Xbox 360 Kinect's 17-game launch list

The Xbox 360's new $149 / €149 hands-free control, Kinect, will be launching on November 4 in North America with 17 games - one short of the 360's original launch line-up - with a heavy focus on fitness, dance, and sports.

The Kinect's launch means that both Sony and Microsoft will have motion-controlled game systems on the market, to better compete with the Nintendo Wii.

The PlayStation 3 Move, launched in October, extols accuracy and speed, while the Xbox 360 Kinect goes for a totally hands-free solution - hence an emphasis on health & fitness applications.

The Wii, of course, has a four-year head-start on both PlayStation and Xbox, though right now Nintendo is turning its attention to the new handheld 3DS, scheduled for early next year, and competing with Apple and Android mobile phones in portable gaming.

Kinect's North American line-up consists of Adrenalin Misfits, Dance Central, DanceMasters, Deca Sports Freedom, EA Sports Active 2, Fighters Uncaged, Game Party: In Motion, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Kinectimals, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Joy Ride, Kinect Sports, MotionSports, Sonic Free Riders, The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, and Zumba Fitness.

Kinect is released in European regions on November 10, by which time Get Fit with Mel B and Dance Paradise will be available. Adrenalin Misfits, DanceMasters, and Deca Sports Freedom will be known there as Crossboard 7, Dance Evolution, and Sports Island Freedom.

Twelve of Kinect's North American launch games will be right there on shelves at the same time as the Kinect sensor on November 4, while another five are due in the following few weeks.

EA Sports Active 2 and Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows are due on November 16 (November 18 in Europe), Game Party: In Motion arrives in both regions on November 18, Zumba Fitness is out on November 18 in North America and, in Europe, joins Deca Sports Freedom with a debut later in the month.

All retail at the lower price of $49 / €49, apart from Deca Sports Freedom and Game Party: In Motion which are $39 / €39, and EA Sports Active 2 which, for $99 / €99, includes a high-tech heart rate monitor.

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