The sequel to the toddler’s first dance title is here, this one kind of went under the radar, so here you go:

Littler dancers can break out some big moves in this dance party celebration  where they’ll join their favorite Nickelodeon characters! The family-friendly  network keeps the fun going with 30 new songs and dance routines. Kids can  groove to fun routines created by a renowned children’s dance choreographer.  Choose from songs sung by Dora, Diego, the Fresh Beat Band, characters from  Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, and more. Each routine is easy for kids to follow and  supports co-op play for two dancers. You can even join the Nickelodeon crew for  a workout in a fitness-based mode.

Overview

It’s very similar to the first Nickelodeon Dance, but its a tad better, maybe. It is more friendly I’d say to even the younger ones this time around, so it’s not a bad one, there’s just not much to it again. It is limited to only 4 shows basically, with a random thrown in there, but your young ones really need to be into these shows to enjoy it.

The Menu

Before you get into the menu, there is an introduction that plays. This is why I mentioned its for the really young ones just learning. It goes through how to navigate the menu step by step. Once you learn how to use the menu, you then learn how to play the game by throwing you into a dance session. It does explain stars and doing moves right and more but it’s great for the little ones. Anyhow, the menu is the dance central type except a little simpler. It consists of Quick Play which gets right into it, Dance, Workout, Freeze, Achievements which are self-explanatory and Options.

Dance

Dance mode is again the main mode of the game. It’s broken up into 3 categories again, Starting Steps, Smooth Moves and Fancy Footwork. Again, there really is no difference between the difficulty levels, just different types of songs. There are locked songs again, but I think there’s only one in 2 of the groups and 2 in the last group. There is some new add-on thing though, if you complete all of the Dora songs for example, you unlock some Dora mega-mix song and she has a new outfit.

The scoring system is the same as in the first. 3 stars rate your moves. If you don’t move at all, you still get one star. If you move a little bit, you get 2 stars, doing the move somewhat correctly gets you 3 stars, although you still don’t need to use your legs. Filling up the main stars with little stars turns them to gold. The objective is to get 3 gold stars on each song but I doubt the kids will really care. Cue cards show what the moves are, they are repetitive again so it shouldn’t be overly difficult. Dora also yells out the move names again as well. Here’s a quick video of one of the new songs, just a note if you feel like complaining, I am showing how much effort this game needs so you can determine if it’s suitable for your young ones:

Workout

This mode was finally fixed, I’m glad developers do read our reviews. There’s a separate group of songs that have actual workout moves like lunges, curls, etc. It’s a great way to teach them young, even though they think they are dancing, they have no clue they are doing exercise moves. It’s a good mix of fun and exercise in my opinion. They still get exercise with the other songs, these ones are just geared for it. You can check out a video of it below:

Freeze

This is a new mode as well. It’s playable with any of the songs, and it’s kind of like red light green light. When Dora says “Freeze” you have to stop moving, although it’s very difficult to not get any stars. Freezing the entire time earns you 3 stars. I did try to lose at it, but its impossible. Here’s a video of the new mode:

Options

The options allow you to turn coaching, lyrics and picture-taking on or off. If you want to review the tutorials again, you have the Kinect, Menu and Game tutorials available in here as well. Lastly are the credits.

Graphics/Sound

The graphics are pretty much the same, their mouths are a little different but they still don’t sing along which still baffles me. The sounds are all authentic and the majority of the backgrounds have something to do with song and are animated as well. I did go ahead and put a soundtrack together again for this one since you can’t find anything out there. The songs include:

  • Bubble Guppies – Bubble Guppies Theme Song
  • Team Umizoomi – Butterfly Dance
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Get Up And Go Go
  • Team Umizoomi – Shapes All Over The Place
  • Team Umizoomi - Team Umizoomi Theme Song
  • Bubble Guppies – Tonight is a Holiday
  • Dora The Explorer – The Travel Song
  • Dora The Explorer – Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Bubble Guppies – At The Zoo
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Freeze Dance
  • Dora The Explorer – Here Comes Santa Claus
  • The Backyardigans – Hurry Home
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Just Like A Rockstar
  • Bubble Guppies – Once Upon A Time
  • Bubble Guppies – We Totally Rock
  • Team Umizoomi – Anything to Help My Friends
  • Bubble Guppies – I Wanna Be A Cowgirl
  • Dora the Explorer – La Bamba
  • Go, Diego, Go! – The Piranha Song
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Stomp The House
  • The Backyardigans - Tweedily Dee
  • The Backyardigans – Questing, Questing
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Reach for the Sky
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Bananas
  • The Backyardigans – Go, Go, Go
  • The Fresh Beat Band – Good Times
  • Dora the Explorer – Sing-Along Party Mix
  • Bubble Guppies – The Band Plays On
  • Dora the Explorer – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

As you can tell, it’s basically some more Dora, more Fresh Beat Band, more Backyardigans, the Bubble Guppies which are new and Team Umizoomi. The Diego song I’m guessing was missed from the first one. I really think it would have been easier if they just released these as DLC or make the 2 games compatible or something. If your child prefers the other songs from the first one, you will probably have to get both.

Conclusion

Overall it’s ok. It’s geared for the young ones as they are starting to have their own library of Kinect games now. I suppose if they must absolutely have to have it, go for it. There’s nothing wrong with it, it will still consume their time which is always a good thing. I will warn the parents though, Dora gets very annoying after the first half hour. She repeats everything and the singing just really gets to you. If you can handle all of that then have at it. This one might make someone’s holidays more plentiful, but could possibly make yours more painful.


This review is based on a retail copy of the Xbox 360 version of Nickelodeon Dance 2
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