Zumba, DDR, Just Dance Kids, EAS Active 2 and Jillian get game this week

This week may be your best chance to actually run into other exergamers and dancers among the Call of Duty fans in the video game section, as no fewer than five fitness/dancing franchises have new games competing for your console budget.

First, of course, DDR!  The latest Wii DDR game, DanceDanceRevolution (one word), is out, along with the first-ever DDR game for the PS3.  The PS3 game has a cool-looking mat and a new 8-button mode that uses the corners.  It also makes use of the new Wii-like Move controllers and the Eye camera.  No word on any new DDR for Xbox360 or (sniff) PS2.

Also heating up the dance floor are the new Zumba game for Wii, and Just Dance Kids.  Zumba Wii, which comes out a couple weeks ahead of the Zumba games for PS3 Move and Xbox360 Kinect, includes a waist or hip belt in which you store your Wiimote so it can properly gauge your booty-shaking.  Just Dance Kids is another entry in the sleeper-hit Wii series, for parents who’d rather have their six-year-olds dance to Wheels On The Bus than Rump Shaker or Baby Got Back.

Meanwhile in the virtual gym, EA Sports Active 2, EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp and Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011 are elbowing for room.  EASA2 is available on Wii, PS3 and Xbox360 Kinect and looks a lot like its predecessor, with the addition of a forearm heart rate monitor and online support.  On Wii only, there’s also a more testosterone version of the game, NFL Training Camp, which features the same HRM and training drills like the pros.  (No indication of whether the Wii football can be incorporated.)  Finally, Jillian Michaels is back with her third Wii game, Fitness Ultimatum 2011, which includes a new “mission mode” in which you save the world from high fructose corn syrup.  Okay, let’s put some sweat on those controllers!

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Posted on November 17, 2010, in Celebrities, Dance Dance Revolution, Exergaming, Game previews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I had no idea there was a Just Dance Kids. My 5 year old wants Just Dance 2 and I am really hesitant because of the music. Just Dance Kids will be a much better choice!

  2. Just Dance Kids sounds like a great choice for a 5-year-old. It has over 40 songs, at a list price of $30 – a better deal than Kidz Bop Dance Party.

  3. If you love to dance, then you will love JUST DANCE 2! It’s very funny and the music is very nice. The “Just Dance” option gets you right to dancing to individual songs, just like in the original. Up to four players can play, each holding their own Wii remote.

  4. I can’t get the just dance kids to allow multiple players. Anyone have any ideas on what I need to do? Thanks

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