Guitar Hero DS officially going On Tour

Activision officially announced that portable version of its popular rhythm action game will be coming this summer.

When Activision trademarked "Guitar Hero: On Tour" back in January, there was speculation that the title was going to be for the DS version of the game, although the company wouldn't officially comment.

Get ready for a wave of Yngwie Malmsteen wannabes on the bus...

Today Activision is ready to talk, and has confirmed that the DS version of the game will indeed be called Guitar Hero: On Tour. The game is due out sometime this summer.

The game will come with a Guitar Grip peripheral for the portable that will sport only four fret buttons, versus the full-sized edition's five. The add-on will also contain a Guitar Hero pick-cum-stylus that will be used on the touch screen to strum along to songs.

The game will feature a one-player career mode, co-op play over wireless, and a two-player battle mode called Guitar Duel. The battles will see the two players strum it out in more than just the rhythm stakes. Activision explains, "For example, players must blow into the microphone to extinguish a pyrotechnics effects gone wrong, or use the touch screen to autograph a crazed fan's shirt in the middle of their set."

There will be five unlockable venues and six characters to play, and gamers will be able to customise their characters and choose the colour of their axe. The game is also said to feature "the most diverse set list of master tracks ever offered in a Guitar Hero game," and will include classic rock, alternative, and pop tunes. Artists named so far are Nirvana, OK Go, and No Doubt.

Guitar Hero: On Tour is being developed by Activision-owned Vicarious Visions and is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 or older.

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E-MAN_14
E-MAN_14

does the controller work with the ds phat?

drzoidburg
drzoidburg

Does anyone know if it will be compatible with the original DS. If not i shall resort to using my sisters PINK ds lite :)

SwirvyIrvy
SwirvyIrvy

I suppose you'd hold it like you would hold the DS playing Brain Training. Sideways with your finger poking from the aside of the touch screen. Great idea, hope they pull it off!

Codgin
Codgin

Fantastic Idea! If they execute this right it should be a keeper, many people are questioning the sound quality and the guitar grip. Elite beat agents proved sound quality can be good on the DS, and if you had, like a few have said, a small guitar plug in, how the hell would you play it? Especially on the move, it'd be insane, hand held consoles already occupy the hands

test_it
test_it

OMG its official I'm sooooooooooooooooo getting a ds

SHACKR
SHACKR

"and pop tunes." I hate to say it, but I don't think this game is going to have a great songlist.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I wonder if it firs fine for both the Original DS and the DS Lite

chahmann
chahmann

I would like to see the tracklist !...and i hope it sounds good and not too midi tuned...

Darth_Quanstars
Darth_Quanstars

yeah i think a mini guitar peripheral (with a strum bar) would be cool but the "Guitar Grip" might work out just fine too.

blitzpaladin
blitzpaladin

I think it's cool, however, it does seem very different from what guitar hero fans are used to and i hope its not awkward. no 5th fret..........?

invictuslemming
invictuslemming

Nice to see they're using some creativity, wouldn't have expected the GBA slot to be used like this. Lets hope some of the other devs pick up on this concept and expand on it :)

Dallercoder
Dallercoder

although i havent played guitar hero ever, this game looks good for DS!

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

In my Opinion it would be better if you could plug in a Smaller Guitar but hey that design might work just needs time to get used to in my Opinion

Coheeds_Avatar
Coheeds_Avatar

Question is will the 4-button set-up simplify the game, or will they adjust the difficulty to accomodate for the missing button?

okassar
okassar

Lol,that look pretty nice.GH one the go,man that's pretty good.I don't know about the sound quality,but that's not an issue.GH on the DS,that's just awesome and it looks pretty innovative so far.....lol,autographing a fans t-shirt....

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

they should be ambitious and make a Rockband Ds :]

N-DAWG88
N-DAWG88

the concept is great, and ive been waiting forever for guitar hero ds, but im not sure about this one. it looks like you have to cross your arms to play the thing, which seems awkward. also, the difficulty probably wont be high enough with only four frets. hopefully im wrong though and itll turn out ok

tubbablubba
tubbablubba

wow. Whether i buy the game depends on the song list and the sound quality.

KAISERKONG
KAISERKONG

lol...signing autographs in battle mode would be hilarious! I can't wait to see this one hit the streets!

bobbetybob
bobbetybob

No Chick, it doesn't work like that. Chocolate=Awesome Ribs=Awesome Chocolate + Ribs= Oh my god someone please cut my tongue off now.

Serious
Serious

The only place I've played Guitar hero has been on display at best buy. Don't get me wrong the game rocks. I just haven't felt like purchasing it for home play. Now this DS version I can go for. being able to play Guitar Hero at the office or anytime I want sound like fun. Way to go nintendo!

Chickasaw87
Chickasaw87

Guitar Hero=Great DS=Great Great+Great=Instant Hit

guitarman89
guitarman89

Looks like it could be ok. I've never played guitar hero before, but because I have a DS I might try it out

element120
element120

yo that looks crazy man i got to buy a ds for this ****

Ryan12572
Ryan12572

i really like gh3 so i will probaly like it !! -

RiKZor
RiKZor

will this work on the oldschool DS's? i got really angry when i found out that the internet browser only worked for DS lite, and old DS users had to order a copy online

GAMEZNOW23
GAMEZNOW23

She does have a very nice ass. haha It's gonna be gimmicky, but I'll get it anyways.. heh

carlind1
carlind1

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VGobbsesser
VGobbsesser

Guitar Hero doesn't seem like the best fit for a handheld,but it has potential.

southparkWOW
southparkWOW

and apparently i'm the first person to see it, yay

southparkWOW
southparkWOW

i dont know why but i thought that trailer was SICK

Leick3
Leick3

im sure they will make it work, nintendo has a way of making things look very odd at firsst

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

very verry odd ... not gonna lie. Don't see this working out all that well but hey i may be wrong.

brawl_freak
brawl_freak

i can't really picture guitar hero for ds but then nintendo proves me wrong every time

Pyro77
Pyro77

Hmm..will be kinda hard to pull that off in class...

V-Nine
V-Nine

...looks uncomfortable...

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I would need to see a video of someone playing it to see if it's something I'd want to try. Personally, I rather just use the buttons and hope they allow that.

bynen
bynen

I really want this game to be good! but idk if this thing will work.......

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

The last Guitar game for DS sucked...I'm not so keen after Jam Sessions...We'll wait for reviews.

Brainy142
Brainy142

Will this work on the origonal ds (phat)???

Hatake_653
Hatake_653

Looks sick, getting it no matter the price. I always knew they needed a portable gh.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Ok Go ripped off Billy Joel... I'm sick of hearing of their plagairising asses. Anyway, if it doesn't have a completely crap soundtrack, and is cheap, I may consider it. Haven't bought the home versions cause no way I am paying $90, for a plastic baby's guitar.