Had a big lunch? Trousers feeling a bit tight? Chocolate bar gloating at you from behind his cool sunglasses? If you’ve experienced any of these scenarios, the new Kinect Sports Calorie Challenge could be just the ticket.
This brand new game add-on is available here from Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the bargain price of 320 MSP. Not only do you get the chance to punch a pizza in the pepperonis – visual proof here if you don’t believe us – but you’re also awarded with 10 cool new achievements just for burning off calories. Let’s take a look at how to get your taste buds around another calorific 250 Gamerscore.
Break a Sweat: Defeat the Celery in a quick calorie challenge (25G)
Get Energetic: Defeat the Banana in a short calorie challenge (25G)
Feel the Burn: Defeat the Milk in a medium calorie challenge (25G)
Fighting Fit: Defeat the Soda in a long calorie challenge (25G)
Maximum Burn: Defeat the Chocolate in a tough calorie challenge (25G)
Calorie Champion: Defeat the Pizza in a maximum calorie challenge (25G)
5-a-Day: Defeat any 5 calorie rivals within a single day (30G)
Fast Food: Defeat the Pizza and Soda rivals in a single session (15G)
Milk Shake: Defeat the Banana and Milk rivals in a single session (15G)
A Calorie Rival a Day… Beat any calorie rival every day for 5 days in a row (30G)
Check out all the official details here, including the number of calories you need to burn to defeat all those pesky new mascots.
Ask anyone’s opinion on the best sporting event in the world, and they’ll almost certainly answer, “Simple! It’s the Kinect Sports Superstars event.” It’s possible that someone might mention the Olympics, but don’t trust them, they’re almost certainly lying.
This was part of a long-running British tradition of making athletes compete in sports they’ve never tried before. Not for holistic training or anything like that – we just like to have a giggle.
Where else could you watch cricketer Graeme Swann pummelling skeleton champion Amy Williams in the Kinect Sports boxing ring? What could be more amazing than seeing Commonwealth table tennis star Darius Knight battling gymnast Louis Smith at the 100m sprint? Tickets would have undoubtedly sold for thousands, but we decided that showing the event on YouTube would be fairer, because London is quite far for some people to travel.
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It’s natural for the game teams at Rare or any other developer to become attached to and evangelical about the games they work on. In the case of Viva Piñata, the team went above and beyond in their efforts to show support for their baby, with of course the odd contribution from PR and Marketing. Let’s recall (or in some cases show for the first time) a handful of their creations…
TOP 5 HOMEMADE VIVA PIÑATA THINGS
According to… James Thomas
1. Piñata pumpkins
There’s a steady hand gone into these. The first Halloween after Viva Piñata‘s release saw a multitude of carved tributes, from all corners of the garden.
I feel they were badly pitched, though. This one was carved just after Pester had destroyed my wife’s pride and joy, her Chewnicorn. I don’t think she was too impressed to see the villain of the piece then immortalised in veg.
Have you ever dreamt of becoming a real Guinness World Record holder? This Easter weekend (21-25 April) could be your big chance, as Xbox Nations lets you try Xbox LIVE Gold for free, as well as inviting you to take part in the world’s biggest ever virtual sprint. The record we’re going for is the most people running a virtual 100m dash at one time.
Keep an eye on your Xbox 360 dashboard over the coming weeks. From here, you’ll be able to download a free Xbox Nations gamer pic that will automatically enter you into the record attempt.
Then, all you need to do is play Kinect Sports and complete a sprint mini-game while connected to Xbox LIVE at the time listed below. You must choose sprint from the mini-game menu – not the entire track and field event for your race to count.
The Guinness World Record attempt will take place at:
• 6pm UK Saturday 23/04
• 7pm CET Saturday 23/04
• 10am PDT Saturday 23/04
• 1pm EDT Saturday 23/04
Everyone who downloads the gamer pic and completes the record attempt will be rewarded with this awesome Guinness World Records avatar tee. Then no one will be able to doubt your record-holding credentials! There are also tons of other events happening over the Xbox Nations weekend, so make sure you check out our Kinect Sports Facebook page for updates as they happen.