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  • Summary: The first fighting game of its kind. Choose a fighting champion from around the world, equip your own combination of extendable arms, and then use a mix of button presses and quick hand motions to really take the fight to your opponent. Throw punches and guide them midflight to hit agileThe first fighting game of its kind. Choose a fighting champion from around the world, equip your own combination of extendable arms, and then use a mix of button presses and quick hand motions to really take the fight to your opponent. Throw punches and guide them midflight to hit agile fighters, avoid incoming attacks with dashes, or trampoline high into the air to rain down fists from above. Power-up your punches to deal extra damage or curve your fists around obstacles to hit skittish opponents. Fill up your special gauge to dish out devastating combinations and finish them off. Unleash your inner fighter in this unbelievable sporting event. 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 outthink 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 97
  2. Negative: 0 out of 97
  1. 100
    It’s difficult to describe just how good ARMS is. The best analogy I can come up with is that it is to fighting games what Splatoon is to third-person shooters. ARMS is a bright, colorful, and welcoming game. Newcomers can easily hop in and enjoy most of the matches and modes available. Meanwhile, the more dedicated will find themselves developing complex strategies based on characters and ARMS loadouts and captivated by the opportunities to challenge others online.
  2. Jun 7, 2017
    89
    Behind its wacky (and absolutely adorable) cartoony appearance, with its peculiar colorful appeal, its delightful cast of characters and its rubbery animations that somehow remind you of Splatoon, ARMS has the heart - and the brain - of a pure-bread fighting game. Deep, engaging, fascinating, fast and far from trivial, this beat'em up shows however one huge merit above its many undeniable virtues: it's a new, completely unique take on the genre, one that will be enjoyable for both fans and newcomers. Another hit for the Big N, scored with a surprising boomerang-punch.
  3. Jun 7, 2017
    83
    Arms is a zany fighter that delivers excitement and fun at every turn. While I wish there was more to do, what is included in the package is worthwhile. If you're looking for a fresh and exciting experience to play on your Switch, Arms is worth a look.
  4. Jun 7, 2017
    80
    Arms is a surprisingly balanced fighting game that mainly shines in it’s (online) multiplayer thanks to the huge variety in characters and boxing gear. Unfortunately, the single-player campaign offers few options.
  5. Jun 9, 2017
    77
    ARMS offers a very colorful and well animated fighting adventure with more strategy and depth then it might first appear. The initial offering feels just a little bit thin though in that despite the customization options in-game, you cannot customize or remap the controls and the single player modes are kind of thin — challenging, but not particularly captivating or appealing especially when the going gets tough. Online play is, like any other game, largely based on what you make of it and how the community does. Technically, my limited experience with it worked well, but time will tell if this game will have the legs to continue into something larger and sustained. For a new IP though, Nintendo has done another impressive job overall, but I would not consider this a must-have title for all Switch owners.
  6. Jun 16, 2017
    70
    Overall, ARMS is delightfully quirky, surprisingly deep and, most importantly, strikingly self-confident. Whilst its vibrant and over-the-top aesthetic might have some expecting a shallow and simplistic experience, persevering with and embracing the game's sharp initial learning curve reveals a strong-willed and very detailed gameplay core. Nintendo made the right choice in highlighting the motion controls, which is by far the best way to play.
  7. Jun 7, 2017
    50
    Stretching your limbs across the battlefield to stop an impending throw is good fun, but there's absolute anarchy when you throw in an extra body. The mediocre mini-games, and antiquated single-player further block the punch of Arms.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 149
  2. Negative: 14 out of 149
  1. Jun 16, 2017
    10
    Arms is crazy good fun, and full of depth. I feel like most critics just didn't "get it", or werent very good. Motion controls are the bestArms is crazy good fun, and full of depth. I feel like most critics just didn't "get it", or werent very good. Motion controls are the best ive ever used in a game, they are spot on responsive. You can play with a pro controller, but honestly youre cheating yourself a lot on the fun factor if not using the motion controls. Right now theres not a lot of characters, but the ones there are varied and play extremely unique to each other, and more will come in the future as free dlc, starting next month.
    Honestly, this is the most fun ive ever had with a fighting game, and will be the first one i actually take to online in ranked matches.
    Give this game the chance it deserves. I find it to best the best new ip from Nintendo in years. It is worth buying a Switch just to play this game.
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  2. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    This game is actually quite great. One of the best new ips in recent years, with a lot of focus on their unique fighters, their quirks andThis game is actually quite great. One of the best new ips in recent years, with a lot of focus on their unique fighters, their quirks and personal playstyles. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    distinto al esquema de combates tradicional , limpio apartado grafico , juego a 60 fps , gran multiplayer local y online, facil de jugardistinto al esquema de combates tradicional , limpio apartado grafico , juego a 60 fps , gran multiplayer local y online, facil de jugar dificil de dominar , gran apuesta de nintendo algo refrescante y original , controles muy responsivos Expand
  4. Jul 3, 2017
    8
    A lot more fun that it looks. However i don't feel the urge to continue playing day after day. It's one of those games that's good for a quickA lot more fun that it looks. However i don't feel the urge to continue playing day after day. It's one of those games that's good for a quick gaming session. Worth a look in but not sure if it's worth full price. Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2017
    8
    I am a guy who likes a challenge in a game. But Nintendo doesn't know the difference between a challenge, and physically impossible. I reallyI am a guy who likes a challenge in a game. But Nintendo doesn't know the difference between a challenge, and physically impossible. I really like this game, its fun, creative and great to play with friends. But the one thing I can't stand is how ridiculous the AI are after level 4. Not only are they able to predict every move you make, but the game also drops health right on top of them making it impossible to K.O them. Not to mention they love to pull the grab move non stop and know exactly when to punch you literally milliseconds after you put your guard down. I myself have gotten to level 6/7 but can't even get past match 1 in it. It is so aggravating that I decided to write a review about it to ramble about how ridiculous it is. I really want to give this game a 0 but only because of the difficulty level. Besides that it is a great game to play with friends, just not by yourself or if your have anger problems. Expand
  6. Jun 15, 2020
    7
    Arms is an excellent game. It really displays what the Switch can do. The characters are strong and unique. Control is excellent top toArms is an excellent game. It really displays what the Switch can do. The characters are strong and unique. Control is excellent top to bottom. Graphics fits into the Nintendo mold (very colorful). But what really killed this game for me there was no storylines and missions. I am that person who needs some kind of motivation in the game to play. It does not do that here. Had they built in some sort of storyline into it you are talking one of the top ten games on the Switch without question. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2017
    0
    Worst game I've ever played in the last year. I wouldn't pay 10 dollars for it and this game's existence is proof that stores should allowWorst game I've ever played in the last year. I wouldn't pay 10 dollars for it and this game's existence is proof that stores should allow returns. Annoying music, poor controls. Notice the sob stories in the 8 9 10 score ratings where people say give it a chance, i don't understand why people don't like it. Read between the lines and avoid this "game". Expand

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