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Just Dance! Wii's new game is simple and fun for the whole family.

  • Dec 21, 2009
Rating:
+3
Pros: Fun, good song mix, funny characters, real dance moves, solo or challenge, simple rules

Cons: Only 30 songs, graphics aren't great, scoring is iffy, doesn't save stats

The Bottom Line: Just Dance for Nintendo Wii is so simple to plat that it's great for kids on up. A good song mix and some great dance moves override its flaws.


I love dance DVDs and find that I get a great cardio workout when I do them. Since my Wii was sitting around not being used much, I decided to try Just Dance for Nintendo Wii.

It's fun and does get my heart rate up but the song choices are limited and it doesn't save previous scores so I have nothing to "beat" when I use the game. Still, as a group activity, it can be hilarious.

About Just Dance for Nintendo Wii

Dance to the rhythm of your favorite beat with Just Dance, a music & rhythm video game that allows you to dance the night away with your friends and family without ever leaving the house. With simple pick-up and play controls, anyone can join the party.

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All about Just Dance

This game is one of the simplest ones I have played in that all you have to do is mirror the movements of the dancer on the screen. But those movements can be darn hard to follow which makes this game fun.

You can play alone or with up to three other people. I sense the game is more fun in a party setting because the dance moves can be very funny and can bring out the awkward geek in anyone.

Just Dance has a short tutorial and then has options for whether you want the lyrics to scroll across the bottom of the screen and whether you want a "head start" on the next dance move by way of a little avatar that comes along showing what is coming. I find both distracting.

The game has 30 songs from Katy Perry's "Hot and Cold" to MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This" and a lot of everything in between. You choose whether you want to dance to the short or full version of a song and then ... just dance.

Holding the Wii remote, you mimic the dancer on the screen's movements and rack up points for every correct movement you make and for how many moves in a row you get without messing up.

There is no leveling up, unlocked songs to discover, or strategy involved. There's not even a way to win besides getting a perfect score on a dance which I sense few will be able to do because the scoring is inconsistent.

Choosing Songs

There is a warm up that you can choose to do before you actually start to dance. Then, you scroll through the songs horizontally across the screen or let the game suggest one. I find it a big pain to go through the songs this way and would prefer a list of songs to choose from rather than having to scroll through them all, even though there are only 30.

Each dance/song is rated for how challenging the moves are and, trust me, the moves ARE challenging. However, the bulk of the dances are all upper body movements which the Wii remote can pick up. Your feet could stay stationary and it wouldn't make a difference in your score.

The music sound is decent and the songs are done by the original artists. The dancers that you mimic are cartoon people (and, in "Who Let the Dogs Out", a dog). MC Hammer is in there and Cindy Lauper looks almost like herself in "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Britney Spears is dressed as her dark haired character in the video for the song "Womanizer". Then there are dogs, a guy who looks JUST like comedian Carrot Top in a silly gym outfit doing Hulk Hogan poses in "Eye of the Tiger" and more. The characters are half the fun!

The dances are a fast paced series of lots of arm work. Some songs are fairly easy to follow and others are like Twister on speed which leads to lots of laughs especially in a party setting.

As I mentioned, you can choose the short version or full version of any song. The full version is quite a workout and, if you do several dances, you will get a decent cardio workout. You just have to keep moving and not rest between songs.

The Graphics

As with all Wii games I have, the graphics on Just Dance are pretty cruddy. My son says that Nintendo purposely makes the graphics cartoonish and backwards but I have no idea why they would. The characters are cartoons and the backgrounds are as silly. If you're looking for a super sophisticated looking dance game, Just Dance is not for you.

No Game is Perfect

Just Dance has a few annoying flaws. Besides having such a small choice of songs, the scores seem to be arbitrarily accrued. At the end of every song, you will see your stats. You will see the percentage of "good" moves you made, "great" ones, and ones you missed completely. You will then be given a score. But it isn't saved. So, the next time you go to dance to the same song, you have no reference as to whether you did better or worse than the time before unless, of course, you write all the stats down which I certainly am not going to do.

