Well, there you go. Today Nintendo pulled back the curtain on the mysterious ring controller and software it teased last week unveiling Ring Fit Adventure. The controller, imaginatively dubbed the Ring-Con, is used in conjunction with a pair of Joy-Con and the Leg-Strap to navigate through an RPG-style fitness adventure that pits you against an evil bodybuilding dragon named Dragaux and his minions. It's launching on 18th October for $79.99 (UK pricing TBC).
Despite the distractingly enthusiastic presenters hosting the video (the guy in particular felt like he was on the edge of something), the seven-and-a-half minute trailer gave a pretty good overview of the game and the sort of experience we can expect.
Essentially, you'll be jogging, jumping, paddling, flying and squatting your way through twenty worlds unlocking Fit Skills that can be used in RPG-style battles against blobby enemies. You attack and defend with over 40 unlockable skills divided into four colour-coded categories: arms, abs, legs and 'yoga'. Different enemies are susceptible to specific attacks, so if you want to triumph over these beasties, there's no avoiding a full workout rather than just doing your favourites.
When you're not battling you jog around an attractive world on a fixed path between destinations. Squeezing the Ring-Con creates a gust of air in-game which you can use to collect things or jump if you aim towards the ground. While fitness is an obvious element of the software, there was an overwhelming focus on the 'journey' the game will offer. The intention is stated plainly in the PR blurb:
Adventure mode is designed as a natural way to motivate players to keep playing and exercising regularly, progressing through the game world while also levelling up their real-world fitness.
We discussed last week about Nintendo wanting to have its cake and eat it with this peripheral, and although Ring Fit Adventure is all fun and games, there's no denying that the software leans heavily on the keep-fit aspect, too - more than we expected. It's right there in the name. However, you're not staring at a blank-faced mannequin here - there's colour and character to spare, and it's that which is being used to masquerade the exercise and broaden the appeal. The sectioned-off minigames in Wii Fit have spilled out into the main mode and, although minigames still exist, the core of this software is the 'adventure'. There's been a concerted effort to integrate the 'fun stuff' with the exercise component.
The RPG-style levelling and questing brought to mind the lighthearted 'adventure' of the Streetpass Quest games in the way it took the chivalry and pomp of epic fantasy and juxtaposed it with the everyday context of your goofy Mii. Here Nintendo is doing the same, but with Wii Fit Trainer. Yes, you're going on an 'epic' journey, but you're doing it in your slacks in front of the telly while jigging about with a bendy ring. Ring Fit Adventure borrows more from traditional games to disguise the exercise better than Wii Fit's sterile approach tended to. Nintendo Land also popped into our mind as the trailer played out - perhaps it was something in the mix of lighthearted, active gameplay that triggered a memory.
There are other things beside the main game. Minigames, Quick Play mode, Simple and Sets - there's even a special Silent Mode if you don't want to annoy the neighbours with your incessant jogging on the spot. It's not going to be for everyone, and anybody who feels like they were tricked into any of Nintendo's previous forays into fitness would be wise to exercise caution, but Ring Fit Adventure appears to take keep-fit gamification to a whole new level.
Until we try it out ourselves it's impossible to know how successful this hybridisation will be. It's a little odd to see this launching in such close proximity to Switch Lite which, although technically compatible from a software perspective, lacks detachable Joy-Con, a kickstand for tabletop mode or the ability to dock with your TV. Regardless, for our part Nintendo has done just enough to pique our interest by turning our workouts into turn-based battles with RPG stats and progression. After having a good time with Fitness Boxing, the lessons learned from the Wii era may yet produce something uniquely engaging in Ring Fit Adventure.
We doubt it's humanly possible to enjoy it as much as the presenters appeared to, but we're intrigued to see if Nintendo can successfully incorporate a worthy and engrossing 'game' component with a keep-fit regimen. Making people forget they're exercising must be the holy grail of fitness software, but unfortunately working out (if you're doing it properly) is damn hard work! We can't think of anyone better at distracting us than Nintendo, but it's got its work cut out if this Ring-Con isn't to find itself slung in the wardrobe with our discarded Balance Boards and assorted paraphernalia.
