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Pre-Show Hype: Zumba Fitness 2

posted 5 Jun 2011, 18:11 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 5 Jun 2011, 18:29 ]
I can't say I was surprised to hear Zumba Fitness was getting a sequel since the game received a surprising amount of sales. Does the game even need a sequel to begin with? Well as far as the Wii version is concerned, yes I think it probably does. As brought out in my review, the controls in the original needed work, so ideally, an adequate sequel should rectify that. But I have a feeling that's not going to happen.

I fear that the sales numbers will blind them to the fact that the original game had flaws that must be fixed for a proper sequel. And instead of tightening up the controls, something's telling me they'll just be content with just changing aspects of the presentation and adding in more songs. So for that reason, I'm not expecting any major improvements with this Wii-exclusive sequel. I might not take issue with that under normal circumstances, especially since many of the songs in Zumba Fitness were great for workouts. But there's a problem when those same songs were ultimately what saved the game from being a complete rip-off.

Maybe they're aware of the fact that using the Zumba Fitness Belt was an inferior method of score tracking. Or, more likely, the game sold the most on the Wii and so they therefore want to continue supporting that demand. The press release states that the game is in development for another TBA platform, which may suggest that this will be heading to the Wii's successor too. Whatever the case, I'm moderately interested to see the current build Majesco has on display this week. Not because I enjoyed the first game that much, but because I want to see whether or not the developers actually had the smarts to fix the problems that plagued the original.