A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this 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 toward accomplishing them in fun and challenging ways.
Encourages players to set fitness goals and follow through on them by tracking progress. Exercise routines are also presented in a fun, entertaining way, making physical fitness feel like less of a chore.
Ease of Play
The game's pretty straightforward, with players using the Joy-Con controllers to mimic punches and moves used in actual boxing. Depending on intensity of workout chosen, though, playing the game, especially for extended periods, can be physically exhausting.
Violence & Scariness
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 on-screen prompts. But two players can compete against each other, sparring in a virtual ring.
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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 toward 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 shadowboxing session meant to encourage players to enjoy getting more physically active.
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 on-screen action, and now Fitness Boxing enters the ring. It not only encourages players to get out of their seats, but 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 feel like a unique mix between Wii Fit and Just Dance. The motion controls and progress tracking are solid fitness tools, and having the on-screen 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 while comfortably seated 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.
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