Video Game: Karaoke Revolution

A Rhythm Game co-developed by Konami, Blitz Games, and Harmonix, where players must sing along to popular songs while being judged on if they're singing on the right pitch or not, as indicated by a piano roll and pitch bars accompanying the scrolling lyrics.

The original version of the game was released in November 2003 on the PlayStation 2, followed by several Mission Pack Sequels ("volumes") that added features such as ports to other consoles (Xbox on Volume 2, GameCube on Party), duets (Volume 3), and dance pad support (Party). There were even a few American Idol home game editions.

The popularity of the series would begin to tamper off once Harmonix released Guitar Hero, it too morphed into a phenomenon, but this time it was one much greater than what Karaoke Revolution achieved. Going up against Activision's acquisition of the franchise, Harmonix would throw together what it developed for both Guitar Hero and Karaoke Revolution (along with one more instrument inherited from another Konami franchise) to create the Rock Band franchise.

Konami would reboot the series, sans Harmonix, in 2009 with a new release for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii simply titled "Karaoke Revolution", now featuring only master tracks, better multiplayer, and other new features. However, they didn't take the logical route of adding guitar and drum support to the game either, since they wanted to protect Rock Revolution from having to compete with it.

Games in this series include:
  • Karaoke Revolution
  • Karaoke Revolution Volume 2
  • Karaoke Revolution Volume 3
  • Karaoke Revolution Party
  • CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country
  • Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol
  • Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore
  • Karaoke Revolution (2009)
  • Karaoke Revolution Glee

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