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|Dance to "24 Magic" by Bruno Mars exclusively available through the Just Dance 2018 Demo. Get the first dance for free, and be the first to get a sneak peek at Just Dance.|
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- Great for family gatherings, parties, and holidays, Just Dance 2018 brings family and friends together like no other game.
- 300+ tracks are at your fingertips with the included three-month trial of Just Dance Unlimited.
- Get new exclusive Mario dance and play two-handed choreographies, only on Nintendo Switch!
- Join the biggest online dance party in the revamped World Dance Floor, and compete to win rewards.
- Up to six players can join the fun anywhere, anytime on Nintendo Switch!
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With Just Dance 2018 on the Nintendo Switch system, you can dance with anyone, anywhere, anytime! Dance to 40 of the hottest tracks, including "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, "Shape Of You" by Ed Sheeran, "Swish Swish" by Katy Perry Ft. Nicki Minaj, “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, “Naughty Girl” by Beyoncé, and many more! Great for family gatherings, parties, and holidays, Just Dance 2018 brings family and friends together like no other game. Just Dance Unlimited is an additional subscription service available through Just Dance 2016, Just Dance 2017, and Just Dance 2018, giving you access to 300+ songs from previous Just Dance games and other exclusive songs that you can only play through Just Dance Unlimited.
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So that said, I should also note that JD2018 marks my transition from vanilla Wii to the Nintendo Switch console. I was a bit skeptical about the motion tracking accuracy going into it, but the Joy-Cons are actually pretty fair. Sure, there are still plenty of straightforward moves such as clapping your hands which don’t always register properly as “Perfect” when it’s obvious they should, but it’s a step up from some of the previous entries where you were likely to earn a better score by standing still completely. (Not even exaggerating.) The graphics are colorful and fluid and you get to play as a variety of whimsical characters, but as with other recent Just Dance games there tends to be a lot of dizzying visual effects and other “stuff” going on all over the screen which can make it very difficult to see exactly what your dancer is supposed to be doing. The instructional pictograms are not 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.
The tracklisting will be hit or miss depending on who you ask. I would say about 75% of the songs are of the Latin or world music variety, recorded by little known artists specifically for this game I would wager, which isn’t necessarily a complaint from me, but others may be disappointed. We do still get a small handful of current radio hits by the likes of Justin Bieber, Ed Sheerhan, Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande, for example, as well as several cover versions of famous tunes, but overall JD2018 is, by far, the least mainstream entry in the series to date. Again, this is not a bad thing for me. Where I have to dock some points is with the actual choreography. While I welcome a legitimate challenge, I can’t help but feel the newer Just Dance games have all but done away with proper dance routines and have instead replaced them with a series of bizarre poses that have us randomly flailing about with no relation to the beat whatsoever. It’s silly and, frankly, not very fun. I also hate how a good HALF the tracks are group dances, because they really aren’t dances at all so much as 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. At this point I feel they really should just make an offshoot “Just Dance Party” series or something instead of wasting so much space on the main games. This makes the 50% retail price increase for the Switch version extra insulting, but maybe that’s just me.
The staple Just Sweat and online World Dance Floor modes return, and the new Dance Lab and Kids sections are introduced, which admittedly I have not dabbled around with much, as well as what’s called Double Rumble which is two-handed choreography dances exclusive to the Switch. There are still plenty of avatars, stickers, and alternate choreographies to unlock, so a good amount of time could be spent playing this to completion if you like, but these elements are introduced to you in bits and pieces through gameplay as you go along, so the menu and interface can get confusing sometimes as it seems to be constantly changing. The cherry on top is a free 90 day trial of Just Dance Unlimited, which is an online database of over 300 songs from previous Just Dance games (although some of my favorites are still missing).
Ultimately JD2018 is neither the best nor the worst in the series, but probably falls closer to the latter end of the scale if I’m being honest. There may be a lot of frills to distract you, but for me the replay value in these games is the actual choreography which, as I said, has become way too ridiculous. If you’re a fan already I would cautiously recommend picking this one up just 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. In spite of my complaints it still suits most of my needs at the end of the day, especially now that I’m more of a casual dancer these days, and I can 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.
Just to run some numbers, I paid $60 for this game and Ubisoft wants $30 a year for the subscription service for a game I rarely play. Maybe I'll keep it 3-4 years and that runs from $150 - $180 for a single game. I play this maybe once or twice a month, which makes it entirely not worth it to keep the subscription service. Ubisoft thought of this though and I could pay $4 for a SINGLE DAY when I want to play the game (almost 2 months of the yearly subscription), thats a HUGE turn-off for me and makes me honestly want to never play the game. If it wasn't for my wife's love of the game, I'd get rid of it. Though once she realizes all the songs she likes aren't even included outside of Just Dance Unlimited, she will probably not want it anymore either.
Its a phenomenal game IF you pony up for the Just Dace Unlimited service. But that service adds up quickly and Ubisoft is incredibly insistent on making the occasional buy-in option too expensive.
All in all the song selection is good and I really enjoy the game. My only real complaints are that I wish there were more kpop songs and I wish that you could customize your own dancer and use it. I also wish there was a way to get your feet involved more. Sometimes I find myself focusing on the arm movements and neglecting the feet movement as you’re not scored on that.
I would highly recommend the game though.
My wife plays this with the kids, and my 3 year old loves dancing with his mommy. My little 18 month old girl doesn't know what to do with the controller, but she loves standing next to her brother and dancing in her own way as well.
It makes for a fun family night, and it is a good way to burn some calories and exercise while having some fun!