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November 25, 2008

I'm a Boogie Superstar! Just don't ask my kids.

boogie_superstar_box.jpgThe lovely ladies at the Parent Bloggers Network know my weakness - I love a chance to grab a microphone and shake my booty - so when they offered my family the chance to play EA Games' new Boogie Superstar for the Wii, I spun around and did that Michael Jackson up on the toes with bent knees thing and said "sure!"

I totally enjoy Wii Boogie - the original game, although I have some issues with the available characters and songs being a little too sexy and mature for my elementary school aged kids. So it was with glee that I fired this up and noticed a new look for the characters.

Gone are the weird animal and monster-looking people. Instead, they have a whole host of male and female characters in a variety of kid and tween friendly looks that you can customize.

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The game play is different too - gone is the need for the nunchuck controller, and the moves are triggered by the movement of the Wii remote. The basic dance moves are easy to master, even for my kids, and the tutorials were fun and easy to follow. Within ten minutes of opening the box, we were having a dance-off.

I really liked the onscreen move prompts - they are easy to follow, and simple combos are possible right from the get-go. We haven't tried choreographing our own routines yet, but I like that it is an option.

My kids really get a kick out of the American Idol-style stage and contest format and judging. I love that you can select your events and song, or leave it all up to the whim of the judges. I found the karaoke portion was more challenging than I expected, but then again, these songs are current hits - over 30 songs that you will actually hear on the radio, if you get the chance to listen to anything other than The Wiggles. I'm not as up on the lyrics and songs as I could be - and I'm betting most kids and teens are going to know all of these songs well.

# Angel, Love Like This [remix], Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield
# Dance Like There's No Tomorrow - Paula Abdul
# Bullseye, Like Whoa, Potential Breakup Song - Aly & AJ
# The Great Escape - Boys Like Girls
# Everytime We Touch, What Hurts the Most - Cascada
# Fancy Footwork - Chromeo
# Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
# Glamorous - Fergie
# Elevator - Flo Rida feat. Timbaland
# I Don't Want to Be in Love (Dance Floor Anthem) - Good Charlotte
# Wake Up - Hilary Duff
# Hold On, SOS, That's Just the Way We Roll, When You Look Me in the Eyes [remix] - The Jonas Brothers
# No One - Alicia Keys
# Take You There - Sean Kingston
# Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne
# Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
# Shake It - Metro Station
# What You Got - Colby O'Donis
# I Don't Think About It - Emily Osment
# Nine in the Afternoon - Panic at the Disco
# Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
# Jump to the Rhythm - Jordan Pruitt
# Don't Stop the Music, Shut Up and Drive - Rihanna
# Yahhh! - Soulja Boy Tellem
# Radar, Toxic - Britney Spears
# He Said She Said - Ashley Tisdale
# Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
# Stronger - Kanye West

It did crack me up that the one song that sounded pretty familiar was Paula Abdul's new one from last year. Hahahaha. Mama needs to get caught up on some new music, I think. Boogie Superstar comes with one microphone so you can sing your heart out - or you can mumble along tunelessly like me, whatever works for you.

If you're looking for a fun, user-friendly game for your pop-star or dancing queen, this is a great place to start. I'm looking forward to getting a little deeper into the features of the game - but the fact that we were engaged so quickly, and having so much fun right out of the box, tells me that this game is going to be a big hit.

Pick up your own copy of Boogie Superstar with Microphone
here. To see what other Parent Bloggers reviewers had to say - check out the roundup post.



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