While the Switch as a platform is thriving, ARMS is its redheaded stepchild. In its first two weeks, it peaked at the 13th most popular game on the eShop. Despite being a less popular Nintendo exclusive, some competitors are keeping the fighting spirit alive months after most moved on to other games.
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Nintendo's carnivalesque boxing game Arms, released in June, just received what looks like its final content update. Arms 5.0 just dropped along with the new fighter Dr. Coyle, the "empress of the ARMS lab," and was appended by an announcement that, from now on, Arms will only be receiving balance patches.
Arms' first big update added a few much-requested features to the slinky-limb fighting game -- and took away some unpopular ones. Most of those features improve upon Arms' strong Ranked Mode, the game's bread and butter.
Arms may look like a Mario Party mini-game, but it doesn't play like one. Charming and involved, Arms toes the line between a party game and an entry-level fighter with moderate depth. While Arms succeeds as an easy-to-pick-up brawler, its ambitions as a hardcore game for serious players are less certain.
On the surface, Arms looks like a cute game about the dangers of slinky arms, but it quickly gets challenging. Out today, Nintendo's new fighting game has players throwing punches with spring-loaded limbs. Programming good impulses takes time and guidance. And although only ten fighters feature in Arms, with so many detachable arms to choose from, it's more like 100.
This week might have been chockers with announcements of new games, but there were some new games as well. And the biggest off them all launched at the end of the week: ARMS, Nintendo's new JoyCon-powered punch-a-thon. If you're interested in getting some colourful biff on, here's the cheapest copies of the game in Australia.