The Best Nintendo Switch Fitness And Exercise Games To Welcome In The New Year – Feature

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Best Switch Fitness Games

We all know the drill. You’ve been parked on your derrière over the holiday period enjoying the company of family, friends and the very best video games and perhaps (just perhaps) you’ve let your health slide a little. You should have stopped at one or two mince pies, but before you knew it you’d devoured five and managed to polish off a tin of Quality Street, too. You don’t even like the praline ones, but hey, someone’s gotta eat ’em, right?!

If this sounds somewhat familiar, worry not. That little Nintendo Switch console you’ve been hammering over the holiday has a whole host of games and software aimed at getting you off the couch. Whether dedicated fitness software or games with motion controls that get you moving, below we’ve assembled a collection of Switch games that’ll get your blood pumping and hopefully help you get into shape after any festive indulgences.

So, grab those Joy-Con and get on your feet for the best Switch games for fitness and (non-stationary) fun…

Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 18th Oct 2019 (USA) / 18th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

Nintendo’s latest entry in the fitness games genre succeeds in properly gamifying exercise where Wii Fit never quite hit the mark. If you’re a gym addict you probably shouldn’t throw out your membership card just yet, but for everyone else looking to get fitter, Ring Fit Adventure is a fantastic way to do it that won’t bore you senseless. Play it properly and you’ll definitely feel it the next morning – a sure sign that it’s at least doing you some good – while the compelling adventure mode with its RPG elements will ensure that you’ll keep coming back for more.

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Just Dance 2020 (Switch)Just Dance 2020 (Switch)

Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft

Release Date: 5th Nov 2019 (USA) / 5th Nov 2019 (UK/EU)

Just Dance 2020 is a celebration of the series’ tenth anniversary in more ways than one, with years’ worth of releases all leading up to a formula that has truly been perfected and a decent new song list to boot. You’ll want to be subscribed to Just Dance Unlimited to get the most out of your purchase, and if you’ve already got Just Dance 2019 or Just Dance 2018 or Just Dance 2017, it’s probably not worth picking this up as well unless you’re assembling a Just Dance collection on the shelf. Newcomers to the series won’t find a better experience out there, though, and jiggling about to chart-toppers with costumed dancers doesn’t get much better.

And the best of the rest!

If you’re after something that gets you on your feet, there other games that’ll get you off the couch, even if they won’t have you breaking a sweat. Mario Tennis Aces has a Joy-Con control option a la waggle classic Wii Sports. Again, Swing Mode won’t exactly provide a workout that’ll get your biceps bulging, and you’ll lose the shot accuracy you get from an analogue stick, but it’ll get you and yours moving while having a laugh as you knock balls back and forth.

There’s also 1-2-Switch which encourages you not only to stand up but also look your opponent in the eyes rather than look at the TV screen. No, you won’t be burning to many calories by quick-drawing and firing your ‘gun’ at your gran, but at the very least the movement should wake you from your post-feast slumber and keep you on your toes. It should be noted that 1-2-Switch only really works in a party-style context, though. The game otherwise struggles to justify its status as a full-price retail release, but if you catch it on sale and you’ve got the right crowd, it can still be a winner. Plus, we know you’ve been dying to try out that HD rumble ice cube thing since Switch launched.


That’s all for now, although we’ll update this selection as and when more ‘exer-tainment’ titles arrive on Switch. Think we’ve missed something? Let us know below and good luck with those New Year resolutions as we head into 2020. Happy New Year!

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