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Our examiner, Hannah Robertson, first checked Arms 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 19 months ago.
You play using characters with long, weaponised arms that extend to attack. Each arm has a weapon of your choice on the end which are used at the same time to grab opponents. They can also be used in different combinations to cause more damage.
Using the motion controls and holding on Joy-Con in each hand, you dodge and block incoming attacks to avoid taking damage and getting knocked out of the game. With each hit you land or take, your rush meter fills up. Similar to Smash Ultimate; when your meter is full you time a heavy-damage attack on the other player.
There are 15 characters to choose from and each of them has a different ability that helps them during a fight. For example, with one of the players, you regenerate your health while blocking during the fight. Some of the arenas also have special traits such as obstacles to dodge or platforms that you can jump on to gain the high ground.
Arms is unique amongst fighting games because you primarily use long-range attacks and you customise which fists you want to fight with. It's also the silliest, which young players love.
There is a Grand Prix mode that involves fighting through 10 battles in a row to win the Grand Prix belt. This can be played alone or locally with a friend on a tag-team.
Online competitive play matches you with a player of your skill level for a 1-on-1 battle. Online casual play pits many players together with randomly picked game rules. Two people can play online per console, so long as two profiles have their own subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for cartoon violence. Battles are highlighted by explosions and light effects, as well as short cries of pain.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
Arms Race - TCWE
You need a subscription to play online:
- You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
A free demo version of this game is available to download on the Nintendo eShop.
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