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Here’s A Roundup Of The ARMS Nintendo Direct

Nintendo premiered a new Nintendo Direct video presentation all about its upcoming ARMS game for the Nintendo Switch console – with a little surprise from everyone’s favorite Inklings in the Splatoon 2 game as part of a bonus trailer at the end. ARMS was created by many of the same team members that developed the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game for Nintendo Switch, promising the same level of polish and competitive action as the hit racing game. The Nintendo Direct video detailed many new features about ARMS, including key characters, attributes and the game’s numerous multiplayer battle modes, as well as information about a free Global Testpunch demo for the game that starts at the end of May.

“With games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Splatoon 2, the next few months will be a summer of social competitive gaming on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This Nintendo Direct presentation offered great reasons why ARMSis perfect for players of all ages, whether they are familiar with fighting games or not.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:


  • Combat Customization: After selecting a character, players will have the opportunity to equip two ARMS, one on the right and one on the left. These ARMS range from standard fists to things like boomerangs and missiles, offering a wide variety of close- and long-range attacks, as well as offensive and defensive options.
    • Types – Dozens of ARMS can be selected in the game, each with its own special power and handling ability. Different types range from the Toaster, which unleashes a flaming punch, to the Tribolt, which shoots three bolts horizontally. Some ARMS even boost defense, like the Guardian, which can be used as a shield.
    • Attributes – There are seven different ARMS attributes in the game, each with its own specialty: Fire, Electricity, Wind, Ice, Stun, Explosion and Blind. Different ARMS have different attributes, so it’s a good idea to mix and match for a strategic advantage.
    • Weight – When equipping the many different types of ARMS, weight is an important factor in determining performance. Weight affects momentum, so players have to keep this in mind when selecting ARMS. Stronger ARMS are more powerful but slower, while multi-hit ARMS are quick but have lower individual power. Punches can even run into each other while fighting, with the heavier ARMS knocking the lighter ones away.
    • Upgrade ARMS – As players fight through ARMS, they will rack up hard-earned in-game currency for use at the ARMS Getter, where players can use their skills to earn new ARMS and the ability to upgrade previously owned ones.
  • Versus Mode: ARMS is filled to the brim with fun modes that offer a variety of ways to challenge other fighters.
    • Fight – In this main multiplayer* mode, two fighters battle against each other one-on-one to claim victory. During the fight, bombs and other healing items drop in, adding some strategic options to the proceedings.
    • Team Fight – In this mode, two players are attached by strings and must team up to battle another team of two. Attacks can hit allies, so watch out for friendly punches!
    • V-Ball – Similar to volleyball, but much more awesome. V-Ball is a sport that involves knocking an explosive ball into the opponent’s court.
    • Hoops – Grab opponents and shoot them into the net (or even dunk them for extra satisfaction) in this hard-core game of ARMS-style basketball.
    • Skillshot – Break as many targets as possible using the versatile powers of ARMS.
    • 1-on-100 – Defeat 100 enemies in a row, one at a time, in this progressive battle mode.
    • ARMS Test & Training – In Test mode, players can try out randomized ARMS combinations, while Training lets them practice a number of varied drills.
  • Multiplayer* Gaming: Playing with friends either locally or online is easy when using one of the various multiplayer modes in ARMS.
    • Grand Prix – Win 10 straight matches in Grand Prix and players will face a final opponent to be crowned the ARMSchampion. (This mode is played locally with one or two players.)
    • Party Match – By connecting the Nintendo Switch console to the internet, players can battle with up to three other ARMSplayers at a time that are in the same lobby as them. One lobby can hold up to 10 systems, but with up to two players per system, 20 players can potentially get together in the same lobby.
    • Ranked Match – In this time-honored coliseum, players compete online in 1-v-1 battles. By winning a match, a player’s rank goes up, while, conversely, losing will make that rank go down. While waiting to play a Ranked Match online, players can participate in any other mode to pass the time (and tighten up their skills).
    • Local Wireless Mode: When playing in Local Wireless mode, up to eight players with eight separate systems in the same room can gather in an in-game lobby and battle up to three other players at a time like in Party Match.
  • ARMS Update: In the future, Nintendo will release free software updates that add new fighters, stages and ARMS to the game. These free updates will occur after the game launches, so watch for additional details!
  • Global Testpunch: Like Splatoon 2 and Splatoon before it, ARMS is offering free trial periods to try out the game and get a taste of what it’s like before launch. But instead of a Global Testfire, these free demos will naturally be called the Global Testpunch. The first blocks of time will be allocated throughout the weekend of May 26-28, and the second blocks on June 2-4. To participate, simply download the free Global Testpunch demo in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch before the trials begin. Check for updates about specific timing.
  • Characters: Over the course of the Nintendo Direct presentation, the 10 key playable fighters in ARMS were unveiled. Each with his or her own fighting style, the game’s playable characters are full of personality.
    • Spring Man – This passionate fighter’s bouncy hairstyle might look fake, but his passion for fighting is definitely real.
    • Ninjara – Using his nimble movements and ancient ninjutsu, Ninjara can disappear and warp somewhere else even in mid-air or when guarding.
    • Master Mummy – As the only character that can restore health while guarding, Master Mummy is a force to be reckoned with.
    • Min Min – With her ramen noodle arms, Min Min’s spin kick and throws are deliciously powerful.
    • Kid Cobra – A fan of selfie sticks and livestreaming, this hip fighter pounces on opponents with a charged-up dash.
    • Ribbon Girl – Possessing next-level jumping skills, Ribbon Girl violates the laws of physics with her unbeatable power.
    • Helix – Who is Helix? He’s an experiment gone wrong, that’s who. His springy body lets him move in unpredictable ways.
    • Mechanica – This mechanical genius dons a homemade power suit that can hover above the competition.
    • Byte & Barq – Two fighters in one! This robot fighter and his robot canine companion battle together to unleash devastating combo attacks.
    • Twintelle – As an A-list actress, Twintelle uses her celebrity status to render her opponents utterly star struck as she walks the red carpet to victory.