What do you think? Are you interested in Ring Fit Adventure? Do you reckon it's more 'game' or 'fitness software'? Join our polls by clicking the option that best fits you below and clicking the 'Vote button.
If Wii Fit Trainer isn't an unlockable character, we'll be most displeased. Be sure to check out our gallery of images to get a better idea of the belly-busting world of Ring Fit Adventure and let us know your thoughts on Nintendo's latest effort to banish the bulge below.
Woah I wish they'd just make a game of that Reebok advert. BELLY'S GONNA GET YA!!!
Ah well, as soon as I say I'm waiting on a price, an article launches with it. I'll probably wait and see if this drops in price on Black Friday before picking it up, and for the reviews.
I never thought Nintendo would've pulled a full adventure RPG instead of doing the usual fit app. I'm in 100%.
I prefer beer, food and gaming! Explains why I'm rather rotund now a days. Sure some folks will enjoy this but I'm not in. Did enjoy some of the games using balance board in the past. Hopefully something worth while will utilise this.
maybe at 66% discount... Only if it works without legs working...
"Ring Fit Adventure Is A Thing, But Is It Your Sort Of Thing?"
I'll answer that with a resounding yes, and make the sentence even better in the process:
"Ring Fit Adventure Is A Ring, But Is It Your Sort Of Ring?"
Yes, it definitely is, so on the must-buy list it goes...
This looks really interesting. Seems like a nice way to do something for your health while being entertained by the slight RPG mechanics. I'll probably pick it up.
I'm sold, just hope you can download the game as I'm all digital this generation.
I’m sure some people will love it. But it ain’t for me.
I want her in smash
Too early to tell, but this is not the kind of garbage fire I was expecting. Truth be told, having something akin to a fitness application paired with an actual game that is FUN to play would be unqiue and at first glance compelling, at least to me.
Bit worried about how much content and challenge there actually is, how much room it requires, the kind of variety there is and how it plays aka tracks (waggle ^^).
Could be something, could be nothing.
Yes - when the price drops, which it will. LABO retailed at £59.99, you can now get it for £39.99. I'm expecting a similar situation here. It definitely looks interesting - hoping for a few new details!
It honestly looks like a good game and I think the gimmick definitely would work (as long as the levels aren't too long and you get too tired too quickly). Personally I don't want to spend 80 dollars on it though, but it will be a must buy for me if it drops to half price.
I will buy it because apparently I buy everything Nintendo throw my way... it looks genuinely interesting and would likely prove useful to my lifestyle.
Interesting concept, but not for me.
I was interested, and who knows maybe we'll still get it half off just b/c, but it seems like a little bit too much exercise for my liking. All the arm stuff looks ok, I like motion games and gyro aiming, but I don't really want to or have room to lay on my back and do thighmaster stuff.
Maybe they'll incorporate the Ring-Con into a port of Link's Crossbow Training or Nintneod Land 2, let us play like it's a VR game using hand motion controls, but I don't really want to do squats either.
I'm fine w/ Nintneod doing it, trying new stuff to draw more people into getting a Switch is fine, like Labo, but we'll take a wait and see approach for $80.
Not even really sure why it's $80? I get it's a game, but the ring just seems liek a piece of plastic and the strap is a strap. We have a Zumba game strap for Wiimotes, and the circle just looks like a circle, no sensors or anything. Oh well, I suppose $80 is as good a starting price point as any, lots of room to come down later on.
@Xelha It's not a game just for gaming sake. This is something to trick me into exercising.
I somehow suspect there are better ways to get fit, and likewise better games to play on the Switch, especially at seventy quid or how much it’s going to be.
I think it looks fantastic and I'm for sure going to give it a shot. There are of course better ways to get fit, but using this to supplement my regular exercise seems like it's going to be FUN because I just love the idea of an adventure/RPG that also gets me moving a bit.
I recognize it entirely for what it is, and from what I've seen, I dig it.
