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Just Dance 2020 helps with your workout-from-home

From someone who used to dance a lot

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I recently snagged a copy of Just Dance 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, having little experience of playing it on the PlayStation 4. As someone who used to dance a lot these past few years, this was one thing I felt I should add to my workout, especially now that the quarantine had forced me indoors.

Surprisingly enough, there is some benefit to it. If you love to dance (like me) but can’t be bothered to learn competition-level routines, playing this game can get things going. If you also need some form of cardio to start your workout, this game provides that, as well. And it’s all thanks to one nifty in-game feature.

Activate Sweat Mode

Just Dance 2020 brings back the Sweat Mode feature introduced in Just Dance 2 for the Nintendo Wii. Essentially, it is a separate mode dedicated to calculating calories and, in its early days, more physical routines. The game featured it as a standalone mode in earlier versions, but has been just an in-game feature since Just Dance 2016.

With a push of a button, you can activate Sweat Mode and instead of difficulty, it displays the intensity of the routines. When you start one of the routines, it also calculates how many calories you’re burning with the routine. Also, it keeps track of how much time you’ve spent on the mode so if you’re strict with your cardio time, this is good.

Now, if you have Just Dance 2020 and you’re subscribed to Just Dance Unlimited, I have song suggestions for you. These are based on how much cardio you want to add to your workout, based on the game’s intensity ratings. If you don’t have Just Dance Unlimited, that’s alright!

For the light cardio enthusiast

Just Dance 2020 Track: Ariana Grande’s God Is A Woman

“God Is A Woman” features a routine that’s mostly heavy on the arms and the hips. I felt that it was mostly designed to be done in place, so don’t expect too much moving around the room. Also, this is great for anyone who just loves to channel their inner Ariana.

Just Dance Unlimited Track: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito (Just Dance 2018)

Although designed to be a couple’s dance (a duo of couples to be exact), “Despacito” is also a pretty light track for cardio. Again, a ton of emphasis on your arms for this one, but there’s this one part where your shoulders take a beating. Still, a chill party song by the beach just requires the same intensity for the routine.

Ten minutes worth of cardio before starting the workout

Now, depending on your preferences, you can choose to do most of these songs or all of them.

Just Dance 2020 Track: TWICE’s FANCY

Now, I didn’t include this just because I’m a ONCE, but precisely because of the large gestures the routine brings. It has a moderate intensity by Just Dance 2020 standards, and it’s obvious in the large arm movements. If you really want to go all out, I suggest doing the actual choreography to the song, which I’m still peeved they didn’t incorporate in the routine somehow.

Just Dance 2020 Track: Skrillex’s Bangarang featuring Sirah (Medium difficulty)

The Medium difficulty of “Bangarang” features a ton of arm movement and some squats to start. Movements are mostly stationary, but there’s some jumping involved. Even if these are done in place, it’s pretty repetitive but energy-consuming.

Just Dance Unlimited Track: BIGBANG’s Bang Bang Bang (Just Dance 2019)

Even if this has an intense rating, “Bang Bang Bang” starts off pretty slowly. There are moments in the routine for some cool down and high pumping energy, making it ideal for regular cardio. Also, the chorus has some moves taken from the actual choreography by BIGBANG so if you’re familiar with them, use it to your advantage.

Just Dance Unlimited Track: Justin Bieber’s Beauty and a Beat featuring Nicki Minaj (Just Dance 4)

“Beauty and a Beat” has some fairly simple movements, except you will find yourself moving around a lot. If you’re playing this on the Nintendo Switch, this really won’t be a problem since it only tracks your hand. Also, the dance break in between focuses a lot on your elbows so prepare to sweat a little bit.

Intense cardio for the intense workout

My personal suggestion is that you do all of these if you’re that heavy on cardio.

Just Dance 2020 Track: BLACKPINK’s Kill This Love (Hard and Extreme difficulties)

To fully maximize this track, the way to go is like this: start with the Hard difficulty track then proceed with the Extreme version. Both routines were given an intense rating anyway, so better to acquaint yourself with the song first. The Hard routine takes several pieces from the actual choreography, and it’s meant to be an exhaust fest.

