This article is about the Nintendo Switch game. For other uses, see ARMS (disambiguation).
US box art for ARMS
|Download size||2.9 GB|
ARMS is a fighting game developed by Nintendo EPD exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. The game features professional boxer-like fighters who can attack each other from across an arena using weapons known as ARMS, which are attached to the ends of the fighters' extendable limbs, also known as ARMS.
ARMS was first revealed with a trailer in a Nintendo Switch presentation on 2017-01-12. ARMS was released on 2017-06-16 in North America, Europe and Japan. On February 21, 2018, it was announced for a South Korean release on April 12, the same year.
Each player controls one fighter from an over-the-shoulder third-person point of view. The game optionally takes advantage of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers' built-in motion controls, allowing players to throw punches, block and move around the arena by flicking or tilting the controllers. Using traditional button controls with a Pro Controller, a single Joy-Con held sideways, the Switch in handheld mode or simply pressing buttons on the Joycons (no grip required, the game won’t detect if the Joycons are in the grip) is also an option. The game is playable locally by up to 4 players on one system, up to 8 players and systems per lobby in local wireless and up to 10 systems with 2 players each in an online lobby. The game includes online party and ranked battle modes and local wireless mode.
|Action||Thumbs-up grip||Buttons mode
|Move||Tilt both Joy-Con*|
|Guard||Turn both Joy-Con inward|
|Change target||/||() /||/|
|Punch(R)||Punch forward with Right Joy-Con||/|
|Punch(L)||Punch forward with Left Joy-Con||/|
|Grab||Punch forward with both Joy-Con||+ / +||+|
*-The plural form of Joy-Con is the same as its singular form.
There are several game modes in ARMS. All modes are listed here.
- Grand Prix
- Party Match / Party Crash
- VS Hedlok
- Exclusive to Party Match and Party Crash.
- VS Hedlok
- Ranked Match
- Local / LAN Play
- A second training mode containing various drills to teach players fighting techniques.
- Removed in Version 3.0.0.
- Set ARMS
- Get ARMS
Main article: Updates
- Version 1.0.0 (released 2017-06-16)
- First public release.
- Version 1.1.0 (released 2017-06-25)
- Added LAN Play and Arena mode.
- Version 2.0.0 (released 2017-07-12)
- Added Max Brass and his ARMS, Sky Arena, Hedlok Scramble mode, Stats and Events, and many fixes.
- Version 2.1.0 (released 2017-08-09)
- Revamped Training mode and adjusted balance.
- Version 3.0.0 (released 2017-09-13)
- Added Lola Pop and her ARMS, Via Dolce, and many fixes.
- Version 3.1.0 (released 2017-09-28)
- Added Sparring Ring and adjusted balance.
- Version 3.2.0 (released 2017-10-17)
- Added Badges, a new challenger in Grand Prix mode, along with balances and fixes.
- Version 4.0.0 (released 2017-11-15)
- Added Misango and his ARMS, Temple Grounds, a Poison Atrribute, Party Crash mode, and many new Badges
- Version 5.0.0 (released 2017-12-22)
- Added Dr. Coyle and her ARMS, [NAME REDACTED], new Badges and more fixes.
Reception and sales
ARMS received generally positive reviews. Critics praised its simple, straightforward gameplay and its creative twist on the fighting genre, but some criticism was directed at its lack of content on release and its learning curve.
As of July 31st, 2018 Arms has sold 2.01 million units worldwide .
As of December 2019, Arms sold 2.38 Million units worldwide 
Arms has sold 2.56 million copies world wide as of December 31th, 2020, influenced by Min Min's inclusion in Super Smash Bros Ultimate as the seventh downloadable character via the second Fighter's Pass volume.
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- Official European website
- Official Australian website
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- Official Hong Kong website
- Official Taiwanese website
- Official Japanese Twitter account
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