Just Dance 2018 is the ninth official game in the Just Dance series. The game was revealed at E3 2017 on June 12, 2017, and was released on October 24, 2017 for North America, and on October 26, 2017 for Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Gameplay and Features
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5 exclusive Double Rumble choreographies puts the control in both of your hands for the first time in a Just Dance game – hold a Joy-Con in each hand, and feel the vibrations as you experience what it’s like to play in a Mariachi band, or take charge of a 5 star kitchen.
Replicate the moves and feel the vibes of the music in the palms of your hands thanks the Joy-Cons’ unique HD Rumble vibration system.
Choose from eight Episodes containing five routines each.
Sweat and Playlists, KCal Tracker & Challenge Mode are all returning feature, but only appear for 7th gen consoles only.
A new score rating for judging accuracy, "SUPER", has been added to the game. It stands between the existing ratings of "GOOD" and "PERFECT".
In addition to the existing "Superstar", which was introduced in Just Dance 2017, "Megastar" has been added to the game, which is obtained by scoring at least 12,000 points.
An asterisk (*) indicates that this song is covered in-game.
A (D) indicates that the song is playable on the demo version.
(K) indicates that this song is available in Kids Mode. Note that the 8 Main Kids Songs (colored in █) are in the main tracklist on 7th-gen consoles. These songs can be played through normal Just Dance mode on 8th-gen consoles, but internet connection is needed to search for the title and to thus play it.
(RU) indicates that this song is a Russia exclusive. This song can also be played in other conturies via Just Dance Unlimited.
A █ states that this song is available at the beginning. This only applies to eighth-gen consoles.
A █ states that this song must be unlocked by collecting all 10 CD-style stickers. This only applies to eighth-gen consoles.
On 8th-generation consoles, the song list is ordered alphabetically, while on 7th-generation consoles, the song list is in the order below.
Rating Summary: The content of this game is suitable for all persons.
Just Dance 2018 marks the second time the crown icon which denotes which player in a multiplayer match is in the lead has been changed since the introduction of the feature in Just Dance 2 and the crown change in Just Dance 2014. Instead of a rendered three-dimensional crown, the icon is now a flat white two-dimensional icon inside of a bubble of the same color as the player currently in the lead with a white outline around the bubble.
However, the 7th generation versions of the game retain the original crown design.
Just Dance 2018 marks the first time where Ubisoft Club/Uplay rewards are not available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U.
Logging into Ubisoft Club is still possible in the Wii U version but however, players cannot complete actions to earn Units and XP, nor can they receive any rewards except Thumbs, which is unlocked by simply logging into Ubisoft Club.
Just Dance 2018 also marks the first game where the Switch version can log into Ubisoft Club.
Just Dance 2018’s pictograms have an effect where they will beat in time with the song on every other beat (as opposed to the pictogram bar, which still beats on every beat) on 8th generation consoles and the Switch.
A pair of dancers resembling Sebastian and Mia from the movie La La Land.
The preview videos for these songs contain pictogram errors wherein, during the fading phase of pictogram, they are replaced by a random pictogram from the same song:
Keep On Moving
Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
Side To Side
Make It Jingle
The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)
The preview gameplay videos of the songs unveiled at E3 feature videos showing different parts of the song when comparing the official US and UK channels. For example, Automaton shows the first chorus and the second verse on the US account, but it shows the second chorus and the bridge on the UK one.
However, some song previews shows the same part with additional parts on either version, such as Rockabye and How Far I’ll Go.
Several coaches from Just Dance 2017, and Just Dance Unlimited appear in the announcement banner.
Just Dance 2018 is the fourth game in the series in which the menu icons are cropped from squares into another shape, in this case, super-ellipses.
The first one was Just Dance 2, the second was Just Dance 3 (both of which cropped squares into circles) and the third was the Wii, Wii U, and PS3 versions of Just Dance 4 (which cropped squares into D shapes).
Lyrics appear slightly different than previous games - a diagonal line protrudes from the bottom edge of the screen and the lyrics follow the contour of that line when they scroll up.
Also, when a gray line scrolls up from the "next line" line and begins highlighting, the gray line that replaces it will "swoop in" from the bottom of the screen, similarly to Just Dance Now.
The diagonal line disappears when lyrics aren't shown and reappears when lyrics will be shown, yet sometimes the line will remain there for a short period of time when some lyrics have a short time gap.
7th generation versions of the game do not have the diagonal line and keep the original lyric style.
Menu icons are much more zoomed in on the coaches than in previous games.
The titles for the UK previews of Footloose, John Wayne and Kissing Strangers contain the word "[OFFICIEL]" (the French word for "official") instead of its English counterpart.
Just Dance 2018 marks the second time that an artist, in this case Nicki Minaj, has 3 songs in the same game included on the disc. The first time was the Best Buy edition of Just Dance 3, where the artist with three songs was Katy Perry.
Just Dance 2018 marks the first time in the Just Dance series that the Ubisoft logo has changed. The new Ubisoft logo (also known as "The New UbiSwirl") was initially shown to the public on the UbiBlog on May 31, 2017. The logo animation movie was shown for the first time in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. The logo animation movie can also be animated in 60fps, in which that version was first shown in South Park: The Fractured But Whole. A modified jingle was later added to both the 30fps and 60fps versions, starting with the Bring the Crunch DLC release in South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
On Nintendo Switch, the Joy-Cons vibrate to the rhythm of music even outside of Double Rumble routines. This feature is called "Beat Vibrations" and only works with Just Dance 2018 songs.
Just like the previous three games, Just Dance 2018 has messages that present themselves when an alternate routine is unlocked, exclusively on seventh gen consoles. Here are the messages attributed to each routine, in order of when they are unlocked:
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Straight to the goal!
Dharma - Face your opponent!
Automaton - Ketchup or mustard?
Chantaje - You’ve got a ticket to ride!
Bubble Pop! - You'll be stuck in the sound...
Side to Side - Work out like a diva!
Kissing Strangers - Put on your dancing shoes!
Another One Bites the Dust - Be a real action hero!
24K Magic - Be as good as gold...
Tumbum - Warm up the place!
Despacito - Ready for some Latin vibes?
John Wayne - Welcome to the Far West!
The boss "Garylou" is a play on the word "garou" (which means "werewolf" in French).
Just Dance 2018 is the third game in the series with avatars that cannot be earned simply by completing a routine.
Just Dance 2018 is the seventh game in the series to be nominated for Favorite Video Game at the Kids Choice Awards.
This is the last Just Dance game to be released on PS3.
This is also the last game in the series to have all of Just Dance 2015's online features on 7th-Gen consoles. This includes the World Dance Floor, the Just Dance Wall, Challenge Mode and Autodance sharing.
This is because of the shutdown announcement of online features for all Just Dance games from 2014 to this game, except for 8th Gen versions of 2016, 2017 and this game, which will happen on November 19, 2018.