Ubisoft’s Dance Games Booming, Expect More Michael Jackson

By Ishaan . February 14, 2011 . 1:26pm

As you might have guessed after seeing the NPD chart for November and December, Ubisoft’s dance games are booming. In the third quarter of their ongoing fiscal year alone, Ubisoft’s dance titles (Just Dance, Just Dance 2, Just Dance Kids, Michael Jackson: The Experience and Dance on Broadway) sold over 10.5 million units.


While Just Dance 2 is a Wii-exclusive game, Michael Jackson: The Experience is currently available on Wii, DS and PSP, with Kinect and PlayStation Move versions slated to release in April. Taking all these versions into account, Ubisoft hope to cross sales of 4 million units with Michael Jackson.


Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, also confirmed during an investor Q&A earlier today, that we’d be seeing more versions of Michael Jackson: The Experience “over the next couple of years” and that we can expect to see the Just Dance franchise expand to other platforms.

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  • malek86

    Dance games are the new music games? If they keep flooding the market, they might eventually meet the same demise.

    At least they don’t require expensive peripherals.

    • neo_firenze

      Maybe not the Wii version, but Kinect and Move aren’t “expensive peripherals”? The DS and PSP games shouldn’t really be considered the same genre – you aren’t dancing with the DS and PSP, it’s a simple rhythm game just like there have been DS and PSP Guitar Hero/Rock Band games.

      But yes, this is a fad that is already getting old. I’d expect it to follow the Guitar Hero path, but at a more accelerated pace leading to a faster demise.

      Ubisoft continues to make stuff I don’t care about. Not exactly anything new or unexpected…

      • malek86

        You can actually use Kinect and Move for other games though.

        Besides, looks like they are mostly selling on the Wii right now.

        • Well, I prefer DanceDanceRevolution myself. And Just Dance is a fun game to pass the time! So I guess these games are more for the casual players!

          Only, DDR is for the hardcore Rhythm gamers! Konami better make more of these entries, they’re great!

  • HarryHodd

    Well I don’t think I’ll be buying any Ubisoft games except Beyond Good and Evil HD and maybe I Am Alive this year. Where is Rayman Origins btw??

  • Yui

    Last time I was in GAME I saw all the Michael Jackson games marked down from £35 to £21. Things were pretty much the same in all the other GAME stores I’ve visited recently. That may well be a telling indictment of UbiSoft’s unrealistic optimism, and certainly a sad way to send out one of history’s greatest musical legends. =(

    • Code

      Agreed, when I was working at an EB Games over Christmas, sales were exceptionally low on this (we had tons of copies and no one buying), can’t help but feel Just Dance 2 kind of stole the show, I’m not sure what Ubisoft was thinking releasing both in the same window opo;

      • I was thinking the same thing. It’s gonna take Move AND Kinect versions along with Wii/DS/PSP to cross 4 million? This is Michael Jackson we’re talking about… Just Dance 2 definitely stole some of this game’s thunder. I’m guessing they wanted to get it out the door in time for their Q3 results. :/

  • BelmontHeir

    I worked at a big retail chain during the holiday season (it was actually pretty fun, minus the Raging Lesbian Supervisors), and Michael Jackson for the Wii was BY FAR the best selling game around Christmas.

  • No9

    Hmm I thought Sega would of made this game…

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