Earlier this year I reviewed the first Zumba Fitness Wii game, and it went on to become an enormous chart topping best seller, shifting over 3 million copies. People are WILD about Zumba, and so, inevitably, a follow up has been released in the ubertoned shape of Zumba Fitness 2.
Priced around £25, it's only available on Wii. I was sent a copy to try out (and one to give away - see below for details), so I put on my finest Lycra and set forth on a fitness mission.
Basically, Zumba is shaking your ass aerobics. There's a bit of leaping from side to side involved, but mainly it's all about the rear guard action. So to play this game, you'll need room to do it- look around your living room and ask yourself: Can my bum shake big in this? If the answer is yes, then you can go to the Zumba party.
You can join in from any fitness level - if you're a bit out of puff, start by learning the moves or doing a single song routine only before you build up to a full class. For the more experienced Zumba-ites, there are routines from 20 to 60 minutes, or you can build your own routine by picking out your favourite tracks.
Your movements are tracked via a special belt (included in the pack) which lets you tuck the Wii controller next to your hip. But don't rely on this too much for accuracy - I was promoted to Zumba Legend after 3 songs, when I am really more of a Mince Pie Eating Legend, if truth be told.
One element I really liked about this release are the fact that the settings are much more fun this time - you're exercising everywhere from an LA nightclub to a Miami yacht. So much better than my sweat-smelly gym. It doesn't have fireworks either.
This release is great if you've eaten too many mince pies, get snowed in or simply prefer to exercise in the privacy of your own home. It's a shame it's not available for Xbox Kinect as it would be great for that format, but the word is that it may be available on Kinect next year. So for now, Nintendo Wii it is.
Here's an interesting peak into how Zumba Fitness 2 was made - plus, how serious are these game dudes? Lighten up guys and gals, it's meant to be a party. If you're saying something's exciting, no need to look like you've just been stabbed in the toe:
WIN A COPY OF ZUMBA FITNESS 2
I have one copy of Zumba Fitness 2 for Nintendo Wii to give away (UK residents only).
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Entries close at midnight on Sunday 18th December, so hopefully the randomly-picked winner should get it in time to start their New Year fitness regime.
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