Zumba Fitness Xbox 360 Kinect
Xbox 360 Kinect
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Released on 26/11/2010
Ditch the workout and bring the Zumba Fitness PartyTM right into your living room!
The Zumba program pairs red hot international dance steps with sexy Latin music to create an ultra fun fitness party on your console that’s focused on the joy of movement. Follow along as Zumba instructor fan favourites Tanya, Gina and Zumba’s creator Beto guide you through more than 30 routines that will make you forget you are even exercising.
Zumba Fitness for Xbox 360 Kinect Features:
- Bring the Zumba Fitness experience home with you in the first interactive game based on the successful brand!
- Learn and perfect nine different dance styles: Reggaeton, Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Hip-Hop, Mambo, Rumba, Flamenco and Calypso
- Includes more than 30 Zumba routines—some exclusive to the game
- Follow your on-screen Zumba instructor’s routine in a high voltage party atmosphere. As you fine tune the steps, the stage and party transforms in dynamic new ways.
- Supports up to 2 players or 4 in turned based pairs. Team up and try to earn the highest workout score as a group or play against each other in Zumba Attack! Mode for the ultimate fitness dance off.
- Dance in a range of venues: learn the basics in the Zumba gym and then take the party to a fantasy night club, an industrial factory, a skyscraper rooftop and a futuristic “Master Jam” stadium
- Includes “Learn the Steps” training, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced routines for all skill levels
505 Games will no doubt be delighted it the publisher first UK number one, with the Wii version proving more successful than last November launch on Kinect. With a Move-compatible PS3 edition due for release in ten daystime, expect its success to continue throughout April.
Crysis 2 slid down just one place to number two, while Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars clung onto third spot. No doubt bolstered by this week tournament in Augusta, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters climbed from six to four, while Shift 2: Unleashed made it three EA titles in the top five, dropping down a gear to cruise into fifth.
Elsewhere, the charts were fairly quiet: Homefront dropped a single place to sixth, next to labelmate WWE All Stars, which kept a firm hold on seventh position. For the first week since launch, Pokon Black Version outsold rival White, as the pair slotted into eighth and ninth respectively.
Meanwhile, lone new entry Dynasty Warriors 7 stormed into tenth spot. The franchise has previously enjoyed cult success in the UK, and so publisher Koei must be well pleased with such a high finish for what is arguably the finest game in the series to date.
Driver: San Francisco had to settle for second place in its first week on release, but it was a good performance nevertheless for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii title, which is the first new entry in the popular series for four years.
Meanwhile, EA's latest American football title Madden NFL 12 made its debut in sixth place.
Official GfK-ChartTrack figures show that the football sim is now the highest-grossing sports game in UK history, outselling all previous FIFA titles and spending a total of seven weeks on top of the charts.
The game's current five-week winning streak is also the second-best of any FIFA entry, behind only FIFA: Road to World Cup 98, which spent 11 straight weeks as the UK's top-selling title.
Second place this week went to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the UK's Christmas number one, while a trio of threequels - Just Dance 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 - rounded out the top five.
So it's somehow February already. How did that happen? Where the heck did January go? It seems like only a few days ago that we were boldly staring 2012 in the face, suffering the guilty throb of a New Year's Day hangover, vowing to get more exercise and halt that expanding waistline in its tracks.
Didn't quite work, did it? The cold mornings put a stop to the jogging after a few half-hearted attempts, the gym membership card has already slipped to the back of your wallet and the takeaway around the corner is issuing its siren's call.
Stop! It's not too late! And, conveniently for us, games can come to the rescue. The rise of motion gaming means that there's never been a better time to get fit in your own home, far away from the judgemental gaze of the Gym Adonis. Whatever console you have, whatever sort of workout you're after, games have the answer.
For an all-round fitness regime that won't scare you off, take your pick between Your Shape - Fitness Evolved 2012. Available for Kinect, it offers a variety of workouts and can be customised to ease you in gently, like a cat into a hot bath. And since Kinect is scanning your whole body, it won't let you slack off - keep those knees up and those shoulders back, and you'll be fitting into those old jeans before you know it.
Alternatively, you could try EA Sports Active 2, available for Wii, Kinect and PlayStation Move. Packaged with a resistance band and heart rate monitor, this is the ideal choice for those who want a structured regime with a scientific core. EA even got a university to test its effectiveness, so you know it works.
Perhaps you prefer some fun in your fitness? If that's the case then Zumba Fitness 2 is the obvious candidate, disguising its exercise routines inside groovy dance-offs that'll make you burn calories like it's bonfire night. Zumba Fitness 2 is only available for the Wii, but the original game is also available for PlayStation Move and Kinect.