Navigating through the song list could be made so much simpler than it is. But, worse, 30 songs are simply just not enough. I think 100 would make this game one that could be used for a long time. I zipped through all 30 the first two nights I played it. That is not to say I can't do the dances over and over - and I will - but I would still like more choices. Perhaps Nintendo will have some downloadable content for this game in the future. If not, the game will get boring quickly and be relegated to parties or every now and then use.

Your Mii never comes into play in the game. I think it would be funny if my Mii did some of the dances or I had the choice between the game supplied character or my Mii.
 
Why Just Dance is for Everyone

Just Dance is great for kids and adults. There are several varieties of songs from many eras which are bound to appeal to a wide audience. There are New Kids on the Block and there is Blondie. Katy Perry shares the game with Survivor. There certainly is a good mix of artists.

Unlike many Wii games, you can't lose this one. There are no boos and no insults when you mess up. Wii games can be brutal on people who don't do well. This one isn't. In fact, it seems to realize it is all just for fun and the score doesn't matter at all.

You can get a good cardio workout with Just Dance and, if you really put some effort into it, you can get an all over body workout too. Certainly your upper body will be in motion at all times. It's up to you how much you want to follow the lower body parts of the dances.
 
Just Dance is great for parties or even families to have some fun, get moving, and have some laughs. There really is no pressure to be perfect. You ....just dance.

Buying Info

Just Dance for the Wii costs between $29.99 and $39.99. It isn't worth more than $30.00, if that, due to how limited the song choices are. It is available wherever Wii games are sold.

Conclusion
 
Just Dance for Nintendo Wii is fun. It only requires the Wii remote, no dance pad or any other equipment. Just clear a space and dance!

In a group setting, this game is hilarious. Although I question the scoring, it really doesn't matter. The fun is trying to keep up with some fast paced moves and to let loose. Even alone, the game is fun. The characters are silly, the songs are good, and the dances are challenging. There is no pressure to be perfect and there is no punishment if you decide to freestyle dance and only loosely follow the moves. Hardcore gamers will decry the lack of competition and challenge but this isn't for hardcore gamers. Just Dance is a family, party, or fun solo game that gets the blood pumping and the laughs erupting.

While Just Dance for Nintendo Wii lacks a lot in many ways, what does offer is enough for me to give it 4 stars. It is not comparable to competitive games. I consider it a fun game for anyone who likes to dance and doesn't mind looking foolish doing so.

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In Just Dance players learn real dance moves to songs they know and love across a wide genre of music over the past sixty years. Requiring only one Wii Remote per player, up to four people can break it down at a time, as they follow on-screen choreographed moves set to classic dance tracks, covering a wide variety of musical genres and bringing everyone to the dance floor. The game includes more than 30 chart-topping and foot stomping hits designed to get players moving right out of the box.

Key Game Features:

  • One of the best dance mixes around: Just Dance features more than 30 licensed tracks, ranging from iconic dance hits such as "You Can’t Touch This" by MC Hammer to modern day pop with "Hot N Cold" by Katy Perry.
  • Scrolling lyrics lines so players can sing along to the beat.
  • Real dance moves: step to the beat and learn real-life dance moves from music spanning the 80’s, 90’s, Disco, Rock and more.
  • Start the party right: raise the roof with anyone and everyone you know via fun 4 player party modes – with simple controls, anyone can pick-up and play.
  • Workout in disguise: burn calories, stay fit, and enjoy a fun workout all while having a blast with your favorite songs.
Songs:
  • Acceptable in the 80's – Calvin Harris
  • A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley
  • Bebe – Divine Brown
  • Can't Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue
  • Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
  • Hot n' Cold – Katy Perry
  • ...
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Details

ESRB: E10+
Number of Players: Single-player, multi-player
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Console: Wii
Genre: Music Action
Release Date: November 17, 2009
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