Ring Fit Adventure is proving to be so popular in Nintendo's home country of Japan that it has now sold more physical copies than one of Switch's biggest releases, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
If you keep up to date with our regular Japanese chart updates, you'll have seen that Ring Fit Adventure landed in third place last week, reaching an estimated lifetime total of 1,668,843 physical sales in the region. Famitsu has since updated its chart data to show updated game sales for titles that didn't reach the top ten, revealing that Breath of the Wild now has a lifetime total of 1,662,966 (thanks, VG247).
Of course, there are various factors in play here. One thing to keep in mind is that Ring Fit Adventure can only be purchased physically thanks to the included Ring-Con and Joy-Con Strap, meaning that all sales of the game will be included in this data. Breath of the Wild will have sold plenty of digital copies, too – not included in those figures – meaning that its grand total will still be significantly higher.
However, it's also worth pointing out that Ring Fit Adventure has regularly faced stock shortages around the globe, partly thanks to its immense popularity and also because of issues brought about by the pandemic. It's easy to imagine Ring Fit's sales total being much higher if more stock had been available throughout the year.
Either way, it's interesting to see that Nintendo's latest take on the fitness gaming genre has been such a success. We're sure those sales won't be slowing down any time soon.
[source resetera.com, via vg247.com, News: Japanese Charts: Animal Crossing Has To Settle For Second As FIFA 21 Tops The Table]
That's incredible to hear. I really like RFA and Nintendo did an amazing job mixing gaming and fitness together.
Didn't think the Japanese had an obesity problem?
Another reason why I am a Nintendo fan.
While I never purchased Ring Fit (thinking about it) or Labo (not enough space to store stuff) I like that the company goes beyond the console, takes chances and is undeniably creative.
Remember a year ago when we thought that this game would flop because of how stupid it looked initially?
On a different side, it would make more sense to include combined sales including digital.
This because Ring Fit plastic ring are required, forcing people to buy it physical only.
But it's great that Ring Fit sell so well, so Nintendo hopefully can make a sequel or something.
I bought mine on release in 2019, but only used it for 1 hour or so. Just forgot it, but i liked the concept a lot and still do.
Discipline put me 300 days straight up to fully complete story mode. After my Summer vacation I now do a custom routine every day for anywhere between 50 to 100 k/cals burned per session.
You bet I'm packing heat under theses guns. Plus I got abs for days, son. Which is something no one ever expected me to ever say or write in my life. Thank you, Nintendo!
Japan has digital edition too. It's just a lot harder since it's only in the nintendo online store and takes longer than shops
"meaning that all sales of the game will be included in this data."
That's not entirely true. Famitsu doesn't track Nintendo Japan Store's sales and Ring Fit has sold a good amount of copies there. I think around 200k or more.
Ring Fit is a beast and is going to reach Wii Fit numbers in Japan. Crazy.
Is this a useful game to permanently house your drifting joycons or would the drift bugger things up in this too?
I would try it out, but my kids would destroy the ring-con.
This game is a blessing!
My 8 year old son was getting chubby during the confinement and, having personally suffered from childhood obesity, this was painful to see.
He lost all his excess weight after 6 weeks of Ring Fit Adventure. Instead of waking up and seeing him playing his usual games, I would find him panting in his underpants, having being running and jumping for 1 hour.
I hope they're working on a sequel!
Picked up the “digital” copy last month after lucking out on a lottery. Of course, it’s not fully digital - a massive box with the Ring-Con still needed to be shipped to my house, but the game itself is downloaded onto the console which makes it slightly easier to dip into for short bursts.
Beat Sabre is a more engaging exercise game to me.
Yeah, the sales have been amazing.
So make a second and third good game with the ring con.
@Maxz How'd you manage to get a digital copy?
I'd seriously consider getting this game if I had the living room space. Oh well. I get my exercise in through other ways lol.
Reading the comments, I'm glad RFA has had some positive impacts on the users here!
Man, I remember when that guy was giddily saying in the comment section for Japan's charts that it was another flop. Despite it already clearly having legs at that point.
Now he's acting as if the FIFA sales are the second coming. lol
They always have this in stock at my Target but I look at my shelves of Labo, PSVR headset and Wii Balance Board all sitting in my living room and I really don't think I'd use it enough to justify the $80 price.
@Shiryu Since you've used it, do you do a lot over your head? There is a small indentation in my ceiling from my serve in Wii Sports tennis where I hit it w/ my Wiimote. (Not a joke, there is.) And I'm only 5'10". If the ring goes over our head I'm afraid I'm out. Still thinking about it if a decent Black Friday sale comes along for winter hibernation.
