Samba de Amigo

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Samba de Amigo
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System(s): Sega NAOMI, Sega Dreamcast
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast Modem, Samba de Amigo Maracas, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: Rhythm Action (リズムアクション)[1][2], Table[3]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (NAOMI)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (NAOMI)
US
$? ?



















Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥5,800 (6,090)5,800e[2] HDR-0063
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Dreamcast
JP
(With Maracas)
¥7,8007,800[5] HKT-9700
Sega Dreamcast
US
$39.9939.99[7] 51092
ESRB: Everyone
Sega Dreamcast
EU
MK-51092-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
DE
MK-51092-50
USK: 0
Sega Dreamcast
FR
MK-51092-50
SELL: Tous Publics
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£99.9999.99[10][9] MK-51092-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK

Samba de Amigo (サンバ DE アミーゴ) is a video game developed by Sonic Team. It was originally released in 1999 by Sega for the Sega NAOMI arcade platform, before seeing a port to the Sega Dreamcast a year later. The Dreamcast version was designed to be used with the Samba de Amigo Maracas.

Gameplay

A rhythm video game similar in theme to Dance Dance Revolution, Samba de Amigo is played with a pair of maracas. As a song plays, the player (guided by on-screen graphics) must shake the maracas at high, middle, or low heights with the beat of the music, or occasionally must strike poses with the maracas held in various positions. The player is represented on-screen by a grinning monkey with a square head and a sombrero, Samba. If the player does well, the scene around Samba (usually a concert or a dance) will attract more people and become more vividly animated; if the player does poorly, characters leave and eventually all that's left is the monkey alone, looking sad.

In the primary game mode, each player has six spots arranged in a circle on the screen: two red meaning 'shake high,' two yellow meaning 'shake middle,' and two green meaning 'shake low.' Blue dots will appear in the center of this circle and move towards the spots; as soon as the blue dot touches a spot, the player must shake a maraca at that location. For example, if a blue dot touches the upper left spot, the player must shake either maraca above his left shoulder. Occasionally a long line of dots will flow into a spot and the word 'Shake' appears, telling the player to continue shaking his maraca rapidly there. Sometimes a stick-figure (named "Pose-kun") appears on the screen holding its maracas in a certain position; the player has a second or two to match the figure's pose for points.

Music

Licensed

Track name Artist Original release date Comments
"Ali Bombaye"/"The Theme of Inoki" Michael Masser 19xx
"Al Compás Del Mambo"/"Mambo Beat" Perez Prado 1950
"The Cup of Life" Ricky Martin 1998-03-09
"El Ritmo Tropical" a.k.a. "El Bimbo" Dixies Gang 1999
"El Mambo" Solemar 1998
"La Bamba" Ritchie Valens 1958 This is the cover by Ritchie Valens from 1958. The earliest confirmed recording dates back to 1939, but as a Mexican folk song it is likely much older.
"Livin' la Vida Loca" Ricky Martin 1999-03-23
"Macarena" Los del Río, Bayside Boys 1995-08-15 This is the more widely known English language version from 1995. The original Spanish version dates back to 1993.
"Mas que Nada" Jorge Ben 1963-01-10
"Samba de Janeiro" Bellini 1997-05-05
"Soul Bossa Nova" Quincy Jones 1962-09-07
"Take on Me" Reel Big Fish 1998 This is a ska cover of A-ha's 1984 hit.
"Tequila" The Champs 1958-01-15
"Tubthumping" Chumbawamba 1997-08

Original

Track name Comments
"Love Lease"
"Samba de Amigo"

From other Sega games

The Dreamcast version of Samba de Amigo allowed users to connect to the internet and "download" songs from other Sega games. These are thought to already exist on the disc - it was more of a means of getting people to go online.

