PopStar Guitar gets tracked

Songs from Rihanna, Maroon 5, Jonas Brothers, and Miley Cyrus confirmed to appear in upcoming fake-instrument rhythm game for PS2, Wii.

With the rhythm game genre becoming increasingly crowded thanks to the massive success of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, developers need something to separate their efforts from the crowd. As the title of PopStar Guitar for the Wii and PlayStation 2 suggests, XS Games is looking to make a niche for itself by steering away from the well-navigated hard rock waters favored by Activision and MTV Games' hit series.

We think that's a mic on his face.

Today the publisher announced a handful of tracks from the game, including a pair of Maroon 5 songs and cuts from Rihanna, The Jonas Brothers, and Hannah Montana's not-so-secret-identity Miley Cyrus. The game's full set list will feature more than 50 pop ditties, all of which can be played on the PS2 using any five-button guitar game controller. For the Wii version, XS is producing its own "AirG" controller attachment that snaps onto the Wii Remote to allow for air guitar heroics.

PopStar Guitar is set for release in November. The specific tracks announced today are listed below:

"Shut Up and Drive"--Rihanna
"SOS"--The Jonas Brothers
"See You Again"--Miley Cyrus
"Wake Up Call"--Maroon 5
"Makes Me Wonder"--Maroon 5

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

46 comments
gohan661
gohan661

Hmmm i disagree with the majority of things said here tbh especially IXIWhistIXI's 1 you probably dont work and live on a childrens adventure camp like me so you probably dont come across too many 14 yo girls and i'll tell you they do like wii games and will buy this! not to mention older and younger girls AND MALES i will buy this i much prefer Pop to rock which is the problem i have with GH3 great game rubbish songs (OPPINION) it looks easier but i doubt the hard mode and harder (hopefully) will be that easy that it wont even challange expert GHers so before we all start the wild conjecture based on a few screenies and a video or two lets atleast wait for a hands on review?

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

So it's all the crappy hit songs put into a terrible GH knock off. I think the funniest thing is that apparently XS games thinks it will be a hit because the song selection isn't rock music. They're forgetting one important aspect...good gameplay. It looks like they're aiming it at 14 year old girls. Last time I checked, 14 year old girls aren't very interested in videogames. It's one thing to come out of nowhere with a knock off to make some quick cash, but it's just sad when you come from no where and your first game is a dumbed down knock off that nodoubt will go down in flames but thinking that your slight change of an element (in this case pop music) will make it a smash hit.

Pexalottle
Pexalottle

LAME!! gives us rhythm gamers a bad image.

21655
21655

This is a shameless imitation of Guitar Hero and Rock Band and should be scrapped. For the young'uns, there's this thing called GHWT's Beginner difficulty. While I enjoy the rhythm game genre, this stuff is starting to give guitar players even more reason to hate us.

Zaitrox
Zaitrox

weisguy119, "pop" is a type of music now... music that is popular is not "pop music". pop music has made its own genre. (lol..kinda sounds like im trying to say pop isn't popular)

mtofu
mtofu

to be honest, i've always wanted more "pop" with my Gh or RB. but i'm not sure if it warrants a separate purchase.

S2333
S2333

It just looks like a dumbed down Guitar Hero. It would be better if it worked with the existing GH guitars for Wii.

Twili
Twili

I've never heard of XS games before... They are probably just trying to ride the music-game wave.

sweetlyanimated
sweetlyanimated

You guys forget kids play games to. It may not be the regular rated M games that you guys are use to but it will sell to the younger crowd. Also everyone isn't into heavy metal.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

something for the mtv brain-dead crowd, good luck against RB2 and GH:wt maroon 5 wtf??

bbjones98
bbjones98

EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

simonromano2007
simonromano2007

@dr wang actually WT copied rock band so... still this game will be a complete fail

theking85
theking85

i think they are targeting the wrong demographic here. most people that play guitar hero and the like are not young enough to be into this kind of music.

greedom
greedom

I guess it would be good for.. I dunno, kids who are into that kind of music but I doubt it will be taken seriously or become competition for the ones already on the market.

weisguy119
weisguy119

There's clearly a market for the music. I'm sure there will be a market for the game as well. Not every video game nerd (and I include myself in that) is a metalhead. It's not my kind of music, but "pop" music is short for popular music. Popular = sales.

black_ice23
black_ice23

I see the future... *looks into crystal* what is it... its foggy but but i see it Ep .. epi EPIC FAIL lol as soon as i saw jonas and cyrus it was doomed from the start *sigh*

aBathingApe_
aBathingApe_

Tubba; its the wii and the ps2, were you expecting god of war 2 in a rhythm game by XS. Uhhh, no. anyways, this game will sell, but it will not cater to the same crowd that GH/RB cater to. More to the crowd they cater to on the Wii (the family, etc). Young teen girls who enjoy listening to (god knows why) Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Bros.

GreggD
GreggD

@Doctorwang: Dude, Rock Band came before World Tour...

gnbfd
gnbfd

RB2-WIN GH:WT-EPIC WIN This-WTF????

tubbablubba
tubbablubba

Uh... I think it might sell actually... No one I know would dare buy it. but it could find a niche oh and why are the graphics so simple...

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

... no. Guitar Hero and Rock Band copying each other is bad enough, this game is like the wannabe that wants to be better than both by doing something neither would do because it's stupid.

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

great now more bad rhythym games copying world tour...rock band, then rock revolution now this??wtf this game is gonna SUCK...

IpodHero176
IpodHero176

I'll just stick to Rock Band 2.........

zaveline
zaveline

The Songs are very Bad for a music rhythm Game the Graphics look like crap and the gameplay will suck this will fail on the first day of launch Rock Revolution and this game is going to suck the songs are also terrible

zaveline
zaveline

The Songs are very Bad for a music rhythm Game the Graphics look like crap and the gameplay will suck this will fail on the first day of launch Rock Revolution and this game is going to suck the songs are also terrible

zaveline
zaveline

The Jonas Brothers Suck Maroon 5 suck and Miley Cyrus Sucks This is going to be a crappy Game

meinink2y
meinink2y

Wait...three different colored gems?

DJ_5
DJ_5

Wait what?

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

hmm apart from a different look, this game is just like an expansion pack. it's just more songs you can play.(although i doubt the songs will be as difficult as dragonforce)

Wiggles14
Wiggles14

wow this looks absoultuley crap

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Not only do they have the best music but look at the graphics! Move over RB2 and GH here comes PopStar!!! Whahoo!!! /sarcasm If this sells, humanity has hit a new low.

MonkeyWrench127
MonkeyWrench127

Man... the music game genre has become the new FPS...