Zumba Fitness 2 is a fun and challenging video game where players can dance the pounds away.  Zumba 2 was released for the Nintendo Wii system in November 2011 and for Xbox 360 kinect in February 2012.

Zumba 2 was developed by Zoe Mode and published by Majesco Entertainment.  Routines are led by Beto, the creator of Zumba, and instructors Gina Grant and Tanya Beardsley.  The game is modeled after the original Zumba dance program.  Zumba classes offer total body workout, by burning fat and toning and sculpting.  The zumba fitness program just recently celebrated their ten year anniversary.  Classes are offered in more than one hundred countries in over one hundred thousand locations. 

Zumba 2Credit: http://www.gameinfocenter.com/wii/Zumba-Fitness-2.htmlIn this game, players learn various dance styles:  Reggaeton, Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Hip hop, Mambo, Rumba, Flamenco, and Calypso.  New routines also feature belly dancing, latin pop, Indian, Axe, and Pasodoble. 

The new game features a calorie tracker, where players can input their height and weight and keep track of calories burned.  The Wii version includes a belt holster to hold the remote so that players can dance hands free.  Over 30 new tracks are available on the second edition, with artists like Pitbull, DCup, Yolanda Be Cool, and Nicole Scherzinger.  Another new feature grades dance styles, awards trophies, and you can view stats and rank.  You can customize the workout by trainer, and build your own playlist of songs for your workout.  A tutorial is also available for beginners to learn some of the moves before starting.   If you would rather attend a class but would like to learn some of the moves before you go, this is the game for you.

Players can work out in the comfort of their own living room, or along with other players.  You can also play others online.  3D models of instructors are easy to follow as they dance on the screen, with five different locations available.  Choose from Miami Yacht club to a LA night club.  You can also customize your instructors clothing with the new features.  The game has a good selection and variety of choreography, and decent graphics as well.


Screen shot(90542)Credit: http://www.gameinfocenter.com/wii/Zumba-Fitness-2.htmlThis is one of my favorite games.  The music is fun and upbeat, and you can choose how vigorous of a workout you want to play.  Beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts are offered.  The dance moves are challenging, but fun to learn.  For me, nothing compares to the convenience of being able to work out in my living room at my own pace.  It's also an enjoyable experience shared with my two teenager daughters with a little good-hearted competition.  You will break a sweat and feel muscles you haven't felt in a while after completing the routines in the game.  I also like being able to choose the length of my workout, and the ability to choose one or two of my favorite songs if I'm in a hurry.  I'm not into going to the gym, or to aerobics classes, but I have to say this game really makes you want to get up and shake your booty.  Who knew exercising could be so much fun?  This is also the most played game when my kids have guests over.  They have a blast playing along with friends and videoing each other.

Before purchasing this game we were playing the Just Dance games, which are also a lot of fun but I did not find the dances as challenging.  The Just Dance games are strictly dancing games, where as Zumba is more concentrated on aerobics with some dancing.  I have also tried a Gold's gym game, and various others.  As far as variety, music, choreography, and level of fun offered I don't think any of them compare to Zumba 2.  This is the only game I have played that after working out to the first few songs in a set, I am pouring sweat and I FEEL it. 

If you plan on purchasing Zumba 2 or any other dance/workout games, make sure you have ample space in your home to allow for movement.  Much space isn't needed for one player, but if you will be using the game's multiplayer feature then you will need plenty of space for everyone to move about without running into each other.  We don't have a huge living room, so when the girls and I play we stagger ourselves instead of standing directly beside each other.  This works pretty well, except for the random arm movements if one of us get out rhythm.

Amazon users give Zumba 2 for Wii a rating of 4.4 stars.  One downfall in rating reviews was that the belt included for the Wii system did not fit larger sized hips.  Although the belt does not have to be worn to play the game, it is more convenient to wear than to have to hold on to the Wii remote.  Another complaint is that there is no timer showing how far you are into the workout, or how much longer you have till finished.  There have been over one million copies of Zumba 2 sold.  Price averages between $25 to $30 and currently qualifies for free shipping on Amazon.

Zumba 2 for the Xbox 360 Kinect is titled 'Zumba Fitness Rush', and features more instructors, more music and routines, and allows game play completely hands free with no controller.  Also offers voice control, and ten tracks that were made only for Kinect.  The Xbox version also features three levels of play, and offers 20, 45, or 60 minute routines.  The ability to choose a single song or create custom playlists is also offered.  The progress tracker is also available in this version.

Amazon users give Zumba Fitness Rush a 4.6 rating and seem pretty happy with the game.  Average price is listed at $39.99 with free shipping available.  One of the things users did not seem to like is that there is no timer or clock showing how much time has lapsed or how much time is left during the workouts. 

Many people have lost weight playing Zumba for both the Wii and the Xbox.  As with any workout plan, it takes diet, commitment, and perseverance to reach your goal.