2009 – Just Dance
Behind The Music: Family-friendly gameplay, idiot-proof controls and an innocuous "best of "-style pop/dance soundtrack propelled what’s otherwise a critically-panned dancing simulation (average Metacritic rating: 49 out of 100) for the Wii’s gesture-tracking remote to household name status.
Why It Rocks: Shockingly, its 4.3 million-strong sales – a testament to the power of suburbia’s fascination with Top 40 radio and harmless hip-waggling fun – have made it the second-highest selling Wii game not published by Nintendo. Top honors are reserved for its 5 million-selling 2010 sequel, Just Dance 2, with Ubisoft planning to get its money’s worth from the franchise for many years to come. Just Dance 3 is (non-shocker) set to arrive this holiday season.
Did You Know… The game that suffered the utter humiliation of being knocked from the top of the chart by Just Dance? That would be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which had previously been at number one for nine weeks. Oh, the humanity.