Amigo sambaing Sept. 23, DLC to follow

Gearbox's remake of Sega's classic Latin-flavored rhythm game Samba de Amigo will begin to boogie next month; title will be first Wii rhythm game with downloadable content.


One day after Fallout 3 was dated, another of 2008's more anticipated games has been put on the calendar. This afternoon, Sega announced that Samba de Amigo, the forthcoming Wii remake of its arcade and Dreamcast classic, will ship on September 23 in North America. In Europe, the E for Everyone-rated title will ship several days earlier on September 19.

Announced late last year, Samba de Amigo is being developed by Gearbox Software, the Texan shop best known for shooters such as Brothers in Arms and the forthcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines. Originally set for release this spring, the Latin-music-themed game will swap out its original maraca peripherals in exchange for the Wii Remote. Several players can use one or two Wii Remotes or opt for a Wii Remote/Nunchuck combo to control the Sombero-sportin' monkeys onscreen.

Sega used the ship-date announcement to reveal the game's full song list, which will include more than 40 tracks. Among these will be 21 tracks from the original Samba de Amigo, including Chuck Rio's "Tequila," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," and The Gypsy Kings' rendition of "Volare." The game will also include 20 new tracks, including War's "Low Rider," Santana's "Oye Como Va," and Miami Sound Machine's "Conga." Among the new tracks are several non-Latin hip-shaking offerings, including Harry Belafonte's "Jump in the Line" and Deee-Lite's "Groove is in the Heart." Roughly three-quarters of the songs will be cover versions.

Last but not least, Samba de Amigo will also be the first Wii title to offer downloadable content. The first track pack will launch day and date with the game, and will contain three songs: Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5," Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy," and Jet's "Are You Going to Be My Girl?" Pricing for the pack has yet to be finalized.

A complete track listing for Samba de Amigo is below.

Original Samba de Amigo tracks:

Vamos a Carnaval – WaveMaster*
Volare – Gypsy Kings
Hot Hot Hot – Arrow*
Salome – Chayanne*
Tubthumping – Chumbawumba*
The Cup of Life – R. Martin*
Samba de Janeiro – Bellini
Mambo Beat – Perez Prado*
Livin' La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin*
Bamboleo – Gipsy Kings
Take On Me – Reel Big Fish
El Ritmo Tropical – Dixie's Gang*
Macarena – Los Del Rio*
La Bamba – Ritchie Valens*
Tequila – Chuck Rio*
Soul Bossa Nova – Quincy Jones
Samba de Amigo – Bellini
Gonna Fly Now (The Theme from Rocky) – Bill Conti*
Mas Que Nada – Jorge Ben*
Sway – Gimbel and Ruiz*
El Mambo - Solemar

New Wii-Exclusive Songs:

Baila Me – Gipsy Kings
Papa Loves Mambo – Perry Como*
Mambo No. 8 – Perez Prado
Conga – Miami Sound Machine*
Low Rider – War
Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega*
Oye Como Va – Santana*
Asereje – Las Ketchup*
Arriba Allez – Bellini
Magalenha – Bellini and Mondonca Do Rio
Ran Kan Ran – Tito Puento*
Groove is in the Heart – Dee Lite
Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte*
Do it Well – Jennifer Lopez*
Como Ves – Ozomatli
Cha Cha – Chelo
Pon de Replay – Rihanna
Smooth – Santana*
Mexican Flyer – Ken Woodman*
Borriquito – Charo
Un Aguardiente – WaveGroup
Solo Tu – WaveGroup
Tango With Me – WaveGroup

* = Cover version.

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sorry for the triple post, but they should make an update on brawl... so we can get characters n stages. HERE COMES A PETITION!!!!!

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still looks good!!! hehe

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dlc is soooooooo late. what about ssbb and rock band????? :(

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dark_being, Phoenix Wright has some great writing.

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Haha looks like one of the better Wii titles, and that isn't excatly a compliment.

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hmmm, looks ok ... cara, isso parece nao valer nada XD

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Having DLC is great and all, but what if there is no place to put it?

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Gearbox is a talented developer. It's good to see them working on multiple games at once. Samba de Amigo was good on the Dreamcast it should rock even more in a gaming industry that now respects rythem games

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Now that’s cool! The WII motes will work very well with this game. I had the original for the Sega Dreamcast, but I couldn’t find the version with the maracas. I just pounded on the controller buttons ‘till my thumbs bled. It was still fun though. The game, not the thumbs bleeding part.

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I like the amount of support that SEGA is giving to the Wii.

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Where is Baila Morena ? :'(

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The only downside I see is there are way too many cover songs...

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Sooo buying, and soo relieved to finally see DLC

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Lol... 99% of those songs aren't samba music style... there's only one brazilian song and that's a cover... mambo, tango, rumba and all that latin stuff, but likely zero samba...

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YESSSSS! Samba De Amigo kicked butt! I didn't even know that this was on the Wii calendar. It's just made my day :)

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Im gonna buy this game!!! Especially for the downloadable content!!!! ^_^

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Gearbox making a rhythm game? what's next, capcom releasing a game with good dialog?

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I want some Sonic songs in this game. after all, Sonic himself will be in this game along with Green Hill Zone. DLC will make all kinds of great songs possible to have in this game.

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Looks great. I love having all these cool DC games coming over to the Wii.

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Tremblay343...why so serious? Anyways...downloadable content?!?! Why wasn't this introduced with Brawl?

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Sambe is quite possibly my favorite game from the N64-Xbox period. It seriously was that good. Revolutionized gaming for me. This is awesome

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Wry so serious, Tremblay343? SAMBASAMBA AIAYAAYYAAYYAAH!!

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Genial, primero en mi lista

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DLC! Hell Yeah! Oh and i might just get this game just for Take on Me.

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Oye Como Va q rico, bueno pa gozar

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First one was a great game, let's hope this one doesnt disappoint.

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Looks pretty weird...especially seeing gearbox make this. Don't think I'll be picking this game up