Samba de Amigo: Party Central is the second game in the Samba de Amigo series, and it’s releasing this Summer on Nintendo Switch. And ahead of that worldwide release, SEGA are planning to share various details, videos, and pictures, so that players can get a good idea of what to expect in the game.
And in this post, you will find all the details, videos, and pictures in one place. Naturally, it will be updated on a regular basis (as new content is shared), so keep checking back!
SEGA has shared a new video for Samba de Amigo: Party Central, giving players 5 reasons to play the game:
Also, we got some details about the following:
- Online Play: the game can be played online with up to 4 players (8 players in some modes). You can even create a room for you and your friends to set up your own online parties!
- Resistance Disco: one of the stages. This place is a veritable haven for people who like to enjoy music in secret (as for why the resistance is involved, nobody knows…). It has state-of-the-art equipment that can change the interior and make it look like a completely different place.
SEGA has announced that a special costume based on Peanuts-kun (a Virtual YouTuber) will be released for free on launch day.
Here’s some pictures of that costume along with more screenshots of the game:
Samba de Amigo: Party Central features a baseball-themed mode/mini-game. Balls are throw in rhythm with the music, and the goal for you (and the other player) is to send them flying. Become a master of homeruns and of the dance floor!
Also, SEGA has announced another DLC Pack: the K-Pop Pack. It will be released in September, and will include music from artists such as BTS or FIFTY FIFTY.
Here’s two more character profiles:
- Max: a street dancer from the city. There’s two things he loves above all else: cool music and dancing. Before meeting Amigo, he thought maracas were downright lame, but he’s since wisen up and regrets his past stupidity. His favourite food is chewing gum, and his birthday is on June 4th!
- Rabbina: the #1 influencer in the world. She’s mostly active on SNS, and is particularly popular among the younger generations. Many fans would love to see her doing a collaboration with Amiga. Her favourite food is macarons, and her birthday is on November 1st! Rabbina shows up in the SNS-themed game mode, StreamiGo!.
SEGA has shared some details about two more stages:
- Night City: a metropolis sprawling with skyscrapers. Also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A major tourist destination that offers a wide array of entertainment options. The musical in which Amigo starred has been running for a long time now, and rumour has it that a sequel is in the works.
- Street: an area located on the outskirts of Central City. That’s where all the delinquents gather. They often argue, but the moment music starts playing, all conflicts are forgotten. The street art at the center was created by a master artist, and is a popular tourist spot.
Samba de Amigo: Party Central features a new game mode called Appeal Battle. Two players can compete in order to woo the audience. Each session is made of 6 rounds. Don’t worry if you fail a round: just keep dancing and give your best!
Even after the winner has been decided, the game is not quite over! The roulette starts spinning, and the losing players may be given an opportunity to appeal to the audience.
Heads up: a demo version for Samba de Amigo: Party Central is now available in North America and Japan!
Rudolf is a dancer and a rapper who also found success as music producer and club manager. He has a good eye for discovering new talent. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s also an eminent food critic on social media. Speaking of food, his favourite dish is caviar. His birthday is May 15th!
What with all the moves you have to make, it’s said that Samba de Amigo: Party Central is a pretty good way to lose weight. That’s probably the reason why the developers included a bite-size game mode literally called “Exercise!”, which was designed as an effective weight to lose weight. It offers 3-stage imitation exercise that will have you burn that superfluous fat… at least, in theory!
Bee Arena is where Sorbine (a musician duo made of Chumba and Wamba) often holds concerts. As the two cheetahs are trying to look cool, they’re especially fond of this high-tech stage and often perform there.
Chumba used to be a gangster, but one day, he became fascinated by the mandolin and decided to enter the world of music. He knows that things can’t just go on as they are, which is why he and his brother Wamba are trying to get a fresh start. His favourite drink is cappuccino, and is birthday is August 4th.
