So the global testpunch is on 27th - 28th May and 3rd - 4th June, unless you're in North America then you can also play on 26th May and 2nd June! (Lucky Americans...) I'm glad Nintendo have started having these demos before the release, a good chance to see whether the game is for you or not. Especially with a new franchise like this.
Anyway, with the direct the other day we now know all(?) the characters who will be in the initial game. So here's a showcase:
The Bouncer - Spring Man
With arms made of springs, no wonder they call him "the bouncer"! At first glance it's hard to take this guy seriously, but in ARMS he always takes center stage. He can perma-charge in a pinch, and that indomitable spirit is gonna take him right to the top!
Hailing from Ribbonics Records, it's "the airess"! She can jump over and over without touching the ground, like she's dancing on air! If she wins the Grand Prix, she's promised her fans a championship concert in the ring!
Currently training at Ninja College, or as it's officially named, Rasen Ninjutsu University. The ninjutsu techniques of this "student of stealth" allow him to disappear into thin air and make fools of his opponents! The ARMS Grand Prix doubles as his senior project, and that challenge is the one thing he won't hide from.
Wrapped up in mystery and bandages, it's "the grim creeper"! With an uncharacteristically buff body for a mummy, this heavyweight shrugs off punches like nothing. All we know about this guy is that one day he woke up at the Mausoleum and now he's entering the Grand Prix! There's a story there...
A member of ramen royalty, she hails from the famed Mintendo Noodle House! Her spicy kicks are known to knock down her opponents' attacks. Can her fiery personality bring the championship belt home to her family's restaurant?!
This youthful ARMS superfan honed her engineering genius working at the local scrapyard. She wasn't born with stretchy ARMS, so what choice did she have but to build a fighting suit herself? When she rides it into battle, she can even hover in midair! Can she soar to the top of the ARMS Grand Prix she's always loved?!
An experiment by ARMS Laboratories, the leaders in ARMS research! In addition to his arms, his whole body is stretchy—and his signature ARMS are just as weird. He's secretly entered the Grand Prix to prove the merit of the lab's latest research!
A top snakeboarder turned ARMS fighter, this kid lives for the streets! All that boarding has really strengthened his legs, giving him a super-quick dash after charging up. He entered the Grand Prix to get more hits on his snakeboarding vids, but his natural instincts might just carry him all the way to the top!
The duo of police-robot Byte and dog-robot Barq makes for an intimidating beach-patrol team. In the heat of battle, Byte is known to take a big leap off Barq and rain down punches on opponents! But if they win the ARMS Grand Prix, who's gonna patrol Buster Beach?!
Meet Byte & Barq Trailer
The mega celeb, star of the silver screen tries her hand...er, hair at the ARMS Grand Prix. Not content with her acting awards and accolades, she's going to use those stretchy silver locks to take the ARMS title! Oh, and while she's charging up, her actress aura can slow down incoming ARMS!
Meet Twintelle Trailer
Head of the ARMS League, the organizing body of the ARMS Grand Prix! You'd never guess his age once he charges and pumps up that beefy body to maximum buffness. As reigning champ, he awaits new challengers in the championship round of the Grand Prix!
Meet Max Brass Trailer
This sweet-dreamin' clown has traveled the world as a street performer. With her well-honed clowning skills, she's developed crowd-pleasing maneuvers that confuse and confound opponents! She hopes to one day open a circus of her very own, and the prize money from winning the Grand Prix could make those dreams come true!
Meet Lola Pop Trailer
There's one character that people seem to be particularly interested in and that's Twintelle. Plenty of articles to choose from if you need to see more.
Also, thankfully like Splatoon, the game is going to be getting free updates after release adding new fighters, stages and more. The important word there being f r e e . Source
But yeah, I'm looking forward to actually trying the game in the upcoming testpunch. I hope others are too!
You have 5 controls schemes available in ARMS. If Motion Controls aren't your thing (or your arms are tired), how about trying one of the other ones?
This is the classic scheme for ARMS and the one the game is seemingly built around. Definitely give it a whirl!
If you want to take your Switch on the Go and want to be more discrete when playing, this is the way to go.
Similar in style to the thumbs-up grip, just without the motion controls! For those who crave that standard controller style.
This is great for when you want to some instant multiplayer action, without having to buy anymore controllers!
The most traditional style of controller, great for those who have this controller shape ingrained into their mind.
Reviews are coming in now, with an average of 77 on Metacritic (as of 14/11/17). So that's a very solid score that ranks it up fairly high when compared to other Switch games. Of course, scores are a bit arbitrary and meaningless so here are some quotes from reviews.
Nintendo Life wrote:ARMS is polished, addictive, immensely rewarding and - perhaps most important of all - establishes a solid platform to create a popular and long-running series.
Game Informer wrote: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.
Polygon wrote:Arms exudes a level of creativity and mechanical sophistication that feels uniquely Nintendo. It evokes memories of classic Nintendo games like Punch-Out!!, while also feeling equally fashionable and modern — and set next to Splatoon, suggests the publisher is already charting a path toward the future. With a stylish, memorable cast of characters, inventive gameplay mechanics and smart use of the Switch hardware, Arms already feels like Nintendo's next great new franchise.
Destructoid wrote:It works as a fighter, I just wish there was more to do in this debut entry -- both pragmatically in terms of modes and on an emotional level, as I haven't really connected with its universe yet despite its raw style.
IGN wrote:Arms’ clever take on boxing provides a simple premise with a startling amount of depth for those who would seek to master the stretching appendages. Its rapidly evolving lobby system had me sticking around for “just one more match.” There may not be a lot worth unlocking right now, but planned free updates may just give Arms some additional legs.
Digital Spy wrote:Nintendo has produced a game which is occasionally elating, often frustrating, but which definitely feels like nothing we've tried before. Assuming you're willing to overlook its flaws, ARMS could be a welcome addition to your growing collection of Switch games.
VideoGamer wrote:Arms isn’t really a fighting game, but the aim is to pummel your adversary in a best-of-three match-up. It can serve up methodically paced clashes between two competitors, and absolute car crashes when you introduce a third person into the mix. Using the motion controls allows you to finesse your jab, yet swinging your Joy-Con around the front room is more trouble than it’s worth. Arms can dole out a battle of wits one minute, and a frustrating button masher the next. Yeah, Arms is a strange beast.