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Ultimate Band
Developer(s) Fall Line Studios
Publisher(s) Disney Interactive Studios
Distributor(s) EA Distribution
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Wii
Release date(s) NA November 25, 2008
EU Q4 2008
Genre(s) Music video game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: E10+
PEGI: 12+

Ultimate Band is a music video game for the Nintendo DS & Wii. It is developed by Fall Line Studios, and published by Disney Interactive Studios.



Ultimate Band allows players to play guitar, drums, bass or be the front man or woman in a band (though vocals are not supported).[1] The Wii version follows the fortunes of an upstart rock band, with the player building the career of their customizable character, unlocking bonus songs, venues and accessories.[2]

Ultimate Band forgoes the use of specialized peripherals such as guitar and drum controllers, relying mainly on the Wii Remote and Nunchuk for the Wii version, and the touch screen and stylus for the DS version. For example, to play notes on guitar in the Wii version the player must press a button combination on the Nunchuk while strumming the Wii Remote up and down.[1] The DS version, based on Hannah Montana: Music Jam's code base,[3] will also allow players to create and record their own songs,[2] and have greater song customization options.[1]

Ultimate Band features support for Disney Interactive's DGamer community network.[4] The game will also feature connectivity between the Wii and DS versions, with DS players being able to control stage lighting and effects using the touch screen while a band performs on the Wii.[3]


The Wii version of game features over 30 songs which comprise "a broad selection of current hits and all-time rock favorites" by "some of the biggest names in rock, alternative, popular, emo, and indie rock music".[2] The DS version only contains 15 songs, 10 from the Wii soundtrack and 5 exclusive to the DS.[3]

All songs are cover versions in order to better tweak the music to fit with the game, to self-censor explicit lyrics, and to allow both male and female vocalists.[5]

Song title Artist Wii DS
"All Day and All of the Night" The Kinks YesY YesY
"All Right Now" Free YesY -
"All Star" Smash Mouth - YesY
"Always Where I Need to Be" The Kooks YesY -
"Anna Molly" Incubus YesY -
"Beverly Hills" Weezer YesY -
"Break On Through" The Doors YesY YesY
"Call Me" Blondie - YesY
"Club Foot" Kasabian YesY -
"Complicated" Avril Lavigne YesY -
"Crushcrushcrush" Paramore YesY -
"Dashboard" Modest Mouse YesY -
"Debaser" Pixies YesY -
"Fell in Love With a Girl" The White Stripes YesY -
"First Date" Blink-182 YesY YesY
"Get the Party Started" Pink YesY -
"Girl's Not Grey" AFI YesY -
"Hanging on the Telephone" Blondie YesY -
"Helena" My Chemical Romance YesY -
"Hold On" Jonas Brothers YesY YesY
"I Want You To Want Me" Cheap Trick YesY -
"In Too Deep" Sum 41 YesY -
"Just" Radiohead YesY -
"Just What I Needed" The Cars YesY YesY
"Move Along" The All-American Rejects YesY YesY
"My Generation" The Who YesY YesY
"Nine in the Afternoon" Panic! At The Disco - YesY
"Our Time Now" Plain White T's YesY YesY
"Rock Lobster" The B-52's YesY YesY
"Somebody Told Me" The Killers YesY -
"Song 2" Blur YesY -
"Steady, As She Goes" The Raconteurs YesY YesY
"Stumble and Fall" Razorlight YesY -
"The Take Over, the Breaks Over" Fall Out Boy YesY YesY
"Unconditional" The Bravery YesY -
"When Did Your Heart Go Missing?" Rooney YesY -
"Whip It" Devo YesY YesY
"Won't Go Home Without You" Maroon 5 YesY -

Reception gave the game a D grade, believing the Remote-based controls felt "disconnected" and that the soundtrack was "anemic", with "generic, sometimes embarrassing vocalists".[6] GameSpot was more positive, scoring it a 6.0/10 and praising the game's family-friendly presentation and use of both male and female vocals being recorded for each song, yet were less impressed by its "finicky" controls and unreliable gesture recognition.[7]

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