Elite Beat Agents track list has 19 songs, designer explains the choices behind Cher, Queen, etc.

16 October 2006
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Elite Beat Agents“Elite Beat Agents” is the American follow-up to the incredibly addictive Japanese music game “Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan”. Each level of the game features a plot line accompanied by a specific song. A character (or more) facing a problem will cry for help when their conflict reaches a climax. This call summons the cheer squad, and the song starts. The player uses the Nintendo DS’ stylus to either tap numbered circles, trace lines or spin spinners, timing these actions with the music. This helps the character(s) overcome their obstacles and in turn gives the player points.

The game is set for a November 6th, 2006, release in the US. With just 3 weeks to go, Gamelife reports Elite Beat Agents, will include 19 throw-your-hands-in-the-air dance tunes ranging from the present day to way back in the 70’s.

Here’s the Elite Beat Agents track listing!
1. Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
2. ABC – Jackson Five
3. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
4. I Was Born to Love You – Queen
5. Rock This Town – Stray Cats
6. Highway Star – Deep Purple
7. Y.M.C.A. – Village People
8. September – Earth, Wind and Fire
9. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
10. Material Girl – Madonna
11. La La – Ashlee Simpson
12. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
13. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
14. Without a Fight – Hoobastank
15. Believe – Cher
16. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
17. Jumpin Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
18. Makes No Difference – Sum 41
19. The Anthem – Good Charlotte

Elite Beat Agents’ designer Keiichi Yano explains the choices: “The concept for song selection was this – the roaring songs you would want to hear if you went to a college frat party. I used to play in bands like that, and when the whole crowd is jumping up and down to your tunes…this is the essence of our selections.”

“Also what is really important is the balance of the game as a whole. We try not to pick songs just because we want it in there. We were staring at the entire list the whole time while making our selections. Oldies but goodies, great new songs, and a wide array of genres are all criteria for song selection and we take all of these into account all the time. Also there are obviously songs that are just rhythmically fun to play!”

Say what you want about this list, but the truth is that it’s just meant to be silly like the game itself! ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out this demo of a level in Elite Beat Agents:


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