As anyone who has spent more than an hour with a child can tell you, kids love to flail their limbs in a gross approximation of what some would call "dancing." They don't even need music! But to make your child, sibling, or nephew/niece appear less crazy, Ubisoft is releasing Just Dance Kids 2 to give the little ones a beat to groove on. The game is being developed by Land Ho!, and due for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii on October 25.
While the first game was a Wii-exclusive, this one will sport Kinect support on Xbox 360 and Move support on the PlayStation 3 as well. The Xbox 360 with Kinect version lets you create and save your own dance routines and star in a music video. The PS3 Move version snaps photos with the PlayStation Eye and lets you select song medleys. The Wii version includes a multiplayer mode called Balloon Pop, in which you shake your controller to earn points while dancing.
They each also include a new Nonstop Shuffle mode, where you can set it to play for 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes without having to stop to select menus. Perfect for exhausting your kids before bedtime. No, I did not say you could stop dancing, Timmy!
Ubisoft hasn't released a full list of the 40 tracks, but has mentioned a few set to make appearances like "Love Me," "Whip My Hair," "Just The Way You Are," alongside songs from kid-centric TV shows and movies, and covers of "Burnin' Up," "Barbara Ann," "Shake Your Groove Thing," and "I Am a Gummy Bear." Plus we'll get some classic kids songs that old-timers probably remember from kindergarten, like "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," and "The Hokey Pokey."
"Just Dance Kids 2 provides families and kids of all ages with exciting new features building upon those elements that first made the game a success," said Ubisoft senior VP of Sales & Marketing Tony Key, in the press release. "For the first time, Just Dance Kids 2 will be available on all three motion control platforms, making it a must-have family title. The game will get kids active and moving while bringing the entire family together, laughing and dancing in their living rooms."
If all that didn't convince you -- and how could it not? -- check out the first trailer below.