So I bought it. I was pumped.
I like it quite a bit!
My history with the DC game goes as follows: I bought the game later on, went out of my way to get some 3rd party maracas since I could find no affordable official ones on eBay, and then those would only work about 50% of the time. Granted, that 50% was substantial fun, but after all the set-up and anticipation, it was very disappointing to not be able to enjoy the game to it's fullest.
Cut to today with Samba De Amigo on Wii: A major plus is the fact I can play it without flipping through some shady Engrish instructions to set up a controller that may not even work during a playthrough. However, that's only a personal plus and I've no idea how godly accurate the SEGA maracas were.
I feel the controls work well. But
the off brand "Samba Samba" maraca add-ons that I walked out of Best Buy with (because they only cost $5 with purchase of the game and I figured "Why not?") are ESSENTIAL to have on playing at higher difficulties. In my experience, they add just the right amount of heft so that you're tilting your controllers and shaking without snapping the remote out of the proper tilt. Feels more solid, and it allows plenty of freedom to groove so long as you keep the controller buttons facing up. Without them it is very easy to shake the Wiimote right into the next level up or down, so you need to be careful(which is hard because if you don't shake enough
, the game won't recognize it at all.) There's also something satisfying about hearing the real maraca sound that the speaker just can't pull off.
They should have included these things with the game to start with... which in fact they are! In Europe. They are official Sega shells that look much, much better.
Plus they're including two of each, so you don't have to do the awkward one-remote one-maraca-covered-remote thing I'm doing right now.
So I say that the game is very fun if you have the proper equipment. I would recommend 2 remotes and 2 remote maraca shells. Nunchuk will work, but feels very restricting.
Now of course I hope that the developers mess around with MotionPlus and improve controls some for a sequel(or a DL patch for this one? Wishful thinking.). It'd be swell not to have to explain a bunch of particulars in order to enjoy this game properly on any difficulty. If it's any consolation, Easy and Normal modes are slow enough that anyone should be able to enjoy it regardless of control scheme choice. I want Samba Wii to do well... it's obvious GearBox put work into the presentation and loved making it. It deserves to be a great party game and Wii seems like the platform to give it that chance since there isn't the high entry fee there was on DC. I'm going to show the game to my family and friends, even if all they do is play around in Easy mode. In a sense, that's probably the right way to go about it. This game was made to play while you're drunk and hanging out with friends. It's not fucking GH3 Through the Fire and the Flames.
I just "get it" I guess. The best thing I can tell you is to give the game a try and see what you think.