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Fitness Boxing

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Rhythmic fitness game packs a strong punch.

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Educational Value

The game combines exercise with gaming elements to encourage physical fitness. The game even estimates and tracks progress, teaching players to set personal fitness goals and work towards accomplishing them in fun and challenging ways.

Positive Messages

The game encourages players to set fitness goals and following through on them by tracking progress. The exercise routines are also presented in a fun and entertaining way, making physical fitness feel like less of a chore.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players can customize trainers, but overall, these are little more than avatars for the player to work with at their own pace.

Ease of Play

The game's pretty straightforward, with players using the Joy Con controllers to mimic the punches and moves used in actual boxing. Depending on the intensity of the workout chosen, though, playing the game, especially for extended periods, can be physically exhausting.

Violence

Boxing, by its nature, has some mild violence built in. Most of the workouts are simply moving and punching to the beat of various music tracks, following onscreen prompts. But two players can compete against each other, sparring in a virtual ring.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fitness Boxing is a sports fitness game available for the Nintendo Switch. Players go through a number of workout sessions, simulating a boxing exercise routine through the use of the Switch Joy Con’s motion controls. Players move to the rhythm of different musical tracks, spar in light boxing matches and more, all while working towards certain fitness goals and keeping track of their progress along the way. Although players are constantly throwing and dodging punches in their workouts and sparring sessions, there’s very little in the way of real violence. Instead, this is essentially a shadow boxing session meant to encourage players to enjoy getting more physically active.

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What's it about?

It’s time to get up off the couch, strap on some virtual gloves, and punch your way to a better you with FITNESS BOXING. Get ready for an intense series of rhythm-based boxing workouts as you power your way through various 10-40 minute exercise regiments. Players will choose a customizable trainer to guide you through routines set to an instrumental pop soundtrack featuring songs from artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, LMFAO, and Lady Gaga. You can track your BMI and daily calorie burns to follow your fitness progress from day to day. And for those days you feel like feeling the burn with a buddy, just grab an extra set of Joy Con controllers and bring a friend along for some co-op and competitive boxing fun.

Is it any good?

While plenty of games keep players glued to their seats, Nintendo has managed to take the lead when it comes to getting gamers more physically active. Games like Wii Sports, ARMS, and even Super Mario Party have all made players get more involved in their onscreen action, and now Fitness Boxing enters the ring. It not only encourages players to get out of their seats, but it also pushes them to their physical limits with some intense but fun workout routines great for anyone looking to improve their fitness goals.

Fitness Boxing’s gameplay and presentation feels like a unique mix between Wii Fit and Just Dance. The motion controls and progress tracking are solid fitness tools, and having the onscreen coach leading you through each routine feels about as good as hitting a real-life gym. The sessions are structured in a way that newcomers can dive right in while even more active and fit players can be left breaking a hefty sweat. Admittedly, it’s entirely possible to “game” the system, so to speak. Relying solely on the gyroscopic abilities of the Joy Con controllers, the game has no way to tell if you’re actually in the right poses and following through with the instructions, or simply going through some motions comfortably seating in a nearby recliner. But if you’re willing to commit to an exercise regimen and follow through on a regular basis, Fitness Boxing packs more than enough punch to keep even the most rooted of couch potatoes out of their seats and in fit fighting shape.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about staying physically fit. What are some of the benefits of staying physically active, and what are some ways that video games like Fitness Boxing can help?

  • How important is it to set goals and to be able to follow your progress towards those goals? Do you prefer to set one major goal or to set incremental goals leading to a larger objective? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

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