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Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise (Nintendo Switch)

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This time, there are another 20 available (as well as three forgettable original tunes), and they seem to span a wider range of decades. It has a wealth of excellent accessibility options, wherein you can avoid motions you can’t make and tweak other essential things, but aside from a couple of new instructors, some new songs, and some fancier graphics and UI, it’s not really a new game. I also felt a different kind of burn when I missed a weekend, breaking my streak that the instructors were so keen to congratulate me on. You’ll get a ‘Perfect’ if you time it perfectly, an ‘OK’ if your timing is a little off, or a ‘Miss’ if you… well, miss.

I was much better off going by visual queues, which is just as well as the music isn’t anything special and can be turned off in the menu. In defense of Fitness Boxing, you do get into a workout session faster than the story mode of Ring Fit Adventure. Jabs and straights are fine for the most part, but when you start introducing hooks and uppercuts to the mix, that’s when things can start to get a little messy – until you reverse-engineer the Joy-Con in your head and figure out exactly what gesture the Switch is looking for.The reason I rate them highly is because a good chunk of the pop songs in the list sound like clunky karaoke tracks. The variety of punches is surprisingly wide, switching between uppercuts, jabs, straights, and hooks in a variety of sequences. Susurrus your data transfers, but you have to start from the beginning and earn the different workouts again.

If you're going all-out, weaving and throwing straights at the apex of the workouts (last 44 seconds of each side on phase 2 of the drill), it can be a magical 10. Let us just throw in one suggestion if we may, though, and while such an undertaking is obviously far too late now for Fitness Boxing 2, maybe it might be an idea for the third game. My routine has involved playing Fitness Boxing 2 for 20 minutes as a warm-up, and then closing out my day with about 45 minutes of Ring Fit Adventure. It tells you you’re burning an average of around 10 calories a minute, but with my height and weight, I can tell you without a doubt that’s not the case. As before, you’re accompanied by a fitness instructor, and while there were six to choose from in the first game, there are now another three newcomers to try and warm to.Unfortunately, I couldn’t get anyone to join me, likely due to the perspiration, so I am unable to talk much about this mode.

I don’t normally exercise my upper body, so I was feeling the burn when I first started this game, as many will. The customizability of the daily workouts, paired with Free Play which allows you to string together a custom routine, makes little room for excuses. In the first game, instructor outfits were unlocked when you hit certain milestones, but some of these were frankly ridiculous: throwing a total of 198,000 punches to unlock a new top felt ever so slightly disproportionate. Don't get me wrong though, there's nothing that replicates the joy/effect of actually punching an object with resistance rather than punching the air.The game was released on December 20, 2018 in Japan by Imagineer, December 21, 2018 in PAL territories and January 4, 2019 in North America by Nintendo. Just step back with your right foot, turn to the right by about forty-five degrees, and face forwards with your back straight, looking ahead and your right heel slightly lifted.

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