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Sega Looking into Maraca Sleeves for Samba De Amigo Wii

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Lets get to what everyone is thinking first: No the Wii version of Samba de Amigo shown this week did not have Maraca-shaped Wii remotes. But that doesn't mean they aren't coming.

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In fact a rep told us that they are looking into a "Maraca sleeve" for the remote and even spoken with some manufacturers about it.

In the game, for those of you not familiar, you take on one of several colorful characters dancing and playing the maracas to music. The rhythm game is played by shaking the remote and nunchuk in time to the music while making sure they are in one of three positions: above your head, at your waist or held pointing down.

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The game starts by having players calibrate the two controllers by holding them in the different positions. And play seemed to be pretty responsive, though the game did fail to recognize the correct position a couple of times.

There will be both single player and multiplayer and the developers told me that the game will also allow you to post your high scores to an online leader board.

The game looks like the sort of pick-up-and-play fun that will end up being a huge hit with the Wii's casual gamers and could also strike a chord with Nintendo's more hardcore fans.

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I'm disappointed because of the massive potential for accuracy this version had. The Wiimote has all of the potential to be the perfect replacement for the real maracas, but only if they rerelease the floor mat.

If they would pack the game with a floor mat that contained two IR lights then it would act as a sensor bar and all of the depth perception would be relevant horizontally to the floor. The caveat is that the controller would have to be held upside down with the IR sensor facing the ground. However, this would also orient the controller perfectly for a Maraca head and bean pack to be clipped onto the bottom where the nunchuck clips in so you could have authentic sounds. Since the Wiimotes aren't married to a sensor bar you could still point to the original sensor bar for in game menu selection.