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In 2009, Ubisoft released one of the many dancing games that were on the Wii, perhaps to gain a few decent sales. The game was critically bashed for its movement detection and lack of unlockables... but something happened.

It turned out a lot of gamers didn't really care about scoring or unlocking content, they just wanted to dance. Thus the game became a runaway hit, maintaining sales even over a year after its release. Ubi started on sequels and spinoffs immediately. But they didn't blow it like many Wii sequels by giving no marketing. Thus the sequel sold even better than the first.

In addition to the three games, the series has spinoffs, Just Dance Kids, Dance on Broadway, Just Dance Summer Party. The base gameplay was also utilized for the Licenced dance games, Michael Jackson: The Experience, The Black Eyed Peas Experience, and ABBA: You Can Dance!, and for the Merchandise-Driven Smurfs Dance Party, which was released at the same time as The Smurfs movie.

The surprise success, that even Ubisoft admitted wasn't expected, caused a revival in dance game releases, not only for the Wii, but also Dance Central, Dance Paradise, and Dance Masters for the Xbox 360 Kinect, and Singstar Dance for the PlayStation 3.

Now has a Shout Out page.

Compare We Cheer, Dance Dance Revolution.


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