@Shiryu wait tell me more. As someone who owns ring fit and loves ring fit, but just lacks the discipline to do it regularly, I’m interested to know more about your abs lol
*Not including Wii U physical sales.
From the Nintendo reports through June 2017: "For Wii U, ... The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released worldwide in March and reached sales of 1.08 million units."
While we don't know the exact sales in Japan, we do know that BoTW on Switch has sold about 17.6% of its global volume in Japan.
So, we can get a rough estimate that 190k copies of BoTW were sold in Japan.
Now, Breath of the Wild for Switch has sold 18.60 Million units through June 30th, 2020. So, 8.9% of those sales have been physical copies in Japan.
I suspect that fewer Wii U owners purchased the downloadable version proportionally. So, while about half (almost exactly in fact) of Japanese Switch BoTW have been digital, I'll estimate that 3/4ths of Wii U BoTW sales in Japan were physical.
If this is the case, then roughly 140k physical copies of BoTW on Wii U were sold in Japan, putting lifetime physical sales of BoTW to about 1.8 million, not 1.66 million, so Ring Fit still has a few months before it surpasses BoTW.
@Shiryu My goal IS my abs. Glad to know RFA can play a strong part in that.
@rjejr Yes, Knee Lifts are a regular feature every single day and those require some clear space above since you also stretch both arms above your head.
@Ks123 They're great to smash nuts. Also destroy all silly bias towards gamers as a bunch of "lazy coach potatos".
@MeloMan Russian Twists (with your feet in the air, not on the ground!) and a particular level that has you rowing up huge waterfalls are your tickets to abs land!
@IronMan30 Wouldn't worry about it, it's like legit durable. Unlike a lot of their recent products, this piece of Nintendo hardware feels expensive.
@Shiryu Thank you, that sounds like it would be a legit problem for us. I would do it sitting down - I do all of my PSVR sitting down - but I'm guessing that leg wrap isn't going to work well sitting down. And yeah, sitting down kind of defeats the purpose, I know. 😂
@rjejr The only reason to sit down is for some hardcore Russian Twist sessions. :x
Misleading. Ring Fit essentially has to be physical. Kind of an unfair comparison.
@Brummieendo90 Do you think only obese people would buy Ring Fit Adventure? If anything, the desire to buy the game shows they're less likely to be obese.
@rjejr @Tyranexx For those worried that they don’t have enough space, most of the exercises can be done just standing in place. And you get to choose most of the exercises, so you can exclude those that have you stretched out on the ground.
You do stretch above your head, but you don’t have sudden or quick movements that would cause you to accidentally hit stuff.
Most of the time the ring is in front of you. There is an exercise where you do ring presses above/behind your head, but again, you select the ‘battle moves’ that work best for you.
I wonder if they consider dlc or a new game
@AJDarkstar I was shocked by the low sales of Zelda. Seeing your comment definitely helped put what I’m seeing in perspective.
@oatmaster I had the same thought. I threw the terrible Joy Cons in that drift like crazy and it worked exactly the same
And to think just a few weeks after launch, we had some folks on here already declaring it a commercial failure. 😏
But yeah, great news for the game. Really nice twist on fitness games.
Both digital and physical editions are available for purchase on the Japanese Nintendo store. I mean, both are sold out at the moment, which was why I had to enter a lottery, but theoretically they’re both available.
@Maxz Well thanks. That's rather annoying that they didn't offer them anywhere else in the world. Plus, I already have the controller... yeesh.
@link3710 Yeah, I hope they put an end to the disparity between countries. As far as I know the official online store is the only place to get the digital version in Japan, but it’s not like other countries don’t have official online stores.
@Tandy255 Hmm. I might be able to manage some of those exercises, then. I could handle standing in place for sure, but the laying down exercises and raising my arms up would be a bit problematic. Worth investigating for sure. Thanks for the input!
@Tandy255 Thanks, options are good, I really don't need to break it on my ceiling, or break the recessed lights in my ceiling.
I probably wouldn't even be thinking about it if I didn't smack my Wiimote hard into the ceiling, but I did. 😝 Standing flat footed w/o shoes I can flatten the palm of my hand in the ceiling, it's really low, drop ceiling in the basement. 🤷
@leo13 fantastic. I figured that even if it used the sticks at all it wouldn't be for anything especially precise. If I pick up a copy then it can have my drifty con.
I'm not surprised. It's a videogame where you can actually acomplish something tangible.
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