Harmonix exceeds sales expectations with Rock Band, earns a big check from Viacom

You have to hand it to Harmonix, when it comes to rhythm games, they always seem to be on top of things. While they had success with previous titles, they really changed the industry with Guitar Hero, and kept the momentum going with Guitar Hero 2. When they parted ways with Red Octane they decided it was time to start another revolution with Rock Band, which just landed them a huge $209 million bonus from Viacom.

Rumor – Rock Band may not hit most European consoles until September

There are some things that just make a person feel very patriotic. One of the big reasons why I love the US is because we don't get screwed on release dates like some countries. Sure, Japan got Super Smash Bros. Brawl a month before we did, big deal. That's nothing to the wait Europe has for most titles. If rumors are to be believed, some European rockers may have to wait until September before getting their Rock Band on.

Rock Band DLC for February 5

It's Tuesday, and that means there are fresh tracks just waiting to be downloaded for Rock Band. Well, that's if you're an Xbox 360 owner. My apologies to all of the PS3 rockers out there, you still have to wait an extra two days for your new tracks. While I can't say that this week's tracks are some of my favorite tunes, they are all master tracks. This week's bands are KISS, Faith No More and the B-52's. Hit the jump for the track listing.

EA confirms Rock Band for the Wii

I'm really not the kind of guy that jumps up, points and says “I told you so.” However, were I that type of person, I would be doing just that. As I pointed out earlier this week, Rock Band will be making its way to the Nintendo Wii.

OXM (kinda) reveals March DLC for Rock Band

Are you thirsting for more tracks to rock out on? Well if you're a Rock Band player, you know that there'll be no shortage of DLC for some time. What we generally don't know is what tracks will be released. Thankfully OXM has gotten the scoop on March's releases. Hit the jump for the full list.

Rock Band and Guitar Hero sales outperformed legal music downloads last year

It's a well-guarded secret that I play Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The previous statement was, in fact, a lie. I play them quite often (Rock Band more than Guitar Hero these days) and find myself buying new downloadable tracks on a regular basis. Apparently I'm not alone, as the games actually pulled in more money last year than all of the (legal) digital music downloads combined.

Rock Band Mic reveals the game will be coming to the Wii

Remember not too long ago when we told you that Harmonix had finally announced the release of standalone instruments for Rock Band? That was cool, but they neglected to mention any word about a standalone mic. It was widely assumed that they weren't overly concerned about it, as most any USB mic would work. Well, as it turns out, it's already on sale, and its packaging holds a mysterious secret.

While it's not the best picture, that does indeed say "Wii."

Rock Band – Only available in bundle form until 2008

Rock Band will no doubt be one of the hottest titles of the holiday season. The Guitar Hero franchise has really stirred up the gaming community and opened the door for other titles in the genre. I've already had a chance to play the game, and it takes the idea of Guitar Hero to the next level by incorporating other instruments. That's not to say that Guitar Hero won't still appeal to the masses.

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