In a similar vein, the spin-off game from TV reality-fitness sensation The Biggest Loser is worth a look on Wii and Kinect, though it's perhaps most interesting for being one of the only fitness games available for the Nintendo DS. Obviously, you need to be an honest soul when entering your weekly weigh-in and exercise success, but for the gamer on the go, it's very handy. Or you could just invest in a 3DS, the only console with a built-in pedometer that rewards long walks with coins to spend on jigsaw pieces and warrior cats.
Too silly? OK, let's get serious. Like, really serious. It's UFC Personal Trainer, the fitness game for blokes and lady-blokes who want the sort of ripped abs and bulging biceps that will allow you to survive five minutes in a cage with Junior dos Santos. It's out on Wii, Kinect and PlayStation Move and puts the "grrr" in "looking great".
But that's only scratching the surface. Former Spice Girl Mel B will help you get fit in the self-explanatory Get Fit With Mel B. The My Fitness Coach series offers several Wii-exclusive aerobic routines, with a personalised trainer. If you demand a little narrative with your exercise, workout guru Jillian Michaels will take you on a bulge-battling jungle expedition in Jillian Michaels' Fitness Adventure.
So, come on, there's clearly no excuse. Dig the tracksuit out from the bottom of the wardrobe, fire up your console and tone that tum.
The popular image of video games is that of a pastime requiring no more physical effort than a sofa slouch and nimble thumbs - along with a carb-heavy diet of pizza and sugary soda. The fast-track to a slow death from obesity, in other words.
Fitness games fly in the face of that assumption, but they're not the recent invention many think they are. Even as far back as 1982, companies like Atari were looking at ways of connecting exercise bikes to a virtual reality under the codename Project Puffer. In 1986, Bandai released a control mat for the Nintendo Entertainment System which came with Family Fun Fitness, a suite of exercise games. Nintendo was so impressed, it bought the product and repackaged it as the more exciting sounding Power Pad.
This, of course, led to games like Konami's seminal Dance Dance Revolution, which ushered in the age of the dance-mat as a legitimate and popular game controller. 2005 brought EyeToy: Kinetic to the market - the first modern motion tracking exercise game - while 2006 saw the short-lived and rather naffly titled Gamercize system wire actual exercise equipment up to games consoles.
The Rise of the Wii
It was the Wii that really pulled all these ideas together to create the fitness game genre though. Indeed, it almost had to be Nintendo who would finally crack the nut and make gaming and exercise feel like natural bedfellows. The Wii was a friendly machine, and with titles like Wii Sports it had already made jumping around part of the gameplay experience. Here was a console where the all important mums and dads might buy into the idea of gaming to get healthy.
With Wii Fit's balance board Nintendo finally had the peripheral to make it work, while the software cannily combined solid fitness goals with more accessible video game mechanics. Motivation is the key to any exercise regime, and video games are nothing if not efficient effort-to-reward systems. What better approach than to tap into our natural desire to beat our last score, to reach the next level, and to be congratulated for doing well?
In the years following Wii Fit's 2007 release, the floodgates opened. Celebrity endorsed fitness packages aped Wii Fit's style, but without adding much to the genre. It was only when SONY and Microsoft got involved, with Move and Kinect, that there was enough competition to drive the development of even more advanced fitness games.
Which brings us to today, and the chart-topping success of Zumba Fitness. Based on the popular fitness franchise, it ditches the squats and thrusts in favour of more fun dance-based exercise. With its Latin rhythms and have-a-go simplicity, it's no surprise that it's selling so well - this is a fitness game disguised as a dancing game, which is then dressed up as a bloody good laugh. Perfect for people who might otherwise feel intimidated by the genre.
EA Sports Active 2 goes in the complete opposite direction, with its wireless heart-rate monitor and resistance band accessory. This is the game for serious fitness nuts who really want to push themselves further with each new workout, with loads of stats and options to tweak your experience for maximum calorie-crushing impact.
Similar in style, but slightly less ferocious in approach, is Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. This also concentrates on scalable aerobic workouts with an emphasis on personalised training routines and lots of encouragement to keep the pace up. For players who have taken Wii Fit as far as they can, both titles represent the obvious next step.
Workouts Are For Wimps
But what if this is all still a little too much like leotards and headbands? What if you're worried that doing star jumps in front of your console won't impress your hard mates? Well, that's why there's UFC Trainer. This manly fitness game for manly men offers much the same workout results as other fitness titles - but in a style that makes you feel like you could kick a man's head through a wall. Heavy on the cardio and sparring, it offers an experience as tough as its name suggests. Unless you actually do fight in the UFC, we suggest you don't go steaming in, ready to show off with the hardest settings.
It's doubtful that motion control is going anywhere soon, what with Wii U around the corner and the next Xbox likely to incorporate Kinect, so it seems that far from being a passing fad the fitness game is here to stay. Maybe the stereotype of the lardy wheezing gamer is finally coming to an end. Pass the leg-warmers.
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