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Nintendo mascot costs 250 Wii Points from tomorrow.

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Four to the floor.

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Ubisoft feels the rhythm.

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Avalanche Studios' mysterious steampunk sandbox game has been put on hold

But it is working on next and current-gen titles.

Earlier this year Just Cause 2 developer Avalanche Studios' CEO Christofer Sundberg tweeted a couple of blurry images thought to be from the yet-to-be-seen Just Cause 3 or possibly the Mad Max game the studio was allegedly working on. As it turns out, these were from an unannounced "steampunk-style game" that's been put on hold.

Just Dance 3 sells 7 million, franchise 25 million

Just Dance 3 sells 7 million, franchise 25 million

Genre obviously not working for Ubisoft.

Vaguely psychedelic dancing series Just Dance has amassed 25 million sales since the first game arrived on Wii in 2009, Ubisoft boasted.

Just Dance 3, the most recent game, has been bought 7 million times since its late 2011 arrival (October on Wii, 360; December on PS3).

Popularity vindicated, Just Dance was flown to Japan and Korea, where the game has sold more than 500,000 copies.

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UK 2011 Modern Warfare 3 sales lower than 2010 Black Ops sales

UK 2011 Modern Warfare 3 sales lower than 2010 Black Ops sales

Adele heads list of last year's most popular entertainment.

Call of Duty game Modern Warfare 3 sold fewer copies than Black Ops in the UK in a comparable time frame.

In 2011, Modern Warfare 3 shifted 2,814,609 copies, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has revealed (using data provided by weekly counter GfK Chart-Track).

In 2010, Black Ops shifted 3,266,298 copies.

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Ubisoft "big believers" in Wii U "potential"

But "don't exactly know" its intended audience yet.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is optimistic about Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console, revealing that the company has plans to support it with both "casual" and "high-end" games.

Just Dance 3

Just Dance 3

Four to the floor.

If, like me, you have the music tastes of the average 13-year-old girl, you'll no doubt be aware of the dramatic reformation of Steps, the formation-dancing pop troupe of late nineties/early noughties cheese fame.

The dancing game genre has also recently found its second wind in the shape - and shapes - of the original Just Dance's breakaway success. This after the DDR dance mat revolution (also of the late nineties/early noughties) had largely faded away into bargain-bin oblivion.

Mats were out, Wii was the new stage, and Ubisoft seized the moment to unleash its own formation-dancing neon sugar-rush of pure pop gaming. Arriving now on Kinect (a PlayStation Move version is due in December), millions of sales later, the genre theoretically and theatrically reaches its logical conclusion, shorn of all that is inessential. Everything, in other words, but the moves and the music.

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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.

Splinter Cell Trilogy HD release date

Splinter Cell Trilogy HD release date

Rayman Origins nailed down, too.

The Splinter Cell Trilogy HD will be released exclusively for PS3 on 23rd September, Ubisoft has announced.

Rayman Origins will be released in November on PS3, Wii and Xbox 360.

Ubisoft's new schedule also provides a "calendar 2011" date for Wii and Kinect game The Black Eyed Peas Experience.

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