Ring Fit Adventure Has a New Rhythm Mode With Some Killer Nintendo Jams

Ring Fit Adventure Has a New Rhythm Mode With Some Killer Nintendo Jams

It features music from Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and more.

If you've managed to pick up Ring Fit Adventures, Nintendo's RPG and minigame fitness title for the Switch, then there's a very good chance you still haven't seen all it has to offer even if you're getting your daily squats and jogs in. Today, as part of the surprise Mini Direct presentation, Nintendo released a free update that adds a few new modes and options to Ring Fit's lengthy list of features, including an all-new rhythm minigame.

The new rhythm game mode features 17 tracks from various Nintendo titles, including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There's even a Wii Fit medley in the mix.

It looks like there are two modes for the rhythm game: one focusing on arms and legs, and another for core and leg workouts. It also seems like there are a few difficulty options, ranging from "novice" to "super advanced." Mechanically, the rhythm game mode is almost like a marriage of Ring Fit's mechanics and Beat Saber's. Players have to move the Ring Con into certain positions and stretch or compress it in time with indicators that travel toward the screen, while also being sure to squat down when instructed.

Additionally, the free update adds a few smaller quality of life features. Players can now select a female voice option and select different languages for Ring, Ring Fit's sidekick and fitness coach character. There's also a new jogging-only mode that lets you explore Ring Fit's levels without stopping to fight enemies in its staple turn-based fitness battles.

No matter where you live, it may prove difficult to get a copy of Ring Fit Adventure if you don't already have one. Even before the coronavirus outbreak was officially classified as a pandemic, increased demand for the fitness title in areas that were under quarantine orders led to shortages and reseller price gouging in other regions. Manufacturing delays caused by the pandemic may also be excerbating the issue. At the time of writing, Ring Fit Adventure is still listed as out of stock on the US websites for Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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