ARMS (game)

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This article is about the Nintendo Switch game. For other uses, see ARMS (disambiguation).

ARMS Icon-ARMS.jpg
BoxNA-ARMS.png
US box art for ARMS
Developer(s) Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release date

Flag of USA.png 2017-06-16
Flag of Japan.png 2017-06-16
Flag of Europe.png 2017-06-16

Genre Fighting
Rating(s)

ESRB Everyone 10+.png Everyone 10+
PEGI Twelve years and up.png Twelve years and up
CERO All ages.png All ages
ACB Parental guidance.png Parental guidance

Media Cartridge
Digital download
Download size 2.9 GB[1]

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,[2] Europe,[3] and Japan.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

The ARMS title screen.

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, Joy-Con Grip, a single Joy-Con held sideways, or the Switch in handheld mode 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.

Controls[edit]

Navigating Menus[edit]

Action Joy-Con
Joy-Con Grip
Handheld
Pro Controller
Sideways Joy-Con
Select Lstick.svg / Dbuttons.svg(Dpad.svg) Stick.svg
Confirm A.svg Rightbutton.svg
Cancel B.svg Downbutton.svg

In-game[edit]

Action Thumbs-up grip Joy-Con Grip
Handheld
Pro Controller
Sideways Joy-Con
Rush Zl.svg / Zr.svg L.svg / R.svg Sr.svg
Move Tilt both Joy-Con* Lstick.svg Stick.svg
Guard Turn both Joy-Con inward Lstickclick.svg Stickclick.svg
Change target Dbuttons.svg/Facebuttons.svg Dbuttons.svg(Dpad.svg) / Rstick.svg Zl.svg / Zr.svg
Jump R.svg X.svg Upbutton.svg
Dash L.svg Y.svg Leftbutton.svg
Punch(R) Punch forward with Right Joy-Con A.svg / Zr.svg Rightbutton.svg
Punch(L) Punch forward with Left Joy-Con B.svg / Zl.svg Downbutton.svg
Grab Punch forward with both Joy-Con A.svg+B.svg / Zl.svg+Zr.svg Rightbutton.svg + Downbutton.svg

*-The plural form of Joy-Con is the same as its singular form.

Game Modes[edit]

There are several game modes in ARMS. All modes are listed here.

A screenshot of the game's main menu as of version 2.0.0, showing all playable modes.

Version History[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate Score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 78/100[5]
Review Scores
Reviewer Score
Destructoid 7.0/10[6]
Eurogamer Recommended[7]
Famitsu 33/40 (8,8,8,9)[8]
Gamespot 7/10[9]
Gamesradar+ 4.5/5[10]
GameXplain Liked-A-Lot[11]
IGN 8.0/10[12]
Nintendo Life 9/10[13]
Time 4/5[14]
TrustedReviews 4/5 stars[15]

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.

In its first month alone, ARMS sold 1.18 million units globally[16].

Cover gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Nintendo Today. "ARMS Download Size Revealed", retrieved on 2017-05-30.
  2. Nintendo of America. "ARMS – Nintendo Direct 4.12.2017", retrieved on 2017-05-02.
  3. Nintendo UK. "Nintendo Direct - 12.04.2017", retrieved on 2017-05-02.
  4. Nintendo Co., Ltd. "ARMS Nintendo Direct 2017.4.13", retrieved on 2017-05-02.
  5. Metacritic. [1], 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  6. Carter, Chris. Destructoid. [2], 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  7. Martinson, Robin. Eurogamer. 2017-06-07-arms-review, 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  8. Gematsu. "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1488", 2017-06-06, retrieved on 2017-06-06.
  9. Plagge, Kallie. Gamespot. [3], 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  10. Schilling, Chris. Gamesradar+. "ARMS Review: 'An Invigorating Blend of Graceful Movement and Slapstick Violence'", 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  11. Segers, Andre. GameXplain. "ARMS - REVIEW (Nintendo Switch)", 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  12. Graeber, Brendan. IGN. "ARMS Review", 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  13. McFerran, Damien. Nintendo Life. "Review: ARMS", 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  14. Peckham, Matt. Time. "'Arms' Is Weird, Wonderful, and Maybe the Perfect Switch Game", 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  15. TrustedReviews. http://www.trustedreviews.com/arms-review "ARMS review", 2017-06-07, retrieved 2017-06-07.
  16. Nintendo Co., Ltd. Nintendo Consolidated Financial Earnings Report, 2017-07-26, retrieved 2017-07-26