Activision Goes Dancing With The Stars

Guys, if you’re still desperately struggling to turn your girlfriend/wife into a gamer, Activision may finally have a solution that could work for you, today announcing the official Dancing With The Stars video game. Coming to the Wii and PS2 later this month (with a PS2-exclusive limited edition dance pad bundle also coming in November), the Dancing With The Stars game is officially licensed, meaning it has the judges, dance styles, so-called “celebrities” and their professional dance partners from the show, along with a soundtrack of 36 licensed songs. Continue browsing on for the pack of goodies Activision passed along with the announcement, including two trailers (one for both versions and one Wii-specific), screenshots, box art and the complete fact sheet of game features.

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Call up your friends, round up your family, because a non-stop celebrity dance party is coming your way. With Dancing With The Stars™, the official video game, you will dance, perform, and compete to claim the coveted title of America’s favorite celebrity dancer. Play as one of 9 celebrities such as Emmitt Smith or Stacy Keibler, then pair with the show’s professional dancers and show the judges you’ve got star power! You’ll get your dance on to 36-licensed songs and compete in all 10 dance styles lifted straight from the show, from the Cha-Cha to the Tango! With unique Wii™ remote functionality, PlayStation®2 dance pad compatibility, and multiplayer capability you’ll find non-stop dance party fun for all ages. Get ready to let your inner star shine!

• Bringing the Show to Your Party – The celebrities, the professional dancers, the judges, the announcer, the costumes, the songs, the dances. They are all here! The celebrity in-game cast features a who’s who of past contestants from Emmitt Smith, Mario Lopez, Joey McIntyre and Joey Lawrence to Laila Ali, Stacey Keibler, Shanna Moakler, Lisa Rinna and Monique Coleman. Choose your favorite celeb, strut your stuff, and then be prepared to receive your “candid” feedback from the show’s 3 charismatic judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodmand, and Bruno Tonioli – all of whom entered the sound studio so they could lend their actual voices and classic “critiques.”

• 36 Licenses Songs – True to the TV show, Dancing with the Stars isn’t like dancing your grandma’s Viennese Waltz. You’ll be jiving and tangoing to some of today’s popular songs as featured on the show, like These Boots Are Made For Walking as made famous by Jessica Simpson, Independent Woman Part 1 as made famous by Destiny’s Child, Bailamos as made famous by Enrique Iglesias, She’s A Lady as made famous by Tom Jones, and The Final Countdown as made famous by Europe,! These body rockin’, recognizable hits are guaranteed to get your dance party started!

• All the Dance Styles From The Show – You’ll compete in all the dance styles you love from the series. Show your traditional expertise with the Waltz, Foxtrot, and Quickstep. Let your sensuality show with the Tango, Paso Doble, Samba, Rumba, and Cha-Cha. Or let yourself go crazy with the Jive! They are all here and ready for you to show everyone what you’ve got!

• Many Levels of Play – The gameplay is easy and engaging for all levels of ability, with Amateur or Professional levels of difficulty available. Beginners can start out slow with practice mode, before moving onto the dance floor to really strut their stuff. Additionally, you can perfect your moves with single-player before inviting your friends over for multiplayer in either head-to-head or duet modes. But your choices don’t stop there! Do you want to be the lead or do you want to follow? You make the call, nail your moves, and then re-play from another perspective to really get your dance on!

Publisher: Activision, Inc.

Developer: Zoë Mode

Release Date: Late October 2007 for Wii and PS2 w/o the dance pad
Mid-November 2007 for the limited production
Dancing with the Stars dance pad bundled with the
PS2 game disc.

Platforms: PS2 & Wii

SRP: $49.99 Wii
$49.99 PS2 bundle with dance pad
$39.99 PS2 w/o dance pad

ESRB Rating: “E10+” for Ages 10 and up

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