In the grand tradition of people modding their favourite video games to be played with the most wildly inappropriate controller imaginable, one plucky gent is currently sprinting and squatting his way through Dark Souls 3 using Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure peripheral.
From Software's notoriously challenging Dark Souls series has long been a favourite for atypical controller larks, of course; we've seen Dark Souls completed using a bongo controller, its sequel bested using a guitar controller, and part 3 has ushered in attempts with two dance mat, a Wii steering wheel, even a bunch of actual bananas.
As it happens, those latter three efforts were all the work of just one man – modder SuperLouis64, previously known as A Twerking Yoshi – and now he's at it again, this combining Dark Souls 3 with Ring Fit Adventure's pleasingly squeezable controller in order to maintain his daily exercise regimen in these housebound times.
This isn't SuperLouis64's first rodeo with the Ring Fit Adventure controller, however; he's already used it to tangled with the likes of Mario Kart 8 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but Dark Souls 3 may well be his most challenging endeavour yet.
And if you're wondering how the whole thing works in terms of basic interactions, key control Dark Souls 3 elements have been remapped to considerably more energetic equivalents, with movement now only possible while running on the spot (the mod even check to make sure your knees are sufficiently high and you're not cheating), while squeezing the ring attacks, and squatting downwards chugs back an Estus Flask.
So far, SuperLouis64 has managed to jog, squeeze, and squat his way through a sizeable portion of the game – most recently besting Lothric Castle's Dragonslayer Armour in a flurry of flailing knees – an effort that's proven as sweaty as it has impressive, judging by the accompanying livestream videos.
You can see SuperLouis64's attempts to wrap up the remainder of Dark Souls 3 using his ring over on Twitch, and his previous modding oddities are viewwable over on YouTube.
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