Just Dance is a rhythm game developed and published by Ubisoft for the Wii, and it is the first in the video game series of the same name. It was released on November 17, 2009 in North America, November 26, 2009 in Australia, and November 27, 2009 in Europe.
The title is derived from the 2008 Lady Gaga song of the same name. In Just Dance, players use only the standard Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus and attempt to mimic all the moves of the on-screen silhouette dancer. Players earn points depending on what moves they perform and how well they perform them, and special Shake Moves in some songs earn the player bonus points if performed correctly.
The game has three gameplay modes: the normal mode, in which players pick any track and attempt to dance with the on-screen dancer; a "Last One Standing" mode, in which players are eliminated if they don't score enough points or make too many mistakes; and a "Strike a Pose" mode, in which players start and stop dancing as dictated by the on-screen dancer. There is also a "Practice" mode, in which players may dance to tracks without keeping score.
The game includes 33 music tracks, 32 of which are standard songs used in the main game and one of which is accessible from the Warm Up game mode on the main menu. All routines are Solo.
"*" - Indicates that the song is a cover version, not the original.
Scrolling lyrics - lyrics do not scroll line by line as they do from Just Dance 2 onwards, but rather simply display a line or two at a time after which both then immediately change to the next portion of lyrics.
Also, on Just Dance Now and Unlimited, the lyrics scroll with karaoke-style highlighting just like other songs, as well as the karaoke (sing along) feature on the latter where this is available.
Songs in foreign languages
Differently-colored gloves on the coaches
Songs from the 2010 decade (since the game was released in 2009)
Percentage of certain ratings on the Score Recap screen (49% GREAT, for example)
A similar feature was introduced in the World Dance Floor for eighth generation consoles on Just Dance 2017 onwards; however, this gives the number of moves in a category (e.g. w OK, x GOOD, y PERFECT and z YEAH).
Exclusively Solo routines
A visual "1, 2, 3, 4" count before the routine commences (Just Dance Kids also has this, but it is not in the main series).
However, several songs in Just Dance 2 have an audible "1, 2, 3, 4" countdown.
This was the only game in the series to have been released in the month of November. Every game since this had an October release (not counting spin-offs).
This game does not have DLC.
This is the first main installment to not have DLC; it is later followed by Just Dance 2016 (they are replaced by Just Dance Unlimited for eighth generation platforms).
None of the dancers in the trailer for the game made an appearance in the actual game, as they were only there for promotional reasons.
However, the routines they performed were used.
Julia Spiesser and Jérémy Paquet are the only choreographers for the dancers, each choreographing the characters of their matching genders. Thus, this is the game in the main series with the least number of choreographers and performers (2 each).
It is the only game in the traditional series that was announced at Gamescom.
The German version has a typo in the menu. It says "Gepielte Songs" instead of "Gespielte Songs" in the song-overview menu.
Scoring was a huge issue, as it was not at its full potential at the time. Hand movements often were read incorrectly and gave you a score of "X" or "OK". The scoring was fixed in its successor and other successive Just Dance games.
Because of this, the maximum score is still unknown today.
The German version has many incorrect spelling mistakes in lyrics and menus.
On the GameStop website in the North America, an alternate cover can be seen.
This is the only game in the main series that is playable in both normal 4:3 and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios. This is because this game is designed to be played in 4:3. Starting with Just Dance 2, the aspect ratio is forced 16:9.