My near 3 year old son is making me realise how unfit I am so this will be a great way to work out whilst he laughs at me. The concept looks genius and sort of marrys those Wii fit people with gamers who want to get fit and would like a bit more substance. I'm looking forward to it
This reminds me a lot of some of the games for the ill-fated Kinect. To be completely honest that's why I'm absolutely on board. The mentality here is blurring the line between a gameplay focused and fitness focused experience which in my opinion could be really fun, I don't know how well it'll do but I feel like if anyone can make this work it's absolutely Nintendo
I prefer exercises that get me out of the house and allow me see trees and birds and stuff. I’ll pass on this one but for those who’d like a game, and don’t mind looking a tad foolish in front of friends and family- just do it.
@rjejr in the video she does call the ring an electronic device and the joy con seems to have some connection to that at least. I'm guessing it needs something to detect you squeezing it and they say that you can change how sensitive it is, so if you're stronger you have to apply more force before it reacts.
Looking again at the picture at the top, there looks to be an electronic connection and Eurogamer mention something about calibrating the ring for each player
Three things: 1. The name is bad. It has a really generic feel to it and I think they messed up big time with this one. Even them calling it “Switch Fit Adventure” would have been better since it’d be branded.
2. I’m sad to see Wii Fit Trainer basically out of a job now. She’s my favorite in Smash.
3. I’m buying this, as I’ve loved Wii Fit in the past.
I think it is cool, but like Labo it will have to wait until next year as I don't have the space. I love that its a buff dragon that is the villain.
Ring Fit Adventure looks atrocious. It seems to want to be both an exercise game and an action adventure game at the same time. People who simply want an exercise game are going to be embarrassed to play this. Same goes for those who just want an action adventure game. If it's about exercise, then Nintendo should have made it similar to Wii Fit. The only value I could see in a game like this is if I was having a party and wanted my guests to look like idiots. It could be worth some real laughs, but I might lose some friends in the process.
This reminds me of something that Nintendo president Furukawa said awhile back. He said Nintendo's mission was to create the most innovative ways to play games. If you ask me, this is Nintendo's excuse for being lazy. They make crappy games and try to cover up how bad they are by throwing in a stupid gameplay gimmick (i.e. Labo).
Someone needs to explain to Nintendo that we don't want games that are "innovative." We want games that are the best. Zelda BoW was the best Zelda game ever. Just Dance was the best dance game ever. Wii Sports was the best sports game ever (for tennis, golf and bowling, at least).
But expect this kind of crap from Nintendo for as long as they can get away with it. Only when Nintendo gets in serious trouble will we see a change.
Not my kind of thing. I like less motion control in the games I play, not more (especially since I have the stamina of, well, something that has really low stamina).
@Xelha Then don't buy it
for me, I want to try it
I’m glad it’s an actual game and not just a fitness experience like Wii Fit. Seems kind of fun, but I have neither the time nor space for such a thing at this time and I don’t want to but another gimmick controller.
And I thought the quality of life project was dead.
Ok, so I know it is but this sounds a bit like what I imagined for QoL
How about those plastic smiles on the presenters in the intro video? Does anyone believe that they actually excited about this game?
Fans: "FIX YOUR ONLINE SERVICE!"
The leg thing could maybe work in future to move in vr
Why does Nintendo give us this lame ring fit. They should spend their resources on Switch Pro, or collaborations with Rockstar/2k to bring GTA, Borderlands etc to Switch. First Labo, now this.
I'm fat as Christ so any exercise that doesn't involve groups or gyms or the indignity of running in public is something I'll give a go.
This is awesome!
The second poll question is missing the point though; it's obviously both.
I LOVE this idea! Battling by doin squats? That might even get me to do those ! I love that Nintendo is doing this and making this step to make exercise more accessible for people that dont like to exercise (wii fit was just an exercise app, which didn't change the experience of exercising in my opinion, it didn't make it "fun"). I think I'll buy this!
It's very Nintendo, not for me but at face value I like how they have implemented the keep fit ideas into an adventure game mode.
It may need some advertising to sell though, I don't think this is the next Wii Fit in terms of sales but could be a small/moderate sucess if marketed correctly.....
I mean, I saw how handsome the Ring Fit guy was. So, I have to buy it. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't have a soul. Only a more handsome man, like Alex Olney handsome, could talk me out of it.
Watched the video before I read the article. Gavin's right, the presenters are distractingly enthusiastic at the beginning. I won't fault the actors. They were likely directed to be like that.
