|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Gearbox Software||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SEGA||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 23, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Visuals in this game start out looking fairly good. The opening cinema scene is very smooth and features some cool details. However, the in-game graphics are substantially less impressive then the opening cutscene and fall somewhere around the average mark in terms of Wii graphics. Characters and animations are fairly good here, but there is nothing truly remarkable about the way this game looks.
The song list in Samba de Amigo, however, is what truly redeems this title. The game does an excellent job of pulling together classic mambo and samba tunes with a little hint of pop thrown in just for kicks. The soundtrack features many classics like "Baila Me" and "Bomboleo" by the Gypsy Kings, and "Oye Como Va" by Santana, as well as modern hits like "The Ketchup Song" by Las Ketchup and "Pon de Replay" by Rihanna. There is a lot to love about the music in this title, and if you care more about the music than the gameplay, then you can't go wrong with this title.
Unfortunately, even though this game sounds great, the controls reduce it to a mediocre status. The game is lots of fun to play in short bursts as long as your experience is relegated to the easier modes using the double Wii-mote control scheme. Also, this game really disappoints with its lack of any substantial online mode. Samba de Amigo may be great for a quick shake or two with friends, but it just can't hold its own and isn't the must-own game it should have been.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer