Nintendo had their latest Direct Presentation on 05/18 and this time it was focused all around their upcoming brawler; ARMS. There was a ton of new information regarding characters, game modes and online functionality plus a brand new Splatoon 2 story trailer.
The Nintendo Direct started with a nice presentation about ‘The Gift of Arms’ which was outlining where these fighters got their springy appendages. It was a nice touch. Once that was out of the way they got down to the nitty gritty! I’m going to be outlining the main announcements of most importance so if you’d like to watch the full presentation then you can find the video at the end of this article.
Weight and Attributes
It seems Nintendo want us to have a lesson in the art of ARMS, new gameplay footage was shown initially outlining the various affects the different attributes will have on your fighters as well as detailing the importance of choosing the correct arm depending on their weight. It goes without saying that heavier arms will do more damage but will be a lot slower, therefore you’ll need more precise punches to master them. The lighter arms provide a quicker multitude of punches but deal less damage so it’s really dependant on your play style.
It’s interesting to see as well that your arms can collide with your opponents, heavier arms will out-punch lighter ones so once you’ve learned the basics and memorised the different arms available it’ll be a lot easier to decide whether to go for a block or to out-punch your opponent.
The different attributes are fire, electric, wind, ice, stun, explosion & blind and they are activated once your arms are powered up. Each of the attributes will give you an advantage over your opponent should your punch land and could gain you the upper hand in a tense battle!
So we already know about Springman, Ninjara, Master Mummy, Min Min, Ribbon Girl, Helix and Mechanica. They each have different advantages and disadvantages depending on your play style so I won’t go into detail about them. However there were three new characters revealed which were Kid Cobra, Byte & Barq and Twintelle. Byte & Barq will be the games first dual characters!
Kid Cobra: His snake like design means he is very quick, he has a dash attack and his arms look like giant oven mitts. His lightning quick speed means he’s able to dodge attacks swiftly, his signature arms are slamamander, coolerang and hyrdra.
Byte & Barq: This is an interesting one being that it’s two characters in one, described as “clockwork cops” one is a dog and one is a robot. Barq will attack opponents at will and you can use him as a launchpad to jump higher as well. Their special attack enables them to combine as one robot for extra attack power. Hopefully they don’t out balance the game as that is my only concern for them at the moment. Their signature arms are seekie, cracker and bubb.
Twintelle: Described as an A-list movie star, she will leave her opponents star struck! Twintelle uses her hair as her arms, and she has the ability to slow down opponents punches in mid-air. She is definitely my favourite of the three new reveals. Her signature arms are chilla, parasol and thunderbird.
There looks to be a ton of different game modes and this is what has me most excited. The replay value is going to be insane. Here’s a list of each one as well as a description of how to play:
Versus: Fight against another opponent in the basic mode of ARMS, random item drops will add a bit of uncertainty to the battle including shock bombs and healing drops.
Team Fight: Fight with a friend in this mode, you’re tethered to each other via strings so you can’t run far from one another. This will definitely add a new mechanic to battling and means you’ll be thinking about your play style a lot differently. Friendly fire is not an option here as you can also hit your own allies!
V-Ball: As the name suggests this is a classic game of volleyball with a twist, the ball is explosive. The aim of the game is to score a set amount of points and you can even punch your arms over the net.
Hoops: Another twist on a sports game, much like basketball your aim is to score points by aiming for the hoop. However, you’ll be slamming your opponent through the basket!
Skillshot: You and your opponent stand on opposite sides and you have to break as many randomly generated targets as possible, in turn earning yourself a higher score than your opponent.
1-on-100: Defeat 100 enemies, pretty much self explanatory this one.
Arms Test & Training: Try out the various different arms available in the game as well as perfecting your fighting style through different training courses.
Those are all the local multiplayer options, take things online and you can play locally against three other players or you can get into a lobby of up to 20 other players for a Party Match. You’ll then be randomly split up to play against three other fighters, but it sounds like the online aspect is going to get very competitive.
There’s a Ranked mode which sees you earn you way up the classes, much like Splatoon in that respect. Then you’ve got the single player Grand Prix mode which will see you fight across 10 different stages to earn you way up and defeat the ultimate champion!
Thats right, as if this game couldn’t get any more packed with content and features to keep us playing Nintendo are giving us free DLC! Splatoon did it tremendously well and kept content coming even up to a year after it was released. It’s a great idea to get more people on board as they’ve promised new characters, stages and arms after the games released.
As well as that they also announced that there’s going to be an ARMS Global Testpunch which will give players the chance to experience the game before it’s released! It worked really well when they did it with Splatoon 2 and ARMS is one of those games that really is much better played rather than watched. Just download the Testpunch from the eShop now and you can play between 05/26 – 05/28 and again between 06/02 – 06/04.
At the end of the presentation there was a short story trailer for Splatoon 2, Nintendo did state before that the final Splatfest actually was a big part of the process for the sequels story and now we can see why. It looks like one of the squid sisters has been kidnapped!
So there you have it, that’s a round-up of all things ARMS related and although it was only 20 minutes long they actually put a hell of a lot of information into this Nintendo Direct.
What are your thoughts after the presentation? Will you be buying ARMS on release day? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @wtfgamersonly. Happy watching!