Xbox 360 Kinect and Majesco Holiday Preview

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Are we surprised that two of our favourite games from the Majesco Holiday 2011 lineup cash in on our love for nostalgia? Not, really. After all who doesn't have fond childhood memories of singing along with the Chipmunks and thinking that their dad may or may not be stronger than Hulk Hogan? In this post we will take a look at three Majesco Holiday 2011 active gaming titles that we were able to play at their preview event.

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The three active gaming titles that most stood out for us at Majesco's recent Holiday 2011 Preview event in NYC were Zumba Fitness 2, Hulk Hogan's Main Event, and Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. At the event we were able to get some screen time which these titles and have to say we are eager to see more.

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Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Although this game is targeted towards children, we will admit dancing along with the Chimpunks was kind of fun for us adults. We can easily see this game being played by families during which the kids crack up at their father's ineptitude in mimicking Alvin. The game is kind of like a Dance Central for the elementary school aged set and players follow the Chimpunks dance moves to score points.

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The songs are Chimpunk version of classics like "Saturday Night Fever," and we guess that for the players of this game the songs will belong to much earlier generations. One thing we are curious about is if in the final version of the game the songs will be truncated. During our game play at the preview, we were surprised by the inclusion of full length songs. While playing the game, the songs did not end when we thought they would especially considering how repetitious the moves were, and they felt "long." We are curious to see if the songs will be shortened allowing for more fun when playing with a group. After all, no one likes to wait 5 or so minutes for their turn, especially when they are 6 years old.

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Zumba Fitness 2: Like the previous version of this title we reviewed, Zumba Fitness, this game is a fast-paced fitness title that promises a good, but fun, workout.

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While we did not get a chance to see much of this game, what we did see did appear to be a big improvement, Dance steps looked much easier to follow in version 2 and it also looks like the dreaded menu has also received a huge overhaul. We are eagerly anticipating our review copy so we can see just how well they built on the things we loved and improved on the things we loathed in Zumba Fitness.

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Hulk Hogan's Main Event: We would be very surprised to encounter someone of our generation who does not know who Hulk Hogan is. Growing up in the 80s, the Hulk loomed large and pretty much defined what a wrestling champion is even if you did not watch wrestling. The game is a fighting game during which you select a wrestler as your avatar with the Hulk as your coach. Sadly the game experience that we had during the event was not terribly fun and was mostly spent learning what each gesture meant. We look forward to seeing more of what this title can offer outside of the demo as we think it could be a fun active game that would be a nice supplement to a more fitness focused title in a video game workout plan.

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What games are you most looking forward to this holiday season?

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Weeks 1-17 with the Xbox 360 and Kinect:

(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)

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Joelle loves technology and making things and is in an almost perpetual state of problem solving. She's quite fond of airplanes and coffee and is pretty sure she will eventually read all of the books in her library.

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