Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars game and console finally given a release date

Kinect Star Wars Bundle BoxAnnounced way back in July last year during Comic-Con, Microsoft has finally given its limited edition Star Wars themed Xbox 360 and the Kinect Star Wars game a release date. Originally scheduled for last holiday season, it’s now set for April 3 in both the USA and the UK.

The Xbox 360 bundle comes with a 320GB console with a custom R2-D2 paint job and special sound effects, a C-3PO-themed gold controller and a bright Stormtrooper white Kinect accessory. Also included in the box is an Xbox Live wired headset and an Xbox Live token.

A copy of Kinect Star Wars will also be bundled inside, and Microsoft has released a few more details regarding the game’s content too. There are five gaming modes, four of which sound great — Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, Rancor Rampage, Podracing and Duels of Fate — but the fifth is, how can we say this, unexpected.

It’s called Galactic Dance-off, which to the best of my knowledge isn’t based on a scene from the movies, despite appearing to be set in Jabba’s Palace. It’s best described in the press release, which says it’s: “Loaded with Star Wars-themed pop tunes where those still honing their Jedi skills can take a break to battle Darth Vader on the dance floor or bust a move “Solo style.”

There’s even a screenshot, which you can see below. Yes, that is C-3PO, and yes, he checked his dignity at the door.

The Jedi Destiny mode contains the meat of the game, with big space battles, lightsaber duels and the chance to pilot vehicles including Speeder Bikes and a landspeeder.

We had fun with Kinect Star Wars when we played it at E3 2011, and it’s great to see an actual release date at last. The price hasn’t changed though, as it’s still going to set you back $449, or £349 if you’re in the UK. As it’s not clear exactly how “limited” this limited edition is, if you really want one it’s probably best to pre-order soon. The game is also available separately.

C-3PO Kinect Dance Off