This winter, games in Japan get to compete in the ARMS Grand Prix. There are no dates yet, and no word on whether westerners will get their own event or be allowed to go to Japan to compete. Regardless ARMS is shaping up to become a huge esports title for Nintendo.
Nintendo’s new hit IP ARMS is getting it’s first new character sometime this month. Max Brass the champion of the ARMS League will be available for free for everyone to enjoy. I can’t wait to play as him, and below is a trailer detailing what to expect from Max Brass.
The first update for ARMS has released, with some decent new features. The game now supports LAN play with up to 8 other Switches (with two players on each Switch). A new local mode that is called Arena Mode, which is basically a offline version of the Party Mode. The other updates are hitboxes and minor fixes. ARMS has been a huge hit, and next up is the character Max Brass which will be free at some point soon.
ARMS has topped the charts on the Nintendo eShop on it’s first week. Being the surprise new hit fighting game from Nintendo, even quickly becoming a Nintendo household name. Below is the top 20 on the eShop. My review of ARMS is up on the site, and I love it, can’t stop playing it as of lately.
2. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
3. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
4. Mighty Gunvolt Burst
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
7. NBA Playgrounds
8. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
10. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
11. Ultra Street Fighter II
12. Has-Been Heroes
13. Puyo Puyo Tetris
14. Cave Story+
15. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
16. Disgaea 5 Complete
18. The Jackbox Party 3
19. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
ARMS is the big new fighting game IP from Nintendo for their new platform the Switch. It is a massive hit in Japan selling 100,652 beating out every game on the market in Japan. Funny enough Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Breath of the Wild are number 2 and 3 on that list. ARMS has outperformed Tekken 7 despite the larger install base on the PS4 in Japan. Tekken 7 has sold 76,603, while ARMS sold over 100k in 2 days. Nintendo Switch has been a huge hit in Japan and in the world, and now their new IP ARMS is beating out well established fighting game series in Japan.
ARMS is the new big fighting game IP from Nintendo, featuring a fresh unique take on the genre. Featuring weird people with stretching arms that fight in huge stadiums while beating the crap out of each other. Is Nintendo going forth and keeping up it’s success with new IP and it’s games in general?
ARMS features diverse cast of characters, ranging from Master Mummy, a literal Mummy, to a girl in a giant mech suit, to Helix, literal DNA. All of these characters have their own starting Arms, and abilities. For example, Helix can stretch his body to be really big, small, and go side to side, making him one of the hardest enemies to hit. Master Mummy can self heal while blocking, slowly, but he surely can. Of course size differences among them make a difference. I’d say the most unique character is probably Byte and Barq, since the robots robot dog runs around and can punch other players, I can see how this would be considered cheap in the competitive scene, but it’s just so fun.
Arms is the main mechanic of the title, featuring different types of Arms such as regular boxing gloves, giant balls, and even missiles and lasers you can shoot. The variety in mixing Arms combinations with the various characters is incredible, the system is so deep that you can create a unique feeling Spring Girl like I did, instead of the vanilla options. The game at the surface level can be played like a fun party game, even featuring modes like hoops and volleyball, but at it’s core it is much deeper than it. The game’s competitive online mode is where the game truly shines, you against one other person who understand some of the workings of the game, such as twisting your Arms, and dodging at the right moment. The mechanics here are surface level enough for everyone, but deep enough for those desiring to challenge themselves.
The game modes featured here is Grand Prix, which is a basic arcade later of fighting, or even playing volleyball, with 9 fighters, than fighting the game’s final boss Max Brass for the ARMS title. It has various different difficulty’s and adds for some variety. There is also online social, and local multiplayer, with up to four players which is amazing. You can play just normal fights, hoops, volleyball, target smash, and a boss fight like mode, where everyone fights a giant boss. A 1 on 100 mode is also available to hone your skills against plenty of fighters. The modes offer enough fun variety, regardless if you are playing by yourself, online with friends or randoms, or with your buddy with a split joycon on the couch. ARMS has all the options and more for a fighting game. My favorite mode of course is playing the competitive mode, as I feel like I am playing against people with a similar level of skill, and I have lost a lot of games, but also have won a lot. Using the motion controls can wear you down as you constantly move, but it makes me feel like I have absolute control over my movements and actions while playing competitive.
ARMS runs at 1080 60 fps in TV mode and 720p 60 fps in handheld mode. Now I noticed at some points when you are playing split screen with more than three players, the framerate does take some dips into the 50s and 40s, which can be pretty jarring, but it doesn’t happen ever when you are playing by yourself. The graphics are very anime and cartoony like, they look great. Some nice lighting effects, and the look of the title is just satisfying. When you hit something the sound effects are just satisfying and let you know what you have hit, feeling like a classic comic punch mixed with a real punch. ARMS has the most control options out of any Nintendo Switch game yet. You can play with a pro controller, handheld mode, joycons in grip, joycons loose, split joycons. Then there is the big control option, the motion controls. Which for once I agree is the best way to play the game, making you feel one with your character as you move back and forth, and punch and twist your arms, it is crazy to me how good playing the game like that feels.
ARMS is showing the continuing success of Nintendo with their new IP and their Nintendo Switch platform. ARMS takes full advantage of all features and possible control options of the Switch, making it accessible enough for everyone, but having enough depth for competitive players. I can’t wait to see the continuing support of the game through free DLC. I give ARMS a 9 out of 10, please don’t hit me.
Rating: 9 / 10
RGN Rating: Gold Game
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Available On: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: June 16th, 2017
Review Copy Info: A physical copy of this game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.
The new IP from Nintendo ARMs has a release date of June 16th for $59.99 only on Nintendo Switch. The title is a big fighting game releasing that provides a motion control and traditional controller option for gamers. Nintendo plans on doing many new IP during their generation with the Nintendo Switch, so this looks to be a nice first start.
ARMS is the upcoming Nintendo Switch fighting game releasing sometime this summer for the price of $59.99. It is intended to be one the big new IPs from Nintendo this generation. The trailer details all the characters, especially Spring-Man. See you out there punching bags of spring.