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What is the most played Just Dance Wii game?

October 22, 2012

The Roast
The first Just Dance game released on November 17, 2009 for the Nintendo Wii. The game did not receive a typical professional review score average that would make you think it would become one of the best selling Wii games, but apparently many consumers ignored the “professional reviews” and bought the original Just Dance in droves. It has sold millions of copies and its success helped form a new major franchise for Ubisoft, with at least one new game for the series each year, since the original released.

In January this year, Ubisoft announced that since the series launched, it had sold more than 25 million copies. The Wii has had at least 8 games from the Just Dance series, from my count:

Another Just Dance title is releasing this Tuesday, Just Dance: Disney Party.

Which Just Dance game has become the Wii’s most played “Per person” and also has the most total hours of gameplay reported, with so many titles for Wii owners to choose from? (Hint: It’s not Just Dance 4.) Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

Will you be dancing with Just Dance 4 on the Wii U?

Coffee Beans
Just Dance 2 is the Wii’s most played game from the Just Dance series, according to the average hours reported “Per person” and also the total hours reported on the Nintendo Channel for all of the Just Dance games.

Just Dance 2 was released on October 12, 2010 with a MSRP of $39.99. The game was developed by Ubisoft Paris, and received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

The data shown in the image below is for the gameplay hours reported from U.S. Wii owners, with 734 days possibly reported.

Information reported from U.S. Wii owners.

The Brew
Just Dance 2 now has approximately 453,768 U.S. Wii owners that have reported playing the game through the Nintendo Channel, which is about 160,000 more Wii owners that have reported data for the game since last year’s report.

Just Dance 2’s reported average play-time is 12 Hours 55 Minutes “Per person”, with the average time played per day/session being about 1 Hour 7 Minutes. This means each time reported dancing session is lasting just over an hour. The game’s reported average is 12 Hours 55 Minutes “Per person” as the image above shows.

How has the game been received by critics and customers? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 77.25%, based on 16 reviews on GameRankings.com. Just Dance 2 has a customer review score average of 90.22%, based on 1,097 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
While I still have not played any of the Just Dance games, I have found it interesting to see the series continue to be so successful, and I enjoy seeing how Ubisoft has marketed the series and expanded it to the other consoles as well. Seeing Just Dance 2 being the most played game of the series on the Wii though, I do find interesting because it wasn’t the first game in the series on the Wii.

The 5,863,176 Total Hours reported for the game are equivalent to dancing for about 244,299 days, straight. That would be dancing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for just over 669 years. I think that would make for the longest “Just Sweat It Out” session!

Just Dance 4 was just released on October 9th for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. The Wii U is not yet out (less than a month now!), but Just Dance 4 is scheduled to release 5 days before the system, on November 13th. The trailer below is for Just Dance 4, and promotes how the Wii U GamePad’s streaming function will work.

Just Dance 4 on the Wii U currently has a MSRP of $49.99, which is $10 higher than the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions of the game. The game is releasing with three exclusive tracks for the Wii U version, as well as the Wii U exclusive Master of Ceremony and Puppet Master modes, and the ability to play Just Dance 4 off of just the Wii U GamePad.

I just wonder if the $10 price difference is going to be adjusted before launch, and make a big difference for fans of the series; or if it will make for the first Just Dance title to release at $49.99, and perhaps future Just Dance games will continue to release at that price as well?

Questions
Have any of you played Just Dance 2, and helped it become the Wii’s most played Just Dance game in at least the U.S., passing the original? Have any of you played all of the Just Dance Wii games by any chance, and if so, do you have a favorite game from the series?

If you’re a fan of the Just Dance series and planning on buying a Wii U, do the extra Wii U modes in Just Dance 4 and the option to play off of just the Wii U GamePad make you likely to buy the game?

You can see games from the Just Dance series linked below:

You can read older data reports on Just Dance, Just Dance 2, and Just Dance 3: here, here, and here.

