Ring Fit Adventure has proven to be a wide variety of positive gaming experiences in one well-crafted package. Not only does this game function as a wonderful fitness program for those wanting to get an indoor workout, but it's also a wonderful action RPG in its own right thanks to its unique Joy-Con controls and countless obstacle courses.

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To give it credit, there are very few games that are similar to it on every axis, but there are definitely many that come close to each of the game's strongest qualities. There are some other great workout games, amazing obstacle course games, and even some that just do a great job using the Nintendo Switch's spectacular motion controls.

Updated on January 13th, 2022 by Geoffrey Martin: Seeing as the new year is upon us and 2022 has graced us with its presence, many people like to have new year's resolutions in order to better themselves. While this is certainly an admirable goal and resolution, oftentimes it can be very challenging to stick with them past a few months or so, if not a few weeks. Fortunately, video games are here to provide not only a virtual escape but sometimes a way to enjoy "outdoor" activities in the comfort of your living room. Whether you want to exercise from home with Ring Fit Adventure or if you want an escape that makes you feel like you are participating in such activities then the Switch is here to help.

16 Instant Sports Paradise

instant sports paradise log with wakeboarder and jetskier

Price: $24.99

Release Date: September 1, 2021

Number of Players: up to 4

Instant Sports Paradise is what you would get if you combine a lush and vibrant island resort with a plethora of enjoyable outdoor activities. This game allows you to freely explore a gorgeous island paradise, dress up your avatar, and take them to participate in mini-golf, wakeboarding, treasure hunting, plus many more.

While there isn't any physical activity required on your part, aside from pressing buttons, the game evokes a sense of outdoor playfulness and fun. If you want to get into that tropical sports mindset during the January winter slump, consider giving Instant Sports Paradise a try.


15 Mario Party Superstars

mario party superstars yoshi's tropical island

Price: $59.99

Release Date: October 29, 2021

Number of Players: up to 4

Mario Party probably needs no introduction since the game franchise has been around for over two decades, however, for the uninitiated, it's a series all about playing a virtual board game with a bevy of mini-games. Mario Party Superstars, the newest entry in the franchise, is a throwback to the classics.

While some iterations of Mario Party had you actually use motion control which required you to get up off your couch, Superstars eschews that in favor of a more traditional board game experience. Don't worry, there will be plenty of shenanigans as you compete for stars against your friends and family.

14 Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise

Punching to the rhythm of a song in Fitness Boxing 2

Price: $49.99

Release Date: December 4, 2020

Number of Players: up to 2

If what you're looking for in a Ring Fit Adventure-style game is a solid workout, few games can fill that niche as well as the Fitness Boxing series, with Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise being the premiere entry on the Nintendo Switch. This game is an active rhythm game that involves holding your Joy-Cons to punch heavily to all sorts of hit music.

This game is one of the most genuine workouts you can get on the console, and that's much thanks to the hardware being able to track your movement so smoothly. It's incredibly easy to get into if you want something a little less story and adventure-driven than Ring Fit Adventure but still want that fitness routine.

13 Jump Rope Challenge

The opening screen for Jump Rope Challenge on Nintendo Switch

Price: Free

Release Date: June 15, 2020

Number of Players: up to 2

For a much stranger workout experience, Jump Rope Challenge is an incredibly odd free game for Nintendo Switch that's pretty much just what the title says. You use the Joy-Cons to makeshift a jump rope to make your bunny bounce, recording your time and number of jumps gifting you with daily goals to fulfill.

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It's hardly a complex game, but given that it's free it's hard to ignore it as a little electronic addition to your home workout. It's also remarkably adorable with a simplistic style and clean UI, making it very easy to quickly download and jump into.

12 1-2-Switch

Rolling balls with motion and rumble in 1-2-Switch

Price: $49.99

Release Date: March 03, 2017

Number of Players: up to 2 at a time

If you're more interested in the motion control side of Ring Fit Adventure, there are tons of party games that can do a similar job to Ring Fit Adventure's gimmicks in different genres. This especially includes party games, with 1-2-Switch being the ultimate experience in using the hardware to the fullest.

This pile of minigames is great for friends who want something a little unusual from their entertainment, with the rumble and mobility of the Joy-Cons being the primary highlight. You won't be moving intensely like the workout games, but there's still much to be said for a game that lets you get on your feet like this.

11 Zumba Burn It Up

Zumba Fitness for Nintendo Switch

Price: $39.99

Release Date: November 19, 2019

Number of Players: up to 4

While technically a workout game, Zumba Burn It Up fulfills a different style of fitness game that more fits the rhythm and dance genres. Compared to another entry on this list, this is much more leaning on the workout side, though, as Zumba is immensely popular in both the real and gaming world right now.

As a result, it'll give you a great musical workout and makes a great activity if you just want to be moving. If you enjoy music and want a great general exercise game that's less specific than Fitness Boxing's punch-based experience, Zumba Burn It Up should give you just what you need.

10 Just Dance 2020

Just Dance 2021 promo art

Price: $49.99

Release Date: November 12, 2020

Number of Players: up to 2

The Just Dance series is an absolute all-star for those who want to get moving, with titles still releasing on the original Wii console with new songs and mechanics each year. Nearly any game in the series is great if you want to move your body quickly and aerobically, but the Nintendo Switch version movements are easily some of the most absorbing.

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Rather than the broad strokes of the Wii Remote, the newer games use the Joy-Cons to the fullest for a much more fine-tuned experience. Those who want a little more dance than Ring Fit Adventure will get just as much movement out of this title, while still retaining all the sharpness from the hardware's incredible polish.

9 American Ninja Warrior Challenge

Climbing an upside-down staircase in American Ninja Warrior Challenge for Nintendo Switch

Price: $29.99

Release Date: March 19, 2019

Number of Players: up to 4

Outside of fitness games, there's also a wide variety of titles on the Nintendo Switch that fulfill the obstacle course style formats, as Ring Fit Adventure's main appeal is the linear adventures you go on in your effort to work out. It's not just about working out, but also about doing something spectacular on-screen.

A raw example of this is American Ninja Warrior Challenge which puts you in the seat of the popular television show for a more button-based version of the experience. This is hardly as motion-heavy as the other games on this list, but if you want an experience with similar gameplay from your seat, this game can potentially offer that.

8 Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Mario and Sonic wearing Tank Tops at the non-existent Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Price: $59.99

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Number of Players: up to 8 players

Rather than the workout games, the magnificent sports series Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games is a great example of a polished version of a motion-heavy party game. As a result, the most recent entry taking place at the non-existent 2020 games in Tokyo is a great one for those who enjoy both 1-2-Switch and Ring Fit Adventure.

Having the Mario coat of paint does wonders for this series, as it makes for an especially cartoonish experience that still gets you moving in a lot of unique ways. It might not resemble a workout, but it'll certainly be more active than most other games in your library.

7 Mario Tennis Aces

Mario holding his racket in Mario Tennis Aces ready for a heated fight

Price: $59.99

Release Date: June 22, 2018

Number of Players: up to 4

Mario Tennis Aces has shown just how easy a tennis game can be with motion controls. It's extremely fluid to be running and swinging in this game, whether you choose to do it with buttons or the wonderfully responsive movements with the Joy-Cons immediately becoming your racket.

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This game will be especially fun for those who enjoyed the mix of sporty and fantastical themes of Ring Fit Adventure, as this game's campaign puts you in all sorts of strange tennis fields with bizarre hazards. It's one of the best Mario sports games of all-time, and a great way to move your body in a more unusual way.

6 Instant Sports Tennis

A screenshot of Instant Tennis for the Nintendo Switch

Price: $24.99

Release Date: May 14, 2021

Number of Players: up to 4

Much like Mario Tennis Aces, Instant Tennis from 2018 was an excellent motion-heavy way yet simple way to get moving. Instant Sports Tennis adds more features including mini-games, new courts, game modes, and more. It's incredibly easy to pick up and play this game and, thanks to the lack of strange mechanics, anyone of any gaming skill level can get way into it.

The latest title features more of an environment, as well, with new content packs releasing in August and October of 2021.


Fighting a boxing mummy in ARMS

Price: $59.99

Release Date: June 16, 2017

Number of Players: up to 4

The most similar game to Ring Fit Adventure in nearly every front is undoubtedly ARMS, a strange fighting game featuring a cast of spring-loaded boxers that range from ancient mummies to advanced androids. While it's possible to play this game through buttons alone, the best way to play is definitely through the fluid and deep motion controls of punching with the Joy-Cons in your fists.

You won't realize just how intense the workout is while you're playing, much because the gameplay is as absorbing as Ring Fit Adventure's unique RPG and action style. You'll be fighting strong and moving a lot as you dodge, hit, and counter your opponent. It's absolutely a great adventure for those who want a sporty, cartoony adventure to get on your feet for.

4 Sports Party

Sports Party beach volleyball gameplay

Price: $39.99

Release Date: October 30, 2018

Number of Players: up to 4

This game combines all the best elements of the Switch's capability as a party console. Play tennis, ping pong, golf, and more with support for 4 players. It may not be as active as Ring Fit Adventure, but it gets people on their feet all the same.

The Ubisoft title also supports 11 total languages and features easy-to-use controls, so it has wide accessibility unlike other active games.

3 Go Vacation

Go Vacation volleyball gameplay

Price: $49.99

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Number of Players: up to 4

In the same way that Ring Fit Adventure offers some element of escapism, Go Vacation is another semi-active game with that feature. The only difference is that you can participate in travel-related activities, too, like photographing wildlife.

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The gameplay won't get people sweating nearly as much, but you can play golf, kayak, horseback ride, and more with support for up to 4 players. You even get your own villa that you can customize and can adopt pets!

2 Knockout Home Fitness (Coming Soon)

Knockout Home Fitness gameplay

Price: TBD

Release Date: Fall 2021

Number of Players: TBD

XSEED is normally known for their JRPG games like Legends of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. But Knockout Home Fitness puts the focus on Martial Arts-based workouts. It supports karate, Muay Thai, boxing, and more, along with custom workout creation.

The game will have 4 unique trainers, calendar tracking, fitness metrics, and other features people want out of fitness games. Just keep an eye on the game's release date as it currently states a "Fall 2021" release window.

1 Yoga Master

Yoga Master gameplay with instructor in a pose in a forest

Price: $24.99

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Number of Players: 1 player

Practicing yoga can be for mental and physical purposes that entail decompression and "unplugging". So having a yoga fitness game might seem counter-intuitive, but Yoga Master seeks to pair fitness with relaxation here. The game uses the Switch's Joy-Cons to track player movements as they go through their yoga workouts.

Using 3D environments and a 3D yoga instructor, the game offers many lessons, programs, and yoga poses to choose from, as well as breathing exercises. It's a solid title to pick up if you need some embodied and intentionally mindful moments.

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