Ring Fit Adventure took the world by storm in 2019 as the biggest fitness game since Wii Fit. It has a little bit of everything, from yoga and pilates to cardio and strength training. Using a pilates ring and a leg band, you’re constantly moving to make your way through a virtual world.
The dragon-slaying story mode does help distract from the fact that you’re working out, but one thing can be a major turn-off for people: the price. At $80, it can be a hefty investment for some gamers. Ring Fit Adventure is great and all, but check out these cheaper, equally-as-fun alternatives. Happy Hot Gamer Summer!
Just Dance 2021 ($50, sometimes on sale for $20-40)
Nothing makes you forget you’re working out like a good dance workout. Using motion controls or a smartphone app, you can work up a good sweat by dancing along to recent years’ hottest songs. Of course, the game also has a few ’90s classics, so there’s something for everyone.
If you really enjoy Just Dance 2021, I’ve got news for you: we’re only a few months away from the next installment. Just Dance 2022 arrives in November! For now, you can usually find Just Dance 2021 on sale for $20 to $40. It’s available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Fitness Boxing 2 ($50)
If virtually punching stuff is more your speed, try Fitness Boxing or the sequel, Fitness Boxing 2. This Nintendo Switch game uses rhythm from songs like Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold,” Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and more. You can customize your workout and even play alongside friends, because working out with someone is infinitely better than working out alone.
Fitness Boxing 2 is usually $50, but you can sometimes find the original game on sale for as low as $20.
Zumba Burn It Up! ($40)
Zumba Burn It Up! isn’t as much of a game as it is a home workout video for a gaming console, but it’s still fun. It’s similar to Just Dance, except it focuses on the Zumba dance program — the largest branded fitness program on the planet. There are a lot of Latin American-inspired dance moves and a lot of burnt calories.
This game is especially great for those who might have missed in-person Zumba classes in the past year and a half due to COVID-19. Or, if you’re not too comfortable dance in a room with other people, this is your chance to try Zumba in private. And, hey, a one-time $40 purchase is probably less expensive than the per-class cost in person at some establishments.
Yoga Master ($30, bundle on sale for $20)
Again, Yoga Master is more of a home workout video than a fitness game, but it gets the job done. According to Nintendo, the game is “designed by experts to help you reach the perfect balance between mind and body.” You can choose different programs based on your experience level or make your own. Even if you’re a total yoga newcomer, the game will teach you all the poses you need.
Yoga Master is available standalone for $30, but you can also grab a bundle with the base game and DLC for $20.
Beat Saber ($30)
Many VR games are a decent workout, considering you have to move to play. Beat Saber is another rhythm game where players break boxes that align with the beat of the music. There’s a lot of arm swinging, so VR Health Institute compares it to playing a game of tennis. It’s a nice cardio session! Beat Saber is available on PSVR and Oculus Rift for $30.