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After being sorely disappointed with the DS and PSP versions of Michael Jackson: The Experience, this 3DS counterpart seems like a curious-enough release. After all, it is made several months after the others, and as such, it probably may not just be a simple rehash/port of the DS/PSP game.

Guess what? It isn't.

From what you can expect by now, Michael Jackson: The Experience is a rhythm-based game featuring the King of Pop dancing in one of his many different music video environments. There are 15 songs in the game, and considering the price the game can go by now, that's a steal and already well worth the money!

=The following songs are:=
THRILLER (You may make your purchase now)
Beat It
Smooth Criminal
Bad
Black or White
Billie Jean
Leave Me Alone
The Way You Make Me Feel
Ghosts
Blood on the Dance Floor
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
Remember the Time
Speed Demon
Rock With You
and lastly, the newly released single, Hollywood Tonight

And each and every song is amazing and fun to listen to. If you count this as a video game soundtrack, then this may as well be one of the best video game soundtracks ever.

Like a good rhythm game, the notes sync perfectly with the songs being played (at least on Medium and Expert mode). The gameplay itself consists of swiping the stylus to make lines or such to match with the notes of the song (Which are represented by what motion you must make with the stylus). One or two times per song will there be a Freestyle sequence (or maybe a video, or both), in which you could perform your own stylus swipes within a set time limit before going back to the sets of notes. Believe it or not, the game is actually pretty challenging in terms of difficulty, but doesn't feel hard enough to where it's brutal.

The graphics are really awesome. A virtual Michael has never looked any better than this, and he dances quite like his real self! On top of that, the different environments (all of which are faithful to the music videos for the songs) can be quite breathtaking to look at. They are even accompanied by neat little video scenes. Don't worry. They are far and few in each song, and hardly last too long. In fact....they rather end abruptly. And while turning up the 3D makes the atmosphere all the better, I can't say the same for the video scenes. Still a great-looking game, though!

While you can play through all the songs within an hour and a half, the game actually leaves you with a variety of challenges you can face as you play. Beating the challenges can lead to unlocking things like trophies, special gloves, alternate outfits, and dynamic effects that make the song's atmosphere prettier.

I was initially displeased with the fact that Michael was dancing all by his lonesome (with the exception of Speed Demon), but unlocking the dynamic effects actually kinda make up for it. While the neon silhouettes of what are supposed to be backup dancers are pretty lame, you can also unlock touches like bopping cardboard cutouts in Leave Me Alone, papers flying through the wind in Billie Jean, ghosts flying around in Ghosts, and some songs even have an unlockable crowd in the background. While I somewhat still wish some effects (like the crowd) were set up without unlocking them, the challenges certainly make for decent amounts of replay value.

As great as this Michael Jackson game is, it still has a few obvious flaws. First, there's the lack of legit backup dancers like I already mentioned, but there's also the fact that there is no campaign. You just freely select the songs and dive into them. It would be nice if it were more like a normal video game would be - (EX) The 15 songs could just be set up in an order and as a row of songs is cleared, another row could be available, or something like that.

But all in all, Michael Jackson is an inexpensive must-have for the 3DS. It's also probably one of the better casual games for the handheld.
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on August 22, 2012
I got this because I saw it used for under $12 at the store so I picked it up. I really like Michael Jackson a lot and I like playing rhythm games and with that in mind this game delivered. There are a good amount of unlockables in the game and you can even unlock the ability to just watch the songs without playing - which is nice.

The 3D function in the game works really well - I actually think the game looks much better playing in 3D than in standard 2D.

There are 15 MJ songs here - luckily all are available from the get go to play - the game pretty much pays for itself since you're essentially buying a greatest hits album with great quality original recordings from the King of Pop himself. The coolest part of this game is that every song is themed to mimic its real life music video counterpart - meaning, when you play "Rock With You" for instance, Michael is wearing his famous diamond glitter jump suit from the video - complete with the 70's lasers and fog! And this goes for every song in the game. You can unlock different gloves, which aid you in your performance/give you bonus points when you hit combos, etc.

