Ring Fit Adventure - Nintendo's latest attempt to get gamers off the sofa and into shape by gamifying your exercise regimen - has been on shelves for nearly a month-and-a-half now and it seems to have gone down very well indeed with Switch gamers. That's certainly the case in Japan where it has released a statement on its website apologising for stock shortages.
This comes in a particularly strong sales week for Nintendo where the company claimed 95% of all console sales in Japan. Putting out a link on its official Twitter account, the company has apologised to both customers and retailers for the supply shortage and promises to increase the number of shipments before the year is out:
Ring Fit Adventure got off to a great start worldwide when it launched in mid-October, especially in Nintendo's homeland where the most recent charts have it sitting in second place beyond the all-conquering Pokémon Sword and Shield. Total sales of 290,081 units in Japan might not sound like much next to Pokémon's 1,740,084 games sold, but it's obviously performing better than Nintendo anticipated.
The game has been popular with a wide audience, including "a lot of women" according to Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa. The Pilates ring-style tension-sensing peripheral that comes with the game obviously makes digital sales impossible, so the company will be anxious to replenish stock as soon as possible during the busy holiday period.
For our money, it combines exercise with gaming more successfully than Wii Fit ever did and may be the perfect thing to help beat the belly-growth this festive season. Check out our review if you're anxious to work off the the turkey and treats but can't face leaving the house.
Have you already indulged in some ring-based adventuring? How are you getting on with it? Share your Ring Fit stories below with a trim little comment.
Lot of fun character design in Ring Fit, but I'm unsure about the game itself.
We were long overdue another ‘Please understand’.
Seeing please understand took me back to the Wii U era. 😝
Not that surprised. It’s very good. Totally agree that it’s much better than Wii Fit.
It's a pretty decent on rails shooter skinned like an RPG with an exercise component.
I hope they expand the idea.
My wife and I play this 3 days every week. Very fun game and it kicks my butt, good workout. She never plays games but enjoys this a lot.
I hope they add DLC in the future with more mini games!
It's £54.99 on Amazon today if anyone in the UK wants it.
My wife loves this game. I bought it for her birthday and she's lost 10 pounds in the last two weeks!
I haven't seen ring fit in any stores around me. When I bought mine I had to ask if they had it. They did but in the back.
I'm still going at it. I hit 30 sessions ran 35 miles and burned a mere 7,000 calories. Only lost 2 lbs so far.
Nintendo underestimating their IPs again....
Way better than Wii Fit, which felt gimmicky by comparison. I'm already seeing results and I'm only 20 days in as I didn't pick up the game at launch. (49 years old; wasn't overweight but I wanted to at least start something beneficial.) The kicker is that I don't feel like I'm killing myself in the process. (I'm at 24 difficulty.)
To anyone who thinks of all this as tedious work, it's exercise. You have to work at it. Very much like going to the gym, setting goals and all that.
I actually like the custom and minigame parts rather than the adventure part but that's not bad at all either. The only thing I don't like is that they don't flow into each other too well.
Say you want to do some Adventure with some Custom afterward. You can do that, of course, but you'll be forced to skip the cool down of Adventure and the warm-up of Custom each time.
ON EDIT: Forgot to mention: If you get this game, also get an exercise mat if you don't already have one. Thank me later as you won't grind your elbows into a hard floor while doing planks. xD
@BarefootBowser I LOVE the game but I get this. There's no way you aren't going to feel exercising. You are moving your body and that's just that.
However there is way more of a game underneath it. Its slow to expand but past the 3rd world you do keep unlocking things that can effect combat. Color coded attack bonuses, stat changing gear, more varied attacks that hit multiple enemies, stat changing and healing smoothies, skill tree, etc. The timing element of attacking reminds me a bit of the Mario rpg game which is neat. The platforming portions have collectibles and multiple paths and the mini games are a nice break where you can really try to beat your own score or your friend's. Its not final fantasy deep but its does live up to being a game way more than previous attempts. I personally find it immersive and engaging. Someone I know felt the same as you though so its definitely still not gonna be enough for all folks.
Still if ppl are really looking for an exercise game to try Ring Fit Adventure is definitely the best outing in that category. You'll have to try it for yourself. I've actually gotten stronger using it and my mood has improved. I deal with depression and its been helpful.
I'm personally not surprised its selling. Nintendo should look into allowing digital versions and selling the peripherals in store too.
Can't say I'm surprised, Wii Fit was a massive hit back in the Wii days. Maybe Ring Fit Adventure doing so well will convince Nintendo to bring back or create a spritual successor to the other massive Wii hit, Wii Sports.
...I liked Wii Fit. I genuinely had a lot of fun with it.
I miss Iwata. He'd have loved this game. And he would have implored us to understand.
After I saw a Let's Play for portions of this game, it became my most wanted game for the remainder of the year (this being before Sword's release). I didn't think much of Ring Fit Adventure at first, but I certainly am looking forward to it over the next few months. I've asked for the game for Christmas.
I went into JB in Australia, found one copy hidden away - and was shocked to see the price at $120. It comes with a strong plastic ring and a leg band, right? That's a $40-50 premium over a AAA title. I was expecting it for half the price.
I want it for Xmas, but will see - may shop online for it. Just bought the Witcher, switch lite, and Pokemon sword for Xmas.
Nintendo Apologises? Oh wait....U.K. Web site.
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