Wii Review: We Sing Encore

Does the Wii finally have a worthy karaoke game?

We Sing Encore is not your typical karaoke game. It has 40 tracks, comes with 2 mics (but can support upto 4 if you have a USB Hub). It has mini-games, lessons to teach you how to hit high and low notes, plus awards (which are basically achievements). The tracklist is below:

B52’s: Love Shack
Black Eyed Peas: Shut Up
Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Cheryl Cole: Fight For This Love
Coldplay: Yellow
Elton John: Tiny Dancer
Florence + the Machine: Rabbit Heart (Raise it up)
Girls Aloud: The Promise
Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive
Gwen Stefani featuring Akon: The Sweet Escape
Jamiroquai: Virtual Insanity
Jimmy Ruffin: What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
Kaiser Chiefs: Ruby
Kasabian: Fire
Katrina & The Waves: Walking On Sunshine
Lady GaGa feat. Colby O’Donis & Akon: Just Dance
The Lightning Seeds: Three Lions
Lily Allen: Smile
Lou Bega: Mambo No 5
Lynyrd Skynrd: Sweet Home Alabama
Mika Grace: Kelly
Natasha: Bedingfield Unwritten
N-Dubz: I Need You
Pixie Lott: Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)
Plain White Ts: Hey There Delilah
The Proclaimers: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Right Said Fred: I`m Too Sexy
Rihanna: Umbrella
Robyn feat. Kleerup: With Every Heartbeat
S Club 7: Don’t Stop Movin’
The Saturdays: Up
Simply Red: Holding Back The Years
Soft Cell: Tainted Love
Spandau Ballet: Gold
The Supremes: Baby Love
Taio Cruz: Break Your Heart
The Veronicas: Untouched
Westlife: Flying Without Wings
Will Young: Leave Right Now

The list has some great songs from the best decades of music. I personally love Gold, Tainted Love, Ruby, Total Eclipse of the Heart and Three Lions (although the latter took a personal dive due to England’s abysmal World Cup performance). Most songs have the original videos, while a few have just background videos that aren’t original. It’s not that bad, really. Having said that, it does take away the feeling that the songs are licensed for use.

Video quality is fairly good and the microphones you get are of good quality. The cable is quite long so you shouldn’t come short if you sit far back from the TV. Perhaps some wireless ones would be nice, but for now the Logitech USB ones are just fine.

Apparently the Swedish and German versions of We Sing Encore have 10 different songs from the English version. I’m not sure which songs these are though. I would personally like to see some more recent songs in these karaoke games such as the talented Paloma Faith. Why songs like New York, Stone Cold Sober and Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful are not playable in any singing game is beyond me. Having said that, the tracklist of We Sing Encore is impressive as there are at least a few songs that almost everyone will like.

The Verdict

We Sing Encore is your typical karaoke game but adds replay value with unlockable awards, multiplayer and a great tracklist to sing to. It does exactly what it says on the tin and is great fun for those looking to sing some classics.