Nintendo shows off Arms, a Switch game about fighting with long, stretchy arms

By James O'Connor, Friday, 13 January 2017 04:27 GMT

Arms is a fighting game where you beat up your friends with long, stretchy arms.

The presentation showed off a fight between Spring Man and Ribbon Girl. You throw punches with the Joy Con controllers, and your movements determine the kind of punches you throw.

It’s meant to be pretty accessible and intuitive. The game is focused on battles, whether against AI or against your friends. It will also have an online mode.

Players will choose a fighter and then equip a combination of extendable arms. They will then use a “mix of button presses and quick hand motions” to fight opponents.

Incoming attacks can be avoided with dashes, or the fighter can trampoline high into the air and then come down punching. Punches can also be powered-up for extra damage or to curve fists around obstacles to hit opponents.

A special gauge will unleash devastating combinations once filled.

Here’s a list of features:

  • 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 out think 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.

The game is due in northern spring. It looks pretty wacky.

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