Not too interested in the game, but the tool itself has some interesting possibilities. I'd like to see it expanded upon. I liked Wii Fit and played it (the U version) up until the day my Wii U died so I'm intrigued by the hardware. But the game... Meh.
Just wait for the “Hula Hooping for Hope” charity games streams.
Just get a standing bike and play a regular game after.
Better weight loss, cardio and gameplay.
It's all fun and games until you break the ring fit thingy and it explodes.
Definitely the thing for me. I love these fitness games, and can't wait to see this released.
With this Thing, like Labo, Nintendo is trying to set the switch apart from every other gaming experience
In this case they are trying to capture the Wii audience and with an aggressive marketing they can do this
Idk if i will buy this myself, but it is a very cool concept and kind of inventing a whole new genre, I hope they will bring more games to that thing, and maybe give us a proper headset for VR and connect this ring and strap with a vr games, it will open a whole new world for the VR and the headset will be one of the best selling headset around easily as it will be stronger and cheaper than the oculus quest, and wouldn’t require wires like the PSVR, will have the Nintendo name and games and all the vr developers would be able to transfer their games to the switch
it's cool n all....but that guy in the video...
@iLikeUrAttitude ...and an amiibo!
I use Fitness Bxing regularly. I'm excited for this as it will give me variety in my work outs.😊
Looks too generic and novelty to me, on first impression. I'd prefer they just patch Breath of the Wild so that you can have a running mode in that.
Belly is getting me, so I’ll get this as soon as possible!
I just hope Nintendo never creates a trailer for a game with those two robot actors ever again.
Yeah i don't think this is for me, and I think there is a lot of people this isn't for. I think even casual crowd may find this one a bit odd.
I can't watch that male presenter without thinking "if they ever remake American Psycho..."
This "ring-con" is nothing new. In physical therapy it is used in rehabilitation quite often . Nintendo is simply combining it with gaming, which is great. I am interested. Most of us here are probably sedentary and overweight anyway, so it may be a good thing to move a bit. But of course, everyone does what they want, and that's perfectly fine. I will wait for reviews and then decide. Was thinking of starting a light fitness regime anyway. It would also be great to implement this function into other games aswell.
@carlos82 Thank you very much. I couldn't listen to those 2 so just watched the gameplay to see what was going on on screen.
If they actually built a sensor into the ring that can detect it being pushed in or pulled out that certainly helps justify the cost and it's reason to exist. Now I'm curious to try it out.
This looks like one of those things that I would use maybe twice if I actually bought it and forget about.
"Just Dance was the best dance game ever."
I don't think so.
For me Dance Dance Revolution is the Best Rhythm game. DDR A20 is the newest DDR right now.
Btw, Ring Fit Adventures is NOT stupid gimmick game.
You just don't understand silly fun games.
Great games doesn't have to be serious and too mainstream as you think.
Even silly games can be fun.
Why so serious ? 🙃
"How about those plastic smiles on the presenters in the intro video? Does anyone believe that they actually excited about this game?"
Yes, i do.
Nintendo's weirdness, both when it succeeds and when it fails, is still commendable.
For me, this looks pretty great. I've been interested in VR fitness apps but I can imagine that the goggles would be a pain when working up a sweat. This looks like a good balance between game and fitness without goggles getting in the way of the gamification.
"Just get a standing bike and play a regular game after.
Better weight loss, cardio and gameplay."
That so boring.
I want to be silly for a while with Ring Fit Adventures. 😆
Ring Fit is NOT a crap.
It was an UNIQUE game with DIFFERENT audiences target.
You are not the target, but i am and other peoples are the target.
Just let Nintendo keep experiencing their silliness while you can wait for your desire games being prepared.
Looks pretty fun, the RPG elements and unlockable skills makes it seem like it own full game. Instead of being more like a tech demo. Kudos to Nintendo for doing new things too.
At least they are thinking outside of the box games gaming solely goes only so far and you have to expand your horizons and increase the community to try more and invest in your systems. That is what is called "Thinking Outside of the Box" and "Innovations".
I intend to remain resolutely narrow minded on this one.
Looks pretty cool, but I think I’ll just stick with Fitness Boxing.
