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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.

Gameplay

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 award the player bonus points when 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 fail to 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.

Track List

  • An asterisk (*) indicates that this song is covered in-game.
There are 32 tracks in this game, all of which are Solo.
Song Artist Year Difficulty Effort Menu Square
Girls Just Want to Have Fun Cyndi Lauper 1983 1 2
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward 1979 2 1
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A Little Less Conversation Elvis Presley vs. JXL 2002 2 2
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Cotton Eye Joe Rednex 1994 1 3
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Surfin’ Bird The Trashmen 1963 1 3
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Heart of Glass Blondie 1978 2 1
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Womanizer* Britney Spears
(The Gym All-Stars)
2008 2 1
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Groove Is in the Heart Deee-Lite 1990 3 2
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Jerk It Out Caesars 2003 3 3
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I Like to Move It (Radio Mix) Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman 1993 2 2
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Hot N Cold Katy Perry 2008 1 3
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Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp 1962 1 1
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Girls & Boys Blur 1994 2 2
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Fame* Irene Cara
(In The Style of Irene Cara)
1980 1 3
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Lump The Presidents of the United States of America 1995 1 3
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Kids in America Kim Wilde 1981 2 2
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Pump Up the Jam Technotronic 1989 2 3
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I Get Around The Beach Boys 1964 2 1
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Le Freak Chic 1978 2 1
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That’s the Way (I Like It) KC and the Sunshine Band 1975 3 1
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Louie Louie Iggy Pop 1993 1 3
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Funplex (CSS Remix) The B-52's 2008 2 2
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Jin Go Lo Ba Fatboy Slim 2004 3 2
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Dare Gorillaz 2005 2 1
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Bebe Divine Brown 2008 2 1
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Eye of the Tiger Survivor 1982 1 3
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Can’t Get You Out of My Head Kylie Minogue 2001 2 1
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Acceptable in the 80s Calvin Harris 2007 3 3
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Who Let the Dogs Out? Baha Men 2000 3 2
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Wannabe Spice Girls 1996 1 2
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Step by Step New Kids on the Block 1990 2 2
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U Can’t Touch This MC Hammer 1990 2 3
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Warm Up

This track can be accessed via the "Warm Up" page of the game.
Song Artist Year
Warm Up Crispy Duck 2005[1]

Removed Songs

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.
Song Artist Year
Jungle Boogie (JD2) Kool And The Gang 1973
Land Of 1000 Dances (JD3) Wilson Pickett 1966
Shake Sam Cooke 1964
Soul Bossa Nova (JD2) Quincy Jones and His Orchestra 1962

ESRB/PEGI Ratings

ESRB Rating

Resources can be found here

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Platforms: Wii

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).

PEGI Rating

Resources can be found here

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Platforms: Wii

Trivia

General

  • 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 and Just Dance 2021.
  • 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 North America, an alternate cover can be seen.[2]

In-Game

  • 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.
    • Differently-colored gloves on the coaches
    • Songs from the 2010 decade (since the game was released in 2009)
    • Stars
    • "PERFECT", "GOOD", and "YEAH'" moves
    • Duets
    • 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
      • In later games "hell" is censored in Cotton Eye Joe.
      • Bebe has censorship but it was not added by Ubisoft.
    • Songs created by Ubisoft
  • This is the only game in the main series that does have:
    • "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)
      • A similar feature was introduced in the World Dance Floor for eighth-generation consoles on Just Dance 2017 onwards; however, this gives the number of moves in a category (e.g. OK, x GOOD, PERFECT, and YEAH).
        • A similar concept was reciprocated in Just Dance 2021 in single player mode only when playing any song in the main menu.
    • 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.
  • If one score over 10,000, a gold border will appear on the menu icon. If one score at or above 15,000, a gold border with a crown will appear on the menu icon.
  • In the files, some pictures are upside-down.
  • All the 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.

Beta Elements

For a full list of Just Dance's beta elements, see Just Dance (video game)/Beta Elements.

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