The main gameplay of the franchise (main series, Japanese series, Kids series, Disney Party series and Experience series) is to try to copy what the on-screen dancer is dancing, with a Wii Remote, PS Move Remote, Joy-Con (Nintendo Switch Controller), Smartphone, Kinect Camera or PlayStation Camera judging the player on their performance. With the Wii Remote, PS Move Remote, Joy-Con Controller or a Smartphone, it has to be held in the player's right hand for proper scoring. While gameplay has almost been the same in all games, some new features have been added to the series. (Duets, Trios, Dance Crews, etc.)
Not including spinoffs, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj are the most prolific artists, respectively having 14 and 10 songs in the Just Dance series. They are the only artists to make more than 10 appearances.
Dancers have either a glove (short, long, or without fingers) on their left hand, a wristband on their left arm, or having something on their left arm being a different color than the other arm (except for the first game in the series) to instruct the players that they have to hold the required controller on their right hand (for controller-based platforms) and to serve as a reference point (for camera based platforms).
The Just Dance series holds the Guinness World Record for being the best-selling third party Wii game.