Dance Your Way to a Sexy Body with Zumba Fitness 2 for Wii

There is nothing more gratifying than slipping on a pair of too-small jeans and finding that they actually fit again. It’s the best mood booster you can ask for. This is the gift that Zumba Fitness 2 for Wii gives you. What’s even better is you don’t realize you’re actually working out, you’re just having fun, which is why Zumba is called the “fitness party”. Dancing is why dancers always have amazing bodies; just look at all the celebs who’ve been on Dancing with the Stars, they all end up looking very svelte. I remember taking Zumba classes last year but my erratic schedule didn’t allow me to attend as much as I wanted but with the Zumba Fitness 2, I can dance my way to a slimmer body by toning, sculpting and burning fat anytime I want.

Following the worldwide best-selling original, Zumba® Fitness 2 from Majesco Entertainment, builds on that phenomenal success while elevating the exer-game category to a new high of fun, effective fitness. This cutting-edge experience layers in loads of new features and improvements, amps up the dance-fitness party and gives you even more ways to sculpt your body and party yourself into shape. Just wrap the exclusive Zumba® Fitness belt (included free in the game box) to your waist and slide the Wii Remote into the holster to dance hands-free.

Get a total body workout with 32 electrifying new routines and music tracks, including hits from today’s hottest artists including Pitbull, Nicole Scherzinger and Yolanda Be Cool & DCup. A friend shared video of someone learning how to use Zumba Fitness 2 for Wii at a video game event. He was a novice and not a dancer but he was doing a pretty good job of keeping up with the game, see below for how easy and fun Zumba Fitness 2 is:

Zumba Fitness 2 has 24 different dance styles and routines, from fan favorites like Merengue, Samba and Cumbia to new additions like Axe, Bollywood, Latin Pop, Ragga and Pasodoble.

Zumba 2 also allows you to follow along with celebrity Zumba instructors Tanya Beardsley (featured in the screen shot below), Gina Grant and Beto to guide you through each routine with new 3D models of each instructor making the game feel like you’re taking a real class with Zumba’s elite celebrity trio!

If you’re a dancing novice, you don’t have to worry about being overwhelmed because Zumba 2 gives you four different game modes to help you get in shape plus it features a new video cueing system that makes the choreography easier to follow for new players:

Single Song: Dance a single routine of your choice. The new song preview feature gives you a feel for a track before you dive in and lose yourself in the music.

Full Class: A work-out block of routines in 20, 45 or 60 minute formats. You can now create your own custom routines by saving a playlist of your favorite songs.

Multiplayer: Up to 4 players can join the party in your living room with cooperative gameplay.

Learn the Steps: Revamped tutorial mode lets you learn at your own pace by breaking down the core dance styles into the basics.

Other new features include five stunning, dynamic environments, from a Miami Yacht to a LA nightclub and you can watch your Zumba party grow as you match moves throughout each area!

And a new Progress Tracker that lets you follow every stat relating to your gameplay, including: calories burned, trophies earned, overall rank, technique score based on how many moves matched overall, and more (so you can beat your own best).

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure Launch Event

Amar’e Stoudemire, Basketball player and frequent supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America was on hand to host the launch event for the new kid’s game Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure in New York – “For generations, the Skylanders have used their magical powers and weapons to protect Skylands. But now, an evil tyrant has frozen and banished them to Earth. Only you can put them on the Portal of Power™ and bring them back to life in their world to save Skylands forever.”

Over 100 kids from the Children’s Aid Society of Boys & Girls Club of America sported brand-new Skylanders pajama sets, met Amar’e, showed off their magical face paint designs, and even played Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure before it launched in the U.S. yesterday on Sunday, October 16! The Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure game is available on Playstation, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS.

Skylanders are special action figures that come to life! Just take a Skylander, place it on the Portal of Power and BOOM! the Skylander will come to life in the video game. There are over 30 Skylanders – each with unique abilities and powers.

