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Why music games aren't dead

New book predicts a healthy future.

Despite Guitar Hero's bubble bursting earlier this year, the music genre is in great shape and looks set for major growth over the next few years, according to a new book on the genre out this week.

UK Top 40: Zumba Fitness sales rise

UK Top 40: Zumba Fitness sales rise

Nears record number of weeks on top.

Dance yourself slim game Zumba Fitness has won an eighth consecutive week at number one.

Its sales rose this week, up by 16 per cent, and it outsold the rest of the top five games combined.

It's now been top 11 weeks in total, which makes it the joint third (with FIFA: Road to the World Cup '98 and FIFA Soccer '96) best streak of all time.

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood total sales

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood total sales

Ubisoft makes a killing on the dance floor.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has now shipped 6.5 million copies around the world, Ubisoft has announced.

Coupled with 10.5 million shipped copies of various dance games - Just Dance 2, Just Dance, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Dance on Broadway and Just Dance Kids - and the Ubisoft smile was wider than ever: 600 million revenue for the three months ended 31st December 2010. That's 21.2 per cent higher than last year.

In the six months prior to that - April to September 2010 - Ubisoft had made 261 million.

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Just Dance 2 tops 5 million sales

Just Dance 2 tops 5 million sales

Ubisoft: It's "revitalised" the music genre.

Ubisoft's Wii floor-filler Just Dance 2 has sold more than five million copies worldwide since launch, the publisher has announced.

The franchise has now spent an impressive 45 weeks in the UK top 10 since the first game shimmied onto shelves back in November 2009.

The sequel, which Eurogamer's Oli Welsh deemed worthy of 8/10 when it launched last October, was the sixth best selling game of 2010 in the UK. The original game fared even better, coming in at third and beating out all first party Nintendo efforts.

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Just Dance 2 DLC tracks announced

Just Dance 2 DLC tracks announced

Chicken Payback! Kung Fu Fighting!

Just in time for Christmas, Ubisoft has released new downloadable tracks for phenomenally successful Wii party game Just Dance 2.

They are:

Panic At The Disco's "Nine In The Afternoon"

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Just Dance 2 DLC announced

Just Dance 2 DLC announced

VV Brown struts her stuff.

New tracks are heading to Wii shape-thrower Just Dance 2, publisher Ubisoft has confirmed.

V V Brown's Crying Blood, The Reverend Horatio Duncan & Amos Sweets' Down By The Riverside and Futebol Crazy by The World Cup Girls are all available now for 300 Points a pop.

These join previous DLC tracks Aqua's Barbie Girl, Firework by Katy Perry, Pon De Replay by Rihanna, M. A. R. R. S's 80s hit Pump Up The Volume, Maniac by Micheal Sembello, Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf and Professor Pumplestickle by Nick Phoenix & Thomas Bergersen.

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Just Dance 2

Just Dance 2

Shallow rave.

Junior Senior's Move Your Feet is one of those records that has next to no virtue away from the dance floor. Its grating vocals, synth horns, cheap repetition and blaring, kitchen-sink production trample tastelessly all over the legacy of the disco legends like Nile Rogers that it rips off. Unfortunately for music snobs everywhere, it's also insanely catchy and great fun to shake your ass to.

In short, Move Your Feet bears the same relation to serious music that Just Dance does to proper videogames.

Just Dance is a stupid, shallow, garish thing that mocks the skill and sophistication of great game mechanics. It has absolutely none of the score-attack cachet that helped the hardcore get along with Guitar Hero. It is principally loved by small girls and, secretly, their parents, who stick it on when drinking white wine with the neighbours after X-Factor on a Saturday night. People, in other words, who couldn't possibly know better.

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FeatureThe Science of Just Dance

From the archive: What made a throwaway party game on Wii a Modern Warfare-beater?

Every Sunday, we pull something out of the Eurogamer archive that you may not have read at the time or may have forgotten about. Today's piece was published a couple of months prior to the release of Just Dance 2, on 6th August 2010, as Ubisoft's unlikely Wii title from the previous Christmas continued to rock the game sales charts, and offers an insight into how the French publisher reached such giddy heights.

FeatureUbisoft's Women's Things

Jacko! Just Dance! Racket Sports.

Ubisoft's press conference was undoubtedly a highlight of E3. Announcement-packed, full of surprises and spectacularly French, it even helped the company win Best Publisher in Eurogamer's E3 Awards.