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Karaoke app coming to Wii U

Wii Karaoke U by Joysound to offer pay-per-session crooning

Nintendo Of Europe has announced plans to release a karaoke app on Wii U by the end of 2013.

Wii Karaoke U by Joysound was available at launch in Japan, and now a version is in development for European audiences.

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Rather than offering a set price for a number of tracks, Wii Karaoke U instead employs a 'ticket' service, with players gaining access to the entire Joysound library of karaoke songs for set periods.

Tickets can be bought for one-hour, 24-hour and 30-day periods, allowing unlimited access to the catalogue until the ticket expires. The app will be free to download, and players can use either the Wii U GamePad microphone to sing or a compatible USB microphone.


There are three game modes to choose from - the first gives each singer a score at the end of the song, the second gives constant feedback throughout with a 'performance analysis feature', and the third enters your score in a European leaderboard when the song ends.

Players can also decorate their Mii character and have them sing in front of different backdrops while the song is taking place.The Joysound library in Japan consists of over 200,000 songs, but since the vast majority of these are Japanese songs it's not yet clear which library the European version will be using.

Nintendo previously released Sing Party on Wii U, which featured 50 songs and came bundled with a microphone. This microphone will also be compatible with Wii Karaoke U.