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April 2, 2013

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Just Dance Disney Party

Developed by: Ubisoft

Systems: Wii, Xbox 360

In 2009, European game developer Ubisoft quietly released Just Dance for the Wii. Not to be confused by Lady Gaga's pop hit, Just Dance presented a brand new concept: a dancing game that is all about the fun of dancing, not the techniques nor the competitive aspects of it. Using the Wii Remote, players would mimic the moves of the on-screen dancer to the best of their abilities. Despite a lukewarm critical reception that targeted the poor motion controls and lack of content, Just Dance started off as a cult hit, then evolved into a smashing success, all because people decided to follow on the game's suggestion: to just dance and have fun.

Since then, Ubisoft has released several Just Dance games, including spin-offs such as Michael Jackson: The Experience. Many games mimicked the concept behind Just Dance, including Microsoft's Dance Central, with better execution. And yet Just Dance remains the top choice for gamers who want a fun game to whip out at social gatherings. Knowing this, it wouldn't be long till Disney came out with their own take on the franchise: Just Dance Disney Party.

Just Dance Disney 

Disney is no stranger to dancing games, thanks to the like of Dance Dance Revolution, but it is the first time Disney has tackled Just Dance's mechanics. Save for the Disney name and theme, Disney Party remains true to the concepts in the original Just Dance games. Using the Wii Remote (or standing in front of the Kinect Camera if they are using an Xbox 360), players follow the moves of the on-screen dancers. Even if they are rated on their overall performances, it isn't about being the best but about having fun. Up to four players can participate during each song.

Just dance Disney Party

The big difference, of course, is the Disney name behind it. Previous Just Dance games used their song lists to the best of their advantage, including songs like 'Let's go to the mall' from Robin Sparkles (ie, an in joke from the TV show How I Met Your Mother). Disney Party pulls songs from not just their pop Disney Channel hits but from their Disney animated classics as well. This pleases both fans of the animated classics as well as kids that are fans of the Disney Channel originals.

The full list of songs is as follows:

Disney Classics

"The AristoCats" ( "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat")
"Beauty and the Beast" ("Be Our Guest")
"Bolt" ("I Thought I Lost You")
"Cinderella" ("Bibbidi-Bobbidi'Boo")
"Enchanted" ("That's How You Know")
"The Jungle Book" ("The Bare Necessities")
"Lilo & Stitch" ("Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride")
"The Little Mermaid" ("Under the Sea")
"Mary Poppins" ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious")
"Peter Pan" ("Following the Leader")
"Tangled" ("Something That I Want")
"Tangled" ("I've Got a Dream")
The Muppets" ("The Muppet Show Theme")
"Tinker Bell", "Fly to Your Heart"

Just Dance disney Party

Disney Channel Original Series and Movies

"A.N.T. Farm" ("Calling All the Monsters")
"Camp Rock" ("This Is Me")
"Good Luck Charlie" ("Hang In There Baby")
"Hannah Montana" ("Hoedown Throwdown")
"High School Musical" ("We're All In This Together")
"Jessie" ("Jessie Theme Song")
"Phineas and Ferb" ("S.I.M.P." "Squirrels In My Pants")
"Shake It Up" ("Shake It Up")
"Shake It Up" ("Twist My Hips")
"Wizards of Waverly Place" ("Everything Is Not As It Seems")

Just Dance Disney Party

Disney Theme Parks

A Disney Parks iconic song ("It's a Small World")

Just Dance by itself is a wholesome recommendation thanks to its infectious level of fun, one that values jolly times over the need to be competitive, as well as welcomes anyone to join the foray. Disney Party adds a lot of familiarity to the franchise with a very solid selection of songs that please both older Disney fans as well as a new generation of fans, inviting one and all to dance their cares away.


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