Just Dance 4 developed by Ubisoft

just danceTitle:  Just Dance 4 on Nintendo Wii

Developer: Ubisoft

ASIN: B0086V5UF0

Release Date: October 9, 2012

Genre: Dance

Reading Level/Interest Age: Rated “E” for Everyone; Ages 10+

Plot: Just Dance 4 is an interactive multiplayer game where players get to dance to popular songs of today (such as “Beauty and the Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj and “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction) and also well known tracks from previous decades (“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley and “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Prestley). Each player is given a Nintendo Wii remote and can then choose from a variety of songs to dance to.  Once the song begins, players are able to follow along and mimic the choreographed dancer on the screen. Other features of the game include a competition feature that allows a player to challenge other people in a dance battle, a “Just Sweat” mode allows the player to exercise while dancing, new alternative choreographies that can be unlocked throughout the game, fulfilling dance quests that can unlock six challenges per song, recording a players dance statistics, and many more modes of competition.

Critical Evaluation: The innovative technology with the Nintendo Wii is the key component in this game. Every system is equipped with a sensor that is able to detect the movement of each remote. By detecting each player’s movements of the single remote, the Wii is able to calculate each player’s score based on the positioning of each remote. Of course, this does not mean that the entire body of the player must be completely accurate to the dancing image on the screen and so the player can complete with just moving the remote to match with the motions on the screen. However, each player is able to set a difficulty level in each song which indicates how challenging the choreography will be. The animated dancer on the screen is very noticeable on the screen with brightly lit clothes with one colored glove which indicates where the remote is located on each player. Each song has a set of repetitive dance movements and as the song plays, the bottom of the screen shows the dance routine that is about to come next. These little images are always hard to miss because the dancer is so focused on watching the bigger animated image on the television set.

Reader’s Annotation: Dance your troubles away to some of the most popular songs of all time in this fun and interactive multiplayer game.

Developer: Just Dance 4 was created by the gaming company Ubisoft. According to the company’s about page, Ubisoft was created in 1986 by five brothers from France. Their first game to ever be created was called Zombi and was released in 1989. By 1996, Ubisoft had opened distribution offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Spain, Italy, Australia and the United States, as well as development studios in France, China, and Romania. From here, the expansion of the company grew at an enormous rate as the company goes public on the French Stock Exchange. The production of the Tom Clancy games such as Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon gave the company much more popularity.

Eventually, Ubisoft decided to create games that were made for everyone by producing games that can be played on different consoles such as the Nintendo Wii. From here, the company has been able to develop games that were not only based on innovative technology, but also was able to create fun filled games for the entire family to enjoy.

Curriculum Ties:

  • Competition
  • Teamwork

Booktalking Ideas:N/A

Challenging Issues: N/A

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Game? This particular multiplayer game has features that can encourage interaction with each other and can then build competition and teamwork like skills. Players are able to compete against each other individually or they are able to create teams to battle against another team. Whether a player is winning or losing, everyone is able to enjoy watching each other try to mimic each routine.


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