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Just Dance is a rhythm game developed and published by Ubisoft for the Wii, and it is the first in the video game series of the same name. It was released on November 17, 2009 in North America, November 26, 2009 in Australia, and November 27, 2009 in Europe.
The title is derived from the 2008 Lady Gaga song of the same name. In Just Dance, players use only the standard Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus and attempt to mimic all the moves of the on-screen silhouette dancer. Players can earn points depending on what moves they perform and how well they perform them, and special Shake Moves in some songs earn the player bonus points if performed correctly.
The game has three gameplay modes: the normal mode, in which players pick any track and attempt to dance with the on-screen dancer; a "Last One Standing" mode, in which players are eliminated if they don't score enough points or make too many mistakes; and a "Strike a Pose" mode, in which players start and stop dancing as dictated by the on-screen dancer. There is also a "Practice" mode, in which players may dance to tracks without keeping score.
The game includes 33 music tracks, 32 of which are standard songs used in the main game and one of which is accessible from the Warm Up game mode on the main menu. All routines are Solo.
- "*" - Indicates that the song is a cover version, not the original.
- (WU) - Warm Up routine.
|Song||Artist||Difficulty||Effort||Year||Menu Square||Shake Moves|
|Girls Just Want To Have Fun||Cyndi Lauper||1||2||1983||No|
|Ring My Bell||Anita Ward||2||1||1979||No|
|A Little Less Conversation||Elvis Presley vs. JXL||2||2||2002||No|
|Cotton Eye Joe||Rednex||1||3||1994||No|
|Surfin’ Bird||The Trashmen||1||3||1963||Yes|
|Heart of Glass||Blondie||2||1||1979||No|
|Womanizer*|| Britney Spears|
(The Gym All-Stars)
|Groove Is in the Heart||Deee-Lite||3||2||1990||Yes|
|Jerk It Out||Caesars||3||3||2003||No|
|I Like to Move It (Radio Mix)||Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman||2||2||1993||No|
|Hot N Cold||Katy Perry||1||3||2008||No|
|Mashed Potato Time||Dee Dee Sharp||1||1||1962||No|
|Girls & Boys||Blur||2||2||1994||No|
|Fame*|| Irene Cara|
(In The Style Of Irene Cara)
|Lump||The Presidents of the United States of America||1||3||1995||Yes|
|Kids in America||Kim Wilde||2||2||1981||No|
|Pump Up the Jam||Technotronic||2||3||1989||No|
|I Get Around||The Beach Boys||2||1||1966||No|
|That’s the Way (I Like It)||KC and the Sunshine Band||3||1||1975||No|
|Louie Louie||Iggy Pop||1||3||1993||Yes|
|Funplex (CSS Remix)||The B-52's||2||2||2008||Yes|
|Jin Go Lo Ba||Fatboy Slim||3||2||2004||Yes|
|Eye of the Tiger||Survivor||1||3||1982||Yes|
|Can't Get You Out of My Head||Kylie Minogue||2||1||2001||No|
|Acceptable in the 80s||Calvin Harris||3||3||2007||No|
|Who Let the Dogs Out?||Baha Men||3||2||2000||Yes|
|Step by Step||New Kids on the Block||2||2||1990||No|
|U Can't Touch This||MC Hammer||2||3||1990||No|
|Warm Up (WU)||Crispy Duck||N/A||N/A||2005||N/A||No|
These songs were planned to be in the game, but were taken out for unknown reasons.
- (JD2) indicates that this song later appeared on Just Dance 2.
- (JD3) indicates that this song later appeared on Just Dance 3.
- (JD2014) indicates that this song later appeared on Just Dance 2014.
