Just Dance (video game series)

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Just Dance
Just Dance Logo 2014-05-22 14-45.jpg
Genres Rhythm, Dancing
Developers Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Milan, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Romania, Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Pune, Ubisoft Barcelona
Publishers Ubisoft
Platforms Wii, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Platform of origin Wii
Year of inception 2009
First release Just Dance
November 17, 2009
Latest release Just Dance 2014
1 October 2013
Spin-offs Just Dance Kids series, The Experience series, Dance on Broadway, The Smurfs Dance Party, ABBA: You Can Dance

Just Dance is a rhythm game series developed and published by Ubisoft. The series' title is derived from the Lady Gaga song of the same name, which also appears in the fifth game. The first game in the series was released in 2009 in North America, Europe, and Australia.[1] The main six games in the series have all been rated E10+ by the ESRB, and 3 by PEGI.

Games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Just Dance
The first game in the best selling Just Dance series. Players mimic the movements of onscreen dancers with the Wii Remote. It was released on 17 November 2009 in North America, 26 November 2009 in Australia, and 27 November 2009 in Europe.
Just Dance 2
The sequel features 44 tracks, from Classic to R&B, and supports 8-player sessions. It also supports downloadable content. Just Dance 2 was released in October 2010.[2] It features over 40 tracks by Ke$ha, The Pussycat Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, and more.
Just Dance 3
The third installment to the Just Dance series, and the first to be released on Xbox 360 (with Kinect support) and PlayStation 3 (with PlayStation Move support). It includes over 40 tracks featuring Jessie J, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, A-ha, Kiss, Duck Sauce, and The Black Eyed Peas. It also supports downloadable content. Just Dance 3 was released in October 2011.
Just Dance 4
The fourth installment in the Just Dance series announced by Ubisoft and Flo Rida in Los Angeles and the first to be released on the Wii U. It includes over 40 tracks featuring Jessie J, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pink, The B-52's, Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, and many more.
Just Dance 2014
Released October 2013. The trailer for the game was revealed at the Ubisoft E3 Conference on 10 June 2013. It was the first Just Dance Game to be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It includes over 40 tracks featuring Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, PSY, One Direction, David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and more.
Just Dance 2015
Planned to be released on October 2014. The trailer for the game was revealed at the Ubisoft E3 Conference on 9 June 2014. It will include over 40 tracks featuring Jessie J, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Icona Pop, John Newman, Charli XCX, and many more.

Japan exclusives[edit]

Just Dance Wii
The Japanese version of Just Dance published and edited by Nintendo but developed by Ubisoft Paris, featuring 16 J-Pop songs and 12 songs from previous Just Dance titles. Just Dance Wii features hits from Exile, Kara, and AKB48.
Just Dance Wii 2
The second Japanese Just Dance game published and edited by Nintendo but developed by Ubisoft Paris. It was released on 26 July 2012 only for the Wii.
Just Dance Wii U
The third Japanese Just Dance game. It was revealed on 14 February 2014 at Japanese Nintendo Direct and it was released on 3 April 2014. It include songs by SKE48, AKB48, Big Bang, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, as well as other songs from Just Dance 4 and Just Dance 2014.

Just Dance Kids series[edit]

Just Dance Kids
Released in November 2010, it was created with an emphasis on popular kids' songs. It features 40 tracks from various artists,[3] including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & The Scene, and Demi Lovato.
Just Dance Kids 2
The second installment in the kids themed lineup. It features over 40 tracks from various classic kids songs, songs from movies including Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Despicable Me. and current pop hits including Selena Gomez & The Scene, Ashley Tisdale, and Bruno Mars.
Just Dance Kids 2014
The third installment in the kids themed lineup. It features over 30 tracks that includes the original versions of songs from artists including Demi Lovato, One Direction, and Bridgit Mendler. The game also include songs from TV shows and movies including Victorious, Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Wiggles.

Experience series[edit]

Michael Jackson: The Experience
Another spin-off of the Just Dance series, featuring 26 songs and full dance choreography from Michael Jackson. It was released on 23 November 2010.
The Black Eyed Peas Experience
Yet another spin-off of the Just Dance series, the game features more than 20 tracks from The Black Eyed Peas and was released on 8 November 2011 (US).
The Hip Hop Dance Experience
The third Experience game by Ubisoft. It includes top Hit Tracks by Artists like Flo Rida, B.o.B, Rihanna and much more.

Other spin-offs[edit]

Dance on Broadway
A spin-off, featuring a selection of 20 songs from Broadway musicals.[4] Some songs included are: "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from ;]The Lion King, "Bend and Snap" from Legally Blonde, "Fame" from Fame and "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Smurfs Dance Party
Another spin-off of the Just Dance series, featuring 24 songs. The game allows players to dance alongside Papa Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Gutsy Smurf, Smurfette, and Gargamel.
ABBA: You Can Dance
Another spin-off of the Just Dance series, featuring 26 ABBA songs. It was released on 15 November 2011 in North America, and 25 November 2011 in Europe.

Specials[edit]

Just Dance: Summer Party
"Just Dance Summer Party" (also known in Europe as "Just Dance 2: Extra Songs") includes most of the downloadable content from Just Dance 2, and two exclusive songs: Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) by A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger, and Funkytown by Lipps Inc.
Just Dance: Best Of
"Just Dance: Best Of" (also known in North America as "Just Dance: Greatest Hits") was released in Europe and in Australia in March 2012. It includes Ubisoft's favorite songs from previous titles: "Just Dance", "Just Dance 2", "Just Dance: Summer Party", and "Just Dance 3". It includes two exclusive songs: Airplanes by B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams, and Only Girl (In the World) by Rihanna.
Just Dance: Disney Party
"Just Dance: Disney Party" is a special "Just Dance" game that's based on Just Dance Kids and was released on October 2012 in North America. It includes songs from classic Disney movies, and current pop tracks from The Disney Channel.
Just Dance Now
"Just Dance Now" is an app that lets players play Just Dance anywhere after syncing up a device with the website on a television screen or a computer. It does not require a console to be played and the device used to sync the game will be used as a controller in similar way to the Wiimote.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Just Dance for Wii". GameSpot. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Just Dance 2 Review - IGN, 19 October 2010
  3. ^ Just Dance Kids - IGN.com
  4. ^ Ubisoft's Dance on Broadway hitting the Great White Wii -joystiq, 1 June 2010