Ubisoft's critically panned rhythm game is a commercial hit, going double-platinum in four months.
When Just Dance launched on November 17, 2009, it stood the risk of being crushed by higher-profile releases. However, Ubisoft's rhythm game found a casual-game niche between high-profile hits like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Dragon Age: Origins, both released during the same month. Despite being critically panned, the Ubisoft Paris-developed title went from being the 20th best-selling game in the US during December to cracking NPD's top 10 in January and February.
Now, Ubisoft is letting the world know just how successful Just Dance has been. The French publisher announced today that the Wii-exclusive game has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. The company touted the fact that the game is "on track to maintain its sales momentum for the month of March 2010," meaning it will likely grace the next NPD report, expected April 15. It was also the top-selling game for several weeks in the UK.
The premise of Just Dance is simple: Players pick a song to dance to, hold the Wii Remote in their right hand, and copy the moves of a virtual dancer onscreen. The player's dancing styles and dress change with each song, with the game offering tunes in a variety of genres. Highlights include hits such as MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This," Blondie's "Heart of Glass," The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird," Blur's "Girls and Boys," and Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold." It retails for $40 and is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and over.
@skylar123 They aren't reviewing the appeal of the game. They are reviewing the quality of it, and if it's worth buying. They aren't reviewing how good it will sell; they are reviewing if it should sell, to give you some perspective. They don't need to understand the appeal of the game. That isn't a part of the review. They do need to review it partially from the aspect of the intended audience, and they actually did this time. Sales don't prove how wrong professional game reviewers are. It could sell more than Modern Warfare 2, and still be a very bad game.
This alone proves how wrong professional game reviewers are. They clearly didn't understand the appeal of this game and instead most reviewed it from the perspective of a "hardcore" gamer and not the intended target audience. If they would have reviewed it solely on the basis of it's a good party game, you would have seen more positive reviews. And that's why I never listen to professional game reviews, unless a game is completely, utterly broken (such as Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing) and unplayable.
It's a brilliant concept really, probably will work even better with Natal on 360. First time my GF brought this over I was thinking it's lame, but I enjoyed it.
Lol at the people hating the Wii just because of this game? Like Xbox 360 or PS3 doesn't get any ridiculous games, either?
ubisoft has become from my top favorite, to my least favorite companies in the industry. All in such a sudden :(
Well if ubisoft can make a quick buck to support their other awesome more serious titles I think this is great.
@zmickey, if i had my wii still. i would youtube a video of me beating the game just sitting on the couch and not dancing. get ready sony fans, who never tried the wii before. sony is about to use the same controls..... it loses its fun factor very fast after you know you dont have to make the life like movements. its prolly why the wii is the least played system of the big 3, even though its user base is twice as big.
Considering how well this game has been doing on NPD reports, I seriously doubt that this a April Fools joke. Its just shows the power of games to the casual audience, even if the game itself fares poorly among professional reviews. This is the gaming equilvalent for Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. The movie was a piece of #$%# but it did really well in sales, and the same goes for Just Dance. I
3rd party publishers take note! If you want your games to sell, whether it's good or not, just make a ridiculous and flamboyant dance trailer for said games!
If Guitar Hero/Rock Band can sell, then why can this game? Mainstream and casuals dominate the gaming market.
How in God's name does this corporate *garbage* sell 2 million? Has society REALLY lost that many brain cells? Studio Magik and AutoTune will surely bring the apocalypse on us all.
This better not be an April fools joke I'm running right out and buying it tonight! Somebody's going to owe me money if it sucks.
And just the snobbish attitude presented here is one of the reason why the video game culture is considered a joke by other forms of media. Guys need to get over yourself
hunter8man: The only one to blame for that is the consumer. Granted, the titles you mentioned weren't promoted like Just Dance. But there is no way gamers don't know about these games. So therefore, its there fault. And while I preface this with the fact that I actually bought this game after playing it in Best Buy (and its damn fun and a good, quick workout), I don't see how anyone can hate on Ubisoft or the game if it sells. What's funny is that when a game the supposed "hardcore" audience loves sells, not a peep is heard unless it praise.
The fact that something like this sells 2 million while good Wii titles like Dead Space Extraction, No More Heroes 2, Madworld, and HotD: Overkill get left out is a shame.
why people says this is an april's fools joke? come on people, where talking about the Wii... this HAVE to be real!!!!
@ mugen76 no no no, to make it even simpler. Just make a commercial that shows people looking like they are having a great time and it will sell like crazy. Nubcakes man, nubcakes......
Just Dance is NOT A GAME FOR GUYS! My wife and kids wanted this game bad. It's been on sale a lot lately for $30. That's what we got it for. There really isn't much of a game here. It gives you a score, but it doesn't matter whether or not you actually do good. The kids really love it. I thought that they would get sick of the limited number of songs (especially when I found out there aren't any unlockable or downloadable songs!!!). After 1 month of owning the game, the kids still come home and play the game first thing. They really love it. Of course I have 5 girls and my boy is still an infant. Comes to show that there is a completely different type of audience that has joined the gaming crowd. The game can be fun and is good exercise if you don't cheat. Just don't expect too much out of it if you're someone who doesn't care much about dancing. I highly recommend Just Dance for those with kids and those who want their wife to play games with them. _
I just don't get how you can watch that trailer and not bust out laughing. Its really really bad lol.
My mum had me buy this for her last week. To save face in Game I picked up a copy of Just Cause 2 and GOW3 to wedge it in between. It's not that bad, though. There are quite a lot of songs, all available at the start, so it's good for her. I am happy to say that I managed to beat both my sister and my mum at it once, so I bowed out with a 100% record.
What I don't get is why this title is more successful than the million other dance games already on the market. Is it because the box is red? It's obviously not about the quality gameplay...
You gotta laugh at all the other highly rated games that don't come even close to what this game sold. :) On another note, when they release JD2, they better actually try to fix all the bugs and flaws and maybe this game would sell even better.
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