Arms for the Nintendo Switch Looks Fun, but It's Barely Armed

Arms for the Nintendo Switch Looks Fun, but It's Barely Armed

A new video for Arms shows off the depth of each fighter, but its five-person roster is meagre. [EDIT: New characters ARE coming, but they're not featured in this video]

EDIT, 4:16 PM ET: There are more than five characters planned for Arms, apparently. Arms' producer, Kosuke Yabuki, revealed as much in a recent interview with Famitsu. He says, "There will be more characters, with more arm types. What we have available today is just a portion of what will be available in the full game. You can look forward to more information gradually coming out as the release date approaches."

This is good to hear, though it's a bit of a shame we don't learn more about the new characters in the latest video. Looking forward to more info!

Original story: Does the current state of the world have you aching for something to punch? Don't worry, you'll soon get your chance. Arms is coming later this spring.

Earlier today, Nintendo released a new trailer for Arms, its upcoming action / fighting game that makes heavy use of the Joy-Cons' "HD rumble." The video introduces each of the game's five fighters, and offers in-depth profiles of their abilities and strengths in the arena.

For instance, Spring Man, who we can only hope was intentionally named after one of Dr Wily's most useless Robot Masters, is an everyman with decent attack, defense, and movement. Ribbon Girl, who is already showing up in the galleries of fan artists who specialize in erotic content, can dodge enemy attacks outright with her double-jump. Ninjara can stymie his enemies by ninja-vanishing all around the arena. That's cool, but I'm disappointed to see he lacks a fluffy, fluffy fox tail.

The video aims to show off the depth of each fighter, and there are admittedly several dimensions to Arms' characters. I went hands-on with Arms at the Switch event Nintendo held in New York City last January, and even then, I felt Arms' potential as a fighting game. It might even find a home on the tournament scene. Problem is, five characters might not take the game as far as Nintendo hopes. Will there be more on the menu when the game launches? Are more contenders coming as DLC? Who knows.

It's always nice to see Nintendo innovate through new IPs, so with any luck Arms will administer a beat-down on our hearts. Look for it this spring. Did Nintendo choose "spring" as a release date on purpose? You know it did.

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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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