On September 14, 2022, Nintendo of America on Twitter announced Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star is coming to the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Direct in March 2023. The game was announced during the Nintendo Direct broadcast on YouTube on September 13.
This game will be perfect if you want to get in shape and beat up some bad guys without risking your life. However, the ESRB rating is yet to be determined.
The trailer in itself doesn’t show much, but it should aim at least at teenagers, especially if you know anything about manga and anime.
What is Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star?
Believe it or not, this is a crossover game, but the roster is unknown. Kenshiro and Jagi are the only named characters we have.
The game has 1-2 players and is only playable in the TV and Tabletop mode. According to the official synopsis on nintendo.com, Kenshiro is one of the instructors available, but only once the player has warmed up.
You can take on rivals in a new battle mode and engage in boss battles! If you’ve played Fitness Boxing, you’ll be pleased to know that very little has changed in Fist of the North Star.
The game’s goal is to get you off the couch and get into shape daily. You can even consider it a dance game, as the genres are action, music, sports, and training.
Even the trailer makes light of things as they take the classic line “you are already dead” and change it to “you are already fit?!”
Why does this collaboration make sense?
A lot of gamers are also anime and manga fans, while Fist of the North Star is one of the most influential shounen series to date.
In 2018, Fist of the North Star was one of the highest-grossing media franchises and one of the best-selling manga series in history. Berserk creator Kentaro Miura and Vinland Saga creator Makoto Yukimura stated that Fist of the North Star inspired them to become mangaka.
Video games are no exception, as Double Dragon was inspired by it. Finally, the fatality move is said to have originated in Fist of the North Star.
You’re welcome, Mortal Kombat. Now make Kenshiro a playable character in your games! We need more memes!