Before the days when rhythm games were commonplace in the US, Sega took a "Rock Band"-style chance and released Samba de Amigo for the Dreamcast back in 2000. The game was a home conversion of a popular arcade game that starred Amigo, a sombrero-wearing, maraca-shaking monkey. Back in the day, the release was seen as a bold move due to the fact the game came bundled with maracas controllers, a sensor bar, and decorative mat for roughly $100.
The ensuing years have seen all sorts of changes to consoles and to the game market, all of which have paved the way for Sega to revive the rhythm game on the Wii with developer Gearbox Software handling the conversion to Nintendo's platform. GameSpot has periodically seen the game for a while at various press events, but they recently got our hands on a near-final version of the game and were able to put it through its paces.