Zumba Fitness for Connect
Excersize program, the fitness party, latin and international rhythms. Grew in Miami, all about the party, have fun and move, 60,000 locations, 7.5 million people take a Zumba class every week. They’ve sold millions of DVDS and this is the next thing. Men, women, kids, parents all play together.
The demo – This is a combination of dance and excersize so everyone has fun with 30 tracks and routines. There’s new interactive Zumba content running with Connect. Connect tracks 6 points on Samantha’s body and will critique her motions.
There can be up to 4 players in a turn based competition. For the Wii there is a belt to track your hips where all your movement originates. You can learn the steps training, set a workout calendar, intermediate and hard also. Genuine motion capture “a little bit like a dancing iPod commercial” in color and look and feel.
There’s a party meter and more stuff begins to happen when you build the party meter. I see more stuff on the screen but it doesn’t lok like it really affects game play. Working closely with Microsoft and are excited to be a launch title for Connect in November.
Lots of hip rolling. Merengue to reggae to calypso, a lot of rich styles and it’s not my thing with all the dancing. I bet Tina would love this. Sarah would probably not be amused. The music is fun. I think that someone who has taken a Zumba class would be pretty pleased to dance along with this. I’d prefer splattering enemy brains out the side of their heads from the bushes 500m away, but for a Zumba fan this would be fun.
There’s a strong connection here for Backayard.
My routine was much more like dancing than working out. But it was fun and I did start sweating within 2 minutes.
There will be DLC – use Live to connect to Zumba.com and Facebook to build community. Zumba is the dancing so it could be fun with someone else- Zumba Attack with something like a dance battle and there is a turn based mode where up to four people can play against each other.
Paintball – Greg Hastings
$39 on 9/14
Can play with him, all about furthering paintball, the gameisbuilt on authenticity, 360, PS3, Wii. All the gear, all the guns, 100 pros, 62 fields based on 12 real locations. Rated E10+, not that many E10+ FPS out there. It’s a violent tournament, just with paint not bullets. Up to 20 player multi-player on 360 and –s3, up to 8 player on Wii.
Lots of running and diving into bunker, then change stance so you can pop up and down, then change stance so you can pop left and right. You can switch hands with the gun so you can get a better angle.
There are also team aspects to game play. You can command your guys or leave them alone.
Three types of paintball – speed ball with inflatable bunkers that people hide behind in arenas. Woods ball is a massive outdoor field. Rec ball is a mix of the two played on any course. This is the first game with wood and rec play modes.
Will be DLC.
No blood but there is diaper changing without poo or urine. This brings baby sitting to a whole new level. Uses a plush doll that you jam the wiimote into it’s back. Basically you can hold the doll and do stuff with it and the wiimote sense it.
The baby laughs or cries through the Wiimote. This is Cooking Mama for baby sitters. There are 6 different babies and about 60 different activities. Some are baby care, some are baby mini games. Fun, not a baby simulator because there are some silly things. It’s apparently a lot of fun for six to nine year olds. Little girls will be happy they got a new doll and a new game.
Ten story arcs, November release data scheduled.
It was sort of fun, kind of like holding a real baby but not because it isn’t fragile.
Wii motion plus support $29.99 T rated for families
Brutal action scenes without gore. It is, you guessed it, a sword fighting game. One to one sword fighting movements, seven different angles of attack with 8 different fighters. Unlock swords and get new powers. Plus four mini games that are basically like mini games. One includes hordes of zombies coming at you over and over again. Multiplayer so there is 2 player split screen.
Monster Tale for DS,
estimated March 2011 ship
Puzzle game play on the bottom screen, exploration on the top. The bottom screen is a pet raising Tamogotchi game and the top is a platformer. You wake up in a monster world that has been taken over by bad kids. Elie meets Chomp and they need to save the monster world from the bad kids. Explore and earn new abilities. Definitely kid safe. Would appeal to those who want to explore, learn, solve puzzles, and use new things. Also involves training Chomp – give him cookies and he becomes one thing, give him apples and he becomes something else. Interaction between the “two screens” and the evolution of Chomp creates depth in the game.