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A Review of Just Dance for the Wii

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A Review of Just Dance for the Wii © Ubisoft

The Bottom Line

Just Dance is one of those games that's just right for a party or group gathering. With a variety of songs and skill levels, it's easy to introduce to mixed groups. The 30+ song titles allow for a lot of replay value, especially if you'd like to master the steps, but it would still be ideal to have downloadable content available. The biggest drawback is the lack of accuracy in the controls, but for most players, that just won't get in the way of having fun.
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Pros

  • A great range of music
  • Can accommodate up to four players
  • Easy to learn

Cons

  • Inaccurate scoring
  • No way to save profile information for specific players
  • No downloadable content

Description

  • Includes more than 30 songs from the 60's until the present
  • Play alone or with up to three friends
  • Level and intensity ratings on songs allow players to start with easier choices
  • Includes an optional warm-up routine (doesn't use the Wii-mote)

Guide Review - A Review of Just Dance for the Wii

Just Dance is like karaoke for dancers. Hold the Wii-mote in your hand, choose a song and then following along with the moves the dancer performs on screen. The game can accommodate anywhere from one to four players and, as long as you have the space, it's definitely more fun as a group. Players can rack up points through the whole song, have a dance-off where they are eliminated one by one, or play a version that requires you to "freeze" in place at certain intervals.

The music in Just Dance is a somewhat eclectic mix that ranges from 60's classics to more current hits. Somehow, it all comes together in a way that makes sense and the variety makes it accessible to different generations of dancers. If you're a child of the 60's, you might prefer to dance to The Beach Boys' "I Get Around" or "Surfin' Bird" from the Trashmen. If the 80's are more your style, Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" or Irene Cara's "Fame" will be right up your alley. And, for the younger generations, there's always Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" and "Womanizer" (a cover version of the Brittany Spears song). Some of the lyrics may not be appropriate for younger kids (hence the E10+ rating), but they're all songs you can hear on the radio.

One of the things that makes Just Dance such a nice choice for families and party situations is that it's not really designed for gamers. You don't need to remember that the "A" button does one thing, while the "B" button does something else. Instead, you mirror the movements of the dancer on the screen. The downside to the controls is that they aren't very accurate. My 4-year-old frequently beats my score by flailing wildly as I try to complete the moves. In the same vein, a low Wii-mote battery can keep you out of contention for the top score. If you're a stickler for scoring and competition, this might drive you crazy. If, on the other hand, you just want to dance and have fun, Just Dance is a good way to do it.

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB Rating: E10+
  • Platforms: Wii
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