Nintendo unveils Ring Fit Adventure and a new Switch peripheral, the Ring-Con.
The all-purpose nature of the Switch has already helped Nintendo break out of traditional video games with its range of Labo Toy-Con sets. The company’s latest innovation (or should that be a gimmick?) is a return to the casual-friendly days of the Wii. Introducing the Ring-Con.
The Ring-Con, to all intents and purposes, is a pilates ring that offers resistance, detects exertion, and holds a Joy-Con controller. It comes accompanied with a leg-strap accessory, which holds another Joy-Con, and a pack-in game called Ring Fit Adventure.
That Nintendo should release a plastic peripheral midway through the life-cycle of a popular console is no surprise, but the software appears to be a welcome evolution over Nintendo’s previous fitness efforts. Instead of being bundled with a collection of traditional exercise routines, Ring Fit Adventure contains a full RPG experience in-which physical actions translate to in-game moves.
For example, jogging moves your character from one location to another and squeezing the Ring-Con powers up an attack move. It’s the latest in a long list of reasons to look silly in front of a Nintendo console, but, as always, it’s an oddly appealing prospect.
Speaking about the game, Nintendo of Europe’s Stephan Bole says:
“It’s in Nintendo’s DNA to keep thinking of new ways to entertain players and put smiles on their faces, and Ring Fit Adventure for Nintendo Switch is a new kind of game where fitness meets adventure. I hope that once players hold the Ring-Con, put on the Leg Strap and start playing for themselves, they’ll be immersed in a journey that will keep them motivated to come back and have fun exercising every day.”
Ring Fit Adventure features 20 different worlds to explore, each with a range of enemies and obstacles to overcome by using 40 different Ring-Con and exercise skills. You can see the game in action in the new closer look trailer.
Despite the RPG trappings, the fitness element is still key. The game gives players advice on form and posture and tracks progress over time. Ring Fit Adventure also features a quick play mode and various mini-games that can be played with other players on a turn-by-turn basis.
Ring Fit Adventure launches on October 18, 2019, and includes the game, Ring-Con, and Leg Strap accessories.