Wii Rock Band store launches

First batch of long-awaited DLC for Nintendo's console includes 20 free tracks like "Magnetic Baby" and "Like a Fool," 30 $2 offerings such as "Perfect Drug" and "Message in a Bottle."

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Rock Band has done just fine on the Wii, with the original selling more than 810,000 units in the US as of November 30, according to the NPD Group. Rock Band 2 for the Wii was released December 18, so sales data will not be available until tomorrow's NPD report. Critical reception has been positive, though, with the game scoring a Metacritic average of 92.

However, besides the obvious graphical limitations, the Wii edition of Harmonix and MTV Games' popular musician simulator has had one major deficiency when compared to its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts: It didn't receive the downloadable content releases that arrive each week on the other consoles. Speaking at last week's Consumer Electronics Show, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos said some 30 million Rock Band and Rock Band 2 songs have been downloaded to date. During his company's CES keynote address, Microsoft Entertainment & Devices chief Robbie Bach asserted that the vast majority were on the 360.

This week, though, the game changed. Yesterday evening, Harmonix confirmed that the Rock Band store for the Wii is now live. Initially, the store will offer 50 tracks for download--20 numbers from lesser-known acts for free and 30 tracks from more major artists for 200 Nintendo points ($2) a pop. The 20 free songs were made available to PS3 and 360 fans on November 4 via a code that came with Rock Band 2.

The 50-song set list is just the beginning, according to Harmonix's manager of Community Development, Sean Baptiste. "In the coming weeks and months we will be adding more songs from the back catalog to catch Wii users up with other systems," he said in a forum post announcing the launch.

Given the Wii boasts only 512MB of internal storage capacity, gamers planning to take full advantage of the store will have to pick up an SD card to store the songs. Hoping to take advantage of the game's name recognition, SanDisk announced at CES that it will release a Rock Band-branded 2GB SD card (pictured) in the spring for $12.99. The Rock Band SD card can also store other Wii game data, just as non-branded SD cards can store Rock Band songs.

A full list of the Wii Rock Band store's initial offerings is below.

PREMIUM SONGS (200 points each)
30 Seconds to Mars / The Kill
All-American Rejects / Move Along
Avenged Sevenfold / Afterlife
Black Tide / Shockwave
Blink-182 / All the Small Things
Blondie / Call Me
Boston / More Than a Feeling
Boston / Rock & Roll Band
Disturbed / Inside the Fire
Fall Out Boy / This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
Jimmy Buffett / Cheeseburger in Paradise
Lynyrd Skynyrd / Simple Man
Metallica / And Justice for All
Motley Crue / Saints of Los Angeles
Muse / Hysteria
Nine Inch Nails / The Perfect Drug
Oasis / Wonderwall
Papa Roach / Time Is Running Out
Paramore / Crushcrushcrush
Red Hot Chili Peppers / Snow (( Hey Oh ))
Rush / Working Man (vault edition)
Serj Tankian / Beethoven's C***
Smashing Pumpkins / Zero
Stone Temple Pilots / Interstate Love Song
Stone Temple Pilots / Sex Type Thing
The Offspring / Hammerhead
The Police / Message in a Bottle
The Who / Baba O'Riley
Weezer / Buddy Holly
Weezer / El Scorcho

FREE SONGS
88, The / Sons & Daughters
Authority Zero / No Regrets
Between the Buried & Me / Prequel to the Sequel
Cab, The / Bounce
Chevelles The, / Get It On
Cocktail Slippers, The / Give It to Me
Dealership / Database Corrupted
Endeverafter / I Wanna Be Your Man
Ghost Hounds / Ashes to Fire
Hollywood Undead / Young
Kutless / The Feeling
Len Price 3, The / If I Ain't Got You
Lesley Roy / I'm Gone I'm Going
Opiate for the Masses / Burn You Down
Semi-Precious Weapons / Magnetic Baby
Shaimus / Like a Fool
thenewno2 / Crazy Tuesday
Tickle Me Pink / The Time Is Wrong
Underoath / Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
X Japan / I.V.

Discussion

63 comments
jjr10
jjr10

2 dollars a song is so much imo. But even so, i'm holding out for this when it gets released in pal territories..

necronaux
necronaux

Hey, the 20 free tracks would be great... IF there was anything I even remotely wanted.

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

Wow, this is pretty cool and a good idea. I just picked up my Rock Band 2 for my Wii and some new tunes would be awesome. Didn't take Nintendo long to get caught up.

