Crispy Gamer

The Five Things You Need to Know About Samba de Amigo

The 10-Cent Tour: The Dreamcast's kitschy maracas sim gets a Wii-style makeover. Is it worth shaking a stick at? We put it under the Crispy microscope?

1. If you played the original, brace yourself for some major d?j? vu: This makeover is more of a straight-up port. Sure, the song roster now features more than 40 songs, but half of those songs have been lifted from earlier versions of the game. And the game's content -- including its overall look and feel -- hasn't really changed all that much. Seems Sega is playing it safe here. Very safe.

2. Playing the game with a Wii remote and Nunchuck is 89 percent less fun than using the weightier arcade (or Dreamcast) maracas. On the plus side, you no longer have to explain to visitors/potential mates why you have a pair of electric maracas lying around your house. (Trust me, it's awkward.)

3. Will you look utterly ridiculous while playing this game? Absolutely.

4. It appears that there's some downloadable content on the horizon for the game. Early samples of the Samba box cover include Nintendo's new Pay-to-Play logo. Our guess: The Killers "When You Were Young" will be the first song ever to pull off the rhythm-game hat trick (it also appeared in Rock Band and Guitar Hero III).

5. Multiplayer includes a Love Love mode, which apparently lets two "lovers" test how in synch they are. (This will no doubt cause some uncomfortable moments when Keefer and I test it out at the CG office.)

The Crispy Forecast: Moderate, if redundant, sunshine. Though we'd like to see a bit more innovation here, we can't deny the appeal of potential DLC down the line.

This preview was based on a publisher-driven demo. The game is scheduled to be released in August 2008.