Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Rhythm boxing sequel scores a knockout punch.

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Educational Value

The game motivates players to be more active and develop a fitness routine. It tracks various milestones, shows players progress, and rewards them for their efforts. The gaming elements also show players that working out and achieving personal goals can be both fun and rewarding.

Positive Messages

The game encourages players to get up and get active, developing regular fitness routines and working towards personal goals. By tracking and rewarding progress, players learn to follow through with work and effort to reach their goals. Encouragement from players' virtual trainers and choreographed routines help to show that fitness can be both entertaining and healthy.

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Players can choose and customize their own virtual trainer. While the trainers don't have much depth of character, they do have their own distinct styles and personalities when it comes to encouraging players.

Ease of Play

Players use the gyro-sensor and accelerometer features of the Joy-Con controllers to measure players' movements in relation to the onscreen prompts. While it takes some time to get used to initially, movements quickly become second nature. Depending on the length and difficulty of the routine, players can be left out of breath and exhausted from the intensity of the workout.

Violence

Boxing, by its nature, has some violence integrated into it, teaching different techniques for throwing punches. That said, the sport makes for a great workout and the game focuses on that aspect versus any sort of fighting.

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This is the sequel to the original Fitness Boxing game and expands on the experience of the original. It also allows players to transfer their profile from the first game to the sequel, continuing on with their progress without interruption. The game also includes choreographed routines set to hit pop music tracks.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is a sports fitness and rhythm game available on the Nintendo Switch. The game's a sequel to 2019's Fitness Boxing, allowing owners of the previous game to transfer progress and continue their fitness program while giving newcomers a chance to start fresh with new personal fitness goals. Players choose a virtual trainer encourage them and work out with them through a series of selected exercise routines. These routines are choreographed "shadow boxing" style workouts set to a playlist of popular music. As players complete routines and reach certain milestones, they earn credit that can be used for the in-game shop to further customize their gameplay experience.

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What's it about?

Get up, get your groove on, and box your way to a better you with FITNESS BOXING 2: RHYTHM & EXERCISE on the Nintendo Switch. The sequel to 2019's Fitness Boxing, Fitness Boxing 2 adds even more intense virtual boxing workout routines as players punch, duck, and dodge their way towards their personal fitness goals. You can play through a variety of boxing workouts set to an instrumental soundtrack of popular music from classic artists like Cyndi Lauper and Steppenwolf to modern artists like Ariana Grande and Marshmello. You can choose your customizable virtual trainer and track your fitness progress in categories such as body mass index (BMI), calories burned, time active, and more. As you complete workouts and hit milestones, you'll earn credits and pick up new items in the store to further customize your exercise experience. It's up to you to go solo or give a friend a pair of Joy-Con controllers and score a two player KO workout.

Is it any good?

When the world makes it difficult for a person to get to the gym, one sensible solution is to bring the gym to the person. Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise does a fantastic job of giving players that personal training feel in the comfort of their own living rooms. This sequel to 2019's Fitness Boxing on the Switch allows owners of that game to transfer their profiles to the new title to continue their long-term fitness goals. That being said, Fitness Boxing 2 doesn't reinvent the wheel. It plays much more like an expansion pack, building on the foundation of the original. There are a few cool additions, including a new soundtrack and three new instructors. Both the retuning and the new instructors seem a lot more developed this time around. Each has his or her own unique personality and techniques, giving players a chance to find one they "click" with during workouts. Oddly though, most of the tickets earned are used to buy cosmetic options for these trainers as opposed to the player. While you might be the one putting in all the work, it's the instructor that reaps those cool cosmetic rewards.

In terms of gameplay, Fitness Boxing 2 feels more responsive than the first game. It still takes getting used to holding the Joy-Con controls while swinging with the right combination of angle and speed to register the moves correctly. But once you find your groove, each routine becomes a fluid combination of choreographed motion guaranteed to work up a sweat. And if you need a little extra motivation to stay committed to a regular exercise regiment, the game even includes an alarm function that will remind you when it's time for your next scheduled routine even if the Switch is in Sleep Mode. Whether you're trying to get in a quick session in the morning before heading out to work or school or you're committing to an endurance fueled marathon session, you always feel like you've put the hard work and earned your progress. And that's the best things about the Fitness Boxing 2 experience. It works with players in so many ways to give them a custom fitness program, catered to their skill level and personal goals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about staying physically fit. How can video games like Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise help kids to stay active while indoors? What are some of the benefits of staying physically active as a part of a daily routine?

  • How important is it to set goals and to be able to follow your progress towards those goals? How important is it to set realistic goals with gradual increments of success built in?

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