Update (6/16): Nintendo has released a press release for Jump Rope Challenge, which states that the game is a free, limited-time release until the end of September.

June is normally a big month for video game announcements. With E3 canceled this year, various news outlets, game companies, and video game personalities have been hosting their own announcement shows instead. While there’s still no Nintendo Direct, they’ve instead been releasing news in small chunks here and there. Here we are again with an unexpected game announcement, revealed at 9 p.m. PT | 12 a.m. ET via Nintendo’s official Twitter account.


Nintendo’s latest is a free exercise game to combat that empty shelf where your copy of Ring Fit Adventure would go, if you had one. Simply called Jump Rope Challenge, it requires only a pair of Joy-Con as you mimic jumping rope. It’s super simple, but impressive given that this game was made by just a handful of Nintendo developers when working from home orders were in place.

Jump Rope Challenge is currently available to download and free to play via Nintendo eShop. That page also features some important health warnings for women who are pregnant, those with heart or joint conditions, and others. According to Nintendo’s Japanese Twitter account, the app will be free until September 30th, but the same statement has yet to appear on Nintendo of America’s announcement.

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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)