Just Dance 2017

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Just Dance 2017
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Developer(s)
Publisher(s)Ubisoft
SeriesJust Dance
EngineUbiArt Framework
Platform(s)
ReleaseXbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Windows, macOS
  • NA: October 25, 2016
  • EU: October 27, 2016
  • UK: October 28, 2016
  • AU: October 29, 2016
  • CHN: April 28, 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: March 3, 2017
Genre(s)Dance
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Just Dance 2017 is a 2016 dance video game developed and published by Ubisoft. It was unveiled on June 13, 2016, during its E3 press conference as the eighth main installment of the series,[1] and was released in October 2016 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, and macOS, and on March 3, 2017, for Nintendo Switch. The game was the only title of the series to be released on Microsoft Windows and macOS, and was released as a launch title for Nintendo Switch.

Gameplay[edit]

As in previous installments, players must mimic the routine of an on-screen dancer to a chosen song, scoring points based on their accuracy. For input, the game supports either the respective motion controller system for a particular console platform, or a smartphone with the game's companion mobile app.[2]

The "Dance Party" mode has been renamed to the "Just Dance" mode, players can now have the ability to search for a song using the menu. A new "Just Dance Machine" mode was added on current-generation console and PC versions, in which players must dance through sequences of different styles to help recharge an alien spaceship.[2][3][4] Ubisoft confirmed that the Dance Quests, Sweat (workout and playlist modes), Just Dance TV, World Dance Floor and Video challenge features would be retained on 2017, as well as the Just Dance Unlimited subscription service for versions of the game on current-generation consoles and PC, with additional content and playlist features.[2] The game's companion app was also updated to become "a hub for players' activities", with photo editing features and Just Dance TV content alongside the app's main purpose as a motion controller.[2]

All online services for the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions of the game were discontinued on November 19, 2018.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The following songs appear on Just Dance 2017:

Song Artist Year
"All About Us" Jordan Fisher 2016
"Bailar" Deorro featuring Elvis Crespo 2016
"Bang" Anitta 2015
"Bonbon" Era Istrefi 2015
"Cake by the Ocean" DNCE 2015
"Can't Feel My Face" The Weeknd 2015
"Carnaval Boom" Latino Sunset 2016
"Cheap Thrills" Sia featuring Sean Paul 2016
"Chiwawa"[a] Wanko Ni Mero Mero 2015
"Cola Song" Inna featuring J Balvin 2014
"Daddy"[b] Psy featuring CL of 2NE1 2016
"Don't Stop Me Now" Queen 1979
"Don't Wanna Know" Maroon 5 2016
"Dragostea Din Tei" O-Zone 2003
"El Tiki" Maluma 2015
"Ghost In the Keys" Halloween Thrills 2016
"Groove" Jack & Jack 2014
"Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 2006
"I Love Rock 'n Roll" Fast Forward Highway (as made famous by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) 1982
"Into You" Ariana Grande 2016
"La Bicicleta" Carlos Vives and Shakira 2016
"Last Christmas"[c] Santa Clones (as made famous by Wham!) 1984
"Lean On" Major Lazer featuring and DJ Snake 2015
"Leg Song"[d] Lulu 2016
"Leila" Cheb Salama 2016
"Like I Would"[c] Zayn 2016
"Little Swing" AronChupa featuring Little Sis Nora 2016
"Oishii Oishii" Wanko Ni Mero Mero 2016
"PoPiPo" Hatsune Miku 2007
"Qia La Yong Yuan OK - Future Underworld Mix"[d] Alan Tam 1990
"RADICAL" Dyro and Dannic 2014
"Run The Night"[e] Gigi Rowe 2016
"Scream & Shout" will.i.am featuring Britney Spears 2012
"September" Equinox Stars (as made famous by Earth, Wind & Fire) 1978
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Beyoncé 2008
"Sorry"[f] Justin Bieber 2015
"Te Dominar"[e] Daya Luz 2016
"Tico-Tico no Fubá" The Frankie Bostello Orchestra (as made famous by Zequinha de Abreu) 1917
"Titanium" David Guetta featuring Sia 2011
"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"[g] Silentó 2015
"What Is Love" Ultraclub 90 (as made famous by Haddaway) 1993
"Wherever I Go" OneRepublic 2016
"William Tell Overture"[a] Rossini 1829
"Worth It" Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink 2015
  1. ^ a b Previously appeared in Just Dance 2016; only available on the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
  2. ^ Not available in the Chinese version of the game.
  3. ^ a b Exclusive to Just Dance Unlimited on the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
  4. ^ a b Only available in the Chinese version of the game.
  5. ^ a b Added to the Chinese version of the game via an update patch.
  6. ^ Also available on the old/Wii U demo version of the game.
  7. ^ Also available on the demo version of the game.

