In what could be the first instance of a videogame adaptation of a classic musical – High School Musical notwithstanding – 505 Games is bringing Grease to the DS and Wii.
Grease, the popular musical made famous on the big screen thanks to John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is being made into a videogame. This would make absolutely no sense, but if Tom & Jerry can be turned into an MMOG, I’m pretty sure anything is fair game nowadays. And it’s not like Grease doesn’t have game potential – 505 Games is turning the musical into, naturally, a music game.
“The Grease video game will allow players to sing and dance alongside Danny, Sandy, The Pink Ladies and the T-Birds,” wrote publisher 505 Games. “The game will take full advantage of the Nintendo Wii’s motion-sensing controls and microphone, and the DS’s touch screen to create exciting gameplay for casual and family gamers eager to experience Grease in a new medium.”
And you know who loves Grease, aside from that one person you know who loves every single musical ever? Your mom. Grease, in that regard, makes perfect business sense for a family-friendly Wii and DS game.
The platforms do raise a couple questions, though: The DS should work because of the mic, but how will singing function on the Wii? Will Grease come packaged with the WiiSpeak microphone that was used for Animal Crossing: City Folk, or will be bundled with an official Grease mic peripheral?
Another mystery is whether whether it’ll feature the likenesses of the movie’s two stars. I’m guessing it won’t, but who wouldn’t want to see John Travolta’s ugly mug in a videogame? Weirder things have happened.