Although on the surface the two Sing and Dance games I played earlier this year look like they might be part of the Just Dance series, I felt some relief going back to an actual Just Dance game, in this case, the somewhat awkwardly named Just Dance 2 Extra Songs for Wii. The game consists of songs that were originally DLC for the megahit Just Dance 2 and were subsequently collected on disc. I hadn't realized it, but Extra Songs was the game's European title, whereas in the US it was released as Just Dance Summer Party.

For the most part the game is your typical Just Dance experience, but the UI and presentation and controls feel noticeably better than the other series. The song selection of this particular entry is a little lacking compared to some of the other games in the series, but it's not too bad. What is noteworthy, however, is that somehow I managed to completely 100% the game, i.e. I got the highest ranking (5*) in every song. Go me! ;) I don't bother to 100% games in general (the last major game I can think of was Wario World for Gamecube, back in 2018), so I'm pretty proud of my accomplishment (although the game barely acknowledges the achievement, with just a still graphic of some stars without even a mention that it's because you got 5* on all songs).

I've definitely gotten more used to the way that the Just Dance games want you to hold your controller, but for the last few songs it was still a mystery how I was supposed to hold the controller for some moves, even after much experimentation. Still, the series has become a sort of comfort video gaming for me and a decent way to get up and off the couch, and the choreography is generally pretty solid, varied, and enjoyable (and only occasionally painfully cheesy). I have a few other dance games lined up before I resume my trek through the Just Dance series with Just Dance 2014, and although I'm looking forward to it, I am a little daunted by how far behind I am with a series that has annual releases.


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