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As we roll into this long weekend, you have a bit of extra time on your hands. Haven’t figured out what to do with it yet? Why not give a new video game a try? And it’s not just about blasting enemies or exploring mysterious dungeons, either — you can keep up a few of those New Year’s resolutions in the process, thanks to a bevy of games that will exercise your mind and body and even soothe your soul.
Check out this weekend’s best deals at Amazon, Walmart and GameStop, and see for yourself how gaming can make your life a little — or a whole lot — better this winter!
Get fit this winter with these Nintendo Switch titles
Save $25 on Ring Fit Adventure
Ring Fit Adventure isn’t like most of the other games on this list — it’s a workout disguised as entertainment. This title helps you work up an actual sweat, and it’s now marked down from $80 to $55. Ring Fit was a big hit in 2020 and 2021 with gamers who used it to stay in shape during lockdown.
One fan raved, “My arms and shoulders FEEL like they had a good workout. And the crazy bit is… I can’t wait to do it again!!” And she enjoyed the adventure mode, calling it “cute and endearing.” Another shopper actually found that “this game has got me exercising four days in a row … I look forward to day five tomorrow. I don’t typically exercise this much.”
Ring Fit Adventure was frequently out of stock over the past two years, so grab it now before it sells out again.
Shake to the music with Just Dance 2022 and save 50 percent
If you’re looking for exercise, cool tunes and group fun, look no further than the Just Dance series. You’ll step, hop and bounce along to new and old hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Meghan Trainor. And once you’ve sweated through the 40 included tracks, you can sign up for Just Dance Unlimited for access to hundreds more songs, spanning genres from all over the world (and also from past games). The first month is free and you can cancel anytime. As for the game itself, it normally runs you $50, but right now it’s a whopping 50 percent off — down to only $25.
This title has over 4,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, including parents and grandparents who call it “fun for the whole family and a good cardio workout” and “so much fun even for my toddlers.” One even says “I am notorious for demanding a wiggle break when the kids are having an epic gaming session. Now, I know that they have no excuses to not wiggle.”
Save $15 on Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise and get punchy
Boxing is a great way to get in shape, but you probably haven’t had a chance to go to the gym lately, so why not turn your Switch into a personal training program instead? Fitness Boxing 2 lets you customize your workout: Choose your trainer, design a routine and even go shopping for in-game items! The whole package is topped off with cool tunes from artists like Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, for a fun rhythm-based time. It’s a lot cheaper than a gym membership too, at only $35, down from its usual price of $50.
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Create your own worlds with Super Mario Maker 2 and save $18
The Mario series is an all-star lineup of classic boards, characters and music — and now you get to play with them all to design the next great Mario level. Mix and match pieces and styles from different eras of Super Mario and then share your courses with other players online to see how much they like them, as well as if they can beat them at all!
Super Mario Maker 2 encourages creativity above all else, and will hopefully inspire budding game designers to a future career! This $60 title is on sale for only $42 right now, so snap it up while you can.
Pay only $27 for Tetris Effect Connected and trance out
This isn’t the Tetris you remember from the ‘80s and ‘90s; it’s a lot more colorful, melodic and shall we say… beautiful? Each board is a visual wonder with gorgeous animations and soothing electronic beats that will soothe your soul even as your brain works overtime to put the pieces in place to form lines.
“Connected” means you can play it online with others if you need a bit more of a challenge once you’ve made your way through the over 30 included stages in the campaign mode. Tetris Effect Connected is a real steal at $27, a $14 discount from its regular price.
Join up with Clubhouse Games and save $13
Fans of classic physical games, from chess to dominoes to mancala, will appreciate this multi-faceted offering. Clubhouse Games for the Nintendo Switch contains classic board games as well virtual versions of casual pastimes like slot cars and bowling. You can play with a friend in person on your Switch’s touchscreen, or link up with folks online for remote competition. And right now you can download this massive collection — with a total of 51 games — for only $28, saving 30 percent!
Get Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain for an affordable $29
Giving your muscles a workout is as easy as lifting weights or going for a run, but what kind of activities build up your brain? Well, Big Brain Academy is a collection of mini-games that will put your mental facilities to the test — and you can even face off against three other players for more fun family and friend time. This a great title for all ages, due to the ability to set the difficulty level for individual players so kids won’t feel overwhelmed, and the more you play the more features you can unlock. Grab this title for only $29 right now!
Players rave about this title, with this couple having a blast: “My husband and I play this game together and it is so much fun! It may give the youthful look through the graphics, but the harder levels are tricky for us and we are in our twenties! This is a great game for all ages, so perfect for a family for sure! You can choose for the adults to be on hard levels and kids on easier levels at the same time, which is a great aspect. I recommend 100 percent!”
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Save $42 on South Park: The Fractured But Whole
This might sound a little crazy, but this role-playing game based on the crude cartoon from Comedy Central is actually really good. The city of South Park is fun to explore, the dialogue is razor-sharp and there are great items to discover. The combat is also awesome. This package even includes the first game as a bonus! We can’t recommend South Park: The Fractured But Whole enough, and right now you can give it a shot for only $18.
Shoppers agree, with one saying: “If you like the show, you’ll love the game. All the characters from the show coming together for a hilarious game that’s just a good time.” But even if you aren’t the biggest fan, The Fractured But Whole also “challenges your problem solving and analyzing skills,” and “it’s funny and there’s so much to do!” And you don’t have to wait for the next season to enjoy this adventure!
Make trouble with Untitled Goose Game for only $10
HONK! This game puts you in the shoes — er, webbed feet — of a trouble-making goose in a small village. Your mission involves stealing stuff, scaring the locals and rampaging through the community at large. Untitled Goose Game is simple, beautiful and super weird — and it was a huge hit when it came out back in 2019. Now you can snag this delightful bucolic romp as a digital download for only $10 at Walmart; that’s 50 percent off!
Save $43 on the wacky Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario is pretty delightful, but we wouldn’t say funny… but when you toss in the unpredictable and goofy Rabbids, anything can happen! In this adventure for Switch, Mario and friends must team up with the Rabbids to save the Mushroom Kingdom, using a variety of special weapons and powers you won’t find in a normal Super Mario game. You can even team up with your own friends in co-op mode. This hilarious title will usually run you $60 but right now it’s quite a steal at $17!
Players found a lot to like about this strategy title, with one saying, “The campaign and Donkey Kong DLC are excellent! Although the co-op is limited, it is also enjoyable. However, my favorite aspect of the game is the versus mode. The turn-based strategy versus mode allows for rich, complex, and competitive gameplay.” Another player says: “A great strategy game for all ages.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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