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Just Dance 2 review

The Wii's number one dancing game returns

Like its chart-topping predecessor, Just Dance 2 is based on a very simple idea. All you have to do is follow the dance on the screen, with your Wii Remote in the hand that's highlighted on the dancer.

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And what a selection of music it is with far more variety than you'd usually see in a music game. As long as it's danceable, it's ripe for inclusion, so you'll find yourself gyrating along to the music from Austin Powers, and Jump In The Line from Beetlejuice, as well as poppier tunes from Ke$ha and the Pussycat Dolls. There are some really playful touches to the choreography, making every song worth exploring - we nearly died laughing during the twinkle toes ballet portion of A-Punk by Vampire Weekend. But while most of the music is licensed, there's still the odd cover version which isn't the same as dancing to the real thing.

Just Duet

Duets are the biggest new addition: some songs allow two people to perform complementary moves, or two pairs in four-player mode, while the new Dance Battle modes pit you against your friends in a series of mini-games. We liked the idea of Simon Says, where additional instructions appear at the side for extra points, but there were only a few things to try.

Just Dance 2's only problem is the same as in the first game: there's almost nothing for a solo player to do. The Just Sweat system, designed as a fitness aid, is woefully simplistic so don't expect it to carve those cheeseburgers from your waistline.

Still, this is a party game. There's nothing sophisticated under the hood but the choreography is great fun and the music selection is brilliant.

This is an edited version of a review that will appear in the December issue of Official Nintendo Magazine which will be on sale on 28 October. For more in depth analysis, get the mag when it goes on sale.

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  1. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 14th Oct 2010 at 11:58

    good score
    should i get it ?
    might make my bday party go alright on the night

  2. superewan Thursday 14th Oct 2010 at 12:32

    good score
    should i get it ?
    might make my bday party go alright on the night

    nah...
    if your wanting a game to get a party started, maybe wii party, mk wii, nsmb wii, brawl, guitar hero, rockband etc etc...

    but i wouldnt advise just dance, my sister bought the first one, and it gets pretty repetitive :/

  3. Nelsonator15 Thursday 14th Oct 2010 at 14:15

    I think ONM have caved in to Just Dance in the same way that we'll have to cave in to Wagner sooner or later :lol:

    Does this mean that I should give in to it as well? Hmmm...

  4. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 14th Oct 2010 at 14:33

    I think ONM have caved in to Just Dance in the same way that we'll have to cave in to Wagner sooner or later :lol:

    Does this mean that I should give in to it as well? Hmmm...

    I LOVE WAGNER IS HIS FUNNY :D

    WAGNER TO WIN WAGNER TO WIN :twisted:

  5. clarkie123 Thursday 14th Oct 2010 at 15:05

    I think ONM have caved in to Just Dance in the same way that we'll have to cave in to Wagner sooner or later :lol:

    Does this mean that I should give in to it as well? Hmmm...


    I don't thinks it's a caseof caving in. Anyone that's played the original will know that's it's a very fun and enjoyable game. Perfect for parties and kids etc.

    Oh, and Wagner is awesome. End of discussion. ;)

  6. piccadillio Thursday 14th Oct 2010 at 15:12

    I'm guessing it doesn't have Motion-Plus support, so once again you might as well 'just dance'.

  7. geengy Thursday 14th Oct 2010 at 15:27

    At least this isn't underestimated like its predecessor.

  8. brendathecat Thursday 14th Oct 2010 at 20:14

    Can anyone clarify for me what rating the first one was given by ONM? I know it was a terrible game and this seems to be more of the same except, this time, ONM are praising the exact same theings they slagged off the original for.. Oh and well done for glossing over the fact that the song library is utter tripe by saying "its got some FUN additons like the Austin Powers theme and Beetlejuice music" Seriously, is this kind of shovelware really meant to make the Wii stand out as an alternative to Rock Band or DDR?? GGGAARRHHH i feel like im taking crazy pills.

  9. Pie supremacy Friday 15th Oct 2010 at 15:47

    Who's this will guy?
    is he new?

  10. clarkie123 Friday 15th Oct 2010 at 17:56

    Can anyone clarify for me what rating the first one was given by ONM? I know it was a terrible game and this seems to be more of the same except, this time, ONM are praising the exact same theings they slagged off the original for.. Oh and well done for glossing over the fact that the song library is utter tripe by saying "its got some FUN additons like the Austin Powers theme and Beetlejuice music" Seriously, is this kind of shovelware really meant to make the Wii stand out as an alternative to Rock Band or DDR?? GGGAARRHHH i feel like im taking crazy pills.


    To be honest, I think you've got it the wrong way around. In my opinion the first game should've been scored higher. For what it was (a fun, pick-up and play party game), it was actually pretty good.
    'Casual game' doesn't necessarily equal rubbish game.

    Who's this will guy?
    is he new?


    Ooooh yeeeah. Well spotted.

  11. EdDeRs1 Friday 15th Oct 2010 at 20:26

    I think ONM have caved in to Just Dance in the same way that we'll have to cave in to Wagner sooner or later :lol:

    Does this mean that I should give in to it as well? Hmmm...


    i think u r right, they have been corupted by casual s**t, looks like im gona have to rectify the situation! (picks up cricket bat and hammers nails in) f**k yeah!
    oh and who is this wagner guy

  12. graveon Sunday 17th Oct 2010 at 15:06

    my mum loves this game........

    PLEASE DONT SELL IT, PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

  13. ledreppe Monday 18th Oct 2010 at 11:26

    I wouldn't be surprised if there is a Just Dance 3.

  14. Auraelement Tuesday 26th Oct 2010 at 17:51

    Was I the only one on ONM that was hyped for this game??
    Damn!!

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