Take a chance on ABBA dance video game

Ubisoft to trot out a Wii game based on the Swedish supergroup's music in November. Knowing me, knowing you, we are going to like this one.

ABBA game
Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

With the upcoming ABBA You Can Dance video game, you can dance and you can jive--hopefully in a white polyester jumpsuit.

Yes, it's true. Ubisoft is releasing a Wii-exclusive dance title based on the music of the Swedish supergroup known for its feathered hair and copious hits.

ABBA You Can Dance will feature 25 ABBA songs, including the group's biggest, such as "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," and "Waterloo." The game's environments and professionally choreographed routines were inspired by the group's music videos and live performances. (Get a sense of the gameplay in the vid below.)

Two players can sing along to lyrics that appear onscreen, while up to four gamers can simultaneously perform the disco-centric dance moves. A mini-musical mode lets players act out the key roles in a love story based on some of ABBA's classic songs, kind of like in the musical "Mamma Mia."

Founded in Stockholm in 1970 by Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Agnetha Fältskog, ABBA went on to become one of the most commercially successful pop bands of all time with more than 378 million records sold.

ABBA You Can Dance shimmies onto Wiis November 15, and I, for one, am not ashamed to expose myself as an ABBA lover and say this news kind of makes my Frday. Or should I say Frïday?

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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