I have a long and glorious history with video games as exercise. I owned several (read: 10+) Dance Dance Revolutions (until I grew too frustrated with the quality of the dance mats and unable to pay the scratch to get a permanent one installed in my apartment… which I seriously considered), I was a HUGE fan of “Yourself!Fitness” for the Xbox (still a favourite, and I continue to be disappointed that there’s no real sequel to it… it was a damn great game) and Wii Fit (I mean, who didn’t play Wii Fit… despite the problems in the design and the often problematic balance-board-thingy).
Fast forward to today. “Ring Fit Adventure” sounds great. I’ve never had a problem sticking to digital exercise routines as long as they work (I stuck with Wii Fit longer than it deserved), and an RPG with exercise elements sounds like 100% something up my proverbial alley.
It’s sold out at MSRP everywhere in Canada, meaning my only option is shudder Amazon where it retails for a whopping $200CAD… and I’d have to buy a Switch to play it for another groan-inducing $400CAD. Throw in taxes, and we’re flirting with $700 for an gamercise device.
Which I don’t know if is any good. And having glanced over the Switch lineup… I can’t say I’m really keen on anything else they offer. Maybe the other exergame they offer (Fitness Boxing), although I can’t say I’m quite as excited about that one, but hey, variety is the spice of life and all that.
Maybe I should invest in a half-decent VR set and get Beat Sabers instead? For some reason sweating into a headset seems… weird… to me. And if I were going to buy a stationary bike or even a rudimentary home-gym sorta deal (now that I live in a home), it would cost more and take up way more space…
So, help me off this ledge, friends and enemies. I have the money (I mean, I don’t, but this would be all my discretionary budget in lieu of video and board games for at least 6 months)… is it worth it?