How much is Ring Fit Adventure like Wii Fit?

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Ring Fit Adventure (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

How much is Ring Fit Adventure like Wii Fit?

Best answer: Ring Fit Adventure is not like Wii Fit at all. Ring Fit Adventure focuses more on the RPG and battle elements of the game that are powered by exercise, whereas Wii Fit was more about exercise mini-games.Time to get swol: Ring Fit Adventure ($80 at Amazon)

Ring Fit Adventure is more about the game than the exercise

Christine Knee Lift Ring Fit Adventure

Christine Knee Lift Ring Fit Adventure (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

With Ring Fit Adventure, the best way to look at it is to think of it as an RPG game first and foremost. The Adventure mode has a story, levels with objectives, battles with enemies, items, gold coins, crafting, equipment, and even side quests — all of these are the parts that make a good RPG game. However, the Ring Fit Adventure requires two unique accessories for your Joy-Cons that make you move and exercise to progress in the game.

But because of this RPG part of Ring Fit Adventure, it makes the exercising part fun for those who live more sedentary lifestyles. It's much more satisfying to jog-in-place and see your on-screen character moving forward in an obstacle course. Plus, it's fun to see damage dealt to enemies by just exercising.

With Wii Fit, it was more about the exercises, rather than having fun. Most activities only focused on the user's center of balance (COB) and posture. The mini-games featured yoga, strength training, aerobics, and balancing, and Wii Fit was even used for physiotherapy rehabilitation and in health clubs. For those who love to game rather than exercise, Wii Fit may not have been the most motivational exercise game option to get some people moving. Plus, Wii Fit was also criticized for lack of intensity in some of the workout activities, which is the opposite of Ring Fit Adventure.

Ring Fit Adventure has a ton of variety and customization

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Ring Fit Adventure (Image credit: iMore)

Even if you aren't into the RPG element of Ring Fit Adventure, there are still a ton of options available in the game for you to get your daily exercise. Ring Fit Adventure lets players create their own custom workout sets to do, or you can opt for mini-games that focus on a particular muscle. A recent update also added a rhythm game mode, so you can move to the beat of classic Nintendo game tunes.

Instead of focusing on just COB and posture like Wii Fit, Ring Fit Adventure emphasizes putting all of your muscles to work. For example, jogging in Adventure mode to make your way through a level would be doing cardio, but the exercise sets you take can focus on upper or lower strength, yoga, and more. And the best part is that once you unlock more exercises, you can just take the ones that you prefer doing into a level (but variety is key), rather than being forced to do exercises you don't always like.

So even if you don't care for the adventure in Ring Fit Adventure, you still have plenty of options to get your workout done at home. And if you feel that it's too easy, just up the difficulty level — you'll be working up a good sweat!

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed. When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.