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
Publisher(s) THQ
Platform(s) Wii
  • 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[1] (formerly titled "Band Mashups"[1]) is a video game published by THQ and developed by Planet Moon Studios for the Wii console. It is a rhythm game in a similarstyle to the Guitar Hero series, PaRappa the Rapper, and Bust a Groove, however does not use any peripherals outside of the standard Wii Remote.

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 will also be three tracks performed with an orchestra.


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. The game also features various power-ups including electrifying the other player's board, shrinking notes or flipping the notes around. 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.


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


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 58/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 5/10[3]
Eurogamer 5/10[4]
Game Informer 6/10[5]
GamePro 4/5 stars[6]
Game Revolution D+[7]
GameSpot 6/10[8]
GameSpy 2.5/5 stars[9]
GameTrailers 4.2/10[10]
GameZone 5.5/10[11]
IGN 5.6/10[12]
Nintendo Power 7/10[13]

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


  1. ^ a b c 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 (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. 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. 228: 87. May 2008. 

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