Japanese Switch owners that want to get post-atomic fit can get a taste of the routine. The Japanese eShop now hosts a Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star demo, downloadable by any with a Japanese Nintendo account. [Thanks, Famitsu!]
The Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star demo is playable and features two playable boxing instructors. The first is Kenshiro, master of the Hokuto Shinken fighting style and protagonist of the series. Mamiya, the wasteland warrior, is the second instructor. Instructors coach players through the different routines, giving them the rhythm-based cues to punch to.
The demo gives players three days worth of regular gameplay. Being a fitness game, Fitness Boxing typically organizes workouts on a daily routine. The demo for Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star contains a three-day daily training routine, as well as a “fierce battle” stage set up against Shin. Fierce Battle stages set up fights against various goons, and a prominent antagonist from the series. In this case, you can take out some wasteland punks, as well as battle against Shin himself.
Shin is the villain of the first story arc in Fist of the North Star. A successor of the Nanto Koshu Ken style, Shin coveted Kenshiro’s wife, Yuria. He attacked and incapacitated Kenshiro, leaving him with seven scars on his chest in the shape of the Big Dipper constellation. Shin then took on the name “King,” conquering a part of the wasteland and building Southern Cross City to win Yuria’s affection. Kenshiro recovered and set off on a quest for revenge, which is covered in the first volume of the Fist of the North Star manga.
The Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star demo is available on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop. The game launches in Japan on December 22, 2022, and globally in March 2023.