The kids were amazed during the “magic moment,” when the character Spyro appeared on the larger-than-life Portal of Power, proving that the game really does “bring toys to life!”.

Gifts for the Gamer from Nyko Technologies

I am far from what one would call a gamer (let’s just say my gaming experience is at 3% out of 100) but I cam across a company at two separate events (Pepcom and Propel Holiday Gift Guide) that has created some fun gaming accessories to entice novices like me and of course seasoned (and deadly serious gamers) like 95% of the population.

The Raven
is a premium, full featured, wireless controller with a soft feel surface for PlayStation 3. This ergonomic designed controller features motion sensing wireless, a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for up to 25 hours of playtime and a faster response time thanks to the trigger inspired shoulder buttons. This baby also comes in both standard and swapped Xbox-style joystick layout. It offers so much more and only retails for $34.99.

Now those who know me will know exactly why I love this next item from Nyko technologies as soon as they see the photo below

Yes, my love of the color Pink knows no bounds. This Pink Nyko’s Wand for Nintendo® Wii (which is also available in Black, Blue, Purple, and White) is a motion sensing for IR controller, is fully compatible with Wii Motion Plus AND all Wii software. Don’t let the barbie pink fool you, this little lady counts full motion technology which provides advanced one-to-one movement detection for the most accurate motion control input as one of her many talents. Not impressed yet – she’s only $29.99

The next item is perfect for anyone who’s purchased the PlayStation Move. You already have your PS3 System, Your PlayStation Eye and your Move Remote….so what’s missing?

The Nyko Technologies Charge Station for Move of course. Not only can you charge your PlayStation Move controllers but this duo port charging dock allows you to charge the internal batteries of Move Motion Controller or Move Navigation Controller with no additional wires back to the console. Two separate LED charge indicators inform you of when each controller is done charging. The Duo Charging Station is more than a steal at $19.99 and for your serious gamers out there, you may want to get your hands on the Nyko Technologies Charge Station Quad for Move

At a mere $29.99, the Charge Station Quad for Move holds 4 Move controllers allowing you to charge the internal batteries of Move Motion Controller or Move Navigation Controller. Just as the duo has two separate LED charge indicators inform you of when each controller is charged, the Quad has four separate LED charge indicators.

Happy Gaming!!!

Sega Introduces Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi

I’m not what you’d call a video game girl, I’m more of a girly girl but I grew up on Sonic the Hedgehog (actually I grew up watching my brother vegge out while playing video games) so when TriplePoint held their product guide showcase and featured the new Sonic the Hedgehog game, I had to check it out. Actually, there are three titles being launched this Fall/Holiday Season:

Sonic the Hedgehog 4
Platforms: XBLA (Xbox), WiiWare, PSN (Playstation) and iPhone

Release Date: Early October

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 will be released episodically; episode 1 is what is being released in October so there will be another release next year. The game will feature 5-6 zones with 4 levels in each zone. An old character, Tails, will be returning and gamers will be happy to know that Sega will be implementing Fan feedback. See some screen captures below

Sonic Adventure
Platforms: XBLA (Xbox) and PSN (Playstation)
Release Date: Mid-September

Sonic Adventure will have a new feature called Homing Attack – making its first debut in Sonic Adventure in Dreamcast. The feature allows gamers to quickly attack enemies and its very simple so anyone can enjoy. As with all games, it starts out easy but increases in difficulty and complexity as the levels gets higher.

Crazy Taxi
Platforms: XBLA (Xbox) and PSN (Playstation) 
Release Date: Late November

Tails, will not be the only oldie to make a repeat appearance as Crazy Taxi will be out just in time for the Holiday season. As stated above, it will be available for Xbox and Playstation for now with the iPhone platform coming soon.

Another great iPhone platform release for Dreamcast will be Chu Chu Rocket, so be on the look out, i think these will be selling out fast. While you’re planning your future gaming purchases. Check out a preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 below: