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- Just Dance 2017 for Nintendo Wii is the newest version of the world's #1 dance game!
- Features the hottest hits of the year including “Sorry,” by Justin Bieber, "Into You," by Ariana Grande, "Cheap Thrills," by Sia ft. Sean Paul, "Lean On," by Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft. MO, "Can't Feel My Face," by The Weeknd, and more!
- Fun for all ages! Great for family gatherings, parties, and holidays.
- Also available on Wii U system – No extra Wii Remotes required! Transform your smartphone into a controller with the free Just Dance Controller app.
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Gather your friends and family: the newest installment of the world's most popular dance game is here! Bust a move and get down with the hottest songs of the year, including new and classic tracks like “Sorry,” by Justin Bieber, "Into You," by Ariana Grande, "Cheap Thrills," by Sia ft. Sean Paul, "Lean On," by Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft. MO, "Can't Feel My Face," by The Weeknd, and many more! Your favorite game modes are back, so you can play with friends, connect with people around the world, and have fun working out.
So whether you love pop music, want to cut a rug in style, or want to enjoy a great game for families, you have to get Just Dance 2017.
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So that said, if you have kept up with the Just Dance series at all in recent years then you will know the interface has not changed much over the course of the last two or three installments, and JD 2017 will look very familiar to you. From the game menu to the “wall” which notifies you about new unlockables, anyone who played the last few games will have no problem jumping in and navigating this one. There’s no official Sweat Mode, but the game automatically keeps track of your calories burned, time played, and other statistics just through normal gameplay which is fine me. (I personally always preferred the Just Sweat mode as presented in part 4 where you had the "instructor" guiding you through your session with warm up and cool down periods, but as that seems to be a minority opinion I'm sure we'll never see it return.) One thing I must point out is that they have finally done away with the World Dance Floor online component, so if you want to play against friends or other real live people I’m afraid you must do so within the confines of your own living room. Frankly, in this day I’m just glad we got this game released for the vanilla Wii system at all, so I guess the absence of online support shouldn’t surprise anybody. Still, it might decrease the replay value for some.
The tracklisting is always hit or miss depending who you ask, but I actually like most of the songs here to some extent or another. As usual the vast majority of tracks are techno/EDM in nature, with a good percentage of them recorded by little-known artists exclusively for this game, I would assume, but we also get our fair share of mainstream radio hits by the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Sia, Britney Spears, The Weeknd, and Ariana Grande, to name a few, so I’d say the variety is just about right. I did notice there’s a slight movement toward Latin and world music with this collection, which I personally consider a plus, but again, it won’t be for everybody. The graphics are about on par with the last couple games; they are whimsical and colorful and often border on photorealism which is cool, but there’s also a lot of dizzying visual effects and other “stuff” going on which sometimes makes it difficult to see exactly what your onscreen dancer is supposed to be doing.
Where I have to dock some points is with the actual choreography. While I obviously don’t mind a legitimate challenge, I can’t help but feel that too many of these dances aren’t comprised of much more than bizarre hand posing or random flailing about with no relation to the beat whatsoever. The instructional pictograms aren’t terribly helpful either, as they may tell you to lift your arms up above your head but fail to mention anything about the three claps and full-body turn in between. Honestly, I’m not exaggerating when I say you will score more points on some tracks by simply standing still. I also hate how a good HALF the tracks are group dances, because they really aren’t dances at all but play out more like little scenes or skits. This approach may be more fun in the context of a party or group setting, but they offer nothing in terms of exercise and it’s completely useless for a solo player like me who plays these games only to get fit. The motion controls are okay at best; certainly better than the last couple games, which nearly had me ripping my hair out in frustration at times, but it still isn’t unusual for a move as simple as pointing your hand toward the ground to not register at all, resulting in a score of “X.” One thing I noticed is that some dances keep scoring you through moves performed with your non-controller hand, something I haven’t seen since the very first (and very broken) Just Dance game, so it will definitely take some practice to figure out what the game is even asking you to do – then remembering to do it!
Ultimately JD2017 is neither the best or the worst in the series. If you’re a fan already I would recommend picking this one up to expand your collection, but I don’t think a newcomer should start here because it may prove too frustrating if you’re not familiar with some of the nuances and quirks of these games. Because of that I am choosing to rate it a balanced, middle-of-the road three stars. Sure, I may have some complaints, but it still suits most of my needs at the end of the day and I appreciate that they keep making these games at all and continue to appeal to a wide range of demographics. Whether your goal is to shed a few pounds or just goof around for a few minutes, everyone should find at least one thing here to love.
Disclaimer: I am in my 30's so that may be why I'm bored with it. Maybe younger kids will appreciate it more. If I had a really young daughter though, I wouldn't let her dance to some of the sexier choreography on there. Those are more for mommy when all the kids are sleeping....