Just Dance 4 Hands-on (WiiU)

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The Just Dance series has sold over 30 million games in just three years, making it the world’s number one dance game. Each year we get a new tracklist and new features to enjoy, and Just Dance 4 for the Wii U is no different with 40 new songs from popular artists (including Maroon 5’s ‘Moves like Jagger,’ Nicki Minaj’s ‘Super Bass’ and ‘Call me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen) and an all-new Battle mode, upgraded Just Sweat mode and even more exclusive Wii U features.

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The new battle mode lets you challenge your friends in five rounds of dance battles, you’ll go head to head with unique choreographies and music, which changes in real time depending on who is currently winning or losing. The songs also feature four concurrent dance routines with unique choreographies and moves for each player. If you’ve ever played a Just Dance game before you’ll know it’s a really great workout, so you’ll be happy to hear that the Just Sweat mode features new workout sessions, personalised programs and a calorie counter.

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Of course the game will still include Duet mode and Dance Mash-up mode, as well as the new Puppet Master mode which introduces five player gameplay and gives you the chance to select your friends’ next dance move on the Wii U GamePad touch screen and change the choreography in real time. The new GamePad controller, which also includes speakers and a sensor bar, will also come in handy should someone want to use the TV because you can use it as a standalone system and just keep on dancing in another room. You’ll also be able to choose the next song, follow the lyrics on the GamePad, write on-screen live dedications as well as take pictures and videos using the new controller in the MC mode.

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Graphically Just Dance 4 is looking really great on the Wii U. Ubisoft has spent a lot of time improving the game’s backgrounds and environments, and it shows. You’ll still see the bright neon-colours that have become synonomous with the series, but the visuals are crisper thanks to the HD capabilities of the Wii U console.

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Like it’s predecessors Just Dance 4 is a lot of fun to play, whether you’re dancing alone to keep fit or with a bunch of your friends on the weekend. The tracklist is varied, featuring both chart topping hits and classic dance songs, and you will also be able to download new songs and choreographies post-release. The catchy tunes combined with the dazzling stages mean that it’ll be hard to not get up and just dance. There’s a lot of replayability in the game thanks to the new modes, the challenges of alternate dance routines and unlockable rewards.

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Just Dance 4 will be available on the Wii U at launch, that is on the 18th of November in North America and on the 30th of November in Europe.