The Nintendo Wii U may not have had the best quarter, but that hasn’t stopped Japan from making this already expensive video game console into an even more expensive karaoke machine.
The JoySound Festa from Xing is an on-demand karaoke system that uses the Wii U’s software, GamePad and a copy of a Wii U karaoke game called Nintendo x JoySound Wii Karaoke U. The Festa has a monitor that can tilt, a stand that looks to be around 5-feet tall, microphones, and additional content. In total, the Festa offers 90,000 songs to choose from as well as offering exercise videos, vocal exercises, clips of yoga exercises and dance instructional clips. Aside from those physical exercises, the Festa also offers puzzles and quizzes to help exercise the mind too.
The JoySound Festa won’t be made available for consumers to purchase as it’ll instead be a commercial product releasing next month for 1,580,000 yen, which is about $16,000. Using the Wii U to power the karaoke system is certainly a unique way to have folks interact with the game console, especially since we could only assume its GamePad would also be used as a way to either select songs or read lyrics.