Review: Zumba Burn It Up (Nintendo Switch)

Zumba Burn It Up

Everyone’s favorite dance party is back! Zumba is a global movement that brings the fun to fitness with over 15 million people taking weekly classes across 186 countries.

Pros:

  • Video graphics.
  • 6.6Gb download size.
  • Fitness gameplay.
  • 2-4 local player support.
  • 3 modes- single song/full class/fitness party.
  • Earn FP and level up to unlock new avatars.
  • Challenges-own in-game achievements.
  • Streak counter.
  • Fitness tracker-stats/challenges/goals and awards.
  • Goals-breakdown of activity.
  • Stats-time played/calories burned/classes taken and songs cleared.
  • Fitness party-Co op mode where you get one overall score.
  • 5-star performance rank along with a score.
  • 3 class lengths-short (15 mins) normal (30) long (60).
  • 30 plus songs.
  • Controls-hold Joycon in your hand.
  • Good job at tracking movements.
  • 3 intensity levels-low/medium/high.
  • Gameplay-follow the people’s actions on screen and score points based on performance and timing.
  • A good solid workout.
  • Doesn’t require you to be movement perfect.

Zumba Burn It Up

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • Stats/calories are advisory as they don’t ask for weight/height.
  • No tutorial at all.
  • Small feedback text on performance.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Only one player has the stats and ability to change their avatars.
  • Little help or ways to help improve.
  • Learning on the fly is tough.
  • Music is not for everyone.
  • Can’t make and do just playlists.
  • Can’t change song intensity.

Zumba Burn It Up

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Everybody loves to play games that encourage and promote healthy living, that’s just a stone-cold fact. Enter Zumba! Now I’ve not done much Zumba in my life but I do like to keep fit so I jumped at the chance. Immediately I was put off by the cold opening and no tutorial or explanation, I mean I was new and just wanted a brief overview of what to expect. Regardless of this I soldiered on and went in for a couple of songs. You get a guy or gal in front of you and just have to guess what they are going to be doing so you can keep up, it definitely gave me a workout as I sweated and shouted at the instructor to just slow the fuck down. Occasionally I would get a helpful prompt to show what’s coming but it was infrequent and too quick, I kept going back as even though I may not have been nailing all the moves, I was getting a workout and the game did a good job of still treating me like I was hitting the marks. The calories side is taken with a pinch of salt as you put no details in on your height and weight but I have a smartwatch so I generally ignored it all. Kinda hoping the game would of other hooks in it like leaderboards or online but as it is you can easily and quickly set up a Zumba session and get a good workout. It’s not bad and it’s not good but it does the job!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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