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- The Ultimate Tracklist : From the hottest hits like Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo to favorites like Born This Way by Lady Gaga, and more
- Favorite game modes are back : Challenge friends from all over the world with World Dance Floor, and the show is on with Karaoke mode
- Sweat Mode is back and better than ever : Track your calories and time dancing with personalized workouts
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Introducing Just Dance 2016 – the newest game from the top-selling franchise – with 40+ new tracks! Bust a move to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars and feel the beat in “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor – Just Dance 2016 features an amazing tracklist with visuals that are more creative and breathtaking than ever before. Join over 100M players and dance to your favorite songs – now available.
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Good to know: A large portion of the songs are unabashedly about sex and the dance moves reflect the content. Becoming familiar with the songs with your children can help start conversations and decide which songs your family is comfortable with.
Even though they release versions for every platform now, it's the version for the good ol' Wii that continues to outsell the next most popular version (the Wii U) by more than a 3:1 margin. Seems that a lot of us are keeping our old Wiis around, if only for the occasional exercise session or party.
Just Dance 2016 continues to have the same simple interface as all of its predecessors. Once you set up your profile ("dancer card") you can just jump into dancing by selecting a song. Unlike past versions of Just Dance, they did away with the "difficulty" and "intensity" ratings for each song.
As with past versions, the game supports up to four people with four Wii remotes. Most of the songs are choreographed for a single person (i.e., all dance to the same moves), but in some cases they came up with an intricate dance routine for a duo, trio, or quartet of dancers where each dancer has his or her own independent moves that work together with the others. Those are the dances that not only tend to be the most fun ones to play, they're also the most fun to watch.
Here's a list of the songs, the artists, and the number of dancers the default routine is choreographed for. Certain songs also have alternate choreography that you can unlock.
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor (1)
No Control – One Direction (4)
I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas (1)
Fancy – Iggy Azalea Ft. Charli XCX (3)
These Boots Are Made for Walking – The Girly Team (1)
Animals – Martin Garrix (2)
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars (1)
Balkan Blast Remix – Angry Birds (4)
Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson (1)
Hey Mama – Daid Guetta Ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack (3)
Ievan Polkka – Hatsune Miku (1)
The Choice is Yours – Darius Dante Van Dijk (1)
Fun - Pitbull Ft. Chris Brown (1)
William Tell Overture – Rossini (2)
Lights – Ellie Goulding (1)
Chiwawa – Wanko Ni Mero Mero (1)
You Never Can Tell – A. Caveman & The Backseats (2)
Born This Way – Lady Gaga (3)
Kaboom Pow – Nikki Yanofsky (1)
When The Rain Begins To Fall – Sky Trucking (2)
Same Old Love – Selena Gomez (3)
Cool For The Summer – Demi Lovato (1)
Want To Want Me – Jason Derulo (1)
Under The Sea – Disney's "The Little Mermaid" (1)
This is How We Do – Katy Perry (4)
Hit The Road Jack – Charles Percy (2)
Junto a Ti – Disney's "Violetta" (3)
Blame – Calvin Harris Ft. John Newman (1)
Irish Meadow Dance – O'Callaghan's Orchestra (4)
Rabiosa – Shakira Fr. El Cata (1)
Circus – Britney Spears (4)
You're the One That I Want – From The Movie Grease (2)
Hangover (BaBaBa) – Buraka Som Sistema (2)
I'm An Albatroz – AronChupa (1)
Kool Kontact – Glorious Black Belts (2)
Teacher – Nick Jonas (1)
Stuck on a Feeling – Prince Royce (1)
Boys (Summertime Love) – The Lemon Cubes (3)
Drop the Mambo – Diva Carmina (1)
Gibberish – MAX (2)
Copacabana – Frankie Bostello (4)
Let's Groove – Equinox Stars (3)
Stadium Flow – Imposs (1)
As you can see, the playlist primarily consists of several songs from pop stars like Meghan Traynor, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, One Direction, Nick Jonas. They threw in a smattering of oldies and a kid's song or two, mostly performed by a cover artist or band. There are also a few quirky songs, including one based on the Angry Birds theme song (complete with four birds from the game with freakish human legs and arms). Despite the occasional unique song, the playlist did overall seem less diverse and eclectic than in previous years.
