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  • Executive Meddling: Several songs were purportedly chosen because Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime liked them. In addition, many rumors of a sequel exist purely based on the fact that Reggie was apparently quite fond of the game. (Not that him getting us a sequel would be a bad thing.)
    • In fact, it seems that "September" and a Jamiroquai track have to be in every music game Nintendo has some hand in, being as they are in EBA, Donkey Konga and... well, that's it.
    • "September" and "Material Girl" are also in Wii Music.
    • Speaking of musical preferences, iNiS apparently likes David Bowie, judging from one of their previous games.
  • Follow the Leader: The easy to pick up interface made it a prime target of this from licensed games on the DS, like Looney Tunes Cartoon Conductor, some of the High School Musical games, and a new Michael Jackson game. It was even the basis for the magic system in Sonic Chronicles. Even Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for 3DS is rumoured to have been inspired by this.
    • This game also caused the creation of a fan-made game for the PC replicating the mechanics of EBA.
  • What Could Have Been: As you can see here, the Agents were actually supposed to be based on the Village People, J's hairdo looked a lot like Ryuuta's, Derek was a completely different person, and they were known as the Disco Rangers.
    • There's also this E3 trailer, in which makes EBA a bit more similar to Ouendan.
    • Early press releases before the game came out listed Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" as one of the songs that would appear in the game; however, the song never made it to the final version. Interestingly, in the two-player song select menu, there's a blank spot at the end of the list that suggests that a level was indeed taken out late in development, lending credence to this possibility.
    • The graphics for the Invisible Mode button in Ouendan 2 use the EBA font, implying that the mode was originally meant to debut here.
  • The Wiki Rule: There's an iNiS Wiki, but it's not updated often.


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