Remember when the Nintendo Labo VR Kit and a handful of switching games started – inclusive The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild,, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Odyssey – Did you get amazing updates in Labo VR mode? We may not have spent hours researching Hyrule with Nintendo VR glasses held on our faces, but we certainly enjoyed the news of playing other games with this mostly cardboard peripheral.
We recently looked at how the Nintendo Life Team maintains activity in early 2021, but even when we are no pumping iron or making burpees in the living room, we would welcome any excuse to get off the couch while playing our “normal” games – all to keep the old blood circulating! As certain regions of the world either enter a new blockade or are on the verge of new restrictions to combat the third wave of the pandemic, we are looking for a little bit of novelty that we can find nowadays. Fortunately, we know a company that specializes in this field, and we thought of another Nintendo peripheral system that many of us have access to: the Ring-Con, which comes bundled Ring Fit Adventure.
While some (but not all) of Team NL have been using it daily for the past year or so, we wouldn’t mind trying it out with other Switch games, just like we did with the Labo glasses. To that end, we’ve considered a few Ring-Con-compatible mode ideas that Nintendo could potentially add to its Switch library with a bold update or two.
Are these proposals completely serious? Why yes, everyone is a winner, a sure winner and Nintendo will be a fool – Fools! – not to apply each one in a hurry to entertain us during the next wave of social distancing and isolation. *
So, let’s take a look at what Ring-Con modes we’ve come up with for other Switch games …
* Jokes! Except for a few fun ideas, they’re all pretty stupid … OR ARE THEY?
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo SPD
Although it is possible to play VR mode in Breath of the Wild indefinitely, spending hours with Labo glasses on our face is not the way we want to play it. Still, it was fun to experiment with, and we think a little implementation of Ring-Con would work much better.
The most obvious mode would be to use the controller as a bow – Crossbow Crossbow Training 2, anyone? We think of a mini-game available through the NPC on the map, where you pull the ring to load an arrow and let it shoot at a target – Octorok, Keese, balloons, whatever.
Alternatively (and as suggested by NL regular contributor Gonzalo Lopez), how about NPC races or long-distance marathon courses on the grid tracks and trails in the kingdom? By holding Ring-Con and jogging to get around – just like you do to running around the world in Ring Fit Adventure – you can compete against humans or perhaps deliver mail across the kingdom in multiple side missions to win a new one. swap or Ring for use as a weapon. Ring Fit clothing, perhaps?
Hey, if Link has a Nintendo Switch T-shirt in his inventory, there’s no reason he can’t win another crossover promotional outfit! Throw a gorgeous sunset and who can resist not going for a jog on the rock?
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Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Wait … you’ll never know this one. Ring-Con … is the steering wheel. Unprecedented! Genius! Revolutionary!
Of course, this has already been tried and even works to some extent. Unfortunately, it’s hard to dodge or shoot objects while the Joy-Con is tightly closed at the top of your Ring-Con in a powerful Con-troller combination. If Nintendo had to fix Ring-Con’s official mode Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, will at least need motion-based shaking or squeezing to activate items.
And yet, of all our ideas, this is perhaps the easiest to implement and the most plausible.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo software technology
Splatoon 2 there are already plenty of weapons, and we’re sure Sheldon could reach for a shield-like ring that absorbed the paint as it was lifted and fired it again at enemy hints when it was squeezed. Navigating the world at any speed would be difficult, so it would probably have to be broken into its own mode in a smaller arena where everyone had a Ring-Con. Then fun will follow.
Alternatively, how about some PvE mode where the (mass OP) Ring-Con player is stationary and the others have to work together to download them? Well, this game is very easy. The next one!
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Next level games
Luigi trades his Poltergust G-00 for Ring-Con with a funny name – the vacuum scream, something like that – which sucks absolutely everything in a big radius when you pull it and blows ghosts around the room when you squeeze.
Again, simple navigation can be a problem outside the world of Ring Fit rails, so it may work better as an optional co-op mode; the Ring-Con player sucks all the money while landing on the shoulders of the main player, who breaks the spirits and moves as usual.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Camelot
Silence, please. Tennis rackets are so 19th Century – Wouldn’t it be more fun if you use a big ring — something to blow floating balls at each other using gusts of air?
It will probably work better as an optional Volleyball mode or something, perhaps with a single player controlling the body of the hero on the court while the Ring-Con player concentrates on making punches. Anyway, this is something we would finally be passionate about and play for, ooo, four or five minutes, at least!