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Nintendo talks evergreen titles, sees more potential in Ring Fit Adventure, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons' explosive sales

Hit after hit for the Big N

Nintendo has been firing on all cylinders when it comes to Switch software. They've had insane sales out of the gate with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, slow-burn sales with Ring Fit Adventure, and continued success with long-tail sellers. See what Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa had to say about all three of those areas in the snippet below.

Nintendo continues to promote Ring Fit Adventure in Japan with actress Yui Aragaki

The collab continues

When Nintendo first started showing commercials for Ring Fit Adventure in Japan, they kicked things off with actress Yui Aragaki. It seems the pairing has worked out well for Nintendo, as they're working with Yui Aragaki once again.

Yui took to her official Instagram account to let people know that she's been involved in another round of promotions for Ring Fit Adventure. This time, you can find a whole bunch of promo images of Yui on the official Japanese site for Ring Fit Adventure. You can find the collection here.

Give your fingers a workout when Ring Fit Adventure joins Tetris 99 on April 24th, 2020

Now there's an unlikely combo!

This coming weekend's Tetris 99 12th MAXIMUS CUP event allows players to earn an in-game theme that brings the invigorating atmosphere of Ring Fit Adventure to Tetris® 99. Now, for the first time ever, you can experience the thrill of these two challenging worlds joining forces.

The Tetris 99 12th MAXIMUS CUP event runs from 12 a.m. PT on April 24 to 11:59 p.m. PT on April 27. To compete, Nintendo Switch Online members* just need to play the Tetris 99 online mode during the event period. Players will earn event points based on their placement in each match. Once players have accumulated a total of 100 event points, a new theme will unlock, featuring background art, music and Tetrimino designs inspired by Ring Fit Adventure. Just like in Ring Fit Adventure, with enough dedication and consistency you'll have the opportunity to claim victory!

Tetris 99 features online competitive modes exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. Owners of the digital version of the game can purchase the optional Big Block DLC, which adds several offline modes.

A physical version of Tetris 99 is also available. For a suggested retail price of $29.99, the physical version includes the game, all DLC and a 12-Month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership.**

In the Ring Fit Adventure game, available for the Nintendo Switch system, you can traverse grass-swept plains by jogging in place, attack enemies with overhead shoulder presses and refill your health meter by striking some yoga poses. It's a one-of-a-kind adventure game that transforms your movements in real life into in-game actions. For more information about Ring Fit Adventure, visit the game's website.

UK software sales for the week ending April 11th, 2020

Another strong showing for the Big N

The UK software sales for the week of April 11th, 2020 have come in, and Nintendo takes up 2 spots in the top 10. Check out the rundown below.

It's worth pointing out that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe rose 317% in sales week-on-week, jumping from 25th to 5th. Animal Crossing: New Horizons also saw a 14% sales bump, bringing it up to 3rd. Finally, a small round of Ring Fit Adventure hit retailers, which brought the game up to 25th place overall, making for a 192% increase in sales.

Playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with the Ring Fit Adventure Ring-Con

The Fred Flintstone approach

Okay, now this must be absolute Hell. The same person who worked up a mod to play Dark Souls III with Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con is back, and this time he's set his sights on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

If you really want an intense workout, it looks like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the way to go. This particular mod has you running in place to accelerate, which means you're going to be constantly moving while you play. Add in a squeeze of the Ring-Con to use your items and motion controls/joystick for turning, and you end up with quite a layered experience. The only thing that's certain is the nap you'll need after playing!

Japanese retailer sees over 200k customers sign up for a chance to buy the Switch/Ring Fit Adventure

This is how dire the stock situation is

Remember when the Switch first launched in Japan and it was hard to find? Retailers started running lotteries that customers could sign up for, and if they were chosen, they would be able to buy some of the limited Switch stock. Well those lotteries are back, and they're apparently bigger than ever.

Japanese retailer Yamada Denki started a lottery system for potential Switch customers, as well as Ring Fit Adventure, which is also hard to find. The store had 130 Switch units and 900 copies of Ring Fit Adventure to go around, so they opened the lottery to make things a bit more fair for customers. That lottery proved insanely popular, as over 200k people signed up!

Remember, this isn't a lottery to win these items. The only thing you win is the chance to pay full price for these items!

Using Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con to play Dark Souls III leads to quite a workout

Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con only works with Ring Fit Adventure officially, but modders/hackers made sure you could use the controller to play whatever the hell you wanted pretty much from day one. That paved the way for the video above, where someone decides to take on Dark Souls III with a Ring-Con.

While Ring Fit Adventure is designed to make you sweat, it seems other games are more than capable of doing the same thing. Dark Souls III already has you sweating during every boss battle, so why not through in some physical exercise to go with it?!

Customers line up in Japan to grab Ring Fit Adventure and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition Switch

6 feet apart!

Yodobashi Camera Umeda in Japan recently got a restock on two highly sought-after Nintendo items, and people showed up in droves to scoop them up. The store had a new shipment of Ring Fit Adventure, as well as the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Edition. As you can see from the image above, tons of people turned up for their chance to snag one or both. Reports say the line remained orderly, despite the extreme scarcity of both items.

RUMOR: Some parts of Europe many not see a Ring Fit Adventure restock until September 2020, if not later

Supply is stretching thin

While the Switch seems to be sold out all over the world and the Switch Lite is quickly catching up, Ring Fit Adventure has been suffering the same fate. With the game requiring a special Ring-con accessory to play, there's quite a bit more that goes into production. Coronavirus has caused production line issues for Nintendo and countless other companies, and the Big N is currently scrambling to produce more units of Ring Fit Adventure through different means.

This all means customers will need to have a bit more patience while waiting for new copies to ship out. While Nintendo themselves haven't said when to expect more stock, some retailers in Europe are claiming the wait is going to be pretty lengthy. A customer in the Czech Republic who preordered Ring Fit Adventure got an email update saying the shipment was shifted from April 5th all the way late Sept./early Oct. 2020.

We'll reach out to Nintendo for a statement on this matter to try and clear up just how long of a wait is expected.

Yoiko x Ring Fit Adventure and Brain Age: Switch Training

Talk about a workout!

Nintendo has teamed up with the Yoiko comedy duo once again for some Switch fun. This time around, the duo pushes their mental and physical abilities to the limit with Ring Fit Adventure and Brain Age: Switch Training!

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