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Wii Fit: The Next Generation
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Nintendo has been no stranger to exergaming. In 1987, they distributed the originally Bandai-published game World Class Track Meet for the 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 announced they were coming back around to that concept by teasing 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.

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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. There's also a "Multitasking Mode" wherein you can use the ring-con with attached joycon as an exercise device on its own without the Switch being powered. It will log up to 500 reps in this mode and reward you for an in-game coin for every rep you do.

On March 26, 2020 a new update for the game released that added a rhythm game as well as giving Ring an option for a female voice. The update also added a Quick Run Mode where you can run casually through the stages without experiencing any battles or gaining experience points.

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The debut video is here.


This game demonstrates the following tropes:

  • Ability Required to Proceed: World 4's trip to Dragaux looks suspiciously short at first until you find that you need Ring's river-crossing 'shining power' to go any further and thus need to complete the whole world.
  • Absurdly High Level Cap: The maximum level you can reach in Adventure Mode is 999.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A ring named Ring.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: Pretty much all of the enemies, many of which are based on exercise equipment. Special mention goes to the Hoplins, little tadpole-like creatures that often get winded when they fight you.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Dragaux's dark influence starts affecting the robots around World 17 leading to the Beserk Robot enemy line. The robots that run the gyms are still fine though.
  • 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.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Some of the sidequests you complete reward you a new top, bottoms or shoes which can give nice bonuses like extra defence or attack.
  • 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.
    • If you're worried that jogging in place will be too noisy, there's a "Silent Mode" that lets you "jog" by lightly squatting instead.
    • Assist Mode allows you to replace exercise actions for certain body parts with Joycon-based controls, in case that type of exercise isn't an option for you for whatever reason.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: If being an exercise game wasn't enough to limit the length of your sessions, the game also gently suggests that you play only a few levels each day, to ensure you don't overexert yourself.
  • Artificial Limbs: It turns out that Titanium White has these as a result of an accident.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Dragaux is responsible for all of the danger in the story and the player must stop his ambitions from coming true.
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Hubby gets attacked by monsters when looking for ingredients and when you fulfil his requests to bring a nice Smoothie, it usually gets drunk by his wife instead before he gets a chance himself.
  • 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".
  • Copy-and-Paste Environments: You'll come across the same forests, factories, mountains, water areas, etc, albeit at different times of day and in different weather conditions. However, the various obstacles requiring different Fit Skills you come across keep things fresh and is good for training. And the environments look really nice, especially at sunset.
  • The Corruption: The "dark influence" that Dragaux wields is basically a family-friendly version of this. In addition to creating evil monsters, it has psychologically debilitating effects to people not strong enough to resist it, and can induce Brainwashed and Crazy with enough exposure.
  • Crate Expectations: Crates can be broken by pushing in on the Ring-Con. Sometimes this is required to stop them from blocking your path but there are also crates scattered about that can be broken for ingredient drops. There's even a crate-smashing mini-game available.
  • Crying Wolf: Linus likes to trick his fellow villagers frequently, his latest lie being that the area nearby contains monster deer. Dragaux's dark influence makes this true along with other corrupted animals, causing Linus to try and capture one to make the others believe him.
  • Cute Machines: The robots that run the Game, Fitness and Battle Gyms.
  • Damage-Increasing Debuff: A few of your opponents including Dragaux can temporarily reduce your defence as well as buff their own attack.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In one of the worlds, all the children are turned into ghosts meaning that adults can no longer see them causing the adults to think that the children have been just disappeared en masse. It turns out that Abdonis turned the kids into ghosts because he was annoyed at them calling him old.