Splatoon 2

  • Splatoon 2 Single-Player Mode: At the end of the Nintendo Direct presentation, a new trailer for Splatoon 2 debuted, showing off the game’s single-player mode. In a shocking twist, Callie – of Squid Sisters fame – has gone missing and her right-tentacle squid Marie tasks the player to search for Callie and the Great Zapfish. Players can use different weapons in single-player mode to overcome obstacles, defeat enemies and take down towering bosses – weapons like the Roller, Slosher, Splatling or the new Dualies. The single-player mode is designed to teach players tips and tricks that they can then use in multiplayer. For more on the Squid Sisters, check out the Squid Sisters Stories here.

ARMS launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 16. For more information about the game, visit Splatoon 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21. For more information about the game, visit

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21 thoughts on “Here’s A Roundup Of The ARMS Nintendo Direct”

  1. I’m really looking forward to ARMS now I was iffy before now it’s a definite yes from me. Twintelle is gonna be my main because she reminds me of Bayonetta. Hair kicks serious ass

  2. I wasn’t expecting this direct to be so good. I’m glad I kept my expectations low, cause now I’m beyond satisfied.

      1. Mario 3d world was just a rip off from Mario 3d land with just multiplayer.
        No Core Mario game
        N64 =Mario 64
        Gc=mario sunshine
        Wii=Freaking mario galaxy 1-2
        And wii u= Mario 3d world? bullshit.
        Gc=Metroid prime 1-2
        Wii= Metroid prime 3 and Another M
        Wii u =?
        Gamecube= Fire emblem
        Wii = Fire emblem
        Wii u? No fire emblem game?
        game cube=animal crossing
        what about wii u ?
        N64=Ocarina of time + Majora mask
        Gamecube=Zelda wind waker -TP
        Wii=zelda TP and Zelda skyward
        Wii u=? Breath of the wild? to late
        N64+Gc+Wii= Pokemon stadium-Colloseum
        Wii u ? pokken?jesus

        So yes wii u is way less quality games compared to hes compatitor
        Im talking about the real compatitor from wii u Not the fucking Ps4 but the wii console and the rest of the family. And wii u is the worst.

        In the meantime the switch is bitching off the Wii u by far.
        Switch also got a real Mario game like Mario odyssey.
        Mario 3d world is not bad i rate it 93/100 easy. Im talking about Some legendary Mario game Like mario 64-Sunshine or galaxy type.
        No Real mario game
        No Pokemon game (like pokemon colosseum atleast)
        No fire emblem game
        No metroid game
        No zelda game
        No Animal crossing game

        Wii u is great for the games you mention
        Wii u sucks for the games it didn’t had

      2. i would argue with you, but i can see it would be a waste of time as you said 3d world was a 3d land rip-off, and there were no real mario games…plus you’re a known troll. not worth it.

