Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. today announced DanceMasters for Kinect™ for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Utilizing Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 3D motion capture technology, DanceMastersis the next generation in full body dancing where players will not need a controller to move their body to the beat and position their bodies to a variety of on screen markers, giving gamers the ultimate dance club vibe with the most realistic and exhilarating dancing experience to date.
“As an expert in the rhythm-based genre with games such as the highly-successful DanceDanceRevolution franchise, it was a natural fit for Konami to utilize the new capabilities of Kinect for Xbox 360 and create the next generation of dancing video games,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. “DanceMasters is truly an interactive, full body dance game, providing gamers of all ages a heart-pumping experience filled with today’s hottest dance songs.”
In DanceMasters, the new technology of Kinect for Xbox 360 allows players to watch themselves play in real time on the screen and also allows them to save up to two of their original dance moves in order to watch themselves as back-up dancers in the game. As players boogie in tune to the game’s music, they can also take snapshots of their favorite dance poses, save to local albums and share the fun with friends. Utilizing Xbox®LIVE Arcade, players can also challenge up to four friends around the world and enhance their experience with dance sequences, theme packs and more.
Featuring 30 tracks from a wide variety of club music including Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and Techno, dancers can play to their favorite songs, including non-stop set lists and download new songs through the Xbox LIVE. The game additionallyoffers three gameplay modes for the ultimate dance experience – Dance, Lesson, and Status. In Dance Mode, gamers compete to become the ‘dance master’ as they play and unlock their favorite songs and groove along with a friend. Lesson Mode allows users to train in a tutorial, and Status Mode enables them to check their play records and review the titles they have earned. Players can also compete to determine who is the ultimate dancer with multiple difficulty levels including Light, Standard, Extreme and Stealth.