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Wii Fit: The Next Generation

Nintendo has been no stranger to fitness and exercise games. In 1987, they distributed the originally Bandai-published game World Class Track Meet for Nintendo Entertainment System in the West, which was controlled entirely with a pad called the Power Pad. A more recent and far more successful example was Wii Fit for the Wii in 2007. On September 6, 2019 Nintendo was coming back around to that concept when they teased some new accessories for the Nintendo Switch in a new teaser video. On September 12, 2019 that concept was reveled in full with the new game Ring Fit Adventure which would release worldwide on October 18, 2019.

Instead of an unthemed workout like the earlier Wii Fit series, Ring Fit Adventure is a fully-featured (albeit lighthearted) fantasy RPG. note  In the game, a peaceful kingdom is invaded by Dragaux, a giant, chiseled dragon with an ego to match his oversized muscles. To defeat him, the player teams up with Ring, a sentient Pilates ring, then travels the countryside collecting treasure, becoming fit, exploring remote locations, collecting treasure, and fighting Dragaux's forces along the way. Like most RPGs, battles are turn-based, with the player inflicting damage by how well they performs various exercises. By improving their character level, players acquire more complex and more powerful routines.


The game comes with two new Joy-Con accessories: the Ring-Con and the Leg Strap, which hold the Joy-Cons and use their motion controls to translate the player's movements into game action. The game also includes a General Fitness Mode for players who want to exercise without dealing with the story line, and a "Silent Mode" for players who don't want to disturb their neighbors with overly vigorous workouts.

The debut video is here.


This game demonstrates the following tropes:

  • A Dog Named "Dog": A ring named Ring.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Ring, the in-game representation of the Ring-Con controller. It gives advice, performs various actions, and high-fives the player after a victorious battle.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: If you lose to Dragaux, you have the option to skip straight to him instead of starting the level from the beginning.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: Played with. The game tells players to only play a reasonable amount every day and suggests stopping after a couple stages, but it does so to encourage the player to not overexert themselves, rather than the usual application of preventing pooping in socks.
  • Auto-Revive: Certain items like the Peach Smoothie automatically revive you if you lose all your hearts in battle.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The female player character has an exposed midriff.
  • Beam-O-War: More like spectral flexing war in Dragaux's final boss fight.
  • Blow You Away: Squeezing the Ring-Con causes Ring to blow a bust of wind, which is used in-game to smash objects and propel the player over obstacles.
  • The Bully: Dragaux is an arrogant bodybuilder who believes he's better than everyone else.
  • Chest Monster: Some chests encountered during levels will run away from you, requiring you to chase it down to get its contents.
  • Color-Coded Elements: Insofar as the different types of exercise serve as elements in the game, arms are red, torso is yellow, legs are blue, and yoga is green. Ring's power to deal extra damage to enemies of the same color as an attack is explicitly named "Color Coding".
  • Elite Four: The Four Masters, which represents the four exercise types — arms (Armando), legs and thighs (Allegra), core (Abdonis), and yoga (Guru Andma). After losing to Dragaux, they're brainwashed by the dark influence to serve as his bodyguards.
  • Exergaming: Easily 2019's most high-profile embodiment of this trope.
  • Experience Booster: Items like the Carrot Smoothie increase the amount of experience gained in battle when used.
  • Flaming Hair: Seen on the player's character; the flames' intensity changes according to how well the player performs each exercise. The flaming hair manifests as a long ponytail, igniting the female hero's already-existent ponytail while causing the male's spiky hair to fire up into a large tail.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Played with; the player's moves are classified into different exercise types — arms, legs and thighs, core (torso), and yoga. Enemies are more vulnerable to certain types, so using the correct exercise for each encounter is a key skill.
  • The Goomba: Hoppers, little tadpole-like cyclops.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After defeating Dark Dragaux in the final world, he is freed from the dark influence and apologises for all the trouble he caused. Ring suggests he make up for it by opening real Dragaux Stadiums across the lands for the people.
  • Item Crafting: Ingredients obtained in the levels can be used to create smoothies, soups, and other liquid foods that grant effects like restoring health or powering up certain attacks.
  • Jerk Jock: Dragaux, who embodies the worst aspects of gym culture like extreme competitiveness and bullying.
  • Leotard of Power: Dragaux wears a tight dark-grey onesie.
  • Marathon Level: Literally, especially the final confrontation with Dragaux.
  • Metal Slime: Occasionally, a variant of an enemy will appear on the map screen. Gold enemies drop a lot of gold, while rare enemies, which are silver, provide lots of experience upon defeat, but both will flee if the battle is not won quickly.
  • Mirror Boss: The Four Masters attack the same way you do, using glowing projections crated by them performing exercises.
  • Mook Medic: Matta Rays are monsters with a body reminiscent of yoga mats. They can spread themselves out on the ground to restore their own HP, or let one other monster rest on themselves to heal them.
  • Morph Weapon: Ring can shift into a paddleboat or a set of wings to help you get through certain courses.
  • Muscle Angst: According to Ring, when he first met Dragaux, the latter was scrawny and insecure about his body.
  • New Game+: Once you've completed the main story, it adds Extra Mode, which takes the main story's maps and ups the stats of enemies to be more in line with the level you should be at while also changing the dialogue to indicate that it takes place after the main story. Beat Extra Mode, and you get access to Master Mode.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The game starts with you walking up to a sealed Ring, and a mysterious voice (Dragaux) convinces you to break the seal, causing the events of the game.
  • Noodle People: Allegra's face, upper body and arms are impossibly slim, and her legs, while strong and muscular, are extremely long.
  • Off to See the Wizard: World 11 has the player join up with a woman named Scarecruel note , a Cowardly Strongman note , and a Toned Man note  to reach the Valley of Wishes and wish for a way to stop Dragaux. The three are Allegra, Armando, and Abdonis in disguise respectively, and the Valley of Wishes is a trap they set.
  • Old Master: Guru Andma, the yoga master, is a cute little old lady, and said to be the one who keeps the other three of the Four Masters in line.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dragaux is here to flex all over your tiny girly man muscles.
  • Play Every Day: The game is designed as a workout program, encouraging players to get a workout routine in once a day.
  • Power-Up Food: Smoothies serve as consumable items that can restore your health or grant a variety of Status Buffs. You can buy them from shops or collect ingredients to blend them yourself.
  • Punny Name: All of the enemies have punny names (for example, Kennelbells, dog-faced kettlebells), as do the Four Masters: Armando, Abdonis, Allegra and the elderly Guru Andma ("grandma").
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Your character can perform Rush attacks on disoriented enemies.
  • Rare Candy: Drinking a Dragon Drink will cause the player character to immediately go up a level. There are also Strength Drinks and Defense Drinks, which will permanently increase the stat in their respective names upon drinking.
  • Set Bonus: Some equipment come in sets that grant an additional effect if every part of the set is equipped.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Your attacks during the monster battles take the form of fists, feet, abs, and flowers (for yoga-based attacks).
  • She's Got Legs: Befitting the Four Masters' leg expert, Allegra's well-toned legs are thicker than her torso and longer than the entire rest of her body. Her boss fight begins with a prolonged shot of her legs and rear before panning out to show the rest of her.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Wii Fit.
  • Tech Demo Game: This game does a good job of showing off how the Joy-Cons can be used for applications other than gaming, in this case, using them for exercise and using the Infra-red sensor to detect heart beat.
  • Tech Tree: Skill Points can be spent to learn skills connected to each other on a skill tree.
  • Thematic Rogues Gallery: Dragaux's minions are based on sports and exercise equipment, including helmets, yoga mats, and dumbbells.
  • Top-Heavy Guy:
    • Dragaux, whose arms and upper torso dominate his form, while his legs are barely visible. Do consider though that while he has smaller legs, they are not undeveloped like the usual subject of this trope; his leg muscles are still thick and defined and clearly works them out in his regimen.
    • Armando, the arms specialist of the Four Masters, has unsurprisingly massive, muscular arms and a huge barrel chest. His legs make up perhaps a quarter of his body span.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The shopkeepers; Hubby is a plain-looking portly dude, while Honey is a gorgeous young woman.
  • Variable Mix: The music in stages and battles changes its instrumentation depending on your current activity. There are no less than eight versions of each battle theme corresponding to the various exercises you'll do.
  • Victory Pose: You perform one of these at the end of every level by squatting, and then raising your arms into the air.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Whenever you catch up to Dragaux, he's always exercising in some way, from push ups to yoga balancing.
  • Weapons That Suck: Pulling the Ring-Con apart causes Ring to suck in nearby objects.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Ring and Dragaux used to be friends, with Ring helping Dragaux with his Muscle Angst, until the latter became corrupted by the dark influence, forcing Ring to seal him away until the protagonist accidentally unseals it. Dragaux even calls Ring out on it while in World 6.
  • Wham Episode: After beating Dragaux in World 20 he devours the brainwashed Four Masters. Then in World 22 you come across all of their spirits in the Underworld and seem dead for good... but miraculously they all come Back from the Dead after defeating Dragaux for the last time.

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