      3. Did you skip that i personaly rate mario 3d world with 93/100?
        Im talking about Mario 3d world vs All the other Mario games
        Im talking about the “Unique”
        Like mario 64 had
        Like sunshine had
        Like Galaxy had
        But 3d world wasn’t realy something special cause it was already game like this on 3ds.
        i guess the Word i put “rip off” is very Absolute and i put it wrong and that word disturbed you for my point

        I already mention the list with the legendary mario games! these makes the mario games something more than just a “2D jumb on the heads to kill” And mario 3d world is very good and must buy game 150% But there is not enough as legendary. And switch now is getting this for real with “Mario oddyssy”

        Meanwhile switch Got Games on the first 12 months like Xenoblade 2 – Real mario game-Arms (hyped)
        Zelda breath of the freaking wild !!!!! – Splatoon 2!!!!!!<3 and E3 is on the way!!
        While wii u ..didn't even manage to do this in the whole lifetime.

        Also Maybe my fucking english are responsible for destroying my be understood in the way im trying to make it.

        Im not trolling now so dont fool your self and dont even think i am some kind of ps4 fanboy.
        And Switch is doing much better than Ps4 for the first year..Fact? Game of the year for ps4= Black flag..
        dont get me wrong is my favorite game on the series but ps4 couldn't make it to give Goty for him self another game..same for xbots.. while on the end of 2017…when the Goty comes for the Switch Platform..
        Well you know the list with the nomitates…are so many !!!Zelda will win for switch Goty anyway
        i believe but still got Many other games to be nomitates and worthy buying

        Are you gonna tell me "you lost many great games on wii u"
        Im gonna tell you then back on 2012 if i knew Wii u is gonna be such a failure console with so many games not telling you i will still buy it. no matter what even for 1 game You know the reassons. otherwise how i will play All these good exclusives games?
        Ok i got gaming work.WELL..i cant emulate splatoon online-smash-mk8-etc etc:P

        Also stop taking so my baits so serius. im Nintendo fan in reality (Mind blown)
        i make comments like mk8 is for stupid kids while i just finish the course and voting for the next. :P

      4. For me, 3D World had way more value and uniqueness (is that a word?) than at least Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros U, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Bros 2 to name a few. It wasn’t that immersive game with impact that 64 was for its time, it wasn’t that showcase of originality that Galaxy was, but saying “with just multiplayer” shows that you just weren’t the audience for it. Like a casual complaining that M64 was too complicated or a core gamer complaining Galaxy wasn’t core enough.
        3D World did for Multiplayer (of course in my opinion) what Mario Kart did for MP in the 1990ies. I didn’t expect it to be that good, I played about 1% of my time with it in singleplayer (so I can understand what people dislike about it) but in MP it’s just a game that totally lives up to its name. Although you can play with 4 players, the game never gets as confusing as New Super Mario Bros does and I don’t really get how Nintendo achieved this in 3D. Plus every kind of player, no matter how experienced they are can find something fun to do. My girlfriend barely knew how to hold a joypad when we started and by the end she actually managed to land the final hit on bowser. Not understanding this achievement is just the same material of ignorance ppl come up with when whining about how weak the Switch is. It’s pretty simple to create something complex. And it’s insanely complex to create something simple.

      5. in case you didn’t understand me i will point it again just in case. Mario 3d world is one of the best multiplayer games i ever played also i believe it is the best multiplayer mario game.
        That game have the multiplayer advantage and in the same time it is the disadvantage because for solo is really not worth it. The other mario games are unique and very revolutionary in the mario franchise. and changed the balance for the mario to be played in 2D. Also The mario maker is the best 2d mario in my opinion because you have a special freedom and diferent stages to be played. Mario 3d world i belive it has hes own solo list and there is no other game on that category to be directed compared as there is the only 3d multiplayer mario and it should be compared to the next game like that.

        Also mario 3d world is not like Sunshine and n64.. there is no “3D world” to move around only 3D world stages. thats why i dont put it in the legendary list and the legendary list is all about to been different from the same mario 2D games.
        Mario galaxy is also with stages yet. it brings new elements on the gameplay and also put the Score on Meta on Top on the mario series. and the uniqueness is out of the charts

        Do i have to say it again? Mario 3d world is the best multiplayer mario game and one of the Best multiplayers i ever played. But can not be compared to the Solo (always 3D) Mario games

  3. ARMS went from a definite buy to a ” must-have ” buy for me. This game is gonna be the Splatoon of fighting games and I can’t wait. Nintendo has a real winner on their hands

  4. Ehhh I just don’t have any interest in ARMS. I’m all about new IPs but this just isn’t for me. I’m hoping it sells well enough for Nintendo to keep trying out new IPs.

  5. Nintendo have Punched me out of the park with their bare ARMS! This is a beauty and could really be something on the eSports scene.. .. Now I can totally forget about Rocket League.

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