In a move that nobody saw coming, Nintendo is releasing a European version of the fantastic music game Daigasso! Band Bros DX for the DS, and it'll be out on 21 May.
Jam With The Band is a rhythm action game which lets you play along with a load of popular songs using combinations of the D-Pad, face buttons and shoulder buttons.
The fun thing about the Japanese version of the game is that it doesn't just let you play the song, it lets you do it with any instrument used to create the song. If the song features a trumpet and you just want to use that, you can. Alternatively, if you'd rather do the drums, or piano, or guitar, or vocals you can do that too.
This isn't like Wii Music, however, because it's not a case of just improvising. The aim here, much like in games like Guitar Hero, is to play the song perfectly. At first the controls are basic, letting you get into things easily with only two buttons. Eventually though you'll be using all four D-Pad directions and all four A, B, X and Y buttons to play the notes while also holding the L and R buttons to change the scale.
You could even play songs in single-cartridge multiplayer mode, with as many players as there were instruments. This meant up to eight players could play a song together, with each person handling a different instrument.
We're surprised Jam With The Band is coming to the UK because the original consisted almost entirely of Japanese pop, anime and traditional music. Much like how Elite Beat Agents had its entire soundtrack changed for a western release though, the same has happened here, with songs like I'm A Slave 4 You and ABC replacing the likes of Seasons by Ayumi Hamasaki and the theme to the anime Tokuso Sentai Dekaranger.
The game also featured some music from Nintendo games, including Mario and Zelda medleys, Kirby music and some Pokemon and F-Zero themes. We'd hope some of that will make its way to the UK version.
The game got a sequel in Japan, and we'd assume it's this sequel that Jam With The Bands will be based on. This version lets you compose your own music and upload it to Nintendo's servers, where other players can download them and play them (up to 100 tracks).
As huge fans of the Japanese original, we're really excited about this news and we reckon you should be too. The game can get immensely difficult at times, and four years after the release of the original game in Japan we still haven't completed all the songs perfectly! To see how the game runs, check out this video of the Japanese version in action. This is how the game looks in its hardest difficulty!