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Report: Band Hero To Feature Drum Peripheral

Activision's upcoming Nintendo DS music game title Band Hero will come bundled not only with a guitar grip peripheral, but also a rubberized silicon drum grip that slips over a DS Lite's buttons.

Leigh Alexander, Contributor

July 24, 2009

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Activision's upcoming Nintendo DS music game title Band Hero will come bundled not only with a guitar grip peripheral, but also a rubberized silicon drum grip that slips over a DS Lite's buttons. According to a report from consumer weblog Kotaku, the new peripheral is aimed at making gameplay feel more drum-like than just utilizing the touch screen. David Nathanielsz, the game's executive producer, told the site the drum sleeve provides a "push-back, bounce-back feel" -- and avoids player blisters from "banging on that d-pad." The Vicarious Visions-developed Band Hero, which launches this fall, supports four players via local wireless. The peripheral is not compatible with the new DSi hardware, however -- it doesn't fit. Previous Guitar Hero games on DS have also featured tailored peripherals designed to make the experience more closely resemble the home console version, such as a guitar grip accessory and pick-shaped stylus.

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Leigh Alexander

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Leigh Alexander is Editor At Large for Gamasutra and the site's former News Director. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Slate, Paste, Kill Screen, GamePro and numerous other publications. She also blogs regularly about gaming and internet culture at her Sexy Videogameland site. [NOTE: Edited 10/02/2014, this feature-linked bio was outdated.]

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