After doing that, proceed with the Extreme routine, which is quite literally the closest you’ll ever be to being a member of BLACKPINK. It’s not just in the movements you’ll be doing in the routine, but the entire chorus is taken from the actual choreography, STEP BY STEP. If you’re a BLINK, you better get the chorus perfectly!

Just Dance 2020 Track: Skrillex’s Bangarang featuring Sirah (Extreme difficulty)

This routine does bring a competitive-level of movements, like floor work and fast-paced arm moves. It’s a breakdancer’s zumba routine designed for real intense cardio. If you do this after the Medium difficulty routine, you’ll be tired once you get to the 2nd chorus. Take note of your arms and body control.

Just Dance Unlimited Track: MC Fioti’s Bum Bum Tam Tam with Future and J. Balvin (Just Dance 2019)

“Bum Bum Tam Tam” is a couples routine, and you will spend most of it moving side-to-side in the room. The routine comes with a ton of arm and leg movements that will leave you winded afterwards. It is intense cardio after all, but there are moments in the routine when you can cool down so it’s not all bad.

There are plenty of other tracks depending on your own choosing and intensity, so dance the calories away. But also, do this as part of the workout instead of making it the whole workout, and don’t forget to eat your meals and hydrate!

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PlayStation 5 pre-order second batch in PH happening Jan 22

Another 5-minute window

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You’ve been waiting for this, haven’t you? The second batch of pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 in the Philippines is officially happening on January 22, 2021.

Just like the first batch, the pre-order period will happen for only five minutes from 2PM to 2:05PM. Participating retailers should still be the same. They are as follows:

  • iTech
  • Gameline
  • Metro Plaza
  • Abenson
  • Game One
  • GameXtreme

There were some pre-order blunders the first go round but here’s to hoping there won’t be a repeat of that.

Watch our PS5 Review.

 

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Animal Crossing is launching a ColourPop makeup collection

Featuring your favorite characters

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Despite a full slate of exciting games last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was one of the most influential games of 2020. The island life simulator allowed everyone stuck at home to connect with another despite the pandemic. However, even with the gameplay, the game is just so darn cute. If you wholeheartedly agree (and why wouldn’t you?), Nintendo is collaborating with ColourPop for an Animal Crossing-themed makeup collection.

In its announcement post on Twitter, Nintendo unveiled four color palettes in the collection. The forefront of the collection features Isabelle’s yellow complexion and her cute-as-a-button pink top. If you’re looking for something more inspired, Blathers and Celeste have their own color palette featuring combination of their colors. For the stylish, the Able Sisters shine in purple and lilac. If, however, you’re looking for capitalist chic, Tom Nook has his own palette featuring his cash-money green.

The Animal Crossing x ColourPop collection will launch on January 28. Though only four palettes were showcased, the collection might include further characters. Besides the main characters around your island, the game also has a wide variety of cute potential villagers.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo made five-fold profit thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition out now

Took them long enough!

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Thanks to Ubisoft and their collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, you get to team up, fight for love and defeat the league of seven evil exes. Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition celebrates its 10-year anniversary and includes Knives Chau and Wallace Wells downloadable content.

The game oozes inspiration from the iconic graphic novel series and 2010 Universal Pictures film. It sticks to the series’ humor and classic gameplay combo. You can even rediscover the beloved 2D arcade-style beat ’em up game familiar to fans! And, if that wasn’t enough, the 8-bit animation by Paul Robertson, the critically acclaimed soundtrack from Anamanaguchi, and original cutscenes from Bryan Lee O’Malley will get to you.

You’ll need to team up with up to three friends locally or online, revive each other and share health and coins to defeat your enemies. And, you can compete with friends in mini-games of dodgeball, battle royale matches or cooperate in either boss rush or survival modes.

If you want the game, it’s out on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia and Windows PC, as well as on Ubisoft+, the Ubisoft subscription service and Amazon Luna for $14.99. The game will also be playable on PS 5 and Xbox Series X|S via compatibility mode.

If you’re a huge fan of the classic series, there are pre-order Limited Editions of the Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition with exclusive merchandise and awesome features. Pre-orders for the physical and Limited Editions will be available for six weeks exclusively through limitedrungames.com.

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