Nintendo Releases Jump Rope Challenge, a Free Fitness Game Developed During Lockdown

Nintendo Releases Jump Rope Challenge, a Free Fitness Game Developed During Lockdown

If you don't have Ring Fit, this could be a great little workout.

Around 9 p.m. PT last night on Monday, Nintendo decided to release a brand new game for free. As you do. This new game is called Jump Rope Challenge, and it's a new fitness game in the vein of Ring Fit Adventure's minigames.

Jump Rope Challenge is available to download right now for everyone, regardless of whether you're a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber or not. Just head over to the eShop on your Switch (or check out the News Feed from the home screen), and you'll be able to initiate the very small download for the new game.

The game works something like this: put a Joy Con in each hand, and start jumping in time with the counter on the screen. Hopefully you're not in a flat above anyone, or this is going to cause problems.

If you've got two sets of Joy Cons, two people can tackle Jump Rope Challenge at once. According to Nintendo's announcement of the game, it was developed by a few Nintendo developers who have been stuck in since lockdown began in Japan. I thought I was being productive learning a new language during lockdown, but a few developers over at Nintendo have absolutely got me beat.

This could be seen as an excellent countermeasure to Ring Fit Adventure's shortages of stock around the world. Earlier in the year scalpers were selling the fitness game for excessive amounts, followed by a general shortage of stock that's still ongoing.

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