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November 15, 2011

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves

System: Wii

Developed by: Konami

Last July, I celebrated my 29th birthday by going to the movies to see the very fun Cars 2 as well as other movies. The movie theater I attended has a really cool arcade, so in-between movies my nephew and I would play there. They happened to have a Dance Dance Revolution arcade machine. I played a couple of songs and I was happy to find out that I still had my DDR skills intact.

This event inspired me to talk about the other Disney themed DDR game, one that is currently available and is easy to find: Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves for the Wii. Much like DDR: Disney Mix, Disney Grooves borrows the best songs from Disney's vast library of classic melodies. This edition of DDR features over forty songs from across many of Disney's properties, including 'It's a Small World After Al,l' 'The Circle of Life,' 'A Pirate's Life,' and 'Chim-Chim-Cher-ee'.

Gameplay remains the same as in previous DDR titles. Using a dance mat, you hit scrolling arrows with your feet to the beat of the song. The faster a song is, the more difficult it will be to stay in rhythm, making it a game that is very easy to learn but hard to master. Disney Groove's difficulty has been toned down for the sake of its family audiences, allowing them to progress and become better at the game without feeling overwhelmed by it all. DDR experts, though, will find the game to be too easy, even in the expert level. Being a Wii title, Disney Groove uses the Wii Remote and Nunchuck for additional moves. It features multiplayer for up to four players. If you don't have enough dance mats to go around, don't fret. Disney Grooves comes bundled with two dance mats, making multiplayer easier to set up. Finally, Dance Dance Revolution also serves as a great workout title. That's why Disney Grooves also offers a workout mode where you can count how many calories you have burned during the session.


In addition to the forty songs, Disney Grooves features a wide variety of unlockable content. You are able to play as both an original character as well as your Mii, the character you create on the Wii system. You can customize your character to wear Disney inspired outfits, such as Disney Princess dresses and even Disney Baby inspired outfits! There are sixty costumes to unlock and wear. You can also take a photo of your character posing with a Disney character and save it on the game's album.

There is very little to say against Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves. The level of challenge is appropriate for the target audience and there is a lot of content for Disney fans to sink their teeth into. It also works as a great gateway into the world of Dance Dance Revolution and other dance games in the market.


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