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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Zumba Fitness Core is an exercise game that incorporates dance styles like samba, salsa, and reggae for an aerobic workout focusing on cardio and core muscles. Players dance to songs from popular artists like Enrique Iglesias, Bob Marley, and Seal Paul as well as Zumba originals. A few of the song lyrics are mildly suggestive lyrics, which earns the game an E10+ rating.
What's it about?
In ZUMBA FITNESS CORE players participate in energetic dance-inspired exercise routines by following the visual cues of the Zumba instructor on-screen. Players are scored based on how in sync they are with the instructor. While some players might find the fast-paced dance routines intimidating, a Learn the Steps mode lets them master individual moves at a slower pace until they're comfortable with speeding everything up. Players choose from 45 different classes that range from short (20 minutes), mid-length (45 minutes) or full-length (1 hour), or play single songs alone or with a friend.
Is it any good?
Zumba Fitness Core is the third game in the Zumba Fitness series and the first to ostensibly focus on a specific area of the body (the "core" muscles). Most of the vigorous dance routines seem more like full-body cardio workouts -- not that this is a bad thing. Zumba Fitness Core offers 40 musical tracks -- eight more than its predecessor Zumba Fitness 2 -- and they're all super catchy and fun to dance to. Zumba Fitness Core is much more fun than doing a traditional workout, and it's not too intimidating for beginners thanks to generous feedback and an accessible practice mode. In short, Zumba Fitness Core is a fun and motivating way to get active indoors.
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- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Arts: dance, movement, rhythm
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses, personal growth
Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Majesco
- Release date: October 16, 2012
- Genre: Exergaming
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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