Nintendo held tonight a special ARMS Direct dedicated to their upcoming fighting game (June 16th). And during this live stream event, BigN has shared a lot of new informations on the game’s functionalities, arenas, modes, and of course new trailers to cover it all up with goodness. So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know:
Features and general infos
- ARMS will run at 60FPS. In 4-player Split-Screen multiplayer, it’ll likely run at 30 FPS.
- The origins of ARMS is shrouded in mystery, but several individuals show this ability to extend their arms. They’ve gathered in fighting competitions simply called “ARMS”.
- ARMS types follow two simple schemes: the heavier the slower + successive hits deals less damage.
- When two ARMS