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Just Dance, Dancing Atop the NPD & "Professional Critics": Data

July 16, 2010

Quick Brew Info:

Just Dance was released on the Nintendo Wii on November 17, 2010.
The game released with a MSRP of $39.99, and has since sold more than 3 million copies.
Just Dance has been in the NPD’s “Top 20” every month since it released, except its release month of November 2009.
(click image to enlarge)
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Just Dance has 69,535 players reporting play-time data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
“Total” & Average Hours:
Just Dance has 525,895 Total Hours of game-play reported, as of this past Monday.
I think it is interesting that the average play-time “Per person” is just 7 Hrs. 34 Min.
Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Just Dance’s Amazon.com sale rank is #8, and the current selling price is $28.54.
Review Scores:
For me, I think this is the biggest surprise about the game.
Just Dance has a GameRankings.com review score average of 48.41%, based on 17 reviews.
There have been numerous articles and even a recent report, that say how much GOOD review scores matter.
Well, if there is a game exception to the rule, that game is Just Dance.
One line from the IndustryGamers.com article says, “…we need to keep in mind that one of the primary reasons anchoring is so effective with video game consumers is because of the strong trust between gamers and credible professional critics.
Most “core” gamers may see Just Dance’s review score average from “credible professional critics” and think the game isn’t very good.
Looking at Amazon.com user reviews though, shows a different side of reviews and opinions on the game.
On Amazon.com, Just Dance has what appears to be a 4.25 out of 5 Star rating, based on an incredible 533 customer reviews.

(Amazon.com’s Just Dance review average)

How is it that “credible professional critics” seem to be so far off from customers that actually purchased Just Dance, in their opinions of the game?
Well, I think that’s a topic for another day, but I’m glad to see that consumers that paid for the game, are enjoying the game.
Thoughts:
If you visit Just Dance’s YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/justdancegame, you can see videos that have been uploaded by Wii owners, showing themselves playing the game.

When a game releases and sells 3 million+ copies, a sequel for it is basically guaranteed these days.

During Nintendo’s E3 press conference this year, they announced and showed a trailer for Just Dance 2.
Just Dance 2 will be released later this year, on October 12; if Amazon.com’s release date is correct.
Here’s the trailer they showed for Just Dance 2 at E3:
Questions:
Confession time you core gamers, how many of you have played Just Dance?  If you played it, did you enjoy it, or did you think it deserves the “professional” review score average it has?
I haven’t played it myself, but I do think the play-time data and number of sales for the game show that sometimes it is better to try a game for yourself, than to listen to a “professional”.
If you are interested in Just Dance, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com below:

Just Dance, Dancing Atop the NPD & "Professional Critics": Data

July 16, 2010

Quick Brew Info:

Just Dance was released on the Nintendo Wii on November 17, 2010.
The game released with a MSRP of $39.99, and has since sold more than 3 million copies.
Just Dance has been in the NPD’s “Top 20” every month since it released, except its release month of November 2009.
(click image to enlarge)
Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Just Dance has 69,535 players reporting play-time data on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
“Total” & Average Hours:
Just Dance has 525,895 Total Hours of game-play reported, as of this past Monday.
I think it is interesting that the average play-time “Per person” is just 7 Hrs. 34 Min.
Amazon.com Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Just Dance’s Amazon.com sale rank is #8, and the current selling price is $28.54.
Review Scores:
For me, I think this is the biggest surprise about the game.
Just Dance has a GameRankings.com review score average of 48.41%, based on 17 reviews.
There have been numerous articles and even a recent report, that say how much GOOD review scores matter.
Well, if there is a game exception to the rule, that game is Just Dance.
One line from the IndustryGamers.com article says, “…we need to keep in mind that one of the primary reasons anchoring is so effective with video game consumers is because of the strong trust between gamers and credible professional critics.
Most “core” gamers may see Just Dance’s review score average from “credible professional critics” and think the game isn’t very good.
Looking at Amazon.com user reviews though, shows a different side of reviews and opinions on the game.
On Amazon.com, Just Dance has what appears to be a 4.25 out of 5 Star rating, based on an incredible 533 customer reviews.

(Amazon.com’s Just Dance review average)

How is it that “credible professional critics” seem to be so far off from customers that actually purchased Just Dance, in their opinions of the game?
Well, I think that’s a topic for another day, but I’m glad to see that consumers that paid for the game, are enjoying the game.
Thoughts:
If you visit Just Dance’s YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/justdancegame, you can see videos that have been uploaded by Wii owners, showing themselves playing the game.

When a game releases and sells 3 million+ copies, a sequel for it is basically guaranteed these days.

During Nintendo’s E3 press conference this year, they announced and showed a trailer for Just Dance 2.
Just Dance 2 will be released later this year, on October 12; if Amazon.com’s release date is correct.
Here’s the trailer they showed for Just Dance 2 at E3:
Questions:
Confession time you core gamers, how many of you have played Just Dance?  If you played it, did you enjoy it, or did you think it deserves the “professional” review score average it has?
I haven’t played it myself, but I do think the play-time data and number of sales for the game show that sometimes it is better to try a game for yourself, than to listen to a “professional”.
If you are interested in Just Dance, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com below: