Zumba Fitness 2 is a multiplayer dance game, designed to wiggle the fat off (quite literally). Based on the phenomenon that is Zumba, this is the second Zumba Fitness game to be released on the Wii console.
Instead of using your hand like most Wii games, Zumba Fitness 2 has been designed to focus on your hip movements. Each game comes with a belt to fit your Wii remote, freeing up you hands for some serious boogie woogie.
Before you start, you must first create your profile. Up to 8 profiles can be created. Every time you select a class you have the option to either use one of the existing profiles or to create a new one.
It will ask for your name, gender, date of birth, weight and height. This information is then used to track your progress, using the Progress Tracker (more on that in a bit).
Once you get that sorted it is time to dance, Zumba style.
Like Just Dance 3, you need to mimic the dancer/instructor by mirroring their movements. When there is a change in the dance coming up, a little pink window pops up (moves cue) showing you the next move.
Throughout each song you are being rated on your technique. At the bottom of the screen you'll notice five stars. This rating system is based on how accurate your movements are (obviously the more the better). In the bottom left of the screen you'll also see a circle split into 4 quarters, this gives you feedback on how you are doing, either Nice, Hot or Zumba. The more consecutive Zumbas you get triggers Euphoria mode. This apparently increases excitement in the background, although I found it just made me very dizzy.
Whenever you complete an individual routine or workout, you are given a score card at the end. Here it tells you your overall technique percentage, along with how many calories you burned plus your overall score and star rating. Any Zumba medals you win along the way appear at the end too.
Zumba Fitness 2 Features
After watching some (very enthusiastic) Zumba Instructors, you're greeted by the main menu. Here you get to choose between:
You can choose one out of the 32 songs available on the game. Each song lists the track name, style, intensity (high, medium or low) and the venue. You also have the option to choose the venue; VIP Pool, NY Night Club, LA Rooftop, Miami Yacht Party or the Zumba Dance Studio.
Don't let the name limit you though, as you can make up to 8 custom playlists of up to 12 songs. This gives you the freedom to choose the intensity level of your workout or create one made up of your favourite songs. This mode is also where the multiplayer feature comes into action, allowing up to three people to play simultaneously.
Here you can choose between a Short, Mid-Length or Full Class. Each of these options has 10 different classes to choose from, all with varying intensities. The Short (approx. 20 mins) has 5 high, 3 medium and 2 low intensity classes, the Mid-Length (approx. 45 mins) has 9 medium and 1 low intensity class while the Full (approx 60 mins) has 2 high, 7 medium and 1 low class to choose from. You can also have up to 3 friend's workout with you.
Learn the Steps
This feature is great for people like me that have never tried Zumba before (although as per usual, I jumped straight in... big mistake). There are four different dance styles to test out, each with four different steps to master.
|Salsa||Side Step, Forward & Back, Travel, Backstep|
|Merengue||March, 2 Step, 6 Count, Zumba Shuffle|
|Cumbia||2 Step, Forward & Back, Sleepy Leg, Sugar Cane|
|Reggaeton||Stomp, Knee Lift, Destroza, Bounce|
You can swap between styles, steps and even speeds whilst following Beto, your instructor and the creator of Zumba Fitness.
This is probably one of my favourite features of the game... other than the exercises of course. It was great whilst doing my 2 week Zumba Challenge. When ever you click on here, is tells you how many days you have been playing the game for, as well as different averages from the week.
This section is made up of 4 sub-sections:
This is where all your information is stored, such as weight, time played, calories burned and technique. This can all be viewed in a series of graphs and can be represented in days, weeks or months.
There are 26 Awards to collect. These mark milestones in your Zumba usage by completing the set tasks. More of an incentive than anything else.
You can unlock up to 11 behind the scenes footage through out the game. This is based on how many stars you get.
This is where you create new profiles or update existing ones. Every so often Zumba will ask you to check your weight is still up to date. Once you update your weight it appears in the statistics graph.
My Zumba Fitness Experience
I first remember hearing about Zumba on one of those feature length American style infomercials (a timeslot usually reserved for plugging hair transplants - thanks Shane Warne and Dr Fox's Man of the Year). My first impressions weren't great, I thought its bright colours, crazy moves and less than desirable music would never take off. How wrong was I?
Unlike Just Dance 3 (a lighter hearted, social dance game) there is no mistaking that Zumba Fitness 2 is centred on exercise and certainly isn't for the faint hearted. Although aimed at people of all fitness levels, those who use it, do so to either lose weight or improve fitness. It certainly isn't a casual game.
The dances, although a little silly (all that spanking, grinding and booty shaking made me blush a little), I actually felt like I was dancing. The songs have grown on me, even finding myself humming them at times. After testing this out for my Zumba challenge, I think I'm sold, hooked even. The only downside is that pesky 'Euphoria Mode', with its strobe effect lighting and panning in and out. You get used to it after a while, but it's a little unnecessary and well a little disorientating even annoying at times in my opinion.
Has anyone else tried Zumba Fitness 2 yet? What did you think, did it compare to the first?comments powered by Disqus