Review: Wii Zumba Fitness Core Game

by agirlandhermutt on February 21, 2013

Hello friends! As I write this post I am recovering from a particularly difficult shuffle from my kitchen to the couch. Spinning is killing me. Or at least my legs. I mean that in the most positive way possible. My legs are burning from Wednesday night’s class and I’m a bit worried that I might take a seat at some point and not be able to get back up. Phew. It burns so good!


Speaking of working out, I mentioned on Tuesday that I have recently become obsessed with a new-to-me Nintendo Wii game called Zumba Fitness Core. I picked the game up on one of those random walk-abouts in Target where you go in to pick up toilet paper and end up spending $200 on crap things that fit inside just two shopping bags.

The Basics

According to their website, this version of Zumba Fitness is the first and only fitness game designed to strengthen your core and sculpt your abs. Just like a live class, you follow the instructor along with a set of choreographed moves. Since this is a video game, you earn points by performing the moves correctly and earning “Zumbas!” which turn into stars. The more stars you earn, the more bonus content you unlock.

The game has about 40 songs that range from Pitbull to Brazilian music I had never heard of. Each song is considered either Low, Medium or High Intensity.

To play, you choose either one song at a time or to take a class. The classes are Short (22 min), Mid-Length (45 min) or Full Class (1 hour). The game combines various songs that you could play individually to make up the class. There are two songs available for warm-up and two more available for a cool-down.

Included with the game is a belt that holds your Wii controller. You wear the belt around your hips and the controller slips in to allow you to play with your hands free. You can connect up to four people to play against too.

Some of the features included in this game is the ability to set goals (how many songs to play, how many calories to burn, how long to play), bonus content featuring videos of actual people talking about fitness, nutrition, and behind-the-scenes info.

My Two Cents

After a brief annoyance with my controller not responding with the game (user error?!), I got it working. I find the songs to be fun, fast paced and quick to get me sweating. I love the options of just doing a few songs for fun or actually participating in a class. I also like the feedback as I am doing the moves that I am doing it “correct” (ZUMBA!).

The songs are catchy and for the most part I like the choreography that goes along with them. There are several instructors throughout the game and each seems to have a little bit of a different style.

This game isn’t perfect though. Just like any other motion-type game, I find that sometimes if I am just jumping around like a maniac instead of doing the actual moves, it will still read it as me doing the moves perfectly.

Sometimes the moves are a bit hard to follow too. There is a graphic that displays if a big change in movement is happening next, but for the most part you are just trying to keep up. There were several moments where I was still shimmying and they were doing a march. After a few times doing each song I got the hang of it, but if you were a Zumba/choreography newcomer I could see that aspect of the game being kind of annoying and a bit discouraging.

Although the game allows the user to set goals, I wish they would stick. Like I want to play 5 songs each day for a week. It lets me say I want to play 5 games for today or 10 games in a week. I want to be more specific. This isn’t a deal breaker for me, but more of a “this would be cool if…” kind of thing.

My last gripe is about the title. This is definitely Zumba, but I didn’t find anything about it really to be core or ab focused. There were a few moves here and there that were like standing crunches, but nothing that screamed that this was a core centric program.

Final Thoughts

As an avid real life Zumba class lover, I really enjoy this game! I love it just as a workout,but also as a way to be competitive with myself. I enjoy the music, I love the choreography, and the backgrounds are fun to watch while I am playing. I think the no hands aspect of the game is creative and allows me to feel like I am really doing a Zumba class or DVD rather than playing a video game. I love that the workouts are ranked according to their intensity level and the high intensity songs can really get your blood pumping. This game can be as easy or as hard as you would like! The biggest thing that I love about it? That I can do this at home any time I want! I dance around my living room like a nerd and I

I am thinking about getting a few of the other games to keep the music and routines all mixed up and might even possibly check out the DVDs. We will see!


Do you have any fitness video games? What are your favorite home fitness DVDs?

PS. Check out the Tone It Up weekly workout schedule! They listened to their fans and have decided to start putting out a weekly calendar that lists workouts for each day of the week. I love this idea and it makes it so easy to keep track of what to do!



