In recent years, fitness games have popularized thanks to the sensor technology found in the Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintnedo Wii. There’s no question that we’ll be seeing fitness video games in the near future as we transition to the next gen consoles. For the most part, fitness video games were a success, and part of that success was keeping fitness games fun and effective. Like any genre, there are always standout games you hope to see producing game as the years come, based on the effectiveness, success and potential, I chose five games I would like to see for the next generation consoles.
Just Dance has to be one of my favorite fitness games to play. I love that it’s a fun and effective way to burn off unwanted calories. Since the first Just Dance video game, they’ve always managed to have a spectacular playlist with popular hits from past and present times that keep you happily dancing and coming back for more. The party and versus modes are especially fun and a great way to having some healthy fun with friends and family. I’ll admit that there’s times where I’ve used Just Dance as a replacement to not using the stationary bike or elliptical. Just Dance already made their way to the Wii U, I’d hope to see Just Dance 4 on the PlayStation 4 and upcoming Xbox console.
Nike+ Kinect Training
Nike+ Kinect Training gives you a personal trainer with a customized workout that’s built to help you reach your personal fitness goals. You don’t have to pay a monthly fee, there’s no need to drive anywhere and you don’t have to rush by a certain time to make it for your workout. Nike+ Kinect Training is one of the most convenient ways to help you reach your fitness goals. Because of the convenience and effective results of this game, there’s no doubt about it, I would like to see this game not only for the next generation Xbox, but for all the next generation consoles as well.
Zumba Fitness has people across the globe dancing their way to fitness, everywhere from their local gyms to the comfort of their home. I’ve known people who’ve taken part in Zumba Fitness and seen them come out with good results. As for the game, I’ve never played the game at its entirety; however I can say that from the times I’ve played it, I’ve got a good workout. Seeing how much people love Zumba Fitness and looking at the results people get from Zumba, it would be a shocker to not see any Zumba Fitness titles in the next gen consoles.
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved was honestly the first fitness game I played on the Kinect. Like most people, I was curious about the Kinect and how fitness games like Your Shape worked. To my surprise, Your Shape definitely gave me a workout, which was impressive because it made me realize that these games are for everyone, regardless of how in shape or out of shape you are. So far they’ve made it to the Wii U, but I would love to see them make their way into the PlayStation 4 and upcoming Xbox as well.
Track & Field
When this game was first released, it was ahead of its times. With the today’s technology, there’s no doubting how fun this game can turn out to be. It was fun playing on that giant mat and it would be even more fun now that sensor bars can track your movement. In all honesty I find it hard to see how they would incorporate events like the Hammer Throw and he High Jump, but maybe those events could be replaced with other events like hurtles or the Triple Jump. Track & Field was brought back to the XBLA so I’m hoping that they’re working on something for the next generation consoles because it would be a shame to let this game stay in the 80’s when it has so much potential in today’s market.
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