At E3 2016, Ubisoft press conference host Aisha Tyler announces Just Dance 2017 for virtually every modern gaming system, including the unreleased Nintendo NX.
Many Nintendo fans were disappointed when the company announced that the Nintendo NX console would skip E3. However, even though Nintendo is keeping tight-lipped about its new hardware, Ubisoft made no such promise, and possibly revealed the first confirmed Nintendo NX launch title: Just Dance 2017.
At the starts of its E3 2016 press conference, Ubisoft announced Just Dance 2017 for most gaming platforms this October. Furthermore, longtime Ubisoft E3 press conference host Aisha Tyler confirmed that Just Dance 2017 will also be available for Nintendo NX next year, but stopped short of providing a specific release date for that version of the game.
We know that the Nintendo NX will launch in March 2017, and since previous Just Dance titles served as launch titles for older Nintendo systems, it seems like a safe bet that Just Dance 2017 will launch alongside the NX this coming March. If that is indeed the case, it would mean that Just Dance 2017 is possibly the first launch game confirmed for the system.
Outside of announcing its release date and the platforms it will be available on, Just Dance 2017 wasn't given a lot of stage time at E3. However, Ubisoft has since announced other details for the game online. For one, Just Dance 2017 will retain Just Dance 2016's smartphone gameplay, and seems to be retaining the general gameplay the franchise has used since its inception.
Since Just Dance games sell quite well, it's no surprise that Ubisoft is sticking to the franchise's tried and true formula. From the looks of things, it seems like the only thing that's changing in Just Dance 2017 is its tracklist, which Ubisoft is boasting as the franchise's "greatest tracklist ever." It includes songs from Queen (featured in Just Dance 2017's unveiling), as well as modern hits like "Sorry" from Justin Bieber and "Daddy" by Psy.
The inclusion of these popular songs should come as no surprise to fans of the franchise. Ubisoft's decision to include Psy's "Daddy" is especially unsurprising, as Ubisoft has worked with the singer in the past, releasing the mega hit "Gangnam Style" as DLC for Just Dance 4 four years back.
Just Dance 2017 probably wasn't the highlight of Ubisoft's E3 2016 press conference for most gamers, but its announcement for Nintendo NX makes it significant nevertheless. It will be interesting to see if it does turn out to be a Nintendo NX launch title as predicted, or if it releases for the system a little bit after launch.
Just Dance 2017 will be available this October for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, and Wii U. The game will launch for Nintendo NX in 2017.