- (JD2018) indicates that this song later appeared on Just Dance 2018.
|Daddy Cool (JD2018)||Boney M.||N/A||N/A||1976|
|I Kissed a Girl (JD2014)||Katy Perry||N/A||N/A||2008|
|Jungle Boogie (JD2)||Kool And The Gang||N/A||N/A||1973|
|Land Of 1000 Dances (JD3)||Wilson Pickett||N/A||N/A||1966|
|Soul Bossa Nova (JD2)||Quincy Jones and His Orchestra||N/A||N/A||1962|
Resources can be found here
Content descriptors: Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
Rating Summary: This is a dancing simulation game in which players perform and learn dance steps by following the movements of on-screen avatars. The virtual dancers resemble silkscreen-negative silhouettes: they are stylized after the era of each song, and their outfits are not especially revealing. The dance moves, however, occasionally involve spanking, pelvic thrusting, hip shaking, and swaying hips. That accounts for the Mild Suggestive Themes descriptor. The game is rated E-10+ because it contains some songs with expletives (e.g., “a*s”) and suggestive or crude content (e.g., “You're a womanizer,” “She spent her twenties between the sheets,” and a “PMS” insult).
Resources can be found here
- On Metacritic, Just Dance has the worst reception (49%) out of all the games in the franchise.
- This is the first game in the series to have a November release. It has been followed by Just Dance 2020.
- This is the first main installment to not have DLC; it is later followed by Just Dance 2016 (they are replaced by Just Dance Unlimited for eighth generation platforms).
- Julia Spiesser and Jérémy Paquet are the only choreographers for the dancers, each choreographing the characters of their matching genders. Thus, this is the game in the main series with the least number of choreographers and performers (2 each).
- Just Dance is the only game in the traditional series that was announced at Gamescom.
- On the GameStop website in the North America, an alternate cover can be seen.
- This is the only main series Just Dance game which does not have:
- Gold Moves
- Songs that were released in the game’s release year
- Scrolling lyrics - lyrics do not scroll line by line as they do from Just Dance 2 onwards, but rather simply display a line or two at a time after which both then immediately change to the next portion of lyrics.
- Songs in foreign languages
- Differently-colored gloves on the coaches
- Songs from the 2010 decade (since the game was released in 2009)
- "PERFECT", "GOOD", and "YEAH'" moves
- Songs with the title in the background
- Alternate Routines
- Songs that can be bought - games from Just Dance 2 to Just Dance 2015 have DLCs, while games from Just Dance 2016 onwards have Just Dance Unlimited (only for 8th-generation consoles)
- Songs with censorship added by Ubisoft (Bebe has censorship but it was not added by Ubisoft)
- This is the only game in the main series that does have:
- A small arrow underneath the pictograms
- "GREAT" feedback icons
- A silhouette behind the coaches
- A scoring system with scores over 15000
- Dancers with only one color besides white (in this case, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Surfin' Bird, and Womanizer)
- Percentage of certain ratings on the Score Recap screen (49% GREAT, for example)
- Exclusively Solo routines
- A visual "1, 2, 3, 4" count before the routine commences (Just Dance Kids also has this, but it is not in the main series).
- However, several songs in Just Dance 2 have an audible "1, 2, 3, 4" countdown.
- Shake Moves (in later games there are Gold Moves instead)
- 2D pictograms (from Just Dance 2 onwards, they will be made in 3D)
- Just Dance 2 pictograms, however, were initially designed to resemble those from the previous game.
- None of the dancers in the trailer for the game made an appearance in the actual game, as they were only there for promotional reasons.
- However, the routines they performed were used.
- The German version has many incorrect spelling mistakes in lyrics and menus.
- For example, it says "Gepielte Songs" instead of "Gespielte Songs" in the song-overview menu.
- Scoring was a huge issue, as it was not at its full potential at the time. Hand movements often were read incorrectly and gave you a score of "X" or "OK". The scoring was fixed in its successor and other successive Just Dance games.
- Because of this, the maximum score is still unknown today.
- In the files, some pictures are upside-down.
- All songs have remakes found in the Just Dance Now files except for Groove Is in the Heart.
- This is the only game in the main series that is playable in both normal 4:3 and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios. This is because this game is designed to be played in 4:3. Starting with Just Dance 2, the aspect ratio is forced 16:9.
- In Just Dance 4 Mashups and Party Master Modes, every Just Dance routine has a Just Dance 3-styled extraction (excluding Wannabe), including routines that have not been in any other game.
For a full list of Just Dance’s beta elements, see Just Dance (video game)/Beta Elements.