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.
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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