Electroplankton tuned up

DS rings in New Year with ringing sounds; modules let mobile maestros make music on the move.

Nintendo today announced that Elektroplankton has launched for the company's latest portable, the Nintendo DS. The "game," which was previously released in Japan, is more of an experimental music-making tool than an actual game. Electroplankton is rated E for Everyone and retails for $34.99 through Nintendo.com, the Nintendo World Store in New York, and "major online retailers." As of press time, online retailers EBGames.com and GameStop.com were not carrying the game, and inquiries into local brick-and-mortar stores revealed the game was not on shelves.

Instead of adhering to the norms of a beginning and an end, a storyline, and high scores, Electroplankton features 10 minigames that allow users to fiddle with some unusual synthesizers. Replacing piano keys, sequencers, and drum machines are a variety of organisms that seem to spring from some primordial soup.

The game was designed by Japanese electronic musician Toshio Iwai and uses several of the DS's unique features. Using the stylus, microphone, and D pad, conductors manipulate a variety of creatures and create music. Four different sounds can be sampled with the mic and plugged into loops. At last year's E3, Nintendo trotted out house DJ David Holland using the game to show off what it calls "a new form of expression."

To see if Electroplankton strikes the right chord, read GameSpot's review.

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15 comments
f4t4lfury
f4t4lfury

wasn't this being touted a while back that it would only be available through Nintendo.com? i think i read that in a promotional booklet in Target. wait, let me get it...... yes it says "Available Only Online. See www.nintendo.com for Details." in a big red circle on the Elecktroplankton page. That's from the Winter DS catalog/booklet. so, that's probably why it's not in stores. :)

xunplugged68
xunplugged68

Speaking as a musician, I really can't get enough of this game. I imported it over the summer after my brother showed me the demo from E3. I always get new sounds and new experiences playing it. I often times end up wasting hours at a time without even realizing it while playing this game. OTOH, I can see why not many people would be into this game, as it seems to really be intended for a niche market, mainly people who view themselves as artistic and want to explore an interesting take on it. To me, it makes perfect sense, and it's a great stress reliever between 'real' games to avoid game system throwing, if you know what I mean.

GyRo567
GyRo567

You know, the DS had already gotten far away from the stupid gimmick games... *sigh*

serious_sean
serious_sean

Buyer Beware! Once you get over the different Planktons, there isn't a whole lot there. this game is good to show your hipster friends who can't understand real games, or it's good to show your parents because all you have to do it tap, tap, tap to make your DS make windchime sounds. This game didn't take as much dev time as a real game; why are they charging full price for it?

sine909
sine909

I imported the game right after they showed it at E3. I thought it was really fun for a couple hours, and it sounds very cool - but ultimately it gets very boring after that. It would be much more impressive if you could at least save the songs your'e writing, or sync two mini-games at once to make more complex sounds - but it really doesn't have any of that. Your only option is to start it up and tweak around. I'd say its worth maybe $20 to me, but not $35.

FFzelda005
FFzelda005

I 'd buy the game but the 35 I would pay for it wouldn't be worth it, IMO

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

I'd just like to point out that the name of the game is "Electroplankton", not that this if the first time i've noticed spelling errors on GameSpot.

Jason____
Jason____

It looks like the stores are selling out of it. If you go to the page for that on EBGames, right now, they tell you it's not available. GameStop says it is Back Ordered. It looks like Nintendo underestimated the demand for this.

soul_motor
soul_motor

I wish it wasn't an online exclusive, I'd like to try it in store before shelling out money for it, especially if I won't like it.

Konfusion
Konfusion

Can't wait to get my hands on this. All one has to do is plug his DS into the line-in of his computer and voila, record your work... this will be fun.

TacoJelly
TacoJelly

already ordered a copy... This is the game I bought the DS for

Krypton36
Krypton36

Interesting, not sure about the replay value of it though. Looks fun, too bad you can't save the music you make.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

I think I'll get it. Sounds Fun...