  • Dual Age Modes: Dashley, whom the player meets in World 5, is eventually revealed to be an elderly woman who becomes a younger woman when she is able to maintain a steady exercise routine.
  • Disc-One Nuke: Yoga. Yoga's niche is that it competitive damage with other Fit Skills, but requires less reps. Although each individual rep takes longer (it is yoga, after all), the fact that Fit Skills automatically cancel when all possible attack targets are defeated (unless you switch the settings in the menu) means that you can plow through enemies faster early on by just using Yoga to do less work for more efficiency. There's a reason you get the Green Skill smoothie recipes much later than the others. Once you obtain stronger Fit Skills of other colors, Yoga becomes a bit less desirable, but it does remain competitive and viable.
  • Doting Grandparent: While she might not technically be their grandma, Guru Andma certainly dotes on her Grandminions.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: After clearing World 2, Ring regains his first power, known as "Color Coding". This allows you to deal bonus damage to enemies that are the same color as the Fit Skill you use.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Summoner: The Megaphauna, though the summons can sometimes fail.
  • Exergaming: Easily 2019's most high-profile embodiment of this trope.
  • Fetch Quest: Some requests ask for specific smoothies or soups to which it is sometimes beneficial to go grinding for ingredients.
  • Exact Words: When the Magic Robot (which is programmed to always tell the truth) is asked who has the steeliest buns, it answers Titanium White. When the Magic Robot is asked whose buns are like steel yet made of flesh, the Magic Robot answers Allegra. Both statements are correct so why the difference? Turns out that Titanium White is a Cyborg thanks to numerous cybernetic enhancements so her buns are quite literally steel. Allegra's question was metaphorical but her intensive training has given her steely buns but still actual flesh.
  • Experience Booster: Items like the Carrot Smoothie increase the amount of experience gained in battle when used. A full set of certain clothing also does this.
  • 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.
  • Floating Platforms: Giant floating rocks and islands pepper the Dragaux stages, presumably as a side-effect of the dark influence.
  • 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.
  • Generation Xerox: Honey and Hubby look exactly like Honey's grandparents Sweetie and Snookums in the Land of Hades.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Scuttlebells are essentially a cross between a dumbbell and a crab. When both claws are lifted, they can hit for a surprising amount of damage.
  • Girls With Mustaches: Can be invoked for the female character with the Armando Outfit.
  • The Goomba: Hoppers, little tadpole-like cyclops.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Allegra pursues a woman named Titanium White as the former can't stand the thought of someone having steelier buns than her. The end result is that Titanium White gets drained of her motivation, perseverance and passion so she can no longer train.
  • Guide Dang It!: There is no indication that using Ring Pull on a fleeing treasure chest will force it to slow down.
    • You can blast out air at signs and posts to get some extra rings. Nowhere is this mentioned.
  • Harder Than Hard: In addition to the usual Novice and Advanced difficulties, Rhythm Game has Super-Advanced and Ultra-Advanced charts for each song. They're as hard as advertised.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Honey is more or less fluent in Binarese, the robot language you encounter in World 19. It's very valuable for the expanding robot demographic after all. (When you obtain clothing that lets you understand the language, Binarese is pretty much like JavaScript.)
  • It's Up to You: Absolutely no other character provides any help whatsoever in fighting back against Dragaux or the dark influence, meaning that the player and Ring are the only entities capable enough to handle the problem.
  • 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.
  • Interface Spoiler: Averted with the Skill Tree. There's no indication that reaching Level 40 will unlock it.
  • Intrepid Merchant: Honey and Hubby have a shop in every world you travel to apart from the first couple. While Hubby is rather reserved, Honey is quite happy to go exploring for items and the like. As a result, you sometimes have to go for looking for her before she gets into serious trouble.
  • Jerk Jock: Dragaux, who embodies the worst aspects of gym culture like extreme competitiveness and bullying.
  • King Koopa Copy: Dragaux, who is a large, buff dragon bad guy in a Nintendo game.
  • Leotard of Power: Dragaux wears a tight dark-grey onesie.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Megaphauna enemies attack in this manner when they're not trying to summon another monster.
  • 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.
  • Mickey Mousing: Smack Back, when played perfectly, has the robots' throws and your hits synced up with the music. It's notably the only minigame to do so.