Gameplay is the same as every other version of Just Dance from the beginning. You hold the Wii remote in your right hand and follow the on-screen dancer's moves as if you're looking in a mirror. Visual cues in the form of stick figure icons will scroll across the bottom to let you know what move is coming up.
One question that invariably arises is—how accurate are the motion controls? The quick answer to that is, they're as accurate as they're going to be. I think it was in Just Dance 3 that Ubisoft "figured it out" and since then the controls have always been "good enough". Which means that you're not going to get the precision of, say, an Xbox Kinect but it's accurate enough to make it fun, especially when playing in a group where everyone's on an even playing field.
What I've found in past Just Dance games, and again in this one, is that most people can get 2 stars on a song just by going through the motions (literally), but if you really do learn the moves and dance them accurately you can get 5 stars consistently.
Another topic that seems to come up in reviews for Just Dance in recent versions is whether the songs and dance moves are appropriate for children. In their setup screens they let you choose age ranges from 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, and 40+ (making this 40+ reviewer feel very old) and a gender of "girl" or "boy", which may lead you to assume that this game is primarily geared towards children. But as we've seen in past versions of Just Dance this may not be the case, depending on your parenting preferences.
I'm no prude, but even I'd think twice about having small children play this unsupervised. While there are certainly one or two kid-friendly songs like The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea", the vast majority of songs are modern pop songs that are more suited for a grown-up audience. As we've seen them do in the past, Ubisoft achieved the "E for Everyone" rating for certain songs basically by bleeping out words. But many parents out there will likely still find some lyrics too suggestive.
For example, in Pitbull's "Fun" when the lyrics go "don't take it all off, keep your heels and thong", they decided to bleep out "heels" and "thong", but that doesn't really make the song any less suggestive (in fact, it probably makes it worse). Likewise, a number of the songs have what some may consider overly "grown up" dance moves for children. Again, none of this is really a problem for adults who wish to play this game alone or in a party setting, but at the very least I'd be sure to screen the songs and the choreography before having children dance to them or playing this in a setting with children, despite the rating.
I did like the online capabilities; for once they're seamlessly weaved into the game as opposed to being overly obtrusive or awkward. For example, after I selected a song the game asked me if I would like to activate "Dance Challenger Mode".. I said yes and ended up dancing with three actual people, one from the US and two from France instead of competing against the usual computer dancers.They also added a "top score" feature that displays the top scores for any given song locally, in your country, and globally which pulls data from the Web. They also brought back the excellent "World Dance Floor" feature from last year's edition.
"Sweat Mode" is also back, now called "Sweat & Playlists". As before, you can turn on a Kcal counter to track your calorie count, and you can configure a playlist for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 40 minutes, or continuous. You can't save multiple playlists, but the system will remember the last playlist you configured, so if there's a particular sequence and length of songs you'd like thankfully there's no need to re-configure it each time you restart the system as you had to with previous versions.
Overall, the Wii version is pretty basic and lacks a lot of features that other consoles have. For example, with other consoles you can use your mobile device as a controller. Most other versions have more advanced graphics and additional choreography, as well as more online features and video capability. All these, of course, are highly dependent on the capabilities of the console, so I don't blame them for not including these.
But if there is a gripe I have it's that the $39.99 list price is kind of steep. Ubisoft clearly wants to keep milking the cash cow of Wii users, so their MO has always been to charge Wii users for full releases instead of, say, offering individual songs in the form of DLC to an older version. In this particular case, I don't see many improvements in the 2016 version beyond the 2015 version. I'd say it'd be worth buying mainly if A) the actual price drops precipitously, or B) you happen to be a big fan of the songs they've included.
I DO like that there are alternate routines for the same songs. And that even when you can't follow the routine, as long as you're still moving, it gives you point.