- Developer: Imagineer Co., Ltd
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Release Date: 4/12/2020
- Price: £39.99 / $49.99
- Review code provided by Nintendo UK
Introducing – Fitness Boxing 2 Preview
Whether you’re seeking a way to stay in shape or working off a newly-formed fold, Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise aims to cater to your exercise needs. Times being what they are, any game that gets your blood pumping is most welcome.
This sequel is ducking and swerving its way into my own daily routine, which for the last half-year has all but ignored my arms, chest and shoulders. Uh oh.
Put ‘Em Up
What’s changed in two years? Those who played the original Fitness Boxing will immediately notice that Janice is a new face as she shows you the basics. She’s joined by Hiro and Karen, as well as all six of the previous game’s instructors. Each is fully voiced, customizable, and relentlessly positive. There are of course new songs – 23 to be specific, including three originals – and you will earn achievements for just about everything – even just for dressing an instructor up in a mismatched outfit! (You wouldn’t do that on purpose, would you?)
The premise is the same: you’ll grip the joy-cons sideways in each hand, making fists, and punching to the rhythm. The game slowly introduces new movements, and your instructor never stops reminding you to be mindful of your core, your form, your breathing. Just as before, you can hand a Joy-Con to a workout buddy for co-op.
Duke It Out
The Daily Workout is a series of short routines that are customized to your goals. You can opt for a neutral full-body workout, or focus on a certain area. Those who prefer to do their own types of stretches can even turn off the warm-up and cool-down.
Just three days of the beginner Daily Workouts had my upper body aflame, noodly arms and all – but as they say, “no pain, no gain!” Those who feel they need an extra kick (er, punch) in the rear to stay committed will appreciate the ability to turn on alerts, which will tell you when it’s time for you to snap off those Joy-Cons and get moving.
Free Play allows you to play your desired movement combinations, songs, and backgrounds together at a whim. Even as my shoulders complain post-workout, I can’t help but do a few extra songs each day. Not only is it enjoyable to play to my favorite tunes, but nailing each punch comes with a satisfying sound and rumble. (Also doesn’t hurt to hear Hiro tell me I’m “looking good” again.)
I look forward to sharing my full thoughts with you in my review, after I’ve had more time to bust it out with my favorite instructors! Follow Nintendad on Twitter so you don’t miss a thing.