Nintendo Switch – KORG Gadget #152

Sometimes you just want to recreate some music on the go!


KORG Gadget – Nintendo Switch – Released: 4/26/18 – $48.00

Short Review (Review copy provided by Detune)

Just read the full review as this isn’t as much of a game as a device for musicians. I would give this game an 8 out of 10!

I like this icon because it does show exactly what you expect:


Personal Experience

If you didn’t notice I removed the Story and Gameplay since these aren’t a thing for an application like this. KORG Gadget is more of a tool for semi-professionals that own a Switch or a musician that just wants to test things out while on the go. Personally I am a music teacher so this was an interesting device to work on while on my free time. I found myself slowly recreating Daft Punk’s Something About Us on it but took hours trying to get it just right. I still feel as though it isn’t great but I will be sharing gameplay of me working on it for a bit. 

Many people were upset at launch because it lacked an export and while I think it is fairly weird that it doesn’t. It does make sense since this tool isn’t for any hardcore musicians or professionals. This is just something fun to mess around with during your free time if you don’t have an entire set up for it. I was able to test it out with my students and they seemed to have a lot of fun with it due to the splitscreen aspect and being able to work on pieces together even though everyone was on a different screen.

The biggest drawback is that touchscreen doesn’t work all the time so while working on something you may want to touch the screen but nothing will happen. This happens a lot when you are messing with the settings but work fine when a keyboard is on screen. The other issue is buttons are the worst way of making music as there is no way to hook up any device to the Switch, movement is a bit slow and hard to quickly edit something. 

Playing multiple has to be the most fun as even people who haven’t touched an instrument can easily get working on a song with someone. Since the layout is pretty simple someone who doesn’t know music can just pick something and play around with it. You don’t need to be a master to get enjoyment out of this application, if you are though there is plenty to take in. It is easy to use and I found myself quickly getting the hang of using it after a few hours. Another issue could be price as iPad or Tablet versions have better support and more expansive but for the Switch this works well. I do see myself working with my students to do a project with this in the feature so if we could get LABO support that would be even better. 

Final Thoughts

If you are musician I would give this a go to be honest. I’ve been playing this non-stop since I received my review copy. It isn’t perfect by any means but if they every decide to update it I would love LABO Keyboard Support or full touchscreen support. These are the two things that really would change this game and likely give it a 9 out of 10 but for now it is an 8 out of 10! For something “pocket” sized it is interesting to be able to create music easily with people who don’t know music and just want a taste of it. The only drawbacks or lack of exporting and touchscreen is a bit spotty which I hope they fix down the line. 

My Gameplay Footage:


End Credits

I do plan on uploading my Daft Punk song eventually when it is in better shape since currently it is a hot mess and needs a ton of clean up. I also need time to record it and make sure I do the lines perfectly which will require me to write down when to do things. I may even add vocals to it but mind you, I’m not the best singer in the world but it will be fun to hear an entire song using this application. As always I’ll see you in the next review and the next few are going to be pretty interesting so make sure you follow!

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