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Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Disney's Sing It Family Hits
System: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3
Developed by: Zoe Mode

Disney has just as much of a legacy in the music world as in the animation industry. From the minute the first few notes were heard on "Steamboat Willie" to the last chord in Tangled's musical score, music has defined the ideals of the company, creating many fans in the process. So it comes as no surprise that throughout the years Disney has capitalized on this greatly, featuring the songs across all the theme parks and selling them on CD or through iTunes.

The Disney's Sing It games are part of that musical legacy, allowing fans young and old to sing their favorite tunes, whether they are classic or contemporary. For today's Gamer Tuesday I will highlight Disney's Sing It: Family Hits, released in 2010 for the Wii and PlayStation 3.

The Disney Sing It games play similarly to other karaoke video games, most notably Konami's own series, Karaoke Revolution. The lyrics will appear on-screen along with footage of the Disney movie the song originated from. As the lyrics scroll across the screen several lines appear on top of them. These represent the pitch you must hit when. For example, if the lyric demands a high pitch, you must sing it high. Depending on how accurate your singing is, the game will grade you. Some of the ratings include "Great" if you nailed it, "Awesome" if you came pretty close, and "Nice Try" if you missed it. If you lack a Wii or PS3 microphone, the game comes bundled with an USB one.

This edition of the game focuses on the songs featured in classic and modern Disney and Pixar films. The full track list is as follows:

- 101 Dalmatians: Cruella De Vil
- A Bug's Life: The Time of Your Life
- Aladdin: A Whole New World
- Beauty and the Beast: Be Our Guest
- Cars: Real Gone
- Cars: Our Town
- Cinderella: A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
- Cinderella: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
- Cinderella: So This Is Love
- Cinderella: The Work Song
- The Jungle Book: I Wanna Be Like You
- The Jungle Book: The Bear Necessities
- Lady and the Tramp: He's A Tramp
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride
- The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight
- The Lion King: Hakuna Matata
- The Lion King: I Just Can't Wait To Be King
- The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea
                             
- Mary Poppins: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
- Monsters, Inc: If I Didn't Have You
- Mulan: Reflection
- The Princess and the Frog: Almost There
- The Princess and the Frog: Dig A Little Deeper
- Peter Pan: You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!
- Sleeping Beauty: I Wonder
- Sleeping Beauty: Once Upon a Dream
- Toy Story: You've got a Friend in Me
- Toy Story 2: Woody's Roundup
- Toy Story 2: When She Loved Me
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Winnie the Pooh

In total, there are 30 Disney songs to choose from. The track list is great. The classics and the modern films are evenly represented. Unfortunately, songs from "Tangled" are understandably missing, as well as villain songs. Still, it is a solid selection of songs everyone is sure to enjoy.

Even if you like to sing just for fun, there are times where you need a little help, especially when reaching the high and low notes and maintaining them. Family Hits features a mode called "Vocal Coach" where you can learn these tricks and more, as well as participate in fun challenges that help you hone your singing skills. Best of all, the mode is hosted by none other than Anika Noni Rose, better known as Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog!"

Finally, it wouldn't be a video game without some competition. The game allows you to go head to head with a friend or family member. You can also pass the microphone as well as participate in duets.

If you constantly find yourself belting out a random Disney song by yourself or with friends, Disney Sing It Family Hits is the game for you. Even if the voice recognition mechanics are not perfect, the great selection of modern and classic songs along with the "Voice Coach" mode make this a very appealing game for Disney fans and families.

 

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