Sega has pushed back the release date of the Nintendo Wii version of Samba de Amigo by a week, but their dastardly plan simply can’t dampen our enthusiasm for the game at all. One of the flat-out highlights of the Dreamcast era, this was the game where you had to shake your maracas in time with the on-screen action, and – complete with a selection of friendship-destroying party games – it’s been cemented in our psyche ever since.
The new version of the game will adopt a Wiimote and nunchuk in place of the maracas (although enterprising third party peripheral manufacturers are offering a maracas extension to the controller), yet that shouldn’t affect the gameplay at all.
What will is the broader selection of songs available within it than the Dreamcast edition offered (we never got the sequel released in the UK), with many old favourites and a whole host of new tunes included. What’s more, the option will also be in place to download further songs, adding an added longevity that we actively pined for back in the Sega days.
The full song list is as follows (an asterisk means it’s been covered by a different artist. Saves a bit of cash, after all…):
FROM THE ORIGINAL GAMEVamos A Carnaval – WaveMaster*Volare – Gypsy KingsHot Hot Hot – Arrow*Salome – Chayanne*Tubthumping – Chumbawumba*The Cup of Life – R. Martin*Samba de Janeiro – BelliniMambo Beat – Perez Prado*Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin*Bamboleo – Gipsy KingsTake On Me – Reel Big FishEl Ritmo Tropical – Dixie’s Gang*Macarena – Los Del Rio*La Bamba – Ritchie Valens*Tequila – Chuck Rio*Soul Bossa Nova – Quincy JonesSamba de Amigo – BelliniThe Theme of Rocky – Bill Conti*Mas Que Nada – Jorge Ben*Sway – Gimbel and Ruiz*El Mambo – Solemar
NEW TO THE WII VERSIONBaila Me – Gipsy KingsPapa Loves Mambo – Perry Como*Mambo No. 8 – Perez PradoConga – Miami Sound Machine*Low Rider – WarMambo No. 5 – Lou Bega*Oye Como Va – Santana*Asereje – Las Ketchup*Arriba Allez – BelliniMagalenha – Bellini and Mondonca Do RioRan Kan Ran – Tito Puento*Groove Is In the Heart – Dee LiteJump in the Line – Harry Belafonte*Do It Well – Jennifer Lopez*Como Ves – OzomatliCha Cha – CheloPon de Replay – RihannaSmooth – Santana*Mexican Flyer – Ken Woodman*Borriquito – CharoUn Aguardiente – WaveGroupSolo Tu – WaveGroupTango With Me – WaveGroup
Bring on 26th September…