Jump Rope Challenge Remaining on Switch eShop Until Further Notice
Jump for joy with the news that Jump Rope Challenge is remaining on the eShop, at least for now.
Revealed back in June as an alternative to the out of stock Ring Fit Adventure, Jump Rope Challenge sees players take their Joy-Cons and jump. The premise is as simple as that. Watching the on-screen counter, players use their Joy-Cons to replicate a jump rope and compete for high scores.
The game was initially only scheduled to be on the Nintendo Switch eShop until today, September 30, however, Nintendo has now confirmed that won’t be happening. The change of heart is due to the fact that “new jumpers are joining”. The download numbers are likely to have risen over recent times due to the impending removal, as players rush to get the free download before it disappears.
Thanks to all players of #JumpRopeChallenge for recording 2.5 billion total jumps! As new jumpers are joining, the free download will be available until further notice and will not be removed from Nintendo #eShop on 9/30. pic.twitter.com/P9g7dXmmZe
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 30, 2020
The game was designed by a group of Nintendo developers who wanted to add some extra activity into their day. It dropped at the perfect time for players, with many people gripped by lockdowns due to the pandemic, leaving them looking for an easy way to get a little exercise.
Nintendo also shared some very impressive numbers from the title. Since the game’s release less around three months ago, players have jumped a total of 2.5 billion times.
While Nintendo has said that Jump Rope Challenge isn’t being removed from the Switch store on September 30 as planned, they haven’t indicated if it will still be removed at a later date. They simply say that the title will stay on the eShop “until further notice.”
The news that Nintendo is willing to change their plans regarding time-limited releases is a welcome one. Super Mario 3D All-Stars released less than two weeks ago and is slated to be removed from stores, both physically and digitally, on March 31, 2021. If there’s any chance that the excellent collection of three of Nintendo’s best titles, along with the soon to be released and then removed Super Mario Bros. 35, will remain on sale, then that’s great news for consumers.
Jump Rope Challenge is available now, for free, on the Nintendo Switch. Make sure to download it before Nintendo potentially removes it at a later date.