A dance mat is a flat electronic game controller used for input in dance games. Most dance mats are divided into 9 squares for the player to stand on & some also indicate directions or actions within the game. Some dance mats have additional buttons outside of the main stepping area, such as “Start” and “Select”. Some games allow pairs of dance mats be joined side-by-side for certain gameplay modes.
Dance mats are often bundled with games made specifically for individual consoles like the GameCube, Wii, Dreamcast, PlayStation series and Xbox, but they are not very durable & third party mats are widely available.