January is famous for a number of things, the post-Christmas financial slump for families and the desperation for people to get their bodies into shape, and Nintendo are looking to capitalise on this by releasing a number of games centred around exercise.
The latest console released by Nintendo is ideal for getting into shape without having to leave the comfort of home, which is especially useful during the time of COVID-19.
MARCA Gaming has presented a list of games which will boost your physical activity:
1. Ring Fit Adventure
In this 2019 title, you are exercising and also playing a game, with the player getting to face a dragon that has passed through the gym. It will be necessary to use the Ring-Con, a Nintendo accessory to play this game.
Running on the spot and yoga poses are two of the main features, whilst there are mini games with personalised exercise programmes.
2. Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise
Whilst not a boxing game in the traditional sense, Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise lets you focus on the physical preparations boxers go through ahead of fights.
You will work out your upper arms and lower back, sweating a lot, with movement being based around 23 different songs.
3. Just Dance 2022
A classic of the genre, Just Dance returned in 2022 with a brand-new collection of contemporary music for you to bust a move to.
The 2022 version also has specific children’s songs so it is appropriate and fun for the whole family.
4. Zumba Burn it Up!
Rather like Just Dance 2022, this is rather like a home Zumba session just without the stress of finding and instructor, appropriate clothing and leaving the house.
5. Jump Rope Challenge
One of the most popular games during the COVID-19 pandemic was Jump Rope Challenge, with Nintendo workers actually developing the title during lockdown from their homes.
The goal is easy: Take 100 jumps each day to be able to keep yourself and your family in shape.
A rather unique title, ARMS allows users to strengthen their muscles by putting them in direct motion control of fighters with extendable mechanical arms.
7. Mario Tennis
This is a classic which combines exercise with the competitive element of video games. You are required to perform an actual tennis shot in order to hit the ball on the screen. The difficult settings will dictate how much of a physical strain this is.
8. Mario Golf
There isn’t anything different to add to this, other than it is an identical concept to Mario Tennis, but with the user being asked to perform golf swings instead.