Note: "In the Hall of the Pixel King" by Dancing Bros. and "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" by Brian Hyland covered by The Sunlight Shakers were planned to appear in the game, but they were scrapped for unknown reasons. They were later brought back to Just Dance 2018.

Just Dance Unlimited[edit]

Just Dance Unlimited is a subscription-based service for accessing a streaming library of songs from previous Just Dance games, and new songs that are exclusive to the service. A three-month subscription to Just Dance Unlimited is included as part of a higher-priced version of the game, also known as the "Gold Edition". The PAL version of the game includes three months of Just Dance Unlimited, just like the Gold Edition. All exclusive tracks are also playable on the Unlimited mode of 2016. The 2017 game supports Just Dance Unlimited on eighth-generation consoles, on PC, and on Nintendo Switch. This feature is not available in the Chinese version of the game.

Songs exclusive to Just Dance Unlimited include:

Song Artist Year Release date
"Let Me Love You"[a] DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 2016 October 25, 2016
"Youth" Troye Sivan 2015 October 25, 2016
"Imya 505"[b] Vremya i Steklo 2015 October 25, 2016
"Ona Tańczy Dla Mnie"[c] Weekend 2012 October 25, 2016
"Je Sais Pas Danser"[d] Natoo 2016 October 25, 2016 (France)
February 23, 2017 (Worldwide)
"The Greatest" Sia 2016 November 25, 2016
"Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)" Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall 2016 December 21, 2016
"Chiwawa" (Alternate)[e] Wanko Ni Mero Mero 2015 January 26, 2017
"Don't Worry" Madcon featuring Ray Dalton 2015 January 26, 2017
"Me Too" Meghan Trainor 2016 February 23, 2017
"How Deep Is Your Love"[f] Calvin Harris and Disciples 2015 March 3, 2017 (Nintendo Switch)
June 22, 2017 (PC, Xbox One, Wii U, PS4)
"HandClap" Fitz and the Tantrums 2016 March 23, 2017 (Classic)
August 30, 2017 (Alternate)
"Don't Let Me Down" The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 2016 April 20, 2017
"Ain't My Fault" Zara Larsson 2016 May 30, 2017
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (Alternate) Wham! 1984 July 20, 2017
  1. ^ Used to be free if you connected a Ubisoft Club account to the game (only for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U, Microsoft Windows, macOS and Nintendo Switch) but has since become a Just Dance Unlimited exclusive.
  2. ^ Available for free in Russia.
  3. ^ Available for free in Poland.
  4. ^ Available for free in France.
  5. ^ Available for free in all supported regions.
  6. ^ Available for free on the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

Note: The Alternate routines available via Just Dance Unlimited are tie-ins with various franchises, with "Chiwawa" being a tie-in with Barbie for the movie Barbie: Video Game Hero and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" being a tie-in with The Emoji Movie, which features the Just Dance Now app in a scene.

Reception[edit]

Steve Hannley of Hardcore Gamer thought that although Ubisoft had defied his prediction that Just Dance Unlimited would be the future of the franchise instead of physical releases, they had put a larger effort into the on-disc content of 2017 than 2016 (which he described as being a "last minute afterthought" to introduce Unlimited). The Just Dance Machine mode was considered to be "pointless" due to being a basic concept driven by its presentation, but is "a concept that's never been done before in rhythm games and an example of the innovation the series needs to warrant another physical release". Hannley also praised the higher quality of the game's soundtrack, including more recent hit music, fewer "joke" songs, and surfacing Gigi Rowe's "impressive" debut single "Run the Night". In conclusion, Hannley continued to assert that Ubisoft should focus more on providing more immediate access to recent music rather than requiring players to wait for the next annual physical release, but that Just Dance 2017 was "thankfully a marked improvement over its predecessor."[4]

Awards[edit]

The game won the award for "Favorite Video Game" at the 2017 Kids' Choice Awards,[6] and was nominated for "Best Family/Social Game" at the Titanium Awards.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (June 13, 2016). "E3 2016: Just Dance 2017 Announced, Coming to Nintendo Switch". IGN.com. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "'Just Dance 2017' (ALL) Announced, Partial Track List Revealed - Screens". Worth Playing. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Just Dance 2017 is the first Western game to be announced for NX". Eurogamer. June 13, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Review: Just Dance 2017". Hardcore Gamer. November 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Ubisoft Support Staff. "Online Services Update Masterlist". Ubisoft Forums. Ubisoft. Archived from the original on November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards 2017: The Winners List". Billboard. March 11, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "The list of finalists for the Fun & Serious Titanium Awards has been revealed". Fun & Serious Game Festival. 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2019.

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