Nintendo announces exercise ring for Switch… this is not a joke.

Posted September 6, 2019

A video posted by Nintendo of America reveals a new, circular, accessory for the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo ring and strap look very similar to Pay-TV exercise products, with additional joyful marketing fun.

Nintendo’s “first look at a new experience for Nintendo Switch”  showcases a variety of people and families using the accessory for different activities. They slide the Joy-Cons into provided slots within the Switch Joy-Circle  (not an official name) and begin playing.

By squeezing, turning,  and stretching, it looks like it can be used for a range of games.  More info will come following a full reveal on 12 September 2019.

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It may be used for a new Link Crossbow Training game, as seen within the video as a player pulls it back like a bow. Potentially, a new line of Nintendo Switch Fitness games? Switch up the couch for the Joy-Circle and get moving! You can have that one for free, Nintendo.

The company isn’t shy about interesting accessories for their consoles.  From practical add-ons like steering wheels and gamepad modifiers to the innovative Nintendo Labo. The DIY cardboard accessories focus on creativity for younger gamers, transforming the Switch into pianos, fishing poles, and race-cars.

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Quite interesting that none of this was revealed during a Nintendo Direct only days prior. With news about SNES Games, Xenoblade Chronicles, and more; maybe they thought it may be overshadowed?

Only time will tell what this Pizza-Controller, Nintendo ring really is. Can we jump through it in obstacle games? Can we toss it across the room like a frisbee for a new highly-competitive eSport? Propose to Bowser? Maybe it can collect dust in the corner by the Wii Fitness Board and DJ Hero equipment?

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Stay tuned on 12 September when more info about the Joy-Circle or Nintendo ring is announced. You’ll see it all on Checkpoint Gaming.



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