Karaoke for Really, Really Shy People

Usually, when you sing karaoke in Japan, you either sing it in a bar, or at a room at a karaoke parlor, or maybe somebody's house. But those ways involve other people. And what if you don't like other people? There's this. » 3/10/15 6:00am 3/10/15 6:00am

Finally! Convenience Store with Karaoke Opens in Japan This Month

Japan is famous for its convenience stores. They're so, um, convenient. The country is also famous for karaoke parlors. And this month, they're finally coming together. Literally. » 4/07/14 7:20am 4/07/14 7:20am

Want To Be Alone? Here's a $600 Cardboard Box

Maybe you want privacy. Or maybe you want to sing karaoke or talk online. Or maybe you want to be alone. Good news, there's a box for you. A six hundred dollar box. » 10/31/13 4:30am 10/31/13 4:30am

A Game That Might Actually Make Karaoke Fun For Everyone

Karaoke is fun for some. For many, though, even with booze involved, it tends to be an exercise in fear and awkwardness. So hopefully this new card game can help. » 10/23/13 3:00am 10/23/13 3:00am

Joysound Dive Turns Your PS3 into a 90,000 Song Karaoke Machine

There are more than a few Karaoke video games out there, from Karaoke Revolution » 2/01/13 6:00am 2/01/13 6:00am to to . Each of these games come with dozens of songs per disk—and some allow for more songs to be purchased as DLC. But goes a step beyond these and quite literally takes the Japanese Karaoke experience right to your living room with…

This Karaoke Game Has More Than a Few Game Tunes (Can You Name Them?)

Calling Karaoke "popular" in Japan is like calling water "wet." Places where you can rent your own Karaoke room (for small or large groups) cover Japan's metropolitan landscape and nearly every bar has an aging Karaoke machine that sees nightly use.


So of course, Karaoke video games are nothing new. However,… » 1/29/13 8:00am 1/29/13 8:00am

Microsoft's New Xbox Game Charges By The Hour

Microsoft very quietly announced a new Xbox Live Arcade game today called Karaoke. On the surface, it sounds rather harmless; partnering with The Karaoke Channel, it lets users stream around 8000 songs from a central library, and you can use SmartGlass to queue up tracks and save a favourites list. » 11/19/12 11:30pm 11/19/12 11:30pm

Wii Karaoke U By Itself Doesn't Sell Me on the Wii U, But It's Close

The Wii U will be hitting stores in Japan on December 8th, almost a month after its launch in the US and over a week after its release in Europe and Australia. Not exactly to make up for the delay, Nintendo announced last week a preinstalled game that will be included in Japanese Wii U's, Nintendo x JOYSOUND Wii… » 11/15/12 7:30am 11/15/12 7:30am

SingStar Goes "Free to Play," From a Certain Point of View

You still need a microphone to play it, and yes, you'll have to pay for one if you don't already have it. But it appears SingStar, the venerable PlayStation karaoke title, is going free-to-play, according to a message screen popping up now. » 10/13/12 6:00pm 10/13/12 6:00pm

Don't Be Shy. You Can Sing Alone in a Kickass Space Pod!

Much of Japanese social life revolves around three things: Eating, drinking, and karaoke. Maybe you're a pro at eating and can hold your own with the bottle, but what to do when you cannot carry a tune? » 11/22/11 3:00am 11/22/11 3:00am

What Do the Wii U and Karaoke Have in Common?

Nintendo's new home console Wii U has a controller with a large touch screen. In the gaming world, it's unusual—unique, even. But not in Japanese karaoke. » 6/08/11 7:20am 6/08/11 7:20am

Connie Talbot Goes Over The Rainbow On The Wii

Currently sitting atop the Billboard singles charts like a tiny six year old queen, Britains Got Talent nearly-winner and angel-voiced British Invasion '08 munchkin Connie Talbot is to get her very own Wii game. » 12/11/08 6:20pm 12/11/08 6:20pm

Keiichi Yano on Lips, Innovation, and Drunken Karaoke

There's a really fun interview up at Gamasutra with Keiichi Yano, chief creative officer of iNiS (the Ouendan » 11/23/08 2:30pm 11/23/08 2:30pm series and ). The subject is ostensibly , the recently released 360 karaoke title, but a lot of ground is covered in terms of game design and future potential. My favorite part of the discussion is when Yano…