Arms and Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct: Preview and How to Watch the Presentation

Arms and Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct: Preview and How to Watch the Presentation

Here's how and when to watch the upcoming Nintendo Direct presentation for Splatoon 2 and Arms, plus everything we know about the games so far.

On April 12, Nintendo is hosting another Nintendo Direct presentation. This one's primarily about beating people up: The showcase games are Splatoon 2 and Arms for the Nintendo Switch.

Here's what we can tell you about the featured games, and where and when you can watch the upcoming presentation.

What do we know about Splatoon 2 and Arms so far?

Arms is a fighting game for the Nintendo Switch, but it has a Nintendo twist. Fighters bash at each other from a distance with spring-loaded arms, each tipped with a unique weapon. I had a go with Arms at the Switch event Nintendo held in New York City in at the start of the year, and I quite enjoyed myself. I still have some concerns about the game's longevity, but the overall concept is solid.

Splatoon 2 is more Splatoon – and that's not a bad thing. The Wii U's tiny install base means a lot of people missed out on this highly unique squid-kid team-based shooter when it first came out, so Splatoon 2 is a good chance for Switch adopters to discover what the fuss is about. There's already been one global test-fire, and it went well – even if we still don't know why pigeons are a thriving life-form in this waterlogged world.

There are still some new features in Splatoon 2, by the way. Don't worry your l'il tentacle-head about Splatoon 2 being a mere rehash of the first game.

What can we expect out of the Nintendo Direct presentation on April 12?

We can almost certainly expect solid release dates for Arms and Splatoon 2 by the end of this Nintendo Direct presentation. All we know for now is that Arms is due out in "Spring" (Yes, Nintendo totally did that on purpose), and Splatoon 2 will follow sometime later this year.

There's a good chance we'll hear more about what each game offers, especially Arms. There's been a lot of concern expressed about Arms' seemingly tiny character roster, though Nintendo promises there are more fighters than the five we've seen in the game's initial line-up. Seems like the Direct presentation is a good opportunity for us to get to know some of these other spring-loaded boxers.

Armed and ready (aaaaay)

Even if you're a Nintendo fan who's not interested in Arms and Splatoon 2, you should still tune in. According to a press release Nintendo distributed earlier today, the presentation is "focused mainly on ARMS and Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch" (emphasis mine). We may get a few additional surprises.

Where and when can I watch the presentation?

The Nintendo Direct for Arms and Splatoon 2 starts at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET on Wednesday, April 12 2017. You can catch the presentation on Nintendo's official Nintendo Direct site / channel.

If you have to work / walk your dog / feed your children, don't worry about missing the presentation. We'll summarize all the cool bits after the show's over.

See you then!

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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