King3rs
King3rs

I see... Muse - Hysteria? Really!? I want this for the Wii now. :D That bass is crazzy.

defwil
defwil

@ mjc0961: You know, with a little bit of research you can get 8, 16, even 32 gb sd cards to work on Wii. I have a 32 gb sdhc card in my Wii right now. So ya, storage is NOT a problem for me

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

@abeard: the wii won't need to be shipped for repairs as often so the one year headstart is mandatory for the rrod360.

everlong12
everlong12

I got a 2GB SD card when I first got my Wii and my wife had a few 2GB ones from her digital camera. Now they don't work on her new one so I have storage. Anyone know if they are gonna do something with the Track Packs and letting people redeem the track pack one songs for free? I already paid for half those songs

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

Between the Buried & Me are awesome. Glad that it's free and more people will be able to discover them.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

lol rockband 2 SD card ... i wonder how many nub saps are going to go spend 20$ extra on that crap and get the same thing you can get online for 9.99$

diablo_del_bano
diablo_del_bano

Now, if only Nintendo would add HD support to the Wii... Honestly, I don't understand why they don't either add support for USB external HDs (because if I remember right, the Wii has USB ports) or make their own proprietary HD like Microsoft did.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

sd cards are cheaper the hdds, so get more lol, then one,

shrink45
shrink45

Authority Zero? I was DEFINITELY not expecting that! It's good to hear that AZ sound is coming to a game like this :) I love this band.

vtbob88
vtbob88

finally, I have a ps3...mainly for rockband and bluray, but I play my wii more because the games are more fun, the ones that time are put into atleast, and Im glad to see that it is getting more online attention

Zevlar
Zevlar

I DLed some songs last night and they worked like a charm. I'm just glad the 30 they chose included the ones I wanted. =)

funsohng
funsohng

x japan? whoa i didnt expect that

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

Finally. And too late. I had the Wii for 2 years now but I got a X360 a few months ago for Rock Band. Like many others below.

dareough
dareough

im sure they will be adding new songs weekly or every two weeks i hope at least

dareough
dareough

ya i think 2009 is going to be the first year for the wii with some good "hardcore" games like the conduit and madworld

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

This is pretty great. I am looking to get a rhythm game for Wii so this makes a big difference. Guitar Hero was going to be a gimme, but now Rock Band is a serious contender. 2009, the start of more hardcore attention on Wii? I think maybe so.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

Nice. More reason mow to get Rock Band for my Wii.:D

abeard424
abeard424

congrats to all the wii players, now you know what us 360 players have had for over a year

weisguy119
weisguy119

No DLC for the first Rock Band on the Wii was a deal-breaker for me. I purchased an Xbox 360 so I could get the full Rock Band experience. I still have the Wii, but it rarely gets played because 90% of the games for it are shovelware. Still, I'm happy for those who only own a Wii. Their Rock Band experience will be much better with DLC.

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

i have 124 downloads or so on rock band 2 for 360. my favorite game so far this generation.

scar-hawk
scar-hawk

Lol @ The free songs. Never heard of these songs... Database Corrupted? Agreed.

puablo
puablo

I hope that RB on the Wii actually lets you run songs off of the SD card directly. Otherwise this would still suck.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

FYI, the Wii supports other 3rd party SD cards as well. 2GB cards are cheap, you should be able to find them for $10 or less. Official PS2 memory cards are still $25 for 8MB!

chego720
chego720

Well, I have the PS3 one, but it's great the Wii owners can use the great RB DLC service now. It's also great to see the Wii's online evolving, wonder how it's gonna advance this year. Yes, I have a Wii and a PS3

I1yodsyo1I
I1yodsyo1I

Better reason now to get RB2 for the Wii.

D_West
D_West

(m. bison) : yes! yes!

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Lots of my friends have the Wii, and steered clear from Rock Band cause they couldn't get their free DLC. I hope that you can use ANY SD card.

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

My one gripe about the wii, only 512mb of storage, they should have at least put in a 20 gig hard drive so you wouldn't have to manage data constantly.

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

Weird, a lot of these songs were availible in packs on the 360 and ps3.

enix165
enix165

I'm getting the 360 version, but this is great anyways. And Tylendal, you've never heard a SINGLE song on either list? O_O What do you listen to? XD

Kougeru
Kougeru

needs more X Japan than just that...best band on the whole list

SoNin360
SoNin360

lol i see why the free songs are free... never even heard of any of those..

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

dont get too happy about the 20 free songs. your still gonna have to spend that money to buy an SD card. lol

zaveline
zaveline

I Just Downloaded Prequel To The Sequel Inside The Fire And and Justice For All i gotta say this is a good thing for Wii Users Sucks Though We Need To Use SD Cards but its pretty awesome and whats good that we get DLC Weekly Which is good