June 17, 2024


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Get fit with these Nintendo Switch games at Amazon

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Get up and go — enjoy a full workout using your Nintendo Switch. (Photo: Getty)

Looking for a good workout? You could always go for a jog, but with April showers coming and going, that isn’t always the most attractive prospect. When you need to exercise inside, but don’t have the room or money for an expensive piece of equipment, there’s another option — an item you may have already in your living room, one that isn’t necessarily associated with fitness immediately. We’re talking about the Nintendo Switch — yes, your video game console! There are lots of great games that will really have you working up a sweat in no time. And right now you can snag them at Amazon for way less than a gym membership.

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free two-day delivery on these games, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more, which covers most of the games here.)

Nintendo Switch Sports

Characters lined up in a bowling alley

Bowling is back, baby. (Photo: Nintendo)

Do you have fond memories of Wii Sports, way back in 2006? It was crazy popular back then, with folks from 6 to 60 (and older!) enjoying motion-controlled bowling, tennis and more. Well, Nintendo’s finally made a proper successor to that massive success on the Nintendo Switch, and it’s coming out in just a few short weeks, on April 29th. Preorder your copy now so you can be one of the first to revisit old favorites like bowling and tennis, or try your hand at new sports like badminton and volleyball. If you buy the physical version, it’ll come with a leg strap; use it to attach the Joy-Con controller to your leg for soccer games. If you already have a leg strap from Ring Fit Adventure, you can save $10 by buying the digital version of Switch Sports.

$50 at Amazon

Just Dance 2022

On-screen character flexing

Save nearly 60 percent on Just Dance. It’s just $20! (Photo: Ubisoft)

If you’re looking for exercise, group fun and great tunes, look no further than the Just Dance series. You’ll step, hop and bounce along to new and old hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Meghan Trainor. And once you’ve sweated through the 40 included tracks, you can sign up for Just Dance Unlimited to access hundreds more songs, spanning genres; included are favorites from past versions of Just Dance). The first month is free, and you can cancel anytime. As for the game itself, it’ll normally run you $50, but right now it’s almost 60 percent off — just $20.

This title has more than 4,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, including from parents and grandparents who call it “fun for the whole family and a good cardio workout” and “so much fun, even for my toddlers.”

$20 $50 at Amazon

Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise

Woman punching to a pattern

This game will give you a real upper body workout. (Photo: Nintendo)

Boxing is a great way to get in shape, but if you haven’t had a chance to get back to the gym, you can turn your Switch into a personal training program and sweat it out at home. Fitness Boxing 2 lets you customize your workout: Choose your trainer, design a routine and even go shopping for in-game items! The whole package is backed by cool tunes from artists like Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, for a fun rhythm-based practice. All for just 50 bucks!

Amazon shoppers love it. This fellow reports: “I have used many different video game workouts but this is by far the best. […] The trainer is very encouraging and helpful. The workout goals are customizable, from easy to hard. I track my exertion with a heart rate monitor and I’m consistently in the aerobic and fat burn zone. I’ve lost 5 lbs and can see more definition in my arms and chest. My glucose has dropped from 200 to 150 and below. My breathing is easier. Every day is a new fun challenge. […] This is a must buy for fitness enthusiasts. Thank you Nintendo!”

$50 at Amazon

Ring Fit Adventure

Woman running on a road

Go on a fitness journey with this thrilling game for the Nintendo Switch.

Ring Fit Adventure isn’t like the other games on this list — it’s a workout that also takes you on an exciting journey across strange lands to battle unusual creatures! This title was a big hit in 2020 and 2021 with gamers who used it to stay in shape during lockdown.

One fan raved, “My arms and shoulders FEEL like they had a good workout. And the crazy bit is… I can’t wait to do it again!!” This shopper enjoyed the adventure mode, which was “cute and endearing.” Another customer said, “this game has got me exercising four days in a row … I look forward to day five tomorrow. I don’t typically exercise this much.” With fitness, inspiration is half the battle.

Ring Fit Adventure was often out of stock over the past two years, so grab it now before it sells out again.

$70 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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