September 12 will bring an official reveal for Nintendo’s latest weird Switch attachment, which resembles a pilates ring.
Fans of the Nintendo Switch have long since recovered from the strange early 2018 reveal of Nintendo Labo, an unexpected and off-kilter premise for a peripheral. Apparently it’s been too long since the game company has flustered its fans, teasing a brand new attachment for the Switch. A video released today gives off some strong Wii Fit vibes, though as this lifestyle trailer (sans any gameplay) showcases, the possibilities are endless.
At first glance, it looks like someone from Nintendo R&D found a bike tire on the street and decided to make it the hot new Switch product, but more active acquaintances of mine have informed that this technological wonder more so resembles a pilates ring. The “new experience” appears to be made out of extremely flexible rubber, with the subjects of the teaser video bending the ring as though they were exercising. Presumably, the Joy-Con attached to the ring (and to the player via strap) is meant to give feedback and track their motions.
That all looks well and good and straightforward, but Nintendo seems to want this fitness ring to be the center of parties and other social gatherings. The video jumps around different locations to show off the worldwide appeal of this wonder wheel, with friends and family cheering on each other as they do exercise poses and steer the ring for what I assume to be a driving game. Surely just like in this video, Dallas locals will go wild as they do yoga poses while wearing full long-sleeved shirts, denim pants, and a large belt buckle for a Nintendo game.
I don’t know man, this whole thing looks weird. While I won’t assume that Nintendo is dropping Labo, it seems a bit odd that Nintendo isn’t continuing that track after jumping into virtual reality. You can judge whatever this is for yourself after watching the video below. The full reveal for this thing will be one week from today, September 12. You can check out our coverage of yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, which had some other weird tidbits like Deadly Premonition 2.
The next natural step is to make this peripheral compatible with that game.