The crossover we've all dreamed off has just got a release date. Imagineer has brought in Kenshiro to help you with your fitness boxing, and you'll be able to get started when Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star launches on 2nd March, according to Nintendo UK.
The game was originally announced at the September 2022 Nintendo Direct with a March 2023 release window, but now we know it's coming pretty soon — next Thursday, in fact. You'll be trained by many popular Fist of the North Star characters and there will be outfits, music, and other references for all of you hardened fans of the manga and anime series.
Here's an overview of the game from its eShop page:
Improve your daily exercise habits, get into shape, and draw back the curtain on a new, legendary body! While retaining the basic features of Fitness Boxing, this new installment adds characters and settings from the world of Fist of the North Star for truly effective workouts!
■Fist of the North Star Characters Are Your Instructors
The Fitness Boxing series is a boxing exercise game that utilizes the Joy-Con™ to let you throw different punches in the same way as in a rhythm game, while receiving directions from in-game instructors voiced by popular voice actors.
In Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star, Kenshiro, the protagonist of Fist of the North Star, and his rivals guide the player as instructors.
■New "Battle" Mode
A new "Battle" mode has been added that lets you defeat enemies in the same way as in a rhythm game. The game contains two modes that let you experience workouts with a greater emphasis on action: Outlaw Battle, in which you take down scores of outlaws with your punches, and Boss Battle, in which you fight Kenshiro's rivals such as Raoh.
■Music and Costumes that Further Boost the Fist of the North Star Experience
Background music is absolutely essential for exercise. The game features not only Fist of the North Star classics like AIO TORIMODOSE!!, TOUGH BOY, YURIA EIENNI, and SILENT SURVIVOR, but also original songs tailored to each character for a total of 20 songs.
Characters' outfits can be changed to fit your mood. Many original outfits are available, so check out all the new outfits never before seen in Fist of the North Star.
■Popular Fitness Boxing Features Left Unaltered
With the purpose of helping to promote exercising at home and making exercise a daily habit, the game, naturally, continues the use of the series's popular support features such as the alarm and the ability to exclude actions that you struggle with.
Fitness Boxing Fist Of The North Star is available to pre-order now on the Switch eShop for £39.99 / USD$49.99.
Will you be lining up to take on Kenshiro's friends and foes in hand-to-hand combat on 2nd March? Let us know.
"You are already thin." ... That's GOTY sorted then.
They should've called it "Fit of the North Star"!
Just reminds me of the arcade game:
Man I got bloody fists playing that back in the day
It could have been weirder, it could have been JoJo
I think I’ll stick with the old Kenshiro typing game 😁
The one time I'm interested in a Fitness Boxing title, and there's no English physical release.
@Bunkerneath Japan always gets the coolest arcade machines. Makes me miss the glory days of arcades when they had all sorts of fun and interesting ways to play games.
I enjoy Fitness Boxing 2, but I don't think the IP used here gets me interested in buying it. The battle mode seems like a great idea, though.
Anyone tried Let's Play Curling? Imagineer dropped it last year, and I've kept my eye on it, but there are literally zero reviews of it.
@JayJ This was at my bowling alley over here in Guernsey, so not just Japan.
We also had one of the Wipeout fully enclosed simulators there too for a while which cost £5 a go.
Hmmm, maybe this is why the place is now closed down
@Bunkerneath Sounds like somebody was a big fan of cool and obscure Japanese arcade machines. I would have loved to have a place like that nearby, now a days I only see nice big arcades in big tourism spots in big cities.
You wa Shock!
I do hope that the voice over track is in Japanese.
Day one for me. I wanted to like Fitness Boxing but felt it needed something to make it not so plain.
For anyone curious, there has been a demo for this up on the Japanese store for a while. I imagine once this releases, they will add an English demo.
@SMW : The English demo is already online.
I'll be keeping my eyes on this one, looks intriguing even if I haven't done anything with Fist of the North Star.
@Sisilly_G Nice! Even better.
Does having a “legendary body” mean that furniture explodes when you get off it?
‘Cuz i could really dig that.
Might get expensive though.
@Diogmites : You might want to wait for the next instalment for that: Thiccness Boxing.
It will come with a peripheral and gameplay mechanics that I will leave to everybody's voluptuous imaginations.
£39.99? Are they crazy?
I can’t believe they did this with Fist of the North Star, I have to get this. I skipped Fitness Boxing 2 and I still kinda want that game.
not using motion controls ever again, gotta protect my delicate fragile little joycons. ur loss nintendo.
I'm definitely getting this once it drops in price. This is a hilarious crossover. Nice to see the granddaddy of battle shounen get some love.
I like Fitness Boxing, and I didn't get the second one, so this is kind of a "sure why not" since I like Fist of the North Star. Still will wait for a sale though.
@JayJ "Makes me miss the glory days of arcades when they had all sorts of fun and interesting ways to play games."
As a small child I remember getting lifted up by my father to play Pac-Man.
Next to that was Donkey Kong.
Next to that was Galaga.
Dozens of them, and every game was an entirely new genre and experience, all being created at the same time. It was magic.
Now what they call "arcades" are all the same.
@MontyCircus Yup, it seems like the cheap thrills Dave N Busters format is basically what most modern arcades have become. I am not even interested in that, just seems like a waste of money.
Back when I was growing up, by the time I was going to arcades in the late 90's and early 00's arcades were just incredible, truly the peak of arcade gaming even though that was just before their steep and sharp decline. The place I went to the most had go karts, I would always go there to race them with my dad then I would hang out in the arcade for a few hours later spending $10 worth of tokens or something. It was incredible, one of those massive arcades with all the GOAT machines from the era. Definitely one of the cool things about growing up back then.
This was such a hilarious and cool announcement during the September Direct, will eventually get it on sale!
Any news of a physical release? Would love to own this ATATATATA!
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