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Zumba Fitness: World Party announced for Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U and the upcoming Xbox One

Here comes the next installment in the legend of Zumba, Zumba Fitness World Party. It will be released in October on Wii (no, it ain’t dead yet!), Wii U, and Xbox 360 Kinect. It will also be on the just-announced Xbox One console, which doesn’t have a release date yet, but should arrive in time for holiday trees.

But wait, there’s more! According to this press release, a mobile app called Zumba Dance is coming this summer. It’s a motion-based app that will track your calorie burn while you shake your booty.

NBA Baller Beats seems to be a slam dunk

NBA Baller Beats (with ball) for Kinect

Of this year’s crop of dance and exercise games, NBA Baller Beats (Xbox 360 Kinect only) is without a doubt the most different.  It’s like playing Guitar Hero with a basketball:  bounce a ball to the beat of hit songs, following a scrolling guide visual.  The scroll includes authentic basketball moves like pump fakes and behind-the-back, and even comes packaged with a genuine basketball.

As with Zumba, Walk It Out and other “where no game has gone before” games, I was skeptical about whether this could really work.  Well, according to Amazon and other reviews, it scores!  Already there are some gameplay videos on Youtube, such as this one from Kinect Addict, bouncing to the beat of the new party anthem, “Party Rock Anthem”:

Now I couldn’t bounce a ball off the broad side of a barn, but I want this game anyway.  The soundtrack includes some real treats (for me) such as Santigold’s “Disparate Youth” and Onyx’s “Slam”, not just the same old Rihanna and Katy Perry stuff.  And look how that guy is sweating and panting at the end.

Unlike some other moms, I’m ready to play ball in the house!

Nike and Adidas go head-to-head with workouts on Kinect

Shoe giants Nike and Adidas are going to compete for the blood, sweat, tears and wallets of Kinect exergamers this year.  Last week, Microsoft announced that Nike + Kinect Training was coming “holiday 2012”.

Looks very bootcamp/Crossfit-ish, with jumping and ball-dodging minigames reminiscent of a pre-Kinect Nike exergame production, Eye Toy Kinetic for PS2.

But Nike archrival Adidas wants to beat the swoosh to the starting gate by releasing their long-awaited exergame, Adidas micoach, this summer.  This game will have a PS3 Move version in addition to the Xbox 360 Kinect version.

The micoach game looks a lot like the Nike game, but I like how it incorporates hand weights (I didn’t see any sign of weights in the Nike game, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there).

Dance Central 3 is coming, with more music variety and enhanced calorie-counting

Dance Central 3 for Xbox 360 Kinect

And we don’t stop dancin’ – Dance Central 3 is coming this fall, again a Kinect exclusive.  They aren’t doing much to mess with the success of the first two Dance Central games, but they appear to be broadening the song list from mainly hip-hop and club to hits of the 20th century such as “The Hustle”, “Da Butt” and “Electric Boogie”, each with their signature dances.

I have Dance Central 2, and have been enjoying the workout mode, which takes a cue from the workout modes of DDR on PS2 by offering courses (called “playlists”) of songs played back-to-back.  You can also make up your own continuous playlists.  DC 3 is promising “expanded and enhanced calorie tracking features”.  Keep in mind that any calorie tracking in a video game is going to be a ballpark guess.

Dance your abs off: Zumba Fitness Core is coming

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Zumba Fitness Core for Wii

A third Zumba game is coming this fall!  Zumba Fitness Core has been announced for Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect (but not PS3 or Wii U).  It looks like much the same shimmying with new music and moves.  Song list is yet to be announced.  The Wii booty belt will return, and Kinect’s version will add a community feature and voice controls so you can shout out your love for Zumba.

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