Activision <i>Dancing with the Stars</i> on Wii, PS2

Publisher turning rumba-infused reality show into rhythm game, due on Nintendo's console October 30 and Sony's device November 13.

"Are you rrrrrready to rrrrumba?!?!?

Activision today announced that it has partnered with ABC Entertainment and BBC Worldwide America to make a Dancing With the Stars game for the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2. Though just announced, it won't be long until the Dancing game comes home. The title will be available on the Wii on October 30 and on the PS2 on November 13.

The Wii version, which will cost $49.99, will take advantage of the unit's unique motion-sensitive controller, allowing gamers to mimic dance moves by physically prancing about. The PS2 version will use the PlayStation 2 Dance Pad, and cost $39.99 for just the game or $49.99 bundled with a limited edition, Dancing With the Stars-branded version of said pad.

Details on gameplay have not yet been divulged, but Activision stated that former Dancing With the Stars participants Emmitt Smith and Stacy Keibler will be included in the game. Dancing With the Stars is currently in its fifth season. Among the celebrity competitors featured in this round are Wayne Newton, Jane Seymour, Spice Girl Melanie Brown, and former 90210 star Jennie Garth.

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111 comments
Devvy01
Devvy01

Sorry this TV show is bad enough without it being pushed onto the gaming market, what do you do, pushing the 'X" then 'O" to heckle the judges?

GrimBee
GrimBee

The trouble is - the ps2 and the wii are cheap. So that attracts a heck of alot of non-gamers. Gamers who can't tell the difference between an eagerly awaited game by a good developer, and one with just a pretty box and concept. The bad thing about this is that because of those lazy developers using liscences over gameplay - they can sell a load of titles, offering very little budget on the actual game itself, but more to the liscencing. This then gives those lazy developers more money than they should deserve, and you will notice alot of the crap (but with attractive box-art) games hitting the shelves. Its not because the wii or the ps2 is crap, its because developers are taking advantage of the non-gamers lack of ability to know what a good game is. If you have been gaming for years on end, then basically you should be able to tell what is a good game or not by either looking at the box, reading about it, or see who the developers are or even the publishers. Non gamers don't have that knowledge, its the same as if a gamer who doesn't read books just picks up a novel with a pretty cover and just reads it. Alot of readers know not to go for the attractive front covers, and go by the writer themselves. Never does a synopsis do the book any justice, same as if you look at the synopsis of a game at the back. I mean, look at the back of red steel for the wii - the game is pretty bad, but the box and the synopsis make it seem good. Alot of non gamers get fooled by this, because these new games coming out have a big liscence, they would expect these games to be good, like the TV show they like to watch. They, then, will buy the game in the masses. The developers will reap the rewards - and then feel compelled to release more junk. Or copy the success of nintendo's mini games idea. How many times have you seen those around since launch... Exactly the same happened to the ps2 - how many games did you play with pointless stealth bits thrown in AFTER mgs and mgs2 came out? LOADS of them. It will take a developer with some guts to prove to the non-gamers exactly what makes a good game. This will prevent them just buying anything and everything off the shelf. Thats the problem with the ps2 and the wii right now. Well, the ps2 is too far gone for it to change much, but the wii at the moment is living off lazy developers. Once the good games come out, good developers will want to challenge those concepts and thus starts the good selection of games. But if this game sells well - other developers will use the same ideas, get lazy, sell it to a naive audience. So even though the wii seems to be getting all the slop, its because of the non-gamers buying the stuff. If nobody bought them, no developer would make them. So its up to the unique and good games to set an example for them to copy and change around. How many console fps games (which are good) have you seen since goldeneye? ALOT. How many survival horror games have you seen since resident evil? ALOT. How many great racing games have you seen since GT? I hope you know what I mean, its not the wii thats crap - its the developers (at the moment).

gsf
gsf

uhhhhhhhhhhh

EE2lemmonhead
EE2lemmonhead

what a great idea, make DDR gayer by giving it a dance pad with celebrities on it! really tho wii version has potentioal. knowing activision it wqill suck, but it still has potentionl

SBD-LUDI
SBD-LUDI

not good, positively bad really.

battlfrnt2006
battlfrnt2006

IS THERE NO GOD?!! Just what we need, another sh*tty television-based game....

-BC-Soldier91
-BC-Soldier91

.....you can't be serious. Did you not learn anything from the American idol games? If I was a developer, I would not waste my resources on something that has already been done. There are many dance games out there, so I'll be surprised if this one gets a lot of attention. We need some more original stuff, it seems like hollywood is doing the same thing almost. Just recycling.