Track name Game Comments
"After Burner" After Burner
"Burning Hearts" Burning Rangers
"Can You Become Rent A Hero For Mankind's Sake?" Rent A Hero No.1 Samba de Amigo debuted on the Dreamcast about a month before Rent A Hero No.1, meaning this track could be heard by the public before the game could be played.
"Dreams Dreams" NiGHTS into Dreams
"Magical Sound Shower" OutRun
"Opa-Opa!" Fantasy Zone
"Open Your Heart" Sonic Adventure
"Sonic - You Can Do Anything" Sonic the Hedgehog CD
"Super Sonic Racing" Sonic R

History

Release

Despite being built around the idea of using maracas, 30,000 copies of the Dreamcast game were initially shipped to North America, but only 10,000 maraca controllers[11]. Only 3,000 copies were set to be produced for the UK[8].

Legacy

Samba de Amigo has not seen any direct "sequels", but has had a number of updates over the years. The first being Samba de Amigo Ver. 2000, also on Sega NAOMI hardware and the Sega Dreamcast.

A Wii version was released in 2008.

Awards

Samba de Amigo was named Best Puzzle Game of 2000 by GameSpot. It also was nominated for the Excellence in Audio award and for a Game Spotlight Award in the 1st annual Game Developers Choice Awards.

Versions

Dreamcast version adds a "party mode," with minigames such as Guacamole (pronounced and played much the same as "whack-a-mole"), Strike A Pose (consisting of a long sequence of poses to make), and 1-2-Samba! (where spots must be hit in sequence - the Japanese version's name for this minigame, "Ichi Ni San-ba," is a pun on counting to three in Japanese). The home version also has features which can be unlocked, such as sound effects and hidden songs. Hidden songs include themes from other Sega games such as Sonic Adventure and OutRun.

For Dreamcast version, the Sega maracas controllers are red, and the rattle part can be unscrewed from the top of each for quieter play. Each maraca has a cord which is plugged into to a bar that lays in front of the player's feet. The bar is slightly more than two feet in length and has a sensor at each end, and each maraca has an infrared transmitter mounted on its cord; presumably this allows the system to triangulate the position of each maraca as the player holds it. The game can also be played with the standard Dreamcast controller, but this makes the game trivial to play.

Production credits

NAOMI version

Dreamcast version

©Sega Enterprises, Ltd., 1999,2000
Source:
In-game credits (JP)

Magazine articles

Main article: Samba de Amigo/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in (PL) #30: "Marzec 2001" (2001-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (PL) #31: "Kwiecień 2001" (2001-xx-xx)[12]
  • (PL) #32: "Maj 2001" (2001-xx-xx)[13]
  • (PL) #33: "Czerwiec 2001" (2001-xx-xx)[14]
  • (PL) #34: "Lipiec-Sierpień 2001" (2001-xx-xx)[15]
  • (PL) #35: "Wrzesień 2001" (2001-xx-xx)[16]

Artwork

(colour errors from EPS -> SVG conversion)

Physical scans

NAOMI version

NAOMI, World

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 №18, p96/97
96 [17]
100 [18][19]
90 №12
89 [20]
70 [21]
90
95
80 2000-10-18
90 №98, p80
Sega Dreamcast
87
Based on
10 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(HU)
90
[22]
(SA)
89
[23]
(PL)
60
[24]
(FR) PAL
69
[25]
(FR) PAL
96
[26]
(UK)
100
[27]
(UK) PAL
100
[19]
(UK) NTSC-J
90
[28]
(UK)
92
[9]
(JP) NTSC-J
89
[20]
(UK) NTSC-J
70
[21]
(US) NTSC-U
90
[29]
(DE) NTSC-J
92
[30]
(US) NTSC-U
90
[31]
(US) NTSC-U
91
[32]
(DE) PAL
85
[33]
(UK) PAL
80
[34]
(DE) NTSC-J
87
[35]
(RU)
90
[36]
(DE) PAL
85
[37]
Sega Dreamcast
87
Based on
20 reviews

