ARMS

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ARMS
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Boxart of ARMS
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Fighting
Players: 1-4
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Release dates
Worldwide

June 16, 2017[1][2][3]

Ratings
ACB:

PG

CERO:

A

ESRB:

E10+

PEGI:

12

USK:

6

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ARMS is a 3D fighting game for Nintendo Switch, released in June 2017.

Contents

Blurb

Nintendo website

The first fighting game of its kind!

Choose a fighting champion from around the world, equip your own combination of extendable arms, and then use a mix of button presses and quick hand motions to really take the fight to your opponent. Throw punches and guide them midflight to hit agile fighters, avoid incoming attacks with dashes, or trampoline high into the air to rain down fists from above. Power-up your punches to deal extra damage or curve your fists around obstacles to hit skittish opponents. Fill up your special gauge to dish out devastating combinations and finish them off. Unleash your inner fighter in this unbelievable sporting event!

  • Fight via simple motion and button controls – Grab onto your Joy-Con with a unique "thumbs-up" grip and use simple motions and button presses to outthink your opponent. Toss and curve punches when you find an opening, and dodge a flurry of incoming attacks. It's fast-paced fun for everyone!
  • Select from a variety of fighters – Select from brand-new fighting superstars like Ribbon Girl, Master Mummy, and more! Each fighter has their own special attributes to learn and master.
  • Fight in arenas with unique obstacles – Throw punches around (or through) mysterious liquid-filled columns in a spooky laboratory, or in certain arenas, toss fighters onto trampolines for epic aerial skirmishes.
  • Choose your arms carefully – Each weapon has its own strength. Some are slow and do tons of damage, while others are fast as lighting, but will only serve to set up larger combinations. It's up to you to mix and match your arms to fit your play style.
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The first fighting game of its kind!

Choose a fighting champion from around the world, equip your own combination of extendable arms, and then use a mix of button presses and quick hand motions to really take the fight to your opponent. Throw punches and guide them midflight to hit agile fighters, avoid incoming attacks with dashes, or trampoline high into the air to rain down fists from above. Power-up your punches to deal extra damage or curve your fists around obstacles to hit skittish opponents. Fill up your special gauge to dish out devastating combinations and finish them off. Unleash your inner fighter in this unbelievable sporting event!

Gameplay

ARMS is a fighting game that combines elements of boxing and shooters; while the game primarily uses the motions of the Joy-Con controllers to play, players can also use standard controls.[4] The primary control scheme for the game involves holding both Joy-Con vertically in each hand and attacking each other using punches.[4] Players can jump, dash, and rush with the shoulder buttons, move by tilting both Joy-Con left or right, and block by tilting them both inward.[4] In addition to different stats, each character also has their own unique moves and abilities.[1]

Before a match, players can choose between one of three different given ARMS, which come in several different types, to equip to each hand.[1] Certain ARMS also feature added bonus effects, such as fire to knock opponents down, electricity to stun, or ice to freeze opponents in place.[1] However, with enough damage, players are able to disable opponent's ARMS for a time, leaving them open to attack.[1] Players can unlock additional ARMS by earning in-game currency.[1]

ARMS can be played locally and online in TV mode, and locally with two Nintendo Switch units in handheld or tabletop mode.[4] The game features both 1-vs-1 and 2-vs-2 gameplay modes.[1]

Development

While not necessarily a Wii U game, ARMS was in development "back when the Wii U was out".[5] The earliest version of the game was a prototype that featured shorter characters with extendable devices attached to their hands, and viewed from behind the back of the character.[5]

Reception

Reviews
Famitsu 37/40[6]

Famitsu gave ARMS a total 33/40 (8/8/8/9)[6]

Technical details

Technical Details
Media

Nintendo Switch Game Card
Digital download

Download size

2.2 GB

Supported features

Online play

Input / compatible controllers

Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Demo

ARMS Institute logo.png  Main article: ARMS Global Testpunch 

Similar to Splatoon and Splatoon 2, Nintendo hosted an ARMS Global Testpunch, allowing players to demo the game before release, during twelve specific timeframes on two weekends. The demo software was released on May 17, 2017, following the ARMS Direct[7], and requires 1.4 GB of space to download.

The first Testpunch was between May 26-28.[7] Players could play in online multiplayer matches, in both standard battles (1-vs-1, 2-vs-2, or free-for-all) or in V-ball matches (1-vs-1 or 2-vs-2). Players were able to choose from six of the game's playable characters (Spring Man, Ribbon Girl, Master Mummy, Mechanica, Helix, and Ninjara). Three of the game's stages were available at random for standard battles: Spring Stadium, Ninja College, and DNA Lab.

The second round took place between June 2-4 at the same times.[7] Standard battles were still available, while V-ball was replaced with Hoops and Skillshot battles[8]; players coild also end up in a 3-on-1 match against Hedlok. In addition to the six characters from the previous demo, players could also choose to play as Twintelle[9]. Finally, the Ramen Bowl stage was added to the stage rotation.[10]

Updates

Version Number Date Released Description
1.1.0 May 31, 2017 Adds the content to be featured in the second Global Testpunch sessions.[11]

Updates

Version Number Date Released Description
1.1 June 25, 2017 Adds LAN Play, adds Arena Mode, bug fixes, typo fix.
2.0 July 11, 2017 Adds Max Brass as a playable character, adds new ARMS, adds the Sky Arena stage, swaps Snake Park with Sky Arena for Ranked Matches, adds the "Hedlok Scramble" mode, adds a "Stats" option to the main menu, increases the highest rank in Ranked Matches, balance adjustments, bug fixes.
2.1[12] August 8, 2017 Moves "Training" to the main menu, adds additional training modes, menu changes in training mode, adds a prompt that explains target changing and adds a cursor to the currently targeted fighter in 3-4 player matches, makes it harder for less frequently played stages to appear for "Best Stage" in Stats, fixes an issue that causes the game to hang when the ending is skipped at a particular time, adjustments to how the rush gauge fills, hitbox adjustments, balance adjustments.

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Nintendo Direct 4.12.2017. Nintendo (YouTube; April 12, 2017). Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  2. Nintendo Direct 2017.4.13 プレゼンテーション映像. Nintendo 公式チャンネル (YouTube; April 12, 2017). Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  3. Nintendo Direct - 12.04.2017. Nintendo UK (YouTube; April 12, 2017). Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. Nintendo (YouTube; January 12, 2017). Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Arms' Creators On Twintelle's Popularity And The Strange Lore Of The Game's World. Game Informer (June 2, 2017). Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1488. Gematsu (June 6, 2017). Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 ARMS Direct 5.17.2017. Nintendo (YouTube; May 17, 2017). Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  8. Hoops and Skillshot Modes to Feature in Upcoming ARMS Global Testpunch Sessions. Nintendo Life (May 30, 2017). Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  9. Twintelle Joins The ARMS Global Testpunch Roster This Weekend. Nintendo Life (June 2, 2017). Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  10. ARMS Global Testpunch to feature Ramen Bowl stage this weekend. GoNintendo (May 30, 2017). Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  11. The ARMS Global Testpunch Demo Has Been Updated To 1.1.0. My Nintendo News (June 1, 2017). Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  12. ARMS - Version 2.1 update now available, full patch notes. GoNintendo (August 8, 2017). Retrieved August 8, 2017.