Jam with the Band (universe)
Jam with the Band (大合奏!バンドブラザーズ, Daigasso! Band Brothers) is a series of music games developed by Nintendo debuting on the Nintendo DS.
The initial project started as a Game Boy Color title tentatively named Game Boy Music. While it lacked many of the features of the final product, it did contain a large song list, multiple instruments, and an early version of Barbara Bat. This version of the game was scrapped due to hardware limitations and a lack of confidence for a new IP late in the system's life. Development shifted to Game Boy Advance and the game was formally unveiled at the 2001 Tokyo Game Show. Development shifted again, this time to the Nintendo DS where the game, now titled Daigasso! Band Brothers, released in 2004 as a launch title for the system. The songs in the game range from classical music, video game music, and television themes. Players may compose their own songs and a multiplayer version is included where each player plays a different instrument. The game was tentatively intended for release in English as Jam with the Band, but this was abandoned. An expansion pack titled Daigasso! Band Brothers Tsuika Kyoku Cartridge was released in 2005, which contained new songs chosen by fans through a poll. It was a GBA cartridge that connected with the base game when both are inserted in the same system.
A proper sequel (known as Daigasso! Band Brothers DX in Japan) released again on the Nintendo DS in 2008. This was the only game in the series with a proper English release, under the title Jam with the Band, releasing in Europe in 2010. While the game was mostly the same as its predecessor, it included many new songs and an exclusive WiiWare channel called Jam with the Band: Speaker Channel, which allows the songs to be played through the big screen. New songs were also released as downloadable content through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
Another sequel titled Daigasso! Band Brothers P released on Nintendo 3DS in 2013. Along with all the features of previous installments, the game introduces a Vocaloid performer that can be programmed to sing along with the music. DLC songs and features were released online until the servers were shut down on May 1, 2020.
Barbara, the series' lead character, appears as an Assist Trophy in Brawl, under the name Barbara. Once summoned, she will play her electric guitar, producing an electric red shockwave around her, which inflicts a combo on opponents, potentially resulting in high damage. Barbara is unlocked as an Assist Trophy after 25 songs have been obtained.
Barbara is no longer an assist trophy, but appears as a collectible trophy exclusive to the 3DS. A music track taken directly from Jam with the Band, PERFORMANCE, appears on the Gamer stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. A piece of Mii Fighter Headgear, "Barbara the Bat Wig", is based off Barbara's hairstyle.
Barbara does not reprise her role as an Assist Trophy once again, but she does appear as a spirit.
Games with elements appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series