Dancing with the Stars becomes a video game for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2

Dancing with the Stars will soon become a video game. Versions for the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2 come out Oct. 30, and a special edition for PlayStation with the dance pad will be released Nov. 13.

This isn’t the first time a reality show has been adapted as a game; Survivor became a video game, and
Vivendi released a video game based upon American Idol five years ago. Two years ago, Konami was granted the license to produce other games based on that series. And at least one game has become a reality series: Call of Duty aired on Spike a year ago.

The Dancing with the Stars game for Nintendo Wii uses the devices’ controllers “to physically mimic elegant dance moves while at the same time allowing the player to add his or her own personal flair,” according to a press release.

According to the product descriptions, the game includes appearances by nine past stars and their dancing partners, the judges, and the fun British announcer; players will dance 10 different styles to 36 songs that include “The Final Countdown, Bailamos, These Boots are Made for Walking, She’s a Lady, I like the Way You Move, Put Your Records On, Independent Women Part 1, and many more,” the description says. Here’s a preview that includes video from the game itself:

Activision Brings ”Dancing with the Stars” Video Game to the Wii [Activision press release]

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