  • 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.
  • More Than Mind Control: The Four Masters fall to Dragaux's dark influence partially due to their own perceived weaknesses.
  • 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.
  • Narcissist: Abdonis is super proud of his looks and especially his abs.
  • Never Say "Die": Explicitly averted in World 21 when Hubby tells Honey that she can't go searching for The Land of Hades because it's full of dead people. Honey replies that if she can get into The Land Of Hades, she can say hi to her grandma. Played straight however in World 20 when Dragaux consumes the Four Masters and they get sent to the Land of Hades.
  • 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.
  • No Indoor Voice: Armando has a habit of randomly shouting exclamations.
  • 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. Multitask Mode allows you to accumulate up to 500 ring presses and pulls per day "outside" the game for a bonus to the main game. However, unlike Wii Fit, the game won't call you out for days you skip. Some tips also make a point that the player should take days to recover if their muscles are aching.
  • 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").
  • Purple Is Powerful: Stronger monsters, Dragaux himself and the brainwashed Four Masters are surrounded by a purple aura during battle.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: You can learn the ability to use Rush Attacks on enemies that you stun with Fit Skills, which involve repeatedly performing a motion such as pressing the Ring-Con or bicycle kicking to rapidly hammer the target with numerous extra attacks that inflicts a bit of extra bonus damage. You can even learn how to make a Smoothie that guarantees a Rush Attack on your next move.
  • 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 as well as Skill Drinks that give you a spendable Skill Point.
  • Rhythm Game: A Rhythm Game mode was added as a side mode in a March 2020 update, allowing you to exercise in time to a variety of featured Ring Fit tracks, in addition to tracks from Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Wii Fit.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: Downplayed but many of the areas you visit have broken bridges, paths and ring-like structures and much of the landscape is dotted with colossal statues of what are presumably past heroic trainers.
  • 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).
  • Shrine to Self: Dragaux's stages are full of giant statues depicting himself in various show-off poses.
  • 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.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Whenever an enemy entourage includes a Matta Ray or Slatta Ray it's in your best interest to kill it as quickly as possible — unless you'd prefer to prolong the battle of course!
  • Sidequest: Bar the first two, each world has a number of requests from citizens asking you to either gather some ingredients or deliver a particular Smoothie, rid an area of monsters or simply face a challenge at a Game Gym for prizes.
  • The Spartan Way: The Kingdom of Sporta (unsurprising given its name) is dedicated to intense training on a daily basis and missing even a single day is considered blasphemous. Unfortunately, the presence of Dragaux renders the citizens scared and weak except for the commander (and since he gets you to do everything for him under the pretence of training, he's likely just as inadequate to the job of getting rid of monsters).
  • Spiritual Successor: To Wii Fit.
  • Status Buff: Smoothies can boost the attack power of a type of Fit Skill, give you a guaranteed rush, and increase your defence for a limited number of turns. Some sets of equipment can also boost the strength of a certain Fit Skill type by 5%.
    • The Protein Shaker monsters can also invoke by boosting the strength of one type of Fit Skill — usually the one they are weak to — in exchange for reducing the strength of another type (or all the other types in the case of dark versions). This works when the other monsters in the battle are the colour of the weakened skills though hilariously enough, the Protein Shaker will sometimes cast this even if they're the only monster left and are weak to the move they just boosted. Dark versions do not have this weakness though.
  • 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.
  • Useless Useful Spell: Healing routines. There really isn't much of a reason to ever use them outside of the gyms that require them – normal levels will almost never put you in a situation where you need to heal at all, and when you do, you can just drink a smoothie or two without losing your turn (unless you forgot to make some or are running low). The one time they might be of use is when the enemy shuts off your access to drinks – but when you die, it allows you to use the resurrecting smoothies despite this restriction, rendering even its situational use moot.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Allegra has blue hair to match her outfit and fit skill mastery. Meanwhile, Honey has pink hair to match her pink clothes.
 
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