Feel the Rhythm with These 5 Musical Video Games

Video games have long transcended their original inception. What started as a pixelated version of ping pong has become a billion-dollar industry filled with countless worlds and unmeasurable fun.  Video games have many genres, but one is often overlooked- the music/dance genre.  Musical games challenge players to keep a beat via dancing, guitar, drums, or motion controls.  This particular genre is often great to play at parties and for gamers of all ages.

Here are five musical video games to help you feel the rhythm and have some fun!

Taiko no Tatsujin has been a popular game overseas for many years. Rhythm Festival not only re-invigorates the franchise but makes it more accessible stateside. It’s time to drum to the beat of your heart in Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival. Ready to jam to recent smash hits like “Gurenge”, “Feel Special” and “Racing into the Night”? Get your copy now to get the party started! The game is currently available on Nintendo Switch.

The Kingdom Hearts franchise is synonymous with music. The ambitious crossover game brings the very best of Disney and Final Fantasy to create an experience that has not been successfully duplicated.  Melody of Memory has you play through the vast franchise in this surprisingly challenging rhythm game.  Players will have to keep the beat to meet challenge goals to their favorite songs from the IP; including the original music performed by Utada Hikaru.  Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is available on Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4.

Just Dance is well known in the gaming community for being an innovator in the dancing genre. It takes full advantage of motion controls across consoles and beyond.  Players follow along to the years’ most popular songs to score points, unlock new songs, burn calories, or all of the above. Each year the game adds additional features like online mode where you can dance with people all across the globe. The newest version, Just Dance 2023, features music from Beyonce, Dua Lipa, Ava Max, and (G)I-DLE! You can pre-order the game now or wait for its official release on November 22, 2022.

Zumba: Burn It Up! 

Zumba is an international fitness dance sensation. It combines Latin music with aerobics. Zumba: Burn It Up! is a return to the gaming world, with its previous games being on older consoles like Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. Get your fix of the Zumba program anytime, anywhere with high-energy routines and hip-shaking jams including chart-topping hits and Zumba originals. You can purchase just the game or a version that comes with straps to hold your joycons as you dance!


Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix Standard 

Hatsune Miku is a pop legend! The virtual artist has been a staple in pop culture since she arrived on the scene. Now her fandom has grown exponentially in recent years. Project DIVA Mega Mix lets fans groove to Miku’s biggest hits and more. Based on the popular Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix takes the series to a new dimension on the Nintendo Switch, giving both new fans and Project DIVA veterans ways to play at home or on the go. Rhythm game modes feature both traditional button controls, as well as a new game motion-based gameplay mode exclusive to the unique functions of the Nintendo Switch!

What are your favorite musical video games? Help us grow our list in the comments below!


About Yali Perez

When she's not writing about pop culture for Fandom Spotlite, curating social media for the*gameHERS, or helping to produce the DB4L podcast, she is a single mom to the coolest kid in the world. In Yali's free time she likes to bake, exercise, watch horror films, and play Mario Kart. Yali's goal as a writer is to share her nontraditional and colorful view of the world with readers everywhere.

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