SEGA reveals more details on Samba de Amigo: Party Central

Bringing a party aspect to the usual dance game

It’s been a quite some time since Samba de Amigo: Party Central has been first announced and, now, we’re just about a month until the game comes out. In case you’ve been curious to know more about the game, SEGA has recently released more information regarding its gameplay and more.

Samba de Amigo: Party Central is a rhythm game for the Nintendo Switch that utilizes the Joy-Cons to serve as maracas to let you groove to the beat. However, the gameplay actually has more nuances to it that makes it interesting. Here’s a breakdown on the details that SEGA revealed:


Maracas Madness!

Using the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons, you’ll line them up with dots on the screen at the right angle and shake them at the right moment. Basic gameplay will let you groove to the beat and strike some poses to hit songs from various genres.

Rhythm balls will be appearing on-screen in sync with the music being played. As soon as they line-up and enter a designated zone, just match the angle and shake. That’s not the only type of note you’ll be asked to pull off, however, as there will also be Rapid notes / beats, Slide notes where you have to trace the shape on-screen with your Joy-Cons, and Pose prompts that will have you imitate a pose. As a series-first, Dance prompts have also been added where you’ll need to move based on what’s being shown on screen.

And yes, more tracks will be added as DLC after the game is released.

Time to Party

Samba de Amigo: Party Central brings a party aspect to the usual dance game as it has added “Happening” prompts that aims to increase the fun factor of each performance. When you hit the “?” note during the game, a roulette wheel will appear which will start a mini-game which you’ll need to also complete. A nice party twist that’ll make for fun gatherings and gaming sessions! There are more than fifteen exciting mini-games, including exercises, popular TikTok hand dances, and high-fives!

Of course, if you prefer to not have that, the game does allow you to turn the Happening feature off.


Crazy Cast of Characters

Wondering who’ll be the characters you can select in the game? SEGA has revealed the following:




A monkey who set off on a journey to become the greatest maracas player in the world. He’s grown leaps and bounds after traveling the globe and mastering different musical styles!

  • Likes: Caramelized bananas. Birthday: March 8.



A popular dancer loved around the world! She becomes enamored with Amigo and his maracas skills after performing together. Her pet phrase is “Amore”.

  • Likes: Vegetables, especially zucchinis. Birthday: August 10.



A rising idol and Amigo’s younger sister. She quickly gained a fan base despite hiding her connection to her brother. When their familial relation was revealed, her popularity exploded, surpassing her brother’s.

  • Likes: Chocolate. Birthday: April 28.


Awesome Stages

Here are the currently revealed stages where you can let loose with the music!


Bublicious Resort

Originally a pool on the verge of closing down, it was renovated by Amiga and transformed into a colorful, bubble-themed resort. Business has been booming lately thanks to its newfound popularity as a trendy photo spot.


Sunny Town

Named for its year-round carnival, Sunny Town is where Amigo made his debut. Here, Carnivals are in full-swing all year round, and the inhabitants are always full of cheer. On the outskirts of the
town sits a large mountain where the Carnival is said to have originated as a ceremony to the gods residing there.


The Fes

One of the largest venues in the world, and a stage that all artists aspire to perform on. The owner of this place seems to be a big fan of Amigo, as there is a gigantic Amigo statue on the premises, and Amigo was the guest of honor at the venue’s grand opening.


Samba de Amigo: Party Central releases on August 30, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch.