Posted on May 12 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
Sometimes those game publishers should really watch what they’re printing in their press releases. Recently Majesco, the company that published Zumba Fitness, announced that a sequel will release during the holiday season for Wii and in early 2012 for “another-to-be-announced platform.” Forget that this news is about Zumba Fitness for a second and zero in on that statement about the “to-be-announced platform.” Now, while this could simply mean that they haven’t announced which platform it’s going to be on (Move and Kinect also have motion controls and are thus conducive to fitness games), but it sounds like they’re talking about a platform that simply hasn’t been announced yet – or in other words, Nintendo’s new ace in the hole.
Personally, while what we’ve heard from Nintendo themselves definitely corroborates this, I think early 2012 is really close in terms of a release for a still-unannounced game console, so I’m hoping that this doesn’t mean Café is going to suffer from a rushed release and strong-but-still-weak third-party support while the first-party lineup waits for later in the year. I guess we’ll get some details at E3 – and if we see a Zumba Fitness announcement in the mix… Of course, Nintendo’s talked about “early” releases before that didn’t turn out quite that way (here’s looking at you, Skyward Sword), so this could just be tentative. Either way, check out this quote from the related press statement and analyze it for yourself.
MAJESCO ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS ITS #1 SELLING ZUMBA® FITNESS VIDEO GAME FRANCHISE WITH ‘ZUMBA® FITNESS 2’ COMING TO Wii™ THIS HOLIDAY
Join the Millions Already Shakin’ It with the Zumba Fitness Video Game and Get Your Groove On to Hot New Music, Dance Styles and Electrifying Routines!
EDISON, N.J., May 10, 2011 – The ultimate interactive Dance-Fitness PartyTM is about to make an encore appearance in your living room! Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, along with Zumba Fitness® LLC, today revealed plans to release Zumba® Fitness 2, the sequel to the best-selling dance-fitness video game since its release in November 2010. Developed by Zoe Mode, Zumba® Fitness 2 will launch on WiiTM this holiday season and another to-be-announced platform in early 2012.