@iLikeUrAttitude I can hear Sakurai tearing his hair out at the thought...
I am getting this on day one. It is exactly my type of game. I hope the music is good, or at least decent. If not, I could always pump out my own tunes. ;D
I did not really feel the Fitness Boxing demo, so if I can get a fitness game I enjoy on Switch, I could take a break from Wii Fit U.
@Anti-Matter well you can watch a silly 30 min show you like. Or 3 10 min game reviews off Youtube 😃
I'm genuinely excited for this. I loved Wii Fit in its day, but this is something I can easily travel with and do almost anywhere. Videogame software fits brilliantly with exercise, when done right. I work a lot and my job is mostly sedentary, so I've been getting a lot of my daily cardio on Oculus Quest. I'll definitely be picking up Ring Fit. It looks like a fun way to keep in shape.
I'm very interested! Fitness Boxing is great but an rpg mechanic is even better for motivating not to drop the exercise routine.
My only concern is if it gives a good workout like FB does?
@Xelha rhythm games are better exercise. No idea why they didn't make a switch version of wii fit or sports.
Video o ring fit adventure here, bores me, gameplay starts around 1:45 https://youtu.be/hYCkvpH4ckQ
Giving the game setting and visuals to make it something resembling... a game. It actually looks neat.
Don't think it's for me though. But I'm interested in how it performs.
@Anti-Matter I try to look at Nintendo from a business perspective, and the purpose of first party games is to sell the hardware. Labo didn't do this, and I predict that Ring Fit Adventure won't either.
You may think Ring Fit Adventure will be a great game. That is fine. Everyone has different tastes. But I ultimately judge a game's quality based on sales. Sales numbers aren't open to interpretation. And I don't believe this game will sell. It may sell a million copies due to promotion from Nintendo, but a million would be pretty poor for a first party Nintendo game.
I'm disappointed by Nintendo's lack of ambition. Regardless of how wonderful you think Ring Fit Adventure is going to be, does anyone really think that this game is going to be the next Fortnite or the next Minecraft or the next Super Mario Brothers? I'd say no way. Bottom line, Nintendo should be trying to make the next video game phenomenon but clearly they are in cruise control right now.
I wouldn't care about this so much if the Switch was getting lots of brand new games from third parties, but the Switch is mostly a port machine. It seems that brand new games are going to have to come from Nintendo, and right now the near future is looking pretty bleak in my opinion.
I'm not looking for typical AAA games as mainstream / hardcore gamers do.
I'm a different audience target.
I like those quirky Nintendo games, regardless from business aspect or not i don't care.
As long there are some interesting games for me, doesn't matter underrated / hidden gems / niche / ports /quirky games, if i like them i will buy them.
I don't even bothering from business aspect.
Just let Nintendo do their crazy ideas from their lab, trial and error, and i really like to see Nintendo keep surprising me with their quirky ideas, even if you dislike them.
Well what do you know, Nintendo finally take something from Sonic and make it useful.
The presenters felt like they were being held at gunpoint.
This looks interesting. I had my fiancé watch the trailer. He is actually thinking about picking this up and using it as physical therapy.
Definitely Day 1 pass.....
I play PSVR, so I definitely don’t mind jumping or wiggling about if it’s a fun activity. I’ve gotten hot and sweaty while playing Beat Saber or Super Hot. I’m just not convinced there’s enough in this fitness game to warrant owning. I definitely love gamifying my other workouts, but I don’t need to actually play a game in order to workout
The Wii Fit had its skeptics but ended up selling over 22 million units. I still use the Wii Fit Yoga & Strength several times a week. Exergaming titles (genre) are always an important addition. I wonder if texting could be considered exergaming? Nintendo thinking outside the box since September 23, 1889.
Honestly getting motivated to exercise IS the biggest thing that keeps me from doing it. Exercise isn't fun. I've never experienced that good feeling people talk about after a work out. I always just lay there in pain with my chest feeling like someone took sandpaper to the inside of my lungs and throat.
But maybe this will give me the excuse I need to do more than walk around town playing Pokemon Go.
