Photo Credit: Nintendo
Photo Credit: Nintendo

I'm not a fan of exercise. In fact, I absolutely loathe it. I find it boring, monotonous and repetitive. Even with music blaring, or an episode of my favourite TV show on, it does nothing for me. I do have memories from my teenage years however, of stepping up onto my Wii Fit board, and finding myself utterly enthralled by the things moving my body could effect on the screen in front of me.

Now, we live in a time where virtual reality has taken all of that and pushed it further than we ever thought possible. So, exactly how were Nintendo hoping to stack up when they released Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch? Surely, this would be just another fad and drop in the ocean of what's available nowadays? If you thought that, you were wrong.

Said to be a game first, and fitness device second, this RPG game hidden within an abundance of exercise sees players taking on the role of a hero who's tasked with taking down bodybuilding dragon, Dragaux. The story mode is simple and fun, easy to understand for all ages and perfect if you're wanting to get something a little bit more exciting out of your exercise routine.

Individual workouts, mini-games and even the ability to set an alarm for your next workout are all included in the game, making it one that's functional even after completion of the main story. There's also the opportunity to take part in Multitask Mode, which allows you to complete your own exercises whilst watching TV, or a movie. You'll get a little beep with each exercise, and be rewarded upon your return to the main game.

Gamers of all fitness levels are able to jump in, as the Ring Fit periphial tests your levels of strength, speed and heart rate from the very beginning. I will note that the heart rate monitor didn't work very well for me throughout my experience, but that could be more to do with my Joy-Con controller in particular, rather than all Joy-Con controllers out there.

Photo Credit: Nintendo
Photo Credit: Nintendo
Photo Credit: Nintendo
Photo Credit: Nintendo

There's also a Leg Strap included, which you must insert your left Joy-Con into, before attaching it to your upper thigh. It sits there quite comfortably throughout your workout and play - just make sure to check it every so often to make sure it isn't slipping down your leg.

The right Joy-Con slots into the top of the Ring-Con, which is made of plastic, with fabric grip handles on both the left and right side. The Ring-Con is a wonderful device, and it's a shame that there's just a single game at the time of launch for which it can be used. The grips on the peripheral could be a little better - my hands did slip a couple of times and I ended up whacking myself in the head with it at one point - but overall, it's a nifty little piece of equipment.

As someone not well-versed at all in the world of exercise, I found it relatively easy to work up a sweat playing Ring Fit Adventure, but it may be a breeze for the hardened gym-going gamers of the world. Still, it's absolutely worth the retail price for the experience alone, and who knows what Nintendo will cook up for Ring-Con owners in the future?

Photo Credit: Nintendo
Photo Credit: Nintendo

Ring Fit Adventure is available now exclusively for Nintendo Switch.


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