other versions of the game for its uniqueness and difficulty. However, Pop'n Music for the Wii doesn't feel unique or difficult; it just feels like a lot of frustrating shaking set to bad music. Here's hoping Konami doesn't give up on the American market and gives this game a proper release with button control (or at least improved motion control) sometime in the near future.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Background animations are crisp and anime-style avatars look great.
1.5
Control
It's easy to hit the beats at the both ends of the spectrum, but the three notes in the middle are almost impossible to hit accurately due to the poor controls.
2.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There's an odd mix of pop music, oldies, and original tunes. Songs are of low quality, and several of them are unfinished.
2.3

Play Value
There are some fun multiplayer modes, but the tracklist is very thin. The poor controls inhibit any real fun.

2.4
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Customize your very own avatar, upload your Mii, or choose from a diverse selection of amusing characters
  • Difficulties range from the standard mode for casual users and challenge mode for core users.
  • Assortment of licensed and original music to play with your friends!
  • Downloadable song content will be available through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.


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