Battle of the Bands (video game)

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Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands.jpg
European box art
Developer(s)Planet Moon Studios
  • NA: April 21, 2008[1]
  • EU: May 23, 2008
  • AU: May 29, 2008
Genre(s)Rhythm game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Battle of the Bands is a video game published by THQ and developed by Planet Moon Studios for the Wii console. It is a rhythm game.

The game features 30 licensed songs with 5 cover versions done in completely different styles. The five main genres of music are Rock/Metal, Funk/Hip-Hop, Country Western, Latin, and Marching Band. There are also three tracks performed with an orchestra, making a total of 153 tracks.


The game features two of the eleven bands in the game playing the song head-to-head against one another. Notes will roll up from the bottom of the screen (as opposed to from the top like similar games) and the player must move the remote in sync like a conducting baton. The game also features various power-ups including electrifying the other player's board, shrinking notes, replace notes as landmines, or flipping the notes around and can be activated if played a certain amount of notes in a chain while one of the members attack the enemy band with their instruments formed as guns. However, certain instances allow the other player to block the effects from taking place with synced button presses. The music of the player playing the best will have their music playing dominantly, with the others being less audible. When there is a face off verse, one band attacks while the opposing band defend and vice versa. At the end of the song, band with the most points will destroy the losing band, then do their winning animation.


The game features cover versions of thirty licensed songs, each presented in five different musical styles. The songs include:


Aggregate score
Review scores
Game Informer6/10[5]
Game RevolutionD+[7]
GamePro4/5 stars[6]
GameSpy2.5/5 stars[9]
Nintendo Power7/10[13]

Battle of the Bands received "mixed" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[2]


  1. ^ Harris, Craig (February 21, 2008). "Band Mashups Goes to Battle". IGN. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Battle of the Bands for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Chester, Nick (April 25, 2008). "Destructoid review: Battle of the Bands". Destructoid. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Lahti, Evan (May 21, 2008). "Battle of the Bands". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Reeves, Ben (June 2008). "Battle of the Bands". Game Informer. No. 182. Archived from the original on April 25, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Kim, Tae (April 23, 2008). "Review: Battle of the Bands". GamePro. Archived from the original on April 25, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Morse, Blake (August 6, 2008). "Battle of the Bands Review". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Thomas, Aaron (April 25, 2008). "Battle of the Bands Review". GameSpot. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Theobald, Phil (May 8, 2008). "GameSpy: Battle of the Bands". GameSpy. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Battle of the Bands Review". GameTrailers. May 1, 2008. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Lafferty, Michael (May 5, 2008). "Battle of the Bands - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  12. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (April 24, 2008). "Battle of the Bands Review". IGN. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "Battle of the Bands". Nintendo Power. Vol. 228. May 2008. p. 87.

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