But I had a lot of fun with Zumba this morning (on special at work for only $47 bucks down from $88!). I’ve never played before, but I’m glad to say I really enjoyed it (once I got through the terrible menu set up).
The game play is extremely similar to Just Dance, but with different bars to measure how you’re going in the game (Zumba has a horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen, and the dancing figure lights up green whenever you’re putting enough energy in/achieving the right steps). But what I really found great was that the on screen character would signal you to be prepared for what’s next, eg. while waiting to start a new move she’d point or tap the right leg to show that that’s where you’re going to move first. The moves are obviously based on latin dancing, a lot of hip swaying and shimmying but if you can’t get the moves right you don’t have to worry - the wii remotes measurement is based on how much energy is being put into the moves, not whether you get your feet right. I completed a 20min Beginner ‘class’, which was about 4-5 songs, including a warm down at the end. I thought I was going to collapse after the 4th one, but the warm down was a very slow sensual snake dance mixed with stretches.
Rating: 4 out of 5 - points taken off for the menu set up (many clicks to get to one option) and the fact that there was no diagram to show where to sit the Zumba Belt (I had to guess from the advertising image on the back of the booklet)
For a first time dancer, I really enjoyed Zumba for the Wii, and at such a cheap price, why not give it a go?