Here’s an upcoming title from Ubisoft, set to be released in the Fall. Gold’s Gym Dance Workout looks like a really promising game.
For a long time, Dance Dance Revolution was the king of the hill as far as dance games go. But of course, hopping on a plastic mat isn’t really dancing. I found this out the hard way at a wedding when I tried to participate in a dance-off using DDR moves. There were a lot of copycat games like High School Musical and Dancing with the Stars that were variations of matching movements with arms and legs. Great exercise, great challenge, not really dancing.
Just Dance proved that people want to has enjoyed a resurgence in recent months. Perhaps buoyed by popular TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars, suddenly, people wanted to exercise but also learn real dance moves and choreography.
Gold’s Gym Cardio has had a long-time place on our list of top 10 Wii Fitness games because it taught “real” boxing moves. If all goes well, Gold’s Gym Dance Workout should do the same (it was developed in collaboration with fitness and dance experts). There’s still no official song list, but hopefully there’ll be plenty of popular songs.
Here are some other highlights:
- The game will include mini-games such as rodeo bull riding, karate, rowing, kangaroo boxing, and sword fighting.
- Support for creation of circuit program, which are continuous dancing or mini-game sessions lasting up to 30 minutes.
- Tracking of your exercise history, including play time, calories burned, and BMI.
- Support for two players, so you can workout with a friend or loved one.
While Ubisoft’s recent history of exercise games has been a little spotty, this one should be another good one.