So, head past the break for our write-up and see what the fine folks had to say about the upcoming title!
Gallery: Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades
First of all, what about this Nintendo DSi business? With the new handheld eliminating the GBA slot, it means that the guitar grip peripheral will be incompatible with the new handheld. While the team couldn't go into anything specific, they did say that they're "very excited about the [Nintendo] DSi." But, with the Nintendo DSi being a long ways off, if they have any intent on working with the platform, they'll have plenty of time to create as polished a product as On Tour was and On Tour Decades will be.
Gallery: Guitar Hero: On Tour
On Tour Decades will also have a more comprehensive single-player campaign, offering up different career paths depending on whether you're playing lead guitar or rhythm guitar. The progression through the single-player campaign also has you going backwards through time, as the title opens up with songs from the modern era and takes you back through time as you progress and the songs become more challenging.
Another area the team stressed would be improved is the strumming recognition. In the first game, some folks complained about the touch-screen's recognition of their strumming (they read the message boards, folks!). This time around, the team was able to "go in and clean up the code" first, making sure that the game is as friendly to all forms of strumming as it can.
Much like the first game, On Tour Decades will come in a bundle (which includes the guitar grip), as well as a standalone game. When asked about a custom DS Lite bundle, like they did with Guitar Hero: On Tour, we were told that it wasn't going to happen this time around. Also, unlike the first game, On Tour Decades will not feature any licensed instruments.
So there you have it. Plenty of info to digest about next month's release. If you enjoyed Guitar Hero: On Tour, then it's looking like On Tour Decades won't disappoint. Stay tuned for a full set list, which will be making its way to our inbox "soon."