Electro Studio is a television studio where a show featuring Bingo and Bongo is being filmed. It looks like management is under pressue due to the audience rating of that show. It looks like starting with this show, Bingo and Bongo will be known as “Pair Bears”.
Finally, some more details about StreamiGo!. In this mode, cheers from viewers are displayed on the screen. You also get money as reward.
Water Party is the name of a seaside villa favoured by a successful businessman, and that Amigo can use freely. There’s glowing ball floats in the swimming pool. People dance all night to the music of a DJ.
Pink Square is where all the young people who are crazy about rhythm and cute things gather. It is said that dancing there will make you feel lighthearted. Bingo and Bongo’s new form was inspired by the bear statue floating at the center of this square.
Wamba: a shopkeeper and conga player. Not only is he a talented musician, he’s also a popular MC who often tells the story of his life in a light-hearted manner. He’s so popular that all the concerts he serves as host for quickly sells out. His favourite is tacos, and his birthday is July 14th.
SEGA has revealed a new game mode for Samba de Amigo: Party Central, called StreamiGo!, which can be played with just one player.
StreamiGo! is the name of a social network platform that’s quite popular in the game’s world. When you start this mode, a list of influencers is displayed on the screen. Each one offers a wide variety of missions, and by tackling them, you can gain some followers. Each mission has its own song and difficulty level, and it’s up to you to decide which one to tackle. Will you pick a tough mission that will net you tons of followers, or instead stick to those you know you will be able to clear?
By gaining followers, you will also receive some titles as reward. Naturally, your goal in this mode is to get as many followers as you can, and become the #1 influencer in the world!
Here’s some more pictures for the game (courtesy of 4Gamer):
SEGA has announced another DLC Pack, to be released on launch day (August 29th/30th): the Japan Culture Music Pack (price: 550 Yen). It includes the following tracks:
- “Kaikai Kitan” by Eve
- “KING” by Virtual Singer
- Matsuken Samba II by Ken Matsudaira
In order to celebrate Banana Day, SEGA revealed that Samba de Amigo: Party Central will feature not one, but three different banana costumes: freshly-picked, 3 days maturity, and 10 days maturity. Which one is your favourite?
Here’s the latest trailer for Samba de Amigo: Party Central, introducing the various characters:
And here’s some more pictures (courtesy of 4Gamer):
The Festival (The Fes in Japanese) is one of the largest venues in the world. It welcomes all sort of artists. The owner is quite the Amigo fan, which is why they had a giant statue of him built. Amigo was the top stars present at the venue’s unveiling.
Linda is a dancer beloved the world over. There’s nothing she loves more than dancing. She’s fascinated by Amigo and his maracas, and while she does have her act together, she also has a crush on him. Her favourite phrase is “Amore”. Her favourite food is veggies, and she’s especially fonbd zucchini! Her birthday is August 10th.
And here’s some more pictures of the game (courtesy of 4Gamer):
World Party is one of the game modes available in Samba de Amigo: Party Central. It’s a battle royale-style mode where 20 amigos and up to 8 players compete in order to determine who’s the n°1 performer. 3 songs are played in a row, and a player is eliminated after each one.
In this mode, you can’t win simply by playing normally. You have to make use of various items, which is fairly unusual in a rhythm game. You can throw bombs at your opponents, collect golden notes to increase your score, send a mischievous cat to steal some of your opponents’ points, and more. You have to make use of those items/tricks at the right moment to gain the upper hand!
If you do manage to survive the intense competition, you can get some golden beans as reward. Those can be used to unlock some exclusive cosmetics, so make sure to play World Party Mode a lot!
As you play the game, you will earn “Gala” (an in-game currency) that you can spend in the Customization Shop to customise your character. You can spend your virtual money on costumes, maracas designs, and even special sound effects for the maracas. You can fully customise your character and make them eminently unique!
You can also change the skin of your characters, and trade the maracas for bananas for example. Make sure to try out lots of different combinations!
