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Michael Jackson The Experience Debut Game-Play Hours

January 16, 2011

Coffee Beans:
     Michael Jackson The Experience(abbreviated MJTE) was released on November 23, 2010 in North America with a MSRP of $49.99.  It was developed by Triumph International and published by Ubisoft.
     The Wii version of Michael Jackson The Experience contains 26 songs(27 with the “Special Edition”) that players can dance to; and the Wii version also has 4-player support.

     How has the sales success of Michael Jackson The Experience translated into reported game-play hours, in the 49 days reported since its release?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for the United States of America, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Michael Jackson The Experience has 14,426 Wii owners reporting game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, for its “hours” debut.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Michael Jackson The Experience has 62,936 Total Hours of game-play reported for its debut, with an average of 4 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     MJTE’s average play-time per session(or day) reported is just over 1 Hour 27 Minutes.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Michael Jackson The Experience’s sale rank is #18, and it is currently on sale for $39.99.
     (Sale rank and advertised price recorded around 11:05PM, on 1-15-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Michael Jackson The Experience’s “professional” review score average is 59.61%, based on 18 reviews on

     MJTE has a 5 out of 5 Stars rating, based on 241 customer reviews on
     Michael Jackson The Experience’s customer review score percentage was 95.10%, when I converted the customer reviews to a 100% review scale.
     You can see the customer review score breakdown in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 11:05PM on 1-15-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     Ubisoft announced on January 6, that Michael Jackson The Experience had already sold 2 million copies throughout the U.S. and Europe.  When the NPD data for December 2010 was released this last Thursday, Michael Jackson The Experience was listed at the #8 spot, which included the Wii, NDS, and PSP versions of the game.

     I was actually surprised that MJTE took this long to debut, and perhaps the game was given as a gift over the holidays, and many people didn’t play it until they received it?  I don’t know…
     You may have seen(or not) when I reported Just Dance 2’s debut game-play hours, that game took just 42 days to debut, 7 days fewer than Michael Jackson The Experience did…so there definitely was another established dancing game competing against MJTE when it released.
     I think it will be interesting to see how much the data changes in the next few months.

     The original Just Dance was basically trashed by “professional” reviewers, resulting in a 48.41% review score average on, based on just 17 reviews.  Just Dance’s customer reviews though, I think show a different story, as the game has a 88.07% review score, based on 696 customer reviews.
     I think on the review front Michael Jackson The Experience was met with the same issues that the original Just Dance was, as the difference in “professional” and “customer” review scores is pretty drastic.

     I think if you enjoyed Michael Jackson’s music, it appears from customer reviews, you will enjoy Michael Jackson The Experience.

     Have any of you played Michael Jackson The Experience, and if so, what did you think about it?  Would you lean more towards the “professional” reviews, or more towards the “customer” reviews for the game?
     I haven’t played it, and I probably won’t unless a friend has it and we somehow end up with it.

If any of you are interested in Michael Jackson The Experience, you can see prices for it on linked below.