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Just Dance 3 delivers hours of fun for the whole family

By: Michelle Garza

If you are like me, and a total fan of dance games, you were waiting to see if Ubisoft would be able to pull off something amazing with its third installment of the Just Dance series. I can honestly say that the game does not disappoint, Just Dance 3 is a great success with top of the chart hits and new modes of gameplay.

Just Dance 3 contains 40 hit songs spanning a wide range of musical genres making it an excellent dance game for any age range or dance ability. Using only the Wiimote for gameplay, Just Dance 3 makes it easy for everyone to get up off the couch and getting moving.

The game’s menu is also quite simple and easy to move through, making getting started extremely simple. There are only 4 things to choose from on the main menu: Dance, Just Sweat, Store and Extras. Dance is the main play mode. As with previous versions, there’s no dance pad controller required. Instead, up to four players can dance together at once, each using a Wiimote to follow the choreographed motions of the silhouetted character on-screen. The motion sensing is not perfect with the Wiimote and the game only detects the movement of the arm holding the Wiimote, however the fun of the game (and the way to burn those calories) is to get into the dance with your full body. To achieve points and high scores, you have to be somewhat accurate with the dance motions, however the main point of the game is to have fun and get moving with friends. So if you don’t hit the steps perfectly it doesn’t matter. Most people who play the game probably won’t care about racking up points, I know I don’t. 
You are also given an encouraging star rating for your performance and a style rating like Energetic, In Rhythm or Creative. We have found that you don’t even need a WiiMote to enjoy the gameplay, you won’t get points of course, but you can still follow along and move your body to the music, making it a great option for large group settings, such as schools or community-based programs.

As with the Just Dance 1 and 2 predecessors, each song has a “technical difficulty” indicator from one to three gears, and a “workout intensity” indicator from one to three drops of sweat.

The game has a multiplayer mode that contains two options: “Dance Crew Mode” where 4 players have their own independent choreography to dance to at the same time and a “Dance Til Dawn” party mode where you just start the game up and it will shuffle through songs while you play without the need to go back through menus again.

In the game’s Just Sweat Mode up to 4 players can work out together simultaneously. You can choose from a “Free Session”, which is an instant fitness session or the “7-Day Challenge,” which is a selection of challenges to boost your fitness during 7 days.

In the “Free Session” you have the option to choose from a variety of music to work out to, including: Speed Shuffle, Non-Stop Shuffle, Pop! Pop!, Rock Party, R&B Vibes, Electro Sounds, Just 80′s, Oldies but Goodies, Fancy Dress Ball, Around the World, Extreme or Sweat Attack. In Sweat Mode workouts, you don’t count calories, but rather, “sweat points” and as you reach certain points, the system will give you an indication of how much exercise you’ve done. For example after completing 1000 sweat points, it will tell you something like “You’ve just walked across Central Park”. In the “7-Day Challenge” you’re presented with three options for the next 7 days: The Fresh Start (3500 sweat points a week, the equivalent of walking 30 minutes a day), The Healthy Choice (7000 sweat points a week, equivalent to running 30 minutes a day), or The Sweat Explosion (21000 sweat points a week, equivalent to swimming for 30 minutes a day).

Extras is where you adjust options, such as whether to display lyrics, display pictograms (the icons telling you what move to make), display help screens, and track you game usage.

Tracks available in Just Dance 3 include:

  • 2 Unlimited – “No Limit”
  • A-ha – “Take On Me”
  • Anja – “Dance All Nite”
  • Bananarama – “Venus”
  • Bollywood Rainbow – “Kurio Ko Uddah Le Jana”
  • Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
  • Countdown Mix Masters – “Beautiful Liar”
  • Daft Punk – “Da Funk”
  • Danny Elfman – “This is Halloween”
  • Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”
  • Dr. Creole – “Baby Zouk”
  • Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand”
  • Girls Aloud – “Jump (For My Love)”
  • Groove Century – “Boogie Wonderland”
  • Gwen Stefani – “What You Waiting For”
  • Inspector Marceau – “The Master Blaster”
  • Janelle Monae – “Tightrope (Solo Version)”
  • Jessie J featuring B.o.B – “Price Tag”
  • Brahms by Just Dance Classical Orchestra – “HungarianDance No. 5”
  • Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”
  • Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
  • Konshens – “Jamaican Dance”
  • African Ladies – “Pata Pata”
  • Latino Sunset – “Mamasita”
  • Laura Bell Bundy – “Giddy On Up (Giddy On Out)”
  • LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock – “PartyRock Anthem”
  • Madness – “Night Boat To Cairo”
  • MIKA – “Lollipop”
  • Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland – “Promiscuous”
  • Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited”
  • Queen – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
  • Reggaeton Storm – “Boom”
  • Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman – “Somethin’ Stupid”
  • Scissor Sisters – “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'”
  • Sweat Invaders – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
  • Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
  • The Black Eyed Peas – “Pump It”
  • The Buggles – “Video Killed The Radio Star”
  • The Chemical Brothers – “Hey Boy Hey Girl”
  • The Girly Team – “Baby One More Time”
  • The London Theatre Orchestra & Cast – “Think”
  • The Sugarhill Gang – “Apache (Jump On It)”
  • Tommy Sparks – “She’s Got Me Dancing”
  • Wilson Pickett – “Land of 1000 Dances”

Additionally, if you purchase the game at Best Buy you’ll get these 2 additional songs:

  • Katy Perry  – “Teenage Dream”
  • Katy Perry  – “E.T.”

If you purchase the game at Target, you’ll get these 2 additional songs:

  • B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams – “Airplanes “
  • Rihanna – “Only Girl (In the World) “

In the store you can purchase additional downloadable songs if your Wii is connected to the Internet. So far the store contains the following songs, which each costs 250 Wii Points:

  • Anja – “Baby Don’t Stop Now”
  • Ole Orquesta – “Jambo Mambo”
  • Groove Century – “Soul Searchin”
  • The Girly Team – “Twist and Shake It”
  • Irene Cara – “Fame”
  • MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
  • Kris Kross ­– “Jump”
  • Ubisoft Meets Nintendo – “Just Mario”
  • Santa Clones – “Crazy Christmas”
  • The Bangles – “Walk Like an Egyptian”
  • Britney Spears          – “Toxic”
  • Harry Belafonte – “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)”
  • Mardi Gras – “Iko Iko          “
  • Reggaeton – “Baby Girl”
  • Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman  (Radio Mix) – “I Like to Move It”
  • Sweat Invaders – “Beat Match Until I’m Blue”
  • Sweat Invaders – “Touch Me Want Me”
  • Sweat Invaders – “Dun N Dusted”
  • Sweat Invaders – “Cardiac Caress”
  • Sweat Invaders – “Boomsday”
  • Sweat Invaders – “Merengue”
  • Baha Men – “Who Let The Dogs Out?”

Here is a sample of what you will get when you play this awesome game:

This game is rated “E10+” for Everyone 10 and older. I would caution that some lyrics and dance moves in some songs maybe questionable for some audiences. Parents or program leaders interested in using this game should play through it to make your own judgment to avoid such songs.



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