Zumba Fitness Core Coming to Kinect, Wii

Did you know this virtual Zumba Fitness instructor is a real person?  Her name is Tanya Beardsley and in real life she does pretty much exactly what her polygonal doppelganger will be doing in Zoe Mode’s Zumba Fitness Core: pressing people to get themselves in shape though a series of increasingly intense dance workouts.  She’s one of four celebrity instructors returning this fall, and we’ve got the two new additions, a full feature list, and screenshots straight from E3 right here!

  • Shake it to fresh new dance styles like Brazilian Funk, Polynesian, Celtic Bluegrass, Jive, Jazz, African and Disco that complement Salsa, Cumbia, Bollywood and Reggaeton to deliver over 30 rhythms, more than any other dance or fitness game;
  • Keep your fitness regimen on track with new personal and community goals plus nutrition and wellness tips;
  • Experience exotic new venues like Tiki Beach, a Venetian Ballroom and Waterfall Resort;
  • Learn the basic steps with expanded tutorials that now include Bollywood and Samba styles along with Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue and Cumbia;
  • Dance with new celebrity instructors Loretta Bates and Nicholas Logrea who join returning Zumba® superstars Beto, Gina Grant, Tanya Beardsley and Kass Martin;
  • Work out with a friend on Kinect for Xbox 360 or throw a dance party in your living room with up to 3 friends on Wii™;
  • Dance hands-free on Kinect for Xbox 360 and Wii with the included Zumba® Fitness belt that lets you holster your Wii Remote™.

I can’t say how well that Wii Remote holster works for tracking high-energy body movement, but based on the many months I’ve spent with the similar system in EA Sports Active 2, at least the concept is sound.  We’ll know for sure when Zumba Fitness Core comes to the Wii and 360 Kinect later this fall.

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