Pointless, much? Drumming add-on unveiled for DS
Happily ignoring the fact that the Nintendo DS has a touchscreen RIGHT THERE, Activision plans to bundle a “drum grip” add-on alongside Band Hero DS when the game launches later this year. The silicon grip slips over a DS Lite (there’s no mention of DS phat compatibility yet), covering the little guy’s d-pad and face buttons. Tapping one of the grip’s larger colored buttons plays the corresponding on-screen drum.
Cute, but is it necessary? Other music games on Nintendo’s handheld have allowed players to tap drum icons displayed on the touchscreen, a technique that seems to have worked well. Here’s Executive producer David Nathanielsz justifying the decision to Kotaku:
“When we sat down and started prototyping drum play we wanted to replicate the rhythmic, kinesthetic experience of drumming. What we quickly realized is the movement of your thumbs in a horizontal and vertical direction was really compelling and fun.”
Band Hero DS ships later this fall, and will allow players to link upto four DS systems for full band play.