Konami of America has announced a partnership with North American fitness chain 24 Hour Fitness that will cross-promote the concept of its Dance Dance Revolution
series as an 'exergaming' product, positioning it as both positive for losing weight and getting in shape.
According to online reports, 24 Hour Fitness will use versions of Dance Dance Revolution
in Kids’ Club sessions at the chain, and in addition, dance mat-bundled copies of the currently available Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2
for PlayStation 2 and the forthcoming Xbox SKU of the title will arrive with a 30 day voucher for 24 Hour Fitness.
Independent studies are already testing the effectiveness of DDR
, which has a 'Calorie Mode' for weight loss built in to many recent versions of the franchise. In fact, earlier this year
, The West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency, which provides insurance to public sector workers such as teachers and government officials, recruited 85 children to take part in a study using Dance Dance Revolution
for encouraging weight loss. Other recent game titles, including Respondesign's Xbox and PlayStation 2 title Yourself! Fitness
and Sony's PS2 game EyeToy Kinetic
, developed in association with Nike, have also advanced the 'exergaming' trend significantly.
Clara Gilbert, Director of Business Partnerships at Konami Digital Entertainment - America, commented with regard to this announcement: "Bringing the health and fitness benefits of DDR
to 24 Hour Fitness is an unbeatable combination in helping kids and adults stay in shape while having fun. By placing DDR
in 24 Hour Fitness locations we strive to help kids and adults achieve their fitness goals in an unintimidating and fun way."