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Sad but true: Just Dance 2 best-selling third party Wii game of all time

Though Nintendo’s been doing its best lately to change the assumption that only Nintendo games sell on hardware like Wii and 3DS, it’s still the rule with few exceptions. Who could forget the unfortunate sales results when quality releases like Madworld, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, No More Heroes, Deadly Creatures, and Dead Space: Extraction tried to bring original content to Wii. Obviously something went wrong with those games, and if publishers want to avoid the same fate as those titles, maybe they should follow the example of the best-selling non-Nintendo game for Wii: Just Dance 2.

Yes this underdog, published by tiny publisher Ubisoft, overcame great odds to get to the top of the heap on Wii. We’re joking of course, but it is surprising that even with the massive marketing of Ubisoft that this casual, Technicolor “dance” game would become so huge, probably outselling all those other games we mentioned above hundreds of times over. Ubi wouldn’t give hard sales figures on Just Dance 2, but did mention the combined worldwide sales of Just Dance, Just Dance 2, and Just Dance Kids top 14 million. Yes, really.


Above: Even wolves love Just Dance

And the dancing is just getting started folks! Next week marks the release of Just Dance Summer Party, which has such awesome, fresh jams as Mambo No 5, Funkytown, and Kung Fu Fighting. And then this fall the contagion spreads from Wii to 360 and PS3 with Just Dance 3, so the fun NEVER HAS TO STOP!

Sigh… maybe things will be different on Wii U.

Jul 15, 2011

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13 comments

  • Tonezone - July 19, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    Not really sure what your point is...so what? Instead of bashing the franchise, maybe provide insight on to why its so popular. Because I guarantee you it isn't just "casual" gamers buying the game. This just seems like more "elitist gamer" attitude that's bad for gaming
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - July 16, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    Henry I expected this out of one of the interns not you. Just Dance 2 is a fun game is on par with what Dance Central offers. In some cases even more so. The ports were actually worse than the Wii version. I don't know how that happened but it did. Get over the Wii is all casual crap. No one cares, it had some 'hard core' or as I like to call em regular games on there. Don't get all uppity over this man.
  • JBizFoShiz - July 16, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    This IS a big deal because it shows (and I'm generalizing here) that the Wii will always be a casual system for casual gamers (and Nintendo diehards). It gives 3rd party shovelware companies hope that as long as you can appeal to the casual crowd, you can create a "meh" product and still get a nice profit. "Why should we bust our asses like Nintendo, Sega, Capcom, etc. and make a quality game and spend much more time and money, when we can make a nice, inoffensive, cutesy game with catchy music and lots of waggle - for a fraction of the effort??" Don't get me wrong. Sometimes, nice inoffensive games can be great! Rayman 2, Toy Story 3, Super Mario Galaxy, etc. But the fact is, this just gives more and more companies incentive to innovate less and less, in order to turn a quick and easy buck.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 16, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore.jpg
  • austincharlesbond - July 16, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    Also, the guy's who think WiiU will be the Dreamcast don't know what they're talking about. Nintendo made enough money with the Wii & DS to take a risk. If it bombs, they will recover. They have been in the industry the longest.
  • austincharlesbond - July 16, 2011 midnight

    I'm so sad because the combined sales of MadWorld, No More Heroes 2, Zack and Wiki, Okami, Muramasa, Little King's Story and Red Steel 2 probably didn't come close to Just Dance. I am genuinely sad.
  • trackstar103 - July 15, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    the problem is that this gives further evidence for nintendo not being able to secure, or sell, quality third party titles on their system. If I create this great "hardcore" game, I have a decision to make on whether to invest the time and money to port or develop exclusively for nintendo's platform. seeing this, i'm thinking well hell theres no market for a quality core game. ill make kiddy carz 8 and turn a profit quick and easy. Good for kids and "family" time, bad for old school nintendo gamers
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 15, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    FUUUUUU...This is the one that you guys said had Kim Jong Il on the cover, right? EVERYONE GO BUY MURAMASA AND BOY & HIS BLOB, DAMMIT.
  • ichigoame - July 15, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    well it is a basic dancing game, like wii sports is a basic movement game, it can't be that hard to beat the game,or at least have a little party fun with it, I didn't buy it but yeah I don't think any logical person buying it would put it in the same boat as proper 'hardcore' games, they realise it's just a bit of fun and the developers won't be getting any ground breaking awards for serious game making so I'm not really angry about it. If the game got reviews or people complaining about how tricky it was it wouldn't sell as well, but I guess it's a bit of a 'safe bet' as long as money's concerned
  • egregious - July 15, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    I fail to see what's so terrible about this. Ubisoft did something right in its marketing and it paid off for them. Maybe if publishers had decided to concentrate a bit more on advertising and exposure no one would be whining about how poorly No More Heroes or Deadly Creatures sold. What exactly are people hoping for this late in the Wii's life cycle?
  • IceBlueKirby - July 15, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    This is infinitely depressing, but at least it's not a minigame collection. So there's something.
  • AdamEll94 - July 15, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    Looks like the 600 point Mario guy is Earth's only hope these days...
  • Innounci - July 15, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    This insults my very existence. The only thing that keeps me from rampaging through the streets is knowing that Xbox and PS3 are also getting this crap now, and that the Wii U might change this...MIGHT...

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