The lights are on
During their press conference today, Konami showed off two of their upcoming titles for Kinect. The first was Adrenalin Misfits, an extreme sports title featuring such attitude-filled characters as animals with sunglasses. You'll jump around to control your character, and your speed increases as people in the room cheer. Seems kind of ridiculous, considering that means you'll have to have people screaming throughout a race in an effort to reach your maximum speed. We'll see if it turns out as ridiculous as it sounds, because it would probably be the most annoying game ever made if that was the case.
Next up was Dance Masters, which (you guessed it) substitutes dancing for jumping. Your characters will prance around onstage, and it's up to you to follow along and match their outlines as the song progresses.
Also announced at the event was Deca Sports Freedom, a Hudson title featuring minigames such as tennis, archery, and paintball. The latter was controlled with the exact "pew pew" fake gun motion that Kevin Butler mocked in a Sony ad.
With all these dancing and sports games being announced, it's becoming even more obvious that Kinect is going after the mainstream audience that made the Wii such a hit. We'll have to wait and see if the gaming experience itself is significantly improved over the Wii's motion alternative.