Just Dance (video game)

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Just Dance
Just Dance (Wii) boxart.jpg
Protagonist(s): You
Genre(s): Movement, Dancing, Rhythm
Platform(s): Wii
Release: November 17, 2009 (North America)

November 26, 2009 (Australia)
November 27, 2009 (Europe)

Engine: Jade
Developer(s): Ubisoft Paris
Ubisoft Milan
Publisher(s): Ubisoft
Country: Italy
Series: Just Dance
Successor: Just Dance 2

Just Dance is a rhythm game developed by Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Paris and published by Ubisoft as the first installment of the main series. The game was released exclusively for Wii on November 17, 2009 in North America, November 26, 2009 in Australia and November 27, 2009 in Europe.

Bad Qualities

  1. The tracking is awful and almost never accurately scores your moves.
  2. The extra modes have multiple problems:
    1. Strike a Pose is way too hard as the stop sign appears way too often. It is easier in Simon Says Mode, which is a mode that appears in all Just Dance games (including spin-offs with the same interface as 2 or 3) from Just Dance 2 to Just Dance: Best Of, where there are multiple things you need to do (rather than just stop or go) which gives you a better chance at getting a good score. If anything, Simon Says Mode was the way to still get a good score despite that the games listed still had terrible tracking as well as this game, but since you can't get any more points then you already do in this mode (in fact you will most likely get less since there is no way too escape the terrible tracking of this game), this cannot be fixed.
    2. Last One Standing is practically impossible, as since the tracking is awful and you will most likely get lots of Xs, you won't be able to avoid getting 7 Xs. You can get 5 greats in a row to regain a life, but this is not enough.
  3. The track listing mainly consists of songs released before the 2000s, which makes it not appealing enough to the modern generation. To be exact, there are only 12 songs in the game that were released after the 90s despite the track listing having 33 songs.
    • In fact, this game probably would have been more successful if it was aimed at people aged 20-25.
  4. Gameplay videos are not as fun to watch due to the fact that they don't look as good since the icon is a questionable choice of indication. The follow-ups to this game prove that text looks better, especially when there are options to have your own profile, but none of that is here.
  5. DLC's were planned for the game but were scrapped for literally no reason.
    • Thankfully, they returned in Just Dance 2.
  6. While the "Warm Up" routine is decent; that's the problem: it would actually be more fun if we had an option to play it with scoring.
  7. The game doesn't have a store, mashups, a non-stop shuffle, a melody, any alternate versions, Just Sweat and all of the other things that most of the other games have that make the game even more fun, which just shows how limited the game really is.

Good Qualities

Despite all of the bad qualities, the game still has enough good qualities to have a page on Awesome Games Wiki.


Note: IGN video game reviews are not considered reliable, so they do not add up to the critical reception of the game.

See also: Just Dance (video game)#Reception on Wikipedia
Just Dance received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics but positive reviews from audiences. On Metacritic, it received a critic score of 49 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews," and a user score of 7.8/10.[1] GameSpot gave it a 5.5/10.[2] Nintendo World Report gave it a mainly positive review.[3] IGN gave it a negative review.[4]

The Nintendo Review gave it a mainly positive review.[5] The Wiiviewr gave it a positive review and recommend buying it along with the Little Wiiviewr, while the Littlest Wiiviewr only recommend a rent.[6]


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