'Dancing With the Stars' Video Games Puts You Into the Dance-Off

Movement Game for Nintendo Wii

On the Wii, "Dancing With the Stars: We Dance!" is a movement game in which you swing both the Wii remote and the nunchuk in different directions to match arrows on the screen. The arrows appear along the side of animations of the dancing couple you have chosen. Sadly, the game does not use real video footage from the show.

In this version, you are not allowed as much freedom in selecting dancers to watch as you are in the DS version. At first, you can only choose to be Joey Fatone partnered with Kym Johnson or Jennie Garth partnered with Derek Hough. To unlock the remaining eight couples, you must repeatedly play through the Show mode.

Playing the game using the Wii remote and the Nunchuk works reasonably well but not perfectly. Not all your motions will register, even though you did them at the right time. And this is a game that works better with a wireless Nunchuk than one that is tethered. The game can be played on two levels of difficulty.

The character animations in this game are better than those in the DS version, so that here, the stars are somewhat recognizable.

Bottom Line: Passable movement game for the Wii that is fun for fans of the show. Since it has a two-player mode, this version is best for families and friends looking to play together.

RATING: 3 stars (out of 5) For ages 10-up From Activision, www.activision.com, $39.99, Nintendo Wii.

Jinny Gudmundsen is the kid-tech columnist for USA Today.com and Gannett News Service, and is also the editor of Computing With Kids (www.ComputingWithKids.com ).

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