Activision Reveals Guitar Hero: On Tour for Nintendo DS
Who didn't see this coming?
It was inevitable: Guitar Hero, developed by Vicarious Visions, is heading to the Nintendo DS.
To make it work on handhelds, Activision will be including the Guitar Hero Guitar Grip, which plugs directly into the Game Boy Advance port. A special guitar pick stylus will also be included as the game will use the touch screen Jam Session style. No words yet as to whether or not Activision will release patch to block other games from using its accessories.
"We are continuing to introduce new and exciting ways to bring music to audiences with Guitar Hero," said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane. "The Guitar Hero Guitar Grip redefines how games can be played on handheld systems and the integration of the microphone and touch screen gameplay on the DS, further illustrates Guitar Hero's leadership in delivering the most unique and creative quality hardware and software on the market."
"We're designing Guitar Hero: On Tour from the ground up to take full advantage of the DS platform by integrating signature gameplay with fresh new content and DS specific features," said Karthik Bala, CEO of Vicarious Visions. "We've taken all of our learnings on the DS platform to date and pushed it to the limits to create a truly innovative Guitar Hero experience."
New to the Nintendo DS version is the ability to sign your autograph on fan's shirts and, when the pyrotechnics go out of hand, blow into the microphone to stop the fire. Not exactly the kinds of innovations fans of the series were hoping for.
Other than those features, On Tour stays faithful to the best-selling franchise. You still play songs from popular bands like Nirvana, No Doubt and OK Go in venues. In addition, you can also play friends, competitively and cooperatively.
Guitar Hero: On Tour is scheduled for a summer release on the Nintendo DS. I would like to go out on a limb and predict the game will sell gangbusters. In the mean time, you can check out the first screens below.