Kinect Sports, Dance Central top 1 million

Following year-end NPD figures, Microsoft proclaims platinum status for pair of Xbox 360 motion-sensing add-on titles.

Yesterday, the NPD Group delivered its anticipated December and year-end US retail sales report, and while it reflected its fair share of industry downs, there were also a few wins. Most notably, Microsoft continues to enjoy success with the Xbox 360's new camera-based motion-sensing add-on Kinect, which helped to lift accessory sales 10 percent to $853.2 million. According to Microsoft, two of Kinect's key software titles also performed well in December.

Dance Central has gone solid platinum.

In a post to his Twitter feed today, chief of staff for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business Aaron Greenberg announced that the publisher's internally developed Kinect Sports as well as Harmonix's Dance Central both sold more than 1 million units last month.

Neither title surfaced in NPD's top-10 chart following their shared November 4 debut, in part due to their status as Kinect launch titles. However, with Kinect now occupying some 3 million homes in the US, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, the software titles had a better shot in December. According to NPD, the titles would have been among the top 10 best-selling SKUs in December, but did not make the multiplatform overall sales chart, which the stat-tracking organization reports.

For more information on the two titles, check out GameSpot's reviews of Kinect Sports and Dance Central.

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rasterror
rasterror

I hate to say it but this is probably the best party game ever. I love theis joint and hope the kinect goes further.

darkslayerM
darkslayerM

kinect sports Adventures Yourshape fitness evolved all the games are great

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

All I shall say is this, Project draco, Star Wars Kinect and Haunt will make the Kinect worthwhile. Draco being made by the team behind Panzer Dragoon should give people a hint as to why I am slightly excited. They've paved the way for a big user base now they just need to kick the games into high gear

mer1in79
mer1in79

I did get kinect although there is no game that makes me go wow it picks up movement well and you can put spin on the balls.It's not about whats out now but what will come out in the future just look at what the 360 is producing today in quality games than what was coming out 5 years ago it's down to the developers all it takes is one great idea and it changes everything

mer1in79
mer1in79

Well you can look at this two ways one that because it's sold well they are going to make more wii style games or that the fact kinect has sold so many units all we need is a developer to push the boat out make something really decent something that combines the pad and kinect give kinect time and i'm sure there will be some cracking games remember the 360 release games what rating would they get today Perfect dark zero anyone.

steelmouth
steelmouth

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steelmouth
steelmouth

whoa this is insane mind you there are some AAA title that dont sell this well

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steelmouth

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steelmouth
steelmouth

but am afraid this can only lead to bad news, yes its means way too casual wii type games are now profitable on the x360 so we should expect more of them and less of Alan Wake/Limbo/Metro 2033 which didnt sell this fast

steelmouth
steelmouth

whoa thats insane, mind you there are some AAA tittles that takes ages to reach 1 mil, am looking at you ps3

angelbless
angelbless

Dance Central is a great game :) Good for it!

Flint247
Flint247

I like games with a different twists to them. Just having buttons/shooters/etc. all the time gets boring; it's fun to mix it up a bit. Kinect is looking successful right now.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I have 3 titles for Kinect, Kinect Sports,Kinect Adventures(pack in title), and Dance Central. Dance Central is the only one I haven't played yet, simply because I haven't had the courage to do so, after watching my son play it. Kinect Sports is my favorite and those games will wear you out, especially volley ball, or track and field. It reminded me of how out of shape I am, and how I wish I wouldn't have put hardwood floors in, and kept carpet. My feet have been taking a pounding!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Well, with the exception of Guitar Hero, ive never played (or been interested in) Rhythm games, but having watched my GF and kids constantly playing DC, i just had to give in to my curiosities. I am actually very impressed at how accurate the motion tracking works, this makes for a real fun and entertaining experience, and you cant cheat (e.g. simply sit on the sofa waving a device around). It is without a doubt the best dance rhythm game bar none, nothing can come close to the full body experience imo. simply because it requires a full body experience.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

dance central taught me how the jerk. now i want to learn how to dougie

monson21502
monson21502

i just bought kinect sports tonite. havent opened it yet. waiting on a review from copman221:wink:

monson21502
monson21502

@COPMAN221, im really shocked you didnt win kinect and every game out by now as lucky as you are:P

monson21502
monson21502

@KBFloYd, wii sports came with the wii. its sales doesnt count. only place it didnt come with a wii is japan. because nintendo knew they would buy a demo in droves..

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

What do you expect when those are the only two games worth anything on the Kinect. I will wait till next year when the kinect is on sale in the bargain bin..

IceJester45
IceJester45

Both are great games. Both deserve to do well. Dance Central is one my favorite games from 2010.

androidcraig
androidcraig

Got both of them, had a blast with friends at a party the other night... I think the girls liked Dance Central better. Got a PS3 too, but prefer Kinect to Move... Not having controllers is great for some games

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

1 million is chump change compared to wii sports..

fabyo123
fabyo123

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magicalclick
magicalclick

Good job. I like Kinect, but, please MS, don't forget about my traditional gaming.

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

Can't say I'm surprised. Kinect doesn't have much to choose from and they had to buy something.

oneligas
oneligas

oh my i would of never guessed these would sell that well