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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Nintendo Omits Ring Fit Adventure From Energetic Switch Game List While It's $25 Off

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Work out with the right game(s). That's Ring Fit Adventure, even if Nintendo won't tell you.

Plenty of people believe that just because the year number on the date goes up by one, that NOW is the time to start working out and having healthy habits. How does that make sense? It doesn't. But Nintendo of America is happy to use this widespread nonsensical trend to their advantage with this article titled, “Get moving with these energetic games” that promises a “New year, new you!” and that these games can help you get “a little more active” and “get moving.” These games include:
  1. Just Dance 2023 Edition
  2. Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise
  3. Nintendo Switch Sports
  4. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  5. Jump Rope Challenge
  6. Mario Tennis Aces
  7. Zumba Burn It Up!
  8. ARMS
  9. Knockout Home Fitness
  11. Let's Get Fit

There are actually multiple scandals involved here. One of them is in the article title, but there are actually several more and it goes deeper than just omitting the most worthy game.

You see, two years ago, Nintendo published a VERY similar article in 2021. In fact, it's almost word-for-word the same introduction and almost the same games, minus games that came out afterward. The 2023 version omits only two games that were on the 2021 version, and those are 1-2-Switch (which doesn't deserve to be on the list both because it's bad and because it doesn't help you get physical activity) and... Ring Fit Adventure itself. And despite Ring Fit Adventure being the last item in the 2021 listicle, it's featured in the cover photo:

Nintendo Switch News article New Year get moving with energetic games 2023 2021 Ring Fit Adventure
(I believe the article was also featured in the Nintendo Switch News app, but it's difficult to go through those archives versus what's on

Which goes into a few other scandals. Why is ARMS on the list at all? ARMS is also a bad game, and it also does not help you with physical activity. I mean, it is a first-party Nintendo game, and you could use motion controls and sweat...a little. Mario Tennis Aces is a good game and can make you sweat (certainly made me sweat) just with button controls.

But Ring Fit Adventure is a game that is actually GOOD (and its theoretical habit-forming is on a solid basis) that is focused on ACTUALLY providing an active workout. You might say that because it's not a digital game, it shouldn't be on a list provided on the Nintendo Switch News application, but it was in the 2021 article, so that's not much of an argument. Not only that, but Ring Fit Adventure is actually $25 off right now depending on the physical retailer. (Try looking in Best Buy or GameStop right now.) I don't know how long that's supposed to last, but it's QUITE worth it. It's a first-party game. It achieves the goal of the list the best out of any game on the list. It's even on sale right now. Ring Fit Adventure is the perfect candidate for being advertised by Nintendo right now, and yet they're choosing ARMS of all games over it, even though ARMS has proven no one wants to buy it while Ring Fit Adventure continues to be a top 10 Switch seller and will sell to people if they know how great it is or know of its existence.

As for other scandals, you may see that Jump Rope Challenge is on the list. If you have a memory, like myself, you may remember that Nintendo had promised that Jump Rope Challenge would be removed from the eShop on September 30, 2020. That's why I reviewed the game. (It's not good. It's also free.) But it turns out when September 30 happened in 2020, Nintendo decided that it'll “be available until further notice”, which still hasn't happened. Many people wondered at the time why Jump Rope Challenge was a limited-time download to begin with, and why they decided to spare that particular game but not other casualties, like those on March 31, 2021.

Ludwig should take his own advice and go play more Ring Fit Adventure, but he currently lacks the energy to do so. Meanwhile, do you think Nintendo not advertising their own game that is perfect for their advertisement gimmick is a scandal? Let KoopaTV know in the comments section.

Ring Fit Adventure is a fun RPG that you control with fitness moves. Like many other RPGs, it also has minigames. Twelve, in fact, which Ludwig recently rated here.
Ludwig also played Fitness Boxing 2... or at least its demo, and he wasn't too impressed compared to Ring Fit Adventure.
While Nintendo in America refuses to discuss Ring Fit Adventure, their European counterparts were glad to.

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