Fitness Boxing is the Nintendo Switch's first dedicated fitness game, and apart from a few issues, it seems like it's a nice option to consider for a living room workout. GameSpot's Jess McDonell spent around 10 days playing the $50 USD Switch exclusive, and in a new video feature, she explains what the game is all about and why you should care about it.
Games like Just Dance, Arms, and 1-2 Switch have elements of physicality, but Fitness Boxing goes further with its gamification of getting your body moving, sweating, and burning calories. A rhythm game, Fitness Boxing challenges you to perform a number of punches--jabs, uppercuts, and hooks among them--and move your body in time with the signals on screen. There is a soundtrack of Top 40 songs of tunes like Timber by Kesha and Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5, but they're all instrumental instead of the actual versions, in case that matters to you.
One of the best features of Fitness Boxing is its customisable daily workouts. You can select areas you want to work on, such as biceps, chest, core, legs, calves, or full body, based on your fitness goals and how long you want each session to last. There are a wide variety options, and it's nice to be able to tailor a workout session based on your specific interests and fitness goals. The experience isn't without its issues, however, as the game's motion controls can be finicky, which can prove frustrating. But overall, Fitness Boxing is a solid option for those looking to work out and play a video game at the same time. Boxer-gaming is what we'll call it.
Fitness Boxing is available now for Nintendo Switch.