Gamespot previews Kidz Bop Dance Party for Wii
With Just Dance being the most successful third-party (i.e. not made by Nintendo) Wii game ever, we can expect lots of imitators in the dance genre. To me, that is awesome news. One thing that sets console games apart from workout DVDs is that games seem to be able to license far better music. Thus games allow us to dance and sweat along with popular hits, often by the original artists, rather than the tuneless canned music that fitness DVDs are often stuck with.
Now the Kidz Bop franchise is entering the dance game market with Kidz Bop Dance Party. Kidz Bop, for anyone unfamiliar with their commercials that have been saturating kid TV for nearly a decade, is a series of CDs where kids sing “cleaned-up” versions of popular hits. Kidz Bop Dance Party for Wii is scheduled for release in September, but Gamespot has a pre-review that sounds very promising.
From the review, it sounds like gameplay is very similar to Just Dance: hold the remote in one hand and mimic the dancer on the screen. But this game adds the customization features of We Cheer or Boogie Superstar by allowing you to import your Mii and dress it up with clothes and accessories bought by the points you won. In addition, you score points based on how appropriately your avatar is dressed, so the highwaters-with-white-socks look might score big with with Thriller, but best hit the wardrobe before switching to Lady Gaga. So this game might teach your kids to either dress for success, or shop till they drop.