Ubisoft’s massively-successful Just Dance series has been a staple of the casual market ever since the Wii days. It’s also had a regularly large following each year on Nintendo platforms, right down to the fact that even last year’s release made it onto the original Wii despite that console having been discontinued since 2013. Just Dance 2017 was actually one of the very first games to be announced for the Switch before the system was even revealed; it was still known as the “Nintendo NX” at the time. Despite the close relationship between Just Dance and Nintendo, however, it appears there’s been a bit of a curfuffle. Just recently, three out of four Just Dance games have been delisted from the Switch eShop in North America: Just Dance 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Just Dance 2020, which released just a few months ago, is still up as of now. Ubisoft has not provided specific details on why these games were removed. However, it’s pretty easy to deduce the reason given the circumstances.
Every Just Dance game entirely consists of a tracklist that has real-world, licensed songs. Thus, it’s highly likely that the licensing rights for the music has expired, and unless Ubisoft renews their contracts, they may very well stay that way. Just Dance 2020 does feature songs dating all the way back to the original Just Dance, so players of the latest version are totally fine.
As a side note, having seen the way the latest Just Dance functions just recently, I’m a little surprised that Ubisoft even bothers coming out with a new game every year. It seems like it would be better to just release a singular, consistently updated title that adds in new songs annually. It could even be like Netflix where the selection gets shaken up every few months as some songs go out with others moving in.