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Adding Wii games to your strength program

Three of my favorite metal objects!

Lisa of Wii Fitness and Gaming asked me to write a guest post for her blog, so I wrote a post about how I add Wii games to my strength training routine of kettlebells and heavy weights.  Check out my post here, and see the rest of her blog (and her Wii Fitness Examiner page) for more great Wii workout ideas.

Party on! Zumba exergame looks like a sleeper hit

From the time a video game based on Zumba was announced more than a year ago, there has been a ton of interest and anticipation by Zumbamaniacs all over the world.  I was cautious, since the game was made by the same company that put out the notoriously bad Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009.  But when it (the Wii version) got a few good reviews and went on sale on Black Friday at Amazon, I took a bite.

And I’m very glad I did.  The infectious music and moves make up for the rather clunky interface and slippery belt.  (I found a much better belt, made for Wii Fit, at Five Below for $5 – and it even came with a Wii Fit hat!  On the other hand, official belts from the Zumba site are $10 plus shipping, when they have them.)  I’ve never even been to a Zumba class, but I’ve used Wii Zumba at least once a week since I’ve gotten it, and lost a couple of pounds in that time.

Now it looks like the red-hot fitness license is paying off for Majesco, the game’s publisher.  They’ve announced that Zumba games on all 3 platforms (Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 Kinect) have shipped 500,000 copies.  That’s not too shabby, considering they were up against Just Dance 2 – inarguably a blockbuster hit, selling 5 million in the same time frame – and Michael Jackson The Experience, which sold nearly 2 million.

Looks like dance/rhythm games, which were being declared all but dead before last year, are “muy caliente” once again! 🙂

Dance on Broadway coming to PS3 Move

Dance on Broadway, a showtunes version of the Just Dance series for Wii, is now coming to the PS3 in March.  Of course, it will be compatible with the new Move controllers.

I have Dance on Broadway for Wii, and I admit I haven’t played it very much.  While “Time Warp” and “Cabaret” are fun, I’m just not very familiar with most of the other tunes, plus the fact that “Fame” is repeated from Just Dance, feels a bit stingy.  It’s the music that really drives these games, and I find myself gravitating to Michael Jackson a lot more when I want to bust a move.

MJ, incidentally, will be coming to Xbox 360 Kinect next month.  No word on whether Dance on Broadway will do the same.

Fit in Six: upcoming workout game for PS3 and Wii

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Joystiq reports that the ESRB (the ratings board for video games) has a description up for a game called Fit in Six.  The description goes:

This is a fitness game in which players create and perform personalized workout routines from a collection of yoga, Pilates, cardio, dance, and kickboxing exercises. Players can also monitor their progress over time and customize workouts to focus on specific muscle groups.

Joystiq says the game is coming from Ubisoft, who’s well on its way to ruling the fitness/dance game genre.  They put out the Kinect fitness game Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, as well as the Just Dance and Gold’s Gym series for Wii, all highly-acclaimed.  And I am totally loving their Michael Jackson The Experience game.

How can Zumba possibly compete with this?

Zumba Fitness for Wii is now on store shelves, or supposed to be, anyway (the game stores I checked yesterday didn’t have it).  At this writing there’s just one, lukewarm review on Amazon.  For a game that was so anticipated by Zumba fans for nearly a year, that’s not a good sign.

I was tempted to just pick up a Zumba since the dancing looks so fun, that is until I saw these gameplay videos of Michael Jackson The Experience, coming to Wii on November 25.  (Yes, Thanksgiving day!  That’s what it says on the video; are they going to sell copies in movie theaters and restaurants?)  Anyway, talk about a visual feast for aerobic dancers:

Wow!  There aren’t many more fun ways to work off a Thanksgiving dinner in public.  But wait, there’s more:  at Amazon, you even get a free glove!

Now that’s the Wii dancing accessory of the year.  Sorry, Zumba belt.

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