As for the playability of this game it's decent enough. You swipe the stylus in different shapes in time with the music - as you would expect from any rhythm game of this type and it worked fine but my one big complaint is drawing the full circle shape - it just didn't register that I had drawn a full circle, counter clockwise or clockwise, and I got a "miss" because of it - sometimes it worked sometimes it didn't - maybe it's just me but the fact that I can do all the other shapes, even the half circles, just fine leads me to believe that full circle shape is a bit wonky. Other than that the game plays well and you'll certainly find yourself giggling with delight the first few times you play each of these songs because it really is amazing to see MJ recreated with such love and care from the developers.

Really, it boils down to the title of this review: if you love Michael Jackson (and I know you do since you're reading this review to consider purchasing this game) and you like rhythm games then I fully recommend this game to you. Even if you're new to the rhythm game genre it's an easy game to pick up and learn and definitely great for all ages kids and adults alike. The medium and expert modes might be a little much for some people, let alone a child, but it is fun to test your mettle with the King to some of the greatest pop songs of the 20th century.
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When it has came down to Michael Jackson, musically he was one of the most influential and dynamic entertainers of all-time. While he was definitively troubled during his final days on Earth, it was his dancing, singing and his all around star power that has made the most everlasting impact on his fans. But with Michael Jackson: The Experience, the dance games has delivered well on the Wii and the Xbox 360. But for the Nintendo DS last year, it failed to moonwalk. Now, the new version on the Nintendo 3DS, it is exactly the same loss of stride. While it is fun to watch the moves through some of Michael's biggest songs, it honestly isn't as good as is with the home consoles. While you do have a lot of Michael's hits like Black Or White and Smooth Criminal, it just isn't as fun to play. While Michael Jackson will always be remembered as the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson: The Experience was just not what the Nintendo 3DS needed.

Graphics: B-

Sound: B-

Control: C+

Fun & Enjoyment: C

Overall: C 1/2+
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on May 8, 2015
Michael Jackson the experience on the 3DS is just like the ps vita version. Where you have to do a certain amount of stuff to make your videos better. But if i were you this game doesn't work to good in 3D because you have to draw the lines with your styles on the bottom. So if you get this game don't play it in 3D because it's hard enough in 2D but if i were you i get the ps vita version i know it's the same thing but the controls are a lot better. But if you only have a 3DS then this is for you.
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on September 19, 2015
Got this for my 7 year old daughter for Christmas because she's been the hugest MJ fan since she was 2 but I think the game was a little hard and frustrating for her so after like 2 attempts she never really tried to play it again. I played it and it wasn't that hard, I think she just didn't have the patience to learn because it isn't as easy as all her other Nintendo ds games. She has this game on the wii also and she loves it, I think certain games just aren't for every different gaming system.
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on January 2, 2013
The game has so many challenges that makes you keep playing.. 3d effect is just amazing for this game
(I like this much better than the vita version. It is a little bit easier than vita version.) I played this for months... and never got bored until I beat every challenges.
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on April 6, 2015
Michael Jackson: The Experience 3D is a great game. It has 15 songs from the "Off The Wall" era to the "Blood On The Dance Floor" Era. The reasons I did not like give it 5 stars is. It's missing Songs from the "Invincible" Era & The Game is too short.
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on January 6, 2015
I am a fan of Michael Jackson and although I have the product in its version for Wii, I wanted to test it on 3DS. Your domain is not as easy as on Wii, which may frustrate or even give more encouragement to keep going.
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on June 6, 2013
You're supposed to draw shapes to make MJ dance, but the problem is there isn't enough room on the touch screen to draw a full circle. It is very picky about the drawing actions. Buy the Wii or Kinect version instead.
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on May 6, 2015
I just received this today and gave it a whirl. It's a very nice time waster not too easy, just good enough to make you feel a sense of accomplishment when you do the tricks well. I like it, five stars!
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