There is a market for RB3 versions in the right circumstance. Queen was apparently one of those cases, as the RB3 version tracks boast over 113,000 band scores across the consoles. That's pretty good.
Let me get one thing out there right away: I am FOR every and all RB3 version that HMX puts out. I think it is unfortunate that they seem to have backed away from doing this, especially in light of the fact that the Queen RB3 versions sold pretty well. I would LOVE Boston RB3 versions, or Styx RB3 versions, or even some singles like the Final Countdown and Don't Stop Believing....
Anyway, I took a look at the data from the leaderboards for each Queen RB3 version song. I added up the # of band scores for each song for each console to get a total for that song.
Here are the numbers:
Killer Queen (RB3 Version) Xbox 14,900, PS3 5,700, Wii 1,400, TOTAL 22,000
Under Pressure (RB3 Version) Xbox 18,300, PS3 7,100, Wii 1,900, TOTAL 27,300
One Vision (RB3 Version) Xbox 7,000, PS3 3,300, Wii 700, TOTAL 10,300
I Want it All (RB3 Version) Xbox 8,700, PS3 4,100, Wii 1,000, TOTAL 13,800
I Want to Break Free (RB3 Version) Xbox 9,800, PS3 4,700,Wii 1,000, TOTAL 15,500
Somebody to Love (RB3 Version) Xbox 15,700, PS3 6,400, Wii 1,900, TOTAL 24,000
That's a total of 113,600 tracks sold, at a MINIMUM.
Not everyone who bought a track will log a score online, so these aren't true sales numbers so much as baseline numbers. We know that there has to be at LEAST this number of tracks sold for each song, since 113,600 unique band scores were logged.
To me, this bodes well for those of us who dream of seeing a Boston RB3 version upgrade. I think Boston would do even BETTER than Queen. Even if it did about the same, one would think that an average of 18,933 sales per track (the Queen RB3 Version average) would make it worth their while to do.