@JDORS New games are literally coming all the freaking time mate. Did you even look at upcoming releases before writing this? Tons of new games have simultaneous releases on Switch and other platforms, and ports aren't a bad thing. Besides, most of the "ports" people tend to complain about are games that release a few months after their counterparts because they require extra dev time on Switch (like Samurai Shodown).
Because apparently that counts as a "port" too, and not just a delayed multiplatform game.
In short, there's literally nothing to complain about regarding new games (both original and ports) coming to the Switch. If it isn't on the Switch, it's new.
People tend to think that their own little bubble consisting of a switch, pc, ps4, xb1, wii, ps3, ps2, ps1, xb360 and Razer's trash tablet is the "meta" and that everybody owns every game ever released for the platforms.
Most Switch users maybe have one other platform they use, or none. Most of the games, even ports, are gonna be new.
And even if the ports aren't, there's plenty of new games.
I would have loved something like this for Wii Fit! It was sad that you only could pick from some Minigames, but didn‘t have a real „game“ that motivated you through the exercises. Great to get this now! Definately an instant buy for me and my family!
The game itself looks interesting, I’ll pick it up, if only to get some exercise. However, I’m convinced the presenters of that video are serial killers.
I am surprised by the results of the poll so far. I have nothing against this type of product but like labo is just not for me (and I was initially not expecting the gamer world to look at this in the best eyes but I may be wrong)
@Blizzia you’re feeding the troll there.
Looks like it could be good fun.
Those smiling faces in the trailer were almost a parody of themselves though. And unsettling energy about them. ^^
You don't know anything about what LABO achieved, or what it was meant to achieve, dude.
Thing is you can't always make the next big thing. That's very hard, if not almost impossible to do a lot of the time because consumers are fickle. Nintendo rarely goes into games like this expecting them to be instant mega-hits. Even Splatoon, the most successful original IP they put out this decade, was never expected to take off as quickly as it did. Nintendo's goal is simply to offer new types of games and new ways to play. If it becomes a phenomenon, great, but a lot of the time, their estimates for these types of experiments are kept conservative.
ARMS for example, only sold about 2 million copies, but Nintendo still considers it a success.
@pblive Even trolls gotta eat
@Xelha We get this Ring, but no mention of Pikmin 4 as of yet. What's wrong with the world!?
I like it.
I want to do more exercise than just a few morning pushups but don't want to deal with going to the gym or anything.
This looks about as fun as fitness focused software could possibly look. I'm surprised actually.
@Anti-Matter I also like quirky games. One such game is Nippon Marathon. It's a bad game, but provides lots of laughs. However, it only cost me $15. Ring Fit Adventure will likely cost around $80 thanks to the ring peripheral. I don't want to spend that much on such a game.
I say leave the weird quirky games to indie developers. Nintendo should make games that are mainstream and appeal to everyone. Those are the types of games that will sell the Switch Hardware. Games like Ring Fit Adventure will not.
"I say leave the weird quirky games to indie developers. Nintendo should make games that are mainstream and appeal to everyone."
Not everyone like mainstream games.
Even you think your mainstream games are the Best (say BOTW), but they are not for me. I still neglected my BOTW for more than 2 years due to lack of genuine interest about it, but i still saw a potential.
Btw, you said Nintendo should make games appeals to everyone, well.... 1-2-Switch, ARMS, Miitopia, LABO, etc are example Perfect Quirky games for me. Those games are interesting for me, maybe not interesting for you but like you said, it appeals for someone.
So, the best games you want may not appeal to everyone and the games that appeal me maybe not your interest. We got the games, we got we want, i will ignore the games i don't like. Beside, if you think Nintendo should makes the best games by your Standard, there will be NO quirky games, NO casual games, etc. And it will looks like PS4/Xbox One library games, Not good and will not attracting casual gamers.
So, just let Nintendo do their craziness with their quirky games, you can get your games after Nintendo makes quirky games for different audiences target. The game is not for you, it's okay, you can skip them, but they are the games for other peoples.
Looks like fun and also quite funny game. Add couple of dumbbells with this ring and you will be evil bodybuilder Draco yourself after couple of years playing this game. Can I use ring also for driving games?
I am interested in it but might get it for my nieces as they will like the games it has to exercise with.
Doesn't look that bad to be honest, but I won't buy it.
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