*Just a note: I bought this game with my hard earned money. As always, opinions are all my own!*

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

Somehow I missed that post you did about that funky Spinning class with the bikes that move- and OMG it sounds awesome!! I want to try it!
I’ve only taken a few Zumba classes and would love to take more, but am never at my gym unless I’m being paid to teach (otherwise I want to get the F out of there).
I have a Wii and Wii fit and NEVER use it. It’s probably been 3 years since it was last used. I really want this game now- I’ll have to remember next time I go to Target (where I also usually blow $200 when I went in to buy one thing).


agirlandhermutt February 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

I hadn’t used my Wii in a while and finally busted it out again. Then I found this game and it is constantly on! I’m glad that I’m not alone in my frivolous Target spending.


Andrea @ Andrea out loud! February 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

That actually looks/sounds like a lot of fun! I havent used my wii in forever, but i did love the tennis and boxing and stuff cuz i always got really into it!!


agirlandhermutt February 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

I did too! I’m not sure why I stopped using it as much. it was really fun!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic February 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I haven’t gone to a Zumba class in ages! I don’t have a wii and I rarely work out at home, at most it’s yoga or one of the free workouts on demand 🙂


agirlandhermutt February 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

I tried a few of the workouts on demand before I got rid of cable. They were really good! I do miss On Demand!


Stina February 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

Two questions: 1) How much was the actual game? and 2) How much space do you realistically need to play this?

I like Zumba a lot, but the classes at my gym are always packed to the gills. I cannot handle working out in packed classes like that – especially since I’m constantly worrying about falling and taking half the class down with me – but I could see myself actually hooking my Wii back up and doing this.


agirlandhermutt February 26, 2013 at 10:25 am

It is about $40 and includes the belt. Definitely check between Amazon and Target to see who is running a sale.

I do this in my living room which is teeny tiny. The most you move from side-to-side or back-to-front is when doing a grapevine type of move. It is great for small spaces, but you could easily make the moves bigger or cover more space if you had a larger space.


Stina February 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

Thanks! I definitely do not have a large space! I have maybe 5 feet of space between the couches in our living room….after I move the coffee table out of the room!


agirlandhermutt February 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

That is about the size of my space. You will be fine!

Simran April 12, 2013 at 1:00 am

Hi there! So I purchased this however I’m having major problems getting the game to pick up my movement! How did you manage to fix your user error? I really like the game but I’m getting annoyed that I don’t see any progress.


agirlandhermutt April 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I make sure that I have the controller buttons are facing out from my body and the sensor is at the top. Also, make sure you are using the dominant controller or the main controller. You can also resync the controllers.


Dot April 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I am also having trouble with the game reading the remote. Any advice? Do I have to wear the belt? If so am I wearing the belt wrong. I’m okay with it not reading my moves. But, my 12 year old is up in arms.


agirlandhermutt April 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Yes, you should wear the belt. Make sure you have the controller in the pouch with the buttons facing out and the sensor facing up. Make sure you are using the main controller too!


Shane August 9, 2013 at 3:47 am

I got the first two games, so when Zumba Core came out, I was curious to see what it would be like, I got it for Christmas and I play it frequently. I have unlocked the bonus content, I like that you can set goals. Another thing I like is that you can get awards for doing it for a certain amount of days in a week or for doing a low medium or high intensity song. I also think its cool that a lot of the songs I have done in my classes I take at the gym. The one thing that I’m not to keen on is the fact that you have a stretch (Dance of the sugar plum fairy) as one of the songs you need to get 5 stars on in order to unlock one of the bonus content, but I love the game and can’t wait o see what the next version will be like.


lulu March 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

Hi! I just bought the zumba core, and I was looking up which songs were warm ups and which were cool downs. Yours is the only site I have found listing a definitive two warm ups and two cool downs. I can’t find the titles of these songs anywhere. Maybe I’m looking over something. Can you tell me which two songs are warm ups and which two songs are cool downs? Thanks!


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