Samba de Amigo

Dreamcast, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Samba De Amigo Dreamcast JP Manual.pdf
Manual
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Inlay
Dreamcast, US
Samba dc us back cover.jpgSamba-us-box.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Samba De Amigo Dreamcast US Manual.pdf
Manual
SambaDeAmigoDCUSInlay.jpg
Inlay
Dreamcast, EU
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Cover
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Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Dreamcast
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
2000-09-19 GD-R Page
Sega Dreamcast
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
2000-09-07 GD-R Page

External links

References

  1. File:Samba dc jp back cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://sega.jp/dc/000401/ (Wayback Machine: 2014-08-05 19:24)
  3. https://sega.jp/history/hard/dreamcast/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-11-07 20:31)
  4. Sega Arcade History, Enterbrain, page 170
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/dreamcast/devices.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-02-10 03:52)
  6. http://www.sega.com:80/games/dreamcast/post_dreamcastgame.jhtml?PRODID=193 (Wayback Machine: 2003-12-11 12:55)
  7. Press release: 2000-10-17: Sega Delivers a Fiesta of Fun to Dreamcast Players With Samba de Amigo
  8. 8.0 8.1 DC-UK, "January 2001" (UK; 2000-12-14), page 31
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Dreamcast Magazine, "No. 16" (UK; 2000-11-30), page 48
  10. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "January 2001" (UK; 2000-11-30), page 71
  11. Edge, "October 2000" (UK; 2000-09-11), page 18
  12. Neo Plus, "Kwiecień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  13. Neo Plus, "Maj 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  14. Neo Plus, "Czerwiec 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  15. Neo Plus, "Lipiec-Sierpień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 84
  16. Neo Plus, "Wrzesień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 84
  17. Consoles +, "Janvier 2001" (FR; 200x-xx-xx), page 72/73 (72)
  18. Computer & Video Games, "August 2000" (UK; 2000-07-12), page 126-127 (126)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Computer & Video Games, "February 2001" (UK; 2001-01-17), page 108
  20. 20.0 20.1 Dorimaga, "2002-18 (2002-10-11)" (JP; 2002-09-27), page 33
  21. 21.0 21.1 Edge, "July 2000" (UK; 2000-06-21), page 94
  22. 576 Konzol, "Április 2001" (HU; 2001-xx-xx), page 42
  23. Alaab Alcomputtar, "" (SA; 2001-xx-xx), page 31
  24. Click!, "4/2001" (PL; 2001-02-15), page 49
  25. Consoles Max, "Janvier 2001" (FR; 200x-xx-xx), page 96
  26. Consoles +, "Janvier 2001" (FR; 200x-xx-xx), page 72
  27. Computer & Video Games, "August 2000" (UK; 2000-07-12), page 126
  28. DC-UK, "August 2000" (UK; 2000-07-06), page 84
  29. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 2001" (US; 2000-12-05), page 195
  30. Fun Generation, "07/2000" (DE; 2000-06-21), page 92
  31. GameFan, "Volume 8, Issue 12: December 2000" (US; 2000-xx-xx), page 25
  32. Gamers' Republic, "December 2000" (US; 2000-xx-xx), page 92
  33. MAN!AC, "01/2000" (DE; 2000-12-06), page 78
  34. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "January 2001" (UK; 2000-11-30), page 68
  35. Sega Magazin, "September 2000" (DE; 2000-07-31), page 20
  36. Strana Igr, "Sentyabr 2000 2/2" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 20
  37. Video Games, "01/2001" (DE; 2000-12-06), page 64


Games in the Samba de Amigo Series
Sega Dreamcast
Samba de Amigo (1999) | Samba de Amigo Ver.2000 (2000)
Nintendo Wii
Samba de Amigo (2008)
Samba de Amigo related media
Music
Samba de Amigo Presents Samba de Janeiro Non-Stop Best of Bellini (2000) | Samba de Amigo (2001)
Book
Samba de Amigo The Greatest Guidebook (2000)