Cyco1eR
Cyco1eR

I just died a little inside...

x-wing20
x-wing20

thy're relly trying to exandd the audience.

realistgamer
realistgamer

haha yea where's my prison break that would be an awesome game!

darthzew
darthzew

And it's going to sell like water to men on fire. Why? Good question.

Vexx88
Vexx88

wheres my Deal or No Deal damn it lol.

CRAZYCAM_93
CRAZYCAM_93

You guys should lay of with the "OMGZ! THIS GAME WILL SUCK LYK NOOBZ." comments. This could actually be a lot of fun, like Boogie is. Although, coming from Activision, who are known in the gaming industry to make rely mostly on poor and lazy move tie-ins for their dough, this could well be another addition to the long list of flops. But on the other hand, Activision are also well known for top quality games, so its hard to tell whether this game will be a hit, or a miss. What I do know is that the Wii version will obviously be the better version(due to innovative controls) and the PS2 version will be a much more boring game. These type of games happen all the time. But could this be a good one?

PS360Fanboy
PS360Fanboy

Oh god no, Definatley not on my "wish List"

Sikzak
Sikzak

not on my "games to buy" list

xion2k4
xion2k4

gonna be a bad game for a bad show

fathed102
fathed102

This will go great with my Deal or No Deal game.

joshsta7
joshsta7

oh man......... WHO CARES!!!!!!

redfox66
redfox66

Strictly come dancing............

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

the show is lame and the game looks even worst I am so gonna pass this one...

jack_sparrow_28
jack_sparrow_28

If anyone buys this, no matter of their age, gender, race, religion, whatever, if anyone buys this, they obviously have no idea what a decent game is.

PlasmaBeam44
PlasmaBeam44

Defiantly on the top ten list of "Why was this game even made?" lists.

the_undisturbed
the_undisturbed

hmmm... it could be worse i guess... it could b developed by EA and in between dances we'll see some sort of commercial :P

LinkRemembered
LinkRemembered

I know I should be more concerned that this game is even being made, but it's coming out less than two weeks after it's announced? What the hell?

m1lkshakes
m1lkshakes

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Dark_Link142

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Manticore32
Manticore32

Oh no! My Moms gonna want to get it!!!!

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

This has got to be one of the worse ideas for a game ever

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Yay, another port from the PS2 to the Wii. Coz thats what I bought my Wii for!

ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

Yay! Stacy Keibler! I'm sold! :)

1357900
1357900

My opinion is the same as ihamlin35, & visionedorange: this game will be a so-gay money-wasting flop. I knew a girl in my college class last fall, who had the mentality neccesary to buy this game. So, out of all the copies they make, they will definitely sell one copy. But even that's based on the assumption that this girl is still a complete moron ;).

boobush
boobush

If I wanna dance, I go to a freaking club. And Dancing with the Stars sucks, even more than dancing while you have SARS.

royalsong
royalsong

Jeez everyone's ratting on the show. The game might suck (because I just don't think it's a good idea).. but the show is very good. I enjoy watching it. Give it more then 5 minutes.

reverendyates
reverendyates

Don't blame the developers for making a bad TV-game tie in. Blame the TV networks for making a bad show in the first place. If TV shows were good, then maybe TV show games wouldn't suck so bad. But I haven't watched TV in 4 months, ever since I canceled my cable in protest of Cartoon Network not showing cartoons. I haven't been to the movies in 3 years and I have no plans on going again. Maybe I'm just getting old and cynical.

GrimBee
GrimBee

"Just get a dual tuner dVr and that will solve all your problems". LoL, I wish that was the case! Over here in the UK - we don't have Tivo as such, we have Sky Plus. My wife records all of her masses of programs and watches them all in the evenings... so, I allocate my game-time inbetween all that. When she finds out about these games... the universe will probably be a very different place ;) lol

thk123
thk123

This game is going to suck. There is no doubt. The problem is, if it sucked and no one bought it, that would be the end of it. The problem is, it will suck and sell like pancakes. Devs have worked out that the kind of people who would consider this game, don't check GS for reviews or look at other peoples opinions and they will just buy it. Activision will make buckets of money and there will be 10 or so copy cat games over the next couple of years, until everyone who might be this game owns at least one version. Then when they are dry, they move on to the next gimmick.

DanManX
DanManX

Billy Ray Cyrus must be a playable character.

darkzerogamer
darkzerogamer

Now that this is coming out, along with Dirty Dancing - My wife not only has command over the TV (prison break, x factor, strictly come dancing, neighbours, home and away, what about brian, brothers and sisters, re-runs of ally mcbeal.... ah the list is just endless.>>> Just get a dual tuner dVr and that will solve all your problems.

brettneo3012
brettneo3012

These type of games come out on all systems..