Sunny Town is the city where Amigo made his debut. Carnivals are held all year round, which probably explains why the inhabitants are always so cheerful. A large mountain towers over the city, and it is said that the Carnivals have their roots in the ceremonies that used to be held to honour the gods who live on that mountain.
SEGA has shared a few more clips for Samba de Amigo: Party Central. They showcase the following:
- the Sonic Music Pack, which includes “I’m Here” from Sonic Frontiers (among other tracks)
- the CRAZY difficulty. Alongside NORMAL, HARD, and SUPER HARD, the game offers a CRAZY difficulty option. It features some fairly technical movements with few rhythm beads but lots of dances and poses. If you’re looking for a fun way to lose some weight, you might want to give the CRAZY difficulty a try!
- the SEGA Music Pack, included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes Go Go Cheer Girl! from Space Channel 5 (Part 2, REPORT 4) (among other tracks)
Samba de Amigo: Party Central features various modes, including Love Checker. This one allows you to check the compatibility between two persons. The two players have to synchronise their shaking in order to combine the two heart pieces at the center of the screen. Cooperation is key in this mode, with the two players having to combin poses and the likes.
Once you’ve cleared a song, the compatibility between the two players will be displayed on the screen. If you get a 100% rating, you will get a little surprise!
Bingo is part of a dance unit that once enjoyed great popularity. Rumour has it that the person wearing that costume has quite the foul mouth… His favourite food is marshmallows, and his birthday is September 10th!
The gameplay in Samba de Amigo: Party Central is fairly simple: you need to shake the Joy-Cons at specific angles according to the position of the Rhythm Beads that fly on the screen in rhythm with the music. There’s two types of beads:
- Blue: you only need to shake one Joy-Con
- Orange: you need to shake both Joy-Cons
At some points during a song, you will have to strike a pose. The kind of pose you have to strike is chosen randomly from a wide variety of poses ranging from cool ones to downright silly ones. This is your chance to woo the audience!
Samba de Amigo: Party Central introduces new gameplay elements, such as the Slide moves. With those, you have to simply move the Joy-Cons up and down, or make rotation movements. If you’re successful, you will hear a pleasant sound!
Also, songs feature segments where you have to imitate a dance that’s shown to you on-screen. That dance can be cool, energetic, and more. Make sure to move your body energetically, because if your movements are too small or incorrect, your score will be negatively impacted!
Good news for Sonic fans: Samba de Amigo: Party Central will feature two popular songs from that series (“Fist Bump” and “Escape From The City”), but also a stage modelled after City Escape from Sonic Adventures 2.
One is the stages is called Bubblicious Resort. At first, it was an aquatic center on the verge of bankruptcy, but Amigo turned it into a colourful resort with a bubbly theme. It’s now become a popular photo spot for people from Generation Z, and the company that operates does looks like it’s now in a bubble…
Next, we have details about another new gameplay element known as “Happening” in Japanese. At some point during songs, a rhythm ball will appear on the screen. If you hit it, a roulette starts spinning, and a Happening is selected at random. You then have to perform the selected actions in rhythm with the music, such as giving high fives to the audience, with the song getting faster and faster.
And for those who just want to focus on the rhythm gameplay, they can turn off Happenings in the settings. You can also adjust various other parameters to your liking.
Finally, here’s two character profiles:
- Amigo: in order to become the best maracas player the world has ever seen, he decided to go on a trip around the world. That allowed him to become familiar with different kinds of music, and grow up in the process. His favourite food is roasted bananas, and his birthday is March 8th.
- Amiga: Amigo’s younger sister, and a rising idol. At first, she hid the fact that she was Amigo’s sister, but despite that, she still enjoyed explosive popularity. When the truth came into the open, her popularity increased even further, even surpassing that of her illustrious brother. Her favourite food is chocolate, and her birthday April 28th.
In the video below, you can see one of Amigo’s flashy entrance on the stage.
Samba de Amigo: Party Central (Switch) comes out on August 29th in North America and Europe, and August 30th in Japan.