Harmonix has in many ways built its business on delivering weekly downloadable content to supplement its flagship rhythm franchise, Rock Band. Unfortunately, those transactions were limited to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, two systems with a combined installed base that will soon be eclipsed by Nintendo's Wii.
Beginning in January, Harmonix did at last open its DLC store to owners of Nintendo's system, promising that content previously released on other consoles would eventually arrive for the Wii. This week, Harmonix makes good on those words, saying The Cars' self-titled 1978 debut album will available for Wii Rock Band 2 owners on February 24. The album made its debut on Microsoft's and Sony's systems in May 2008.
The Cars' album packs eight songs, and it excludes "Just What I Needed," which was individually released onto the Wii Rock Band Store in January. All of the songs must be purchased separately at a rate of 200 Wii points ($2.00). The downloadable set list is as follows:
"Good Times Roll"
"My Best Friend's Girl"
"I'm in Touch With Your World"
"Don't Cha Stop"
"You're All I've Got Tonight"
"Bye Bye Love"
"Moving in Stereo"
"All Mixed Up"
Unfortunately, Harmonix's weekly Wii updates have not yet caught up to its Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts. This week, the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of the game will see the addition of eight songs. For country fans, Harmonix has on offer Drive By Truckers' "3 Dimes Down," Lucinda Williams' "Can't Let Go," Neko Case's "People Got a Lot of Nerve," Old 97's "Time Bomb (Live)," and Steve Earle's "Satellite Radio." The weekly update also includes three tracks from Jimmy Eat World: "Futures," "Lucky Denver Mint," and "Sweetness."
Each track can be purchased individually for $1.99 (160 Microsoft points). Alternatively, the Alt Country Pack can be had for $8.49 (680 Microsoft points), while the Jimmy Eat World Pack costs $5.49 (440 Microsoft points).