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Wii Karaoke U app brings pay-by-hour harmonies to Europe in 2013


Nintendo of Europe announced this year's upcoming release of Wii Karaoke U by Joysound, a downloadable karaoke streaming service for the Wii U console.

Originally released as a WiiUWare launch title in Japan, Wii Karaoke U offers unlimited, all-access streaming during time-limited sessions. Players can opt to purchase playtime in one-hour, one-day, or month-long chunks, depending on how large a party you're hosting and how many times your friends want to sing the Evangelion theme song in a single night.

While the app supports USB microphones, players can also sing using the Wii U GamePad's built-in mic. The Japanese version of Wii Karaoke U featured over 200,000 songs in its catalog, though Nintendo of Europe did not announce how many tracks will be available for the western release.

Microsoft released its own iNiS-developed Karaoke app for the Xbox 360 last year, offering a similar time-based pay structure. Pricing details for the European version of Wii Karaoke U are not yet available, and a release date has not been announced.

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