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Nintendo announces new Ring-Con fitness accessory for Nintendo Switch

What you need to know

  • Nintendo announced a new Nintendo Switch fitness accessory called the Ring-Con.
  • The Ring-Con comes with a Leg Strap.
  • Both accessories hold a Joy-Con and respond to motion controls.
  • Nintendo is releasing a new fitness game called RingFit Adventure to be used specifically with the Ring-Con and Leg Strap.
  • The Ring-Con, Leg Strap, and RingFit Adventure game will release October 18, 2019.
  • The accessories and game aren't available for pre-order just yet.

Last week we got a teaser for an upcoming Nintendo Switch fitness accessory, but today the gaming company revealed more about it. The accessory - officially named the Ring-Con - is a bendable wheel designed to hold a Joy-Con and react to your movements. It comes with a Leg Strap, which also houses a Joy-Con. These accessories will become available on October 18, 2019.

But what is a new accessory without a good game to go with it? Nintendo also announced that it will be releasing RingFit Adventure, a fantasy game that has you battling dragons and enemies with fitness! You'll be able to purchase the game, Ring-Con, and Leg Strap all in one package. All I know is defeating evil enemies with the power of squats and stretches could be one of the best ways to get fit and overcome life's troubles after a hard day.

The way the Ring-Con and Leg Strap work are very similar to Wii Fit games and the accompanying fitness accessories that were popular several years ago. These devices are sure to get players' hearts pumping while taking their mind off of the actual labor of exercising. The accessories and game aren't available just yet for pre-order, but we're sure they'll pop up soon.

Previously, I stated that the teaser video Nintendo released for the Ring-Con was uncomfortable to watch. Now that I've been able to see actual gameplay in addition to gamers using the Ring-Con, this device appears less silly. It's still weird, but quirkiness has long been a wonderful companion for Nintendo and its creations.

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.