Dance Aerobics is Jazzercise for the video gaming set. Choose from one of three modes – Dance Aerobics, Pad Antics, or Aerobic Studios – and get to steppin’.
Dance Aerobics eases you into simple aerobic exercise routines with the Power Pad: move right onto button 8, left onto button 4, raise your legs to ungodly heights, etc. After you complete each aerobics class, you’ll be given a password and pushed forward to the next class. More routines, crazier movements, deeper burn.
Pad Antics has three options of its own: “Tune Up,” “Mat Melodies,” and “Ditto.” Tune Up allows you to make a song on the Power Pad, Mat Melodies presents a simple song and has you play along on the Pad, and Ditto, the best of the three, is a one-person version of Twister that shows you where to put both hands and feet on the Pad. Aerobic Studios is similar to Dance Aerobics, though performed in time chunks instead of classes.
Dance Aerobics as a whole, is a surprisingly enjoyable workout, yet it still feels the need to pick apart our failings. Perhaps the problem lies not with our inability to follow directions and more with the Power Pad’s musty sensors not doing their job properly. Or, perhaps, that’s just this author’s wide bottom talking.
PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Human Entertainment
GENRE: Exercise RELEASE DATE: 02/26/87 – (JP), 03/1989 – (US)