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 is the most prolific artist (14), beating Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (9), Britney Spears (8), Rihanna (7), Shakira, J Balvin, and One Direction (6), Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez (5) and Beyoncé (4).
The NTSC cover for Just Dance is the only game so far to not feature any in-game dancers on the front cover.
The most common frequently appearing Ubisoft artists in the game is Sweat Invaders (10), the second is The Girly Team (7), and the third is the Sunlight Shakers (4).
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 Wii remote, Joycon Controller, Playstation remote or a phone on their right hand (for controller-based platforms) and to serve as a reference point (for camera based platforms).
The series holds the Guinness World Record for being the best-selling third party Wii game.