Ring Fit Adventure is the Nintendo Switch’s new fitness experience

Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure is like Wii Fit for the Switch

Ring Fit Adventure could give Switch its Wii Fit breakout

Nintendo is rolling out a new fitness game for the Switch called Ring Fit Adventure, and in order to play it, Switch owners will need both the ring accessory and a Joy-Con leg strap.

In Ring Fit Adventure, players explore an expansive world, battling enemies along the way using real-life fitness exercises.

Nintendo's odd new Switch experience has a name: Ring Fit Adventure. Ring Fit Adventure tracks your daily workout routines and turns some of the more popular exercises into mini-games.

Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure is like Wii Fit for the Switch
Nintendo unveils Ring Fit Adventure, Ring-Con

A new type of adventure game is headed to Nintendo Switch on 18 October. Ring Fit Adventure is an exercise game that plays like an RPG adventure, complete with roaming through environments and jumping into turn-based battles against fantastical foes. You pick a stage, then you jog or run in place to progress on a set path. Squeezing the Ring-Con lets you blast parts of the environment or - if you aim it down - jump over obstacles. As exergames go, Ring Fit Adventure seems fairly fleshed out. This will let them continue every day at an activity level that's comfortable for them. On your turn, you pick from a variety of Fit Skills to determine what kind of attacks you use. Actions that the player performs in-game will earn experience for their character, with level-ups boosting stats and unlocking new Fit Skills that can be used in battle.

The game looks like a classic fantasy adventure where players control a hero that has to fight through enemies to save the land from a bodybuilder dragon.

In addition to the the standard adventure mode, there are a number of quick play modes as well. Mini-games cover a wide range of activities, from breaking boxes with gusts of air triggered by the Ring-Con to shaping pottery by performing squats. "Simple" lets players choose exercises they want to work on, and perform them individually. "Sets" provide linked sequences of different exercises designed around a theme or a particular body part. The Simple mode allows you do quick exercises targeting specific muscle groups, but for something a little more in-depth, there's also a Minigame mode. Ring Fit Adventure relies on two accessories: a leg strap and a device called the Ring-Con.

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