With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a limit on how much exercise many can get, some video game developers have been monopolising this time period and have spawned a renaissance of the fitness game genre. The latest to hit store shelves is Knockout: Home Fitness for the Nintendo Switch, published by Marvelous and developed by Pocket in partnership with one of Japan’s major personal training apps.
Knockout: Home Fitness seeks to let players “immerse themselves in calorie-burning exercises simply by using the Nintendo Switch joy-cons. As part of these exercises, players will be introduced to numerous martial arts practices, including Boxing, Karate and Muay Thai, while being supported by one of four different in-game trainers, each of which will be fully voiced in English, French and German languages.
The game is designed to allow you to jump in and do a few exercises, or undertake daily personal training customised to your specific goals. Those after more casual experiences can dive into 3 minute fitness sessions, quick and easy workouts from any of the routines available in-game.
Not sure about whether Knockout: Home Fitness is the fitness game for you? A demo is now available to download on the Nintendo eShop, which includes a tutorial, which will guide players through the mechanics of the game, and five different workout sessions. The demo is limited to twenty workout sessions per Nintendo account.
Promoted features of Knockout: Home Fitness includes:
Exercise Inspired by Martial Arts:
Martial arts are renowned for their incredibly effective workout, combining cardio, strength training, agility and flexibility. Knockout Home Fitness uses workouts from a variety of martial arts to efficiently work the whole body, including Kick Boxing, Boxing, Karate, Muay Thai and Kung Fu.
Your Own Personal Trainer:
Developed in partnership with Japan’s leading personal training app, trainers in Knockout Home Fitness use 60 effective programmes to create a workout experience tailored to your personal fitness goals.
Make Your Workout Work For You:
Follow tailored programmes that take as little as 10 minutes, or sweat it in a full 30-minute workout. Use ‘3 Minute Fitness’ mode for quick bursts or to top up your workout. No matter the level you choose, every rep is tracked and counts towards your goals in the game’s inbuilt reporting mode, ‘My Report’.
Workout to the Beat
Players can easily follow the action by working out to the rhythm, including on-screen counts and clear visuals. Pick the perfect motivational track from a choice of 25, spanning genres such as EDM, Techno, Trance, Rock and Hip Hop. Your workout will adapt to your song of choice, so every rep feels personal to you.