The best dance games we’ve lined up let you shake a leg with the top contenders out there. They are the movers and shakers of the gaming scene that have the power to get you off the couch and onto the floor. Unlike other conventional titles, these best picks require you to stand and face the console, all ready to move to the beats that are about to blare out. This engaging genre has garnered the interest of many casual gamers, especially those who own a Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Move or Kinect for Xbox 360. So without further ado, here are our ultimate options in this particular section.
1 – Just Dance 3:
The Just Dance franchise has been entertaining audiences since late 2009. The latest edition namely Just Dance 3 released last year for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. Published and developed by Ubisoft, this newest gem features a new 4-player Dance Crew and Just Sweat modes.
Some of the hits that are included in Just Dance 3 read as Black Eyed Peas – Pump It, Katy Perry – Teenage Dream, California Gurls and E.T., Mika – Lollipop, LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem and Cee Lo Green – Forget You. And if you like this iteration, keep an eye out for Just Dance 4, which is expected to unleash later this year.
2 – Michael Jackson: The Experience:
The king of pop may no longer (moon) walk among us but he has certainly left a rich legacy. And what better way to enjoy his music than by grooving to the catchy tunes via a game called Michael Jackson: The Experience? This inclusion in our roster released around 2 years ago and made its presence felt across a whole slew of platforms like the Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS, 3DS, PS Vita and even iOS devices.
A few well-known songs that are packed into the title include Black or White, Bad, Smooth Criminal, Heal the World, Remember the time, Thriller, Dirty Diana, They Don’t Care About Us and Blood on the Dance Floor.
3 – Zumba Fitness 2:
After striking a chord with audiences in 2010, Zumba Fitness hit the scene once again with its sequel called Zumba Fitness 2 or Zumba Fitness Rush for the Wii and Xbox 360 consoles, respectively. This new installment covers 24 different dance styles that range from hip-hop and meringue to Latin pop and Bollywood.
You’ll be bombarded with new routines, venues, interesting instructors and even online connectivity, to name a few. Some of the songs that can be heard here include Pitbull – Pause, Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – We No Speak Americano and Nicole Scherzinger – Poison.
4 – Dance Central 2:
Unlike a few of the other titles, Dance Central 2 is exclusively created for the Xbox 360 console. The foot-tapping title which is developed and published by Harmonix, unveiled across the terrain just late last year. Those who’ve played the first iteration will be able to recognize many familiar faces like Angel, Emilia, Miss Aubrey and Mo, along with some new feisty characters as well.
Some of the tracks featured here include Lady Gaga – Bad Romance and Born This Way, Sean Kingston – Fire Burning, Justin Bieber – Somebody to Love, Willow Smith, Rihanna – Rude Boy and Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull – I Like It. And don’t take off those dancing shoes just yet, even if you’ve already mastered all these tracks, as Dance Central 3 is expected to pop up next month.
5 – DanceMasters:
Published by Konami, DanceMasters or Dance Evolution, as it’s also known, forayed across the scenario in 2010 exclusively for the Xbox 360 system. It’s noted to be the brainchild of the makers responsible for the acclaimed Dance Dance Revolution series.
The game is infused with 4 difficulties namely light, standard, extreme and master. A few dance genres featured here read as club, hip-hop, R&B, pop, techno, parapara and old school. Other modes include Lesson, Status and Dance modes as well as Xbox Live.
6 – Nickelodeon Dance:
Among the most sought after titles out there, you’ll also find a special one that’s created especially for the little ones in your home. We’re talking about a title christened simply as Nickelodeon Dance. If you haven’t already figured it out, the game in question is packed to the hilt with all your child’s favorite characters plucked right out from the Nickelodeon universe.
Join familiar faces like Dora, Diego and The Backyardigans, and move to the tunes of classic hits like Rhythm is Gonna Get You!, We Got the Beat and Dancing in the Street. Children can also enjoy TV show theme songs such as Go, Diego, Go! and Dora the Explorer. Created by 2K Games, the title is available for the Wii and Xbox 360 systems.
7 – Dance Paradise:
Dance Paradise by THQ comprises of 40 tracks that are strewn across a plethora of genres like rock, dance, R&B and hip-hop. There’s a trio of single player modes to take advantage of namely Career, Training and Free.
You can also bring along a friends to experience all the hip-shaking action as the title comes complete with 3 2-player multiplayer modes – Attack, Versus and Synchro. The developers have even thrown in a Video Box Mode for listening and watching music videos.
The curtain call comprises of the best dance games that deserve a standing ovation. And while you’re on your feet applauding these gems, turn on your console, put in any one of the aforesaid delights and groove to the music. What’s more, you’ll even be able to stay fit while having fun. Have we covered all of your favorite titles or did we miss out on a name or two? You can enlighten us with your thoughts by dropping your comments in the box below.