After teasing a bizarre new circular controller peripheral in a trailer last week (see above), Nintendo has revealed what this strange ring-controller is all about. It’s called a Ring-Con, and it comes packaged with a new exercise game, Ring Fit Adventure, coming to Nintendo Switch October 18.
“Nintendo is always looking for ways to surprise people with one-of-a-kind, fresh experiences,” said Nick Chavez, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Nintendo of America. “Ring Fit Adventure combines gaming and physical activity in a way that incentivizes people to keep coming back for more, to further both the story and their own fitness goals.”
Ring Fit Adventure uses two new strap-on devices that each attach to the Switch Joy-Con, one for the Ring-Con and another to a Leg Strap. This allows the game to track body movements, allowing players to move, stretch, and perform a wide range of fitness maneuvers.
The Ring-Con is flexible and provides resistance, allowing players to use it, along with the Leg Strap, to perform a variety of strength and cardio exercises.
Ring Fit Adventure turns exercising into an adventure game, as players travel across 20 different worlds, using 40 different exercises to defeat enemies. The gameplay can be adjusted to the appropriate skill level and intensity. A Quick Play mode allows players to quickly jump into the action for custom workouts, or play mini-games with friends and family.
Ring Fit Adventure comes packaged with the Ring-Con and Leg Strap, and has an MSRP of $79.99. It’s launching October 18. It’s rated E10+ with Fantasy Violence.