Fitness News Flash: Zumba Fitness Core For Xbox 360 and Wii

Today's blog post is slightly later than planned and there's a good reason for that! I've got a Zumba addiction all over again! This time to the third Zumba Fitness game, 'Core', which I've had the pleasure of testing this week. Put the date in your diaries Zumba fans, it's out on the 9th November 2012!

Zumba Fitness Core on Kinect for Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii
RRP: £34 (Nintendo Wii)
RRP: £39.99 (Kinect for Xbox 360)

Features of the latest game include:
  •  40 new songs and routines including original Zumba® music and tracks from Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul, Tiesto, Pitbull and Bob Marley
  •  33 different dance styles – more than any other dance fitness game to date including Brazilian Funk, Jive Disco and Hula to complement the full range of international and Latin rhythms Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue, Cumbia and Hip Hop
  •  Choose from a full Zumba® class, single song or create your own custom core class from your favourite songs and routines
  •  Eight party venues including Venetian ballroom, Exotic waterfall, Tiki Beach and Tropicana Stage Show – twice the number found in Zumba® Fitness Rush Kinect®
  • Set personal goals and track your progress with calorie counter
  •  Dance style tutorials help you learn the six core dance styles by taking you through a step-by-step breakdown of the moves
Features exclusive to Kinect for Xbox 360:
  • Hands-free with Kinect technology which enables full body motion tracking for hands free play
  • Multiplayer support for two players
  • 45 different classes to choose from
  •  Voice control for effortless menu navigation
  •  Find a live Zumba class near you with in-game class locator
Features exclusive to Nintendo Wii:
  • Free Zumba® Fitness belt to stow Wii controller
  •  30 different classes to choose from
  •  Double the fun with multiplayer support for up to four players
My opinion
In all honesty, this is what all dance games should be like! Bright colours, scenic backgrounds, and sexy dance moves that really make your abs ache after just one class! The music of this game is more mainstream than that of Zumba Fitness 1 and Zumba Fitness Rush (Zumba Fitness 2 for the Wii) so it's likely to be a hit with younger players. For me, it's this very reason I feel Core is the best of the three. There's still Orignal Zumba style tunes to shake your hips to, and there's a expansive variety of style, including an interesting jazz number I came across in one of the classes.

I tested the Xbox Kinect version, which I'm happy to say is far more intuitive than the Zumba Fitness 1 interface, where one wrong twitch of your hand would send all of the tracks on the selection screen spinning rapidly away from you. Voice controls as seen in Zumba Fitness Rush are still intact, and I love these! I've had a Kinect for a while now but it still feels like Star Trek when I shout a command at the screen and it acts on it.

I particularly like the new 'level up' feature which you can 'share' on Facebook, a nice way to introduce a bit of competition with your friends. Upon levelling up you're also presented with health and weight loss tips which you can re-read using the 'Progress Tracker' option on the main menu.

In terms of calorie burn, it was the same for me for 45 minutes of game play as when I'm in a 45 minute Zumba class at the gym (both I measured with a Polar Heart Rate Monitor) so it really is a great alternative for those winter months when venturing out into the cold for your workout just doesn't feel possible. 

I have a feeling this game is going to be on a lot of Chirstmas lists this year, but if you can't wait that long, pre-order it now (resulting in bonus content) and use it get fit for your office party and seasonal get-togethers!

Order your copy from Amazon here:

Wondering how Zumba classes and the other Zumba games compare? Check out my previous review here.

received a free copy of the above game for the purpose of review but was not compensated in any other way. As always, opinions are my own!

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