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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: 89 out of 129
  2. Negative: 13 out of 129
  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. Jun 27, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Divertido y un gameplay excelente,desde que lo e jugado no para de querer mas y mas, ademas tendra dlc gratis asi que la falta de contenido sera temporla Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2017
    10
    ARMS is the first eSports-game to be released on the Nintendo Switch, and certainly lives up to hype surrounding its release, as it's aARMS is the first eSports-game to be released on the Nintendo Switch, and certainly lives up to hype surrounding its release, as it's a never-before-seen take on boxing with tons of replayability thanks to the patches its been getting. These patches have included new characters, new stages, new gamemodes, "party crash" events, and even the first recorded use of achievements in the console's history. The only complaint I have is that ARMS was built from the ground up to take advantage of motion controls, and this puts regular controller users at a minor disadvantage, but this is barely noticeable. ARMS will most certainly take up the most time from the sheer amount of content Nintendo has crammed into it, and you've got to love games like that. Expand
  4. Oct 8, 2017
    8
    With the help of deep game-play and fantastic presentation ARMS is an amazing game that everybody should play. It's content might have beenWith the help of deep game-play and fantastic presentation ARMS is an amazing game that everybody should play. It's content might have been lacking at first but with new characters and stages keeps bringing me back. Expand
  5. Jul 10, 2017
    8
    The game is very fun. They have many modes to play, from the Grand Prix, online, or even sports! The design of the game is very good, and theThe game is very fun. They have many modes to play, from the Grand Prix, online, or even sports! The design of the game is very good, and the music couldn't be better. The motion controls aren't perfect, but are really fun. I could just keep playing, it is a good game. Expand
  6. Feb 16, 2019
    7
    I was very excited for this game back in April or May, I was getting ready to play this game. It looked so cool! But when it released, it wasI was very excited for this game back in April or May, I was getting ready to play this game. It looked so cool! But when it released, it was fun. I liked the depth in the game, and the game and it’s characters because of how much charm they have. There’s a lot that this game does well, a unique battle system, a good cast of characters, the music and the gameplay. But, I feel that this game is a small bit underwhelming, the game isn’t a game I would play for hours, I just would pop in the cartridge, and play the game for 5 minutes, and that’s it. I never really wanted to come back because the game didn’t really encourage me to come back and say “Hey, come back and play some more bud!” The game can get a bit boring at times and I feel likes there is way too many modes in this game. Nintendo is trying to keep this game alive but, I don’t think it’ll stay alive for a while. Overall fun for a party, but a bit boring and un-encouraging for me to come back to play this game. Great game. 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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