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The makers of Guitar Hero introduce an entirely fresh and innovative way to experience music. DJ Hero features an amazing variety of music across genres - tracks that you love and reflect who you are. Using an authentic turntable controller, you will spin and scratch more than 102 songs into unique mixes and become the life of the party. Get ready for a whole new phenomena in music.


Manufacturer Activision Blizzard
Mfg Part# 96196
SKU 216680643
UPC 047875961968
UPC 14 00047875961968
Format Wii
Review Outstanding video games stick with you long after the console's shut off. They invade dreams, prevent work from getting done and even wreck havoc on one's social life, so it's no surprise that we can't stop thinking about Activision's DJ Hero. In fact, we wrote this review at 36,000 feet, next to a laptop bag containing movies, magazines and a PSP full of games, and we'd trade all of it (except the laptop) for a few hours of scratching, especially if that meant transforming the plane's cabin into a club with neon lights, girls in skintight clothes and lots of drinks. We just can't get this incredible game out of our heads...Soundtracks define music games, and DJ Hero has the best (no offense to The Beatles). Activision partnered up with renowned DJs (like DJ Shadow and Grandmaster Flash) to create 93 original mixes using songs from popular artists, such as Jay Z, Black Eyed Peas, The Jackson 5, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Eminem and Bell Biv Devoe. We cannot stress how amazing these mixes are. Previous music games (Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band 2) all have a few duds that draw criticism from the respective communities, and somehow, Activision managed to not only leap that hurdle with DJ Hero, but also embarrass the competition (and itself) in the process. There are literally no bad songs on the disc. Even the strange pairings (50 Cent's "Disco Inferno" vs. David Bowie's "Let's Dance") had us tapping our feet...The game also has a dazzling display of sights to behold, mostly clubs with people raising the roof, but you'll also spy hot babes swinging glow sticks, the DJ getting down with his bad self and plenty of lights zipping across the playfield. To passersby, it will literally look and sound like you transformed your place into a club; we expect concerned neighbors to eventually call the cops. There's no reason to invite friends over and play music off your iPod. Just create a custom set list in the video game and do your best DJ impersonation; to hear the music without playing, choose Party Play Mode...Guitar Hero usually receives most of the headlines (and rightfully so), but DJ Hero is without question Activision's coolest rhythm game. The turntable has its drawbacks (it's a bit small for larger folks), but that soundtrack will give you a new appreciation for music and perhaps satisfy your DJ fantasy. Just don't pass this off as another game with a useless peripheral. It's one of the sweetest, most original games we've played in a long time. Now excuse us while we sit on this plane and read a stupid magazine.
Reviewer Chris Buffa
ReviewRating 9
Review For many, exactly what a DJ does up in that DJ booth at the club is a mystery. But now you can find out with DJ Hero, the latest in the never-ending line of Hero games from Activision. Because this is a new type of music game, there's a lot to explain, but let's get this out of the way first: DJ Hero is fantastic. It's one of the best games I've played this year and one of the best music games I've ever played. Hopefully you've saved space for one more plastic instrument in your living room, because you're gonna' want to have DJ Hero on hand for your next party...DJ Hero goes back to the simpler times of music games before there were world tours and fans to earn. You work through tiers of songs and unlock new mixes, characters, and costumes by earning stars -- but that's pretty much all you have to worry about. This simple design puts the focus on the music, which is excellent. DJ Hero has one of the best and certainly most diverse track lists of any music game. Unless you listen to country music exclusively, you will find songs here you love...For multiplayer you can fire up two turntables or you can add a guitar on a few select tracks so that one player can rock the turntable and the other can just rock. Guitar and turntable mode is fun but the dual turntable battles are a little disappointing because each player controls identical parts of the song. With Guitar Hero we're used to being able to select guitar or bass so that each player is contributing something different to the performance. There are a bunch of turntable crews out there that perform with multiple people manipulating multiple records, so hopefully that can be added for the DJ Hero sequel...In an overcrowded genre of music games, DJ Hero resides at the very top with the best of 'em. The original mixes are stunning and scratching the turntable is just as fun as it seems. It's not as full-featured as Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero 5, but the simpler presentation really works in its favor. Like an '80s arcade, mixmasters will be gunning for those high scores on the leaderboards. A little headroom has been left for improvement with a sequel, particularly in the head-to-head battles and the way leaderboards display scores. But DJ Hero is already the most exciting music game around and is guaranteed to get the party started. To paraphrase Run DMC: gosh darn that DJ made my day.
Reviewer Daemon Hatfield
ReviewRating 9
2-DJ: Battle your friends or spin cooperatively in local and online multiplayer.
DJ and Guitar: Grab your Guitar Hero guitar (sold separately) and rock exclusive mixes with a DJ.
Effects Dial: Similar to Guitar Hero's Whammy Bar, adjust the audio effects on a track during special sections.
Euphoria Mode: Similar to Guitar Hero's Star Power, build up your Euphoria Meter and use it to double your score multiplier.
Featuring the Hottest Music: Includes the best of Hip-Hop, Pop, Dance, and Rock mixed into original tracks created by top DJs: Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Z Trip, DJ AM, and others.
Mix: Crossfade between the left track and right track.
Party Mode: Set the game to autoplay as the soundtrack of your party ? players can jump in or out at any time.
Rewind: Hit enough notes in a row to earn a Rewind, allowing you to replay a section of the song and earn more points or repeat your favorite part of the song.
Sample: Customize your mix by selecting and dropping in sound effects.
Scratch: Show you skills by scratching the turntable back and forth.
Spin Lefty: Easily reconfigure the turntable for left-handed play.
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 96196
Manufacturer Activision Blizzard, Inc
Product Name DJ Hero 1
Package Type Retail
Brand Name Activision
Platform Supported Wii
Features Access Unprecedented Music Variety: Mix and scratch over 102 individual songs, highlighted in over 93 exclusive new mixes that blend genres of music, including hip-hop, electronica, R&B, Motown, pop, and rock. DJ Hero brings the hottest artists including: Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Justice, Marvin Gaye, Beastie Boys, N.E.R.D, and more. Experience Music in a Revolutionary Way: The DJ Hero turntable controller immerses you into authentic DJ culture allowing you to scratch, cross-fade, and beat match. Customize your mix with a variety of effects and samples transforming a face in the crowd into the life of the party. Rule the Hottest Parties: Where Guitar Hero brought gamers into the world of rock 'n' roll, DJ Hero brings you into the hottest scenes around. Party in venues reminiscent of real world locales from around the globe including an ultra plush and sexy Hollywood Hills style mansion to an open air beach club in Ibiza. Party with Your Friends: Features online and offline multiplayer competitive and cooperative modes.
Software Name DJ Hero 1
Software Sub Type Entertainment
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Maximum Number of Players Supported 2
Multiplayer Supported Yes
Network Compatible Yes
Release Date 2009-10-27
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Game Format Nintendo Wii
Game Genre Simulation
Max # of Players 2
Andrew Bistak, addictively entertaining game that contains quite a decent track listing. As much fun as Guitar Hero - and perfect for any party.
Jay Acevedo, DJ Hero deserves a serious look.
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