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Lockdown Survival Guide #9

Updated: Jun 8

In order to do our part during this most trying of times, We at NOWO have come together to help in the only way we know how - Gaming. We're putting together a daily list of games that we personally recommend you try whilst you remain indoors in the various types of isolation and social distancing we're all experiencing.

You looked down lately? Your body not the temple it was 2 months ago? You need some (Rhythm &) action to keep you healthy for the 23 hours you're not leaving the house for your daily exercise. here's what we think you should do;


During lockdown, it is important to try and keep active. Luckily for us, many big-name developers want us to stay active too. You’ve got the obvious: Wii Fit, Just Dance, Ring Fit Adventure but today I’m bringing you a new competitor. ARMS, a fighting game developed by Nintendo in 2017 gives your arms/upper body a moderate work out. Players choose a fighter out of a colourful cast of characters and fight using only their arms. By holding a joy-con in each hand and punching the air, players can land hits on their opponent and control what kind of punch to throw depending on their arm/hand positioning. After a few hours of this game, you’re sure to be tired out. Just make sure you’re actually using the motion controls and not just the standard controls – that’s cheating!

Ring Fit Adventure

I know, no one can get ahold of it right? Despite this being the case Nintendo has done it again in their long line of measures to try and make our gaming more active. Whilst Wii Fit essentially gave your your own personal trainer and Yoga instructor, Ring fit relies on lite rpg elements and a bit more freedom of choice to attain its goal. You'll have a joycon strapped to your thigh (tracking your running on the spot and leg lifts) and one attached to the titular ring which can be pushed and pulled not unlike a chest expander. Eventually you'll be running whilst tilting and squeezing the ring to shoot scenery and obstacles. Then there's battles which involve attack via an every expanding list of workout moves. There's a plot and everything and it's a pretty charming jaunt. Oh! and it's Knackering needless to say.

Just Dance

As far as games that get you up and out of your seat the Just Dance series is as great for those taking it seriously as those who just want to have a few drinks and boogie with others. Starting as a Wii game in 2009 the Ubisoft series has developed in an annual franchise spanning various Nintendo consoles. The on screen dancers will show you every move you need to pull of in order to succeed. Trying to mimic the choreography can be a real work out and a good laugh whether you are a disco diva or a dad dancer.   

What do you think of these recommendations and more importantly do you have your own? We'd love to hear about them so please let us know (@NerdOut_WordOut). Otherwise please make sure you STAY HOME & STAY SAFE!

Make sure you check back tomorrow for #10!