While working at Pipeworks Software, I art directed this highly successful game for the Nintendo Wii. Based on the popular dance fitness program created by Beto Perez, this game brings the fun and energy into your living room.
Convert a popular dance fitness craze into a motion –controlled console game. With the advent of motion controllers for the three popular console systems: Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3, players are able to use their body’s movements. This was particularly challenging project given Nintendo’s safety standards and budget restrictions. My team needed to figure out a way to attach the controller to the player’s body that wasn’t restrictive or hazardous. We met the objective by attaching the controller to a new Wii Remote Belt which we included in the game.
While the hardware side of the game was figured out, I was conceptualizing the look of the game. At the time, dancing games such as Dance Dance Revolution and Just Dance were very popular. We wanted to stay away from cartoon character look because we felt it was important to show accurate representations of real people doing these dance moves. Since we knew there would be multiple dancers on the screen we had to come up with a way to display them without dropping the frame rate.
I created a concept that took video footage and colorized it to obscure the faces of the dancers but showed enough detail that the player could make out the anatomy and movements. We were then able to duplicate this footage with simple silhouette figures to mimic background dancers. In essence, we created the illusion of several dancers with only one.
Zumba Dance for iOS was released November 2013. It was selected as one of Apple's Best Fitness Apps of 2013! Also, it is the #1 Health & Fitness tablet app in 108 countries!
The publisher, Majesco, announced that it will be releasing Zumba World Party on WiiU and the new XBOX ONE in early 2014.
Zumba Fitness video game customer reviews
"Better than going to a ZUMBA class and FUNNN right in your living room.!!!"
"I cannot go to the health club - I am attached to my home with kids and the only way I can workout is in front of the TV. I was afraid to try Zumba for Wii but I am addicted now."
"This game is awesome and so much fun! This is the best Wii dancing game I played so far!"
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