Wii Fit U for Wii U is out now, sort of. Nintendo, which seems to be looking for creative ways to sell more Wii U consoles, has an offer that is good from now till the end of January: if you already own a balance board from the original Wii Fit, and buy the new (okay, repurposed) Fit Meter pedometer for $20, you can download the full version of Wii Fit U for free.
If you’d rather buy the bundle with board, meter and game disc, it is coming next month.
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.
Consumer Reports has just posted a comparison of console exergames Nike+ Kinect Training, Zumba Fitness Core (on Xbox Kinect), Just Dance 4 (on PS3 Move), Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 for WiiU, and UFC Personal Trainer (on Kinect).
Their impressions: Nike gets high marks for being advanced and offering an extensive library, Zumba is praised for being a cardio challenge as well as fun, Just Dance is mainly fun, Your Shape is good for beginners and UFC is…mainly for UFC fans.
Now that it’s Resolution Month, the people at Xbox Live are offering an incentive to work out in front of Kinect instead of driving to the gym or jogging on icy roads. According to this page, if you sign up for Xbox Live Rewards, you can get up to 200 points in January for working out for at least 20 hours to certain active games and buying certain fitness game add-ons.
Eligible Game Add-ons:
- Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012
- Zumba Fitness
- Your Shape Fitness Evolved
- Zumba Fitness: Rush
- Zumba Fitness: Core
- Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure
- UFC Personal Trainer
- EA Sports Active 2
- My Self Defense Coach
- Harley Pasternak’s Hollywood Workout
- Nickelodeon Dance
- Michael Phelps: Push the Limit
- Kinect Sports
- Kinect Sports: Season Two
- Nike+Kinect Training
- Rapala for Kinect
- Dance Central 1
- Dance Central 2
- Dance Central 3
- The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout
If you’re new to Xbox, you have to sign up for both Xbox Live (the basic account is free) and Xbox Live Rewards. Also, you may want to download the free Kinect PlayFit app which automatically tracks when and how long you played certain Kinect active games, and lets you compare your calorie burn with your online friends and the Xbox world.