Michael Jackson experiences 2 million in sales

Wii version of Ubisoft dance game accounts for roughly 90 percent of sales; Xbox 360 and PS3 editions set for April 12 launch in North America, April 14 in Europe.

Ubisoft's blockbuster dance floor is getting a little crowded. The publisher already had one rhythm game hit on its hands with the Just Dance franchise, and today it confirmed a second with the announcement that it has sold more than 2 million copies of Michael Jackson The Experience since the game launched on the Wii, PSP, and DS in November.

Since when does a "perfect" crotch grab only get three stars?!?

The publisher cited its internal estimates for the figure, noting that the vast majority of those sales (nearly 90 percent) came on the Wii platform. Ubisoft expects the Wii edition to pass the 2 million threshold on its own by next week.

As if that weren't enough, The Experience is far from over. The current sales tally doesn't take into account the forthcoming Japanese launch of the game, nor does it include the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions, which Ubisoft has set for an April 12 release in North America. The European launch is set for April 14.

When Michael Jackson The Experience arrives on Sony's and Microsoft's consoles, it won't be a straight port of the Wii version. Ubisoft has incorporated compatibility with the systems' respective Kinect and Move motion-sensing peripherals and is adding new songs as well. Already confirmed for the new console versions are "Blood on the Dance Floor" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," with more to be announced.

Michael Jackson The Experience isn't the first game to feature the so-called "King of Pop." In 1989 and 1990, he was featured in the hit game Moonwalker, which debuted in arcades but eventually also made its way to home platforms, such as the Amiga, Commodore 64, MSX, and Sega Genesis. The latter version was recently rereleased on the Wii via the platform's Virtual Console retro-game emulator. He also made an appearance in the 2000 Dreamcast fan-favorite rhythm game Space Channel 5 as the character Space Michael and is due to receive his own massively multiplayer online role-playing game later this year.

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58 comments
LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@rasterror ITS A JOKE U **** SPOON LOVER!!! YEE HEEEE

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

@GOR_TAK, exactly right , and I didn't even made the typical MJ jokes which I think shouldn't be censored, but I just mentioned MJ in my comment, almost everything else is about GTA style of game. and I always do make such comments on other topics simply in this format, how about a Grand Theft [insert a word related to the news article here], then list a story that i make.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Was more than a little surprised when i heard about this game coming out, but with the success of Just Dance and Dance Central, i guess a dance game with MJ is not out of the question. A massively multiplayer online game, though? Um... what was the question again? I was lost in thought about terrible ideas.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

@gamerpipe It's ridiculous, isn't it? You'd think we insulted the pope or made a cartoon of Mohamed. People need to get a sense of humor and stop worshiping their heroes as if they were gods. Give me a break GS! MJ is fair game for humor as much as anyone else. No need for the heavy handed Gestapo tactics.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

Hidden bonus levels include "Jesus Juice Juke" and "Propoful Pop-lock"

jhpeter
jhpeter

Nothing against Wii, since I have one, but in this particular case the Kinect version will just rocks with a complete simulation, full body, and this "if" Monteral Ubisoft doesn´t make another bad kinect game, this should be task for Rare in my opnion.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I was trying to be nice, I made a joke not about MJ, but about GTA style of game. but it was removed as an offensive. so here is what I think in clear terms. this game is horrible. waste of time, and not even fun. it exploits MJ to makes money. Let him rest in peace. Please make real games. thanks

DrKill09
DrKill09

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mightEone
mightEone

MJ didn't invent any paticular dance. What he did was "Perfect" it.

iAtrocious
iAtrocious

Good for him. Oh, wait, not it isn't. :lol:

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

Just goes to show that wii owner's will buy any garbage labeled "N"

xthesupplanter
xthesupplanter

@rasterror MJ didn't create the Robot... That move dates back to James Brown at least...

rasterror
rasterror

I'll be honest, I'm a huge Mike fan and I have and love this game. I want it for the connect so it will judge you by real moves and not just hand movements.

rasterror
rasterror

LeoLex_ Actually Michael Jackson didn't make the moonwalk. It's originally a breakdancing move called a back slide He even said he good the move from street performers. The robot he created but not the moonwalk.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@killa32130 Yeah, that doesn't mean I don't want to see sales numbers though.....

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Michael Jackson invented the moonwalk to make it look like he was moving away from kids when really he was moving to them.

goodemon
goodemon

Ok this game looks fine and dandy and all, but c'mon SEGA, when you gonna drop "Michael Jackson's Moonwalker arcade on the PSN? I demand 3-player co-op, and Bubbles the chimp, and awesome Michael Jackson gundam robot thingys!!! NAO! please.

blackace
blackace

I didn't expect it to sell this well. My wife wants this game though, so I may have to get it when it comes out on the XBox 360. MJ will be missed. His music was the best. I still have many of his CD's and will listen to them from time to time. I don't think he ever molested any kids. At times he had a child like mindset anyways.

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smfes

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MatthewSnyder86
MatthewSnyder86

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oneligas
oneligas

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salvucci91
salvucci91

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warhawk-geeby

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thisranks
thisranks

I may not like a lot of MJ's actions in life, but i have to admit that some of the music he created was pure gold.

deathwish026
deathwish026

i was getting anhiliated on command and conquer kanes wrath by my friends when mj died. sad sad day

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

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steelmouth
steelmouth

michael jackson still making money in his death,you got to love it We are never going to let michael die are we,with all the law suits,albums, games, videos it will just never stop, we never gonna let his rest

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

Way to take advantage of someone's death to make a profit?

monson21502
monson21502

i remember where i was when mj died. got a text that he died while i was eating at dairy queen. sad sad day:(

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

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soulless4now
soulless4now

That's pretty good since the game has only been out about two months.

blakeney
blakeney

My comedy meter has gone through the roof!! i must refrain from posting jokes! On that note... kids playing with wii & Mj!? :|

killa32130
killa32130

@XboxGuy1537 It's not a concern it's a question, Your original comment did not suggest you came here looking for sales. ""Meh, I don't care for Dance Games.""

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@killa32130 Just looking at the sales numbers. Why is it your concern?

zintarr
zintarr

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Expo_Smacko
Expo_Smacko

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tupac-makaveli
tupac-makaveli

no wonder BG&E 2 isn't coming out, ubisoft is stuck making petz sequels and music games.

killa32130
killa32130

@XboxGuy1537 Why are you viewing the page then lol?

Mephers
Mephers

Not my style, seems weird, but whateva floats ya boat.

DKHardee
DKHardee

I wish the PS3 version would have came out already. i had to settle with the wii.

qubeley
qubeley

I bought the game out of curiosity and ended up finding it hilariously enjoyable when playing with friends. And some songs are extremely demanding - try Thriller and Smooth Criminal and you will know. We had fun but we sweat like no tomorrow lol They should have included camera capturing to watch back our own performance for a laugh LOL

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ProjectPat187

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rageman45

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