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Samba De Amigo Once upon a time there was a little music/rhythm game from Sega called Samba De Amigo.  Players were cast as a smiley monkey named Amigo and tasked with shaking special maraca controllers to the beat of the latin music.  Think of it like a Dance Dance Revolution experience that involves moving your arms instead of your legs.  Amigo stood out as one of the Sega Dreamcast's popular titles, but aside from cameos from Amigo in a variety of other Sega games, the series itself has largely been dormant for nearly a decade.  At least, until now.  Samba De Amigo is headed for the Nintendo Wii later this month, and while the maracas have been traded for the Wii remote and nunchuk, the core gameplay supposedly remains the same.  You say you can't wait that long to get your monkey music going?  Check out this little web widget game that not only familiarizes the concept for new players, but also will cause finger cramps after a few rounds.

I would think this new Amigo title would sell well on the Wii considering that the casual audience loves music games and longtime Amigo fans are eager to dive in all over again.  One would hope that the game is actually fun, too.  Lots of folks had high hopes for the return of NiGHTS this generation and we remember how that one turned out...

If you're interested in the songs that will be available in the new Amigo, then read on:

Returning Classic songs from the original Samba de Amigo:

  • 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
  • The Theme of Rocky – Bill Conti*
  • Mas Que Nada – Jorge Ben*
  • Sway – Gimbel and Ruiz*
  • El Mambo – Solemar

All-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

* Denotes the song is performed by a cover band