Despite video games often being cited as a big factor in unhealthy sedentary lifestyles, fitness-centric video games are nothing new. Really, they seemed to be the “next big thing” just a few years back during the Wii era. After the massive market hits that were likes of Just Dance and Wii Fit, it seems like almost every developer wanted to get in on the action and prove that video games really can be “healthy”. With the Switch now being so popular, and thus making motion controls popular again, the fitness game train is chugging along again. This must be why Bandai Namco’s new Family Trainer game for Switch seems so oddly intense.
At first glance, it looks like just another unwanted helping of shovelware reminiscent of the low-budget offerings during the Wii era. But, it turns out that there actually seems to be some real creativity behind this. That’s because the majority of Family Trainer’s included fitness minigames are not conventional exercise routines in the slightest. There’s running and jumping at rapid speeds through long obstacle courses, extreme whitewater waterfall rafting, hoverboard trick racing, and more. With workouts like that, Family Trainer should really be called Fantasy Trainer or something, because most of the in-game activities are definitely out of the realm of possibility.
The game features various types of routines that will allow players to take on a range of different workouts rather than getting stuck in a rut. As workouts are completed, statistics will be tracked throughout each session and viewable by the player so they can see what their trends are looking like.
Getting warmed up
With so many folks (myself included), loathing the pounds brought on by last year’s lockdowns and subsequent lack of movement, a game like this seems like great timing. Though, there’s still a bit of a wait.
Family Trainer will vault its way onto the Switch both physically and digitally in a few months on September 3, 2021.