I’m terrified of the muscular, hyper-masculine dark dragon in Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch, and I can’t quite understand why.
Maybe it’s the puckered muscles or how the puffy dragon’s spandex is reminiscent of Borat’s infamous swimsuit. It’s kind of weird when a vicious dragon is even dressed, isn’t it? But that’s exactly what you get with Dragaux. His name is the only thing more terrible than his tendency to “radiate a dangerous, dark energy” that can “sneak into the weakness of your heart to consume you”. A fitness game that talks about weak hearts feels less like Kingdom Hearts and more like a problematic talk from Tony Perkis of Heavyweights.
It speaks to the utter ridiculousness of Ring Fit Adventure. Despite all of its storage, quirks and sometimes uncomfortably funny nuances, it’s an amusing adventure. And heck yeah, it’ll get you fit like a violin.
Why does Dragaux feel less like a villain and more like a confused lover? Nintendo
I managed to get hold of Ring Fit Adventure as part of an early January sale that took $ 10 off the normal price of $ 79.99, and it has become a central facet of my fitness routine. Trust me. I once logged about 100 hours on his Wii Fit, a top-notch Nintendo fitness game, in the summer of 2008.
Somehow, Ring Fit Adventure is even better. It feels like Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Super Mario rolled into one.
What’s great about Ring Fit Adventure?
- An amusing story that will make you laugh
- Dynamic, interactive workouts are never boring
- Combines multiple game genres for great success
Everything about Ring Fit Adventure is ridiculous in the best possible way. The fact that someone has found a way to make the Ring-Con in the first place – and 60+ different fit skills to go with it – is just awesome. You attach one Joy-Con to your leg (it’s more convenient than you might think) and another to the Ring-Con itself.
In this bizarre universe, your avatar discovers a Pilates ring called the Ring that Dragaux imprisoned a long time ago. After he escapes, team up with Ring to chase the dragon through a long series of breathtaking vistas. You navigate through a Super Mario Bros. style overworld. You literally run through each level like a 3D Sonic adventure. The exposure during cutscenes is weirdly bad, but adorable. I rolled my eyes so hard, laughed, then bit my lip because I had to start running again.
Lots of naughty fun to be had.
The story is silly and general, but it works. Nintendo
While jogging, you need to push or pull the Ring-Con to push or pull air. This allows you to destroy obstacles, open doors, float, or suck up coins nearby. During the chance encounters with enemies with fitness motifs a la Pokémon, the hyper-specific exercises come into play.
By choosing a fit skill and performing the exercise, you will get rid of your opponent on each rep. Then compress the ring-con against your abs to defend yourself before choosing a new attack. It is dynamic and involves a surprising amount of strategy when some enemies are weak against leg skills or the mythical power of yoga fit skills, for example. Things get a little strange when you have to compress the ring-con with your thighs for a spectral foot to stamp Dragaux’s head, but that’s the game we’re playing here.
What’s not so great about Ring Fit Adventure?
- $ 79.99 is a lot of money for a great product that you may not stick with
- Very clear: the story is lame
- My shoulders hurt!
Story Mode is estimated to last three months every day, so a $ 80 value is a solid deal if you commit. However, you can do any of the unlocked exercises during a leisurely workout in the gym. However, this is the only game that works with the Ring-Con. So you’re paying a fair amount of money for a peripheral devoid of versatility.
If you’re looking to invest in fitness alone, there are more traditional low-cost streaming services (provided you have at least a little home gear). But if you want your exercise to be playful, you really can’t do it better than Ring Fit Adventure.
I love the stupid story, especially that instead of potions there are smoothies. And your buddy / trainer, the ring called the Ring, is fun and sassy. However, many people will just moan at the lameness of it all. But hey, fitness is always a bit slow, isn’t it?
Ring Fit Adventure’s first laughing moment. Nintendo
Note: Since many of the activities involve compression or extension, there is specific strain on your shoulders. If you have any kind of tenderness in your shoulder cavities, a history of dislocation or anything like that, Ring Fit Adventure might not be for you. Despite an active lifestyle, I feel a strange muscle strain in my shoulders after using it. The feeling disappeared, but it was still noticeable.
But these kinds of hurdles come with every new fitness adventure, including one that is so charming, lively, and fun.
If you have a Switch and want a new fitness regimen, you have to buy Ring Fit Adventure.
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