Mad Catz Secures Deal with Nintendo to Produce Rock Band 2 Peripherals

If your closet still has room for more plastic instrument controllers, Mad Catz and Nintendo have reached an agreement that will allow the former to produce music peripherals for Harmonix and MTV Games’ Rock Band 2.

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with Nintendo of America Inc. whereby Mad Catz has secured the rights to produce and distribute peripherals for the critically acclaimed Rock Band video game for the Wii system.

The agreement provides Mad Catz these rights worldwide, outside of Asia. The products to be produced under the agreement are a bass guitar and a portable drum percussion set. Mad Catz expects these products to be available early in 2009. — Press Release

A portable drum set, eh? Sounds enticing given Rock Band’s party-friendly nature. A bass guitar seems a little too hardcore for me, though. The regular guitar controller works just fine.