MC Groovz Dance Craze
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MC Groovz Dance Craze is a rhythm game for the Nintendo GameCube, developed and published by Mad Catz, Inc. The game is a Dance Dance Revolution clone which came bundled with Mad Catz' Beat Pad accessory. The game was originally announced via a press release on November 2, 2004.
There are two main gameplay modes: Scroll and Spin. In Scroll mode, you play by stepping on four different directions on the game pad (right, up, down and left) as the arrows scroll towards four icons at the top of the screen.
Spin mode, however, allows you to step on eight directions. The arrows gravitate towards the icons in the screen from the center. In Easy mode, you only step on four arrows. Moderate and Expert increase the number of arrows to eight. The songs are also longer than other dance games, often lasting around seven minutes.
The game also includes three extra modes of play: Dance Workout mode, which lets you see how many calories you've burned while playing the game; Dance Together, a two player co-op dance mode; and Dance Faceoff, a two-player versus mode.
The game features a total of 28 songs, including several licensed songs from original artists such as KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jewel, Jessica Simpson, The Emotions, Whodini, Peaches & Herb, Patti LaBelle, David Naughton, Jump5, Call Me Alice, Kaskade, Rithma, Boogie's Dubtronic Science, Miguel Migs, Ming_(DJ) + FS, Afro Mystik and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
"Best Of My Love" - Emotions 1977
"Boogie Wonderland" - Earth Wind and Fire 1979
"Come On" - Miguel Migs
"D7 D7" - Rupee
"Freak" - Ming_(DJ)+FS
"Freaks Come Out At Night" - Whodini 1984
"Go" - Eugene
"Intuition" - Jewel 2003
"Irresistible" - Jessica Simpson 2001
"It's You, It's Me" - Kaskade 2003
"Lady Marmalade" - LaBelle 1974
"Love And Music" - Rithma 2003
"Machine Gun" - Commodores 1974
"Meditation To The Groove" - Kaskade 2003
"Makin' It" - David Naughton 1979
"Natural" - Afro Mystik 2002
"Ossining" - Mike Doughty 2004
"Out Of Sight" - Call Me Alice 2004
"Parents Just Don't Understand" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 1988
"Rainfall" - J Boogie's Dubtronic Science
"Rhythm Is" - Aero Mystik
"Sandinista Fashionista" - Gray Does Matter
"Shake Your Groove Thing" - Peaches & Herb 1978
"Soundtrack To The Soul" - Kaskade
"Sweet Love" - Kaskade
"That's The Way (I Like It)" - KC and the Sunshine Band 1975
"Turn Me On" - Kevin Lyttle
"Walking On Sunshine" - Jump 5 2003
MC Groovz Dance Craze has a Metacritic score of 42. IGN has said that it is "Playable, but not fun." and suggests that "The footwork doesn't match the music.". In regards to the workout mode, GameSpot said while it can count calories, it has no other differences from normal mode.
On May 9, 2005, Konami filed a complaint against Roxor Games claiming an infringement of rights related to their dance game product In the Groove. On July 1, 2005, the complaint was amended to include MC Groovz Dance Craze. The aforementioned lawsuit was settled on November 1, 2006. The exact terms of the settlement were not mentioned in the press release.
- "Mad Catz to Publish MC Groovz Dance Craze Dance Game".
- "MC Groovz Dance Craze for GameCube Review at GameSpot".
- "Konami seeks an injunction and damages against the manufacture and distribution of dance simulation game "In The Groove".".
- "Konami expands scope of its litigation against dance game developers and distributors in the U.S.".
- "Settlement of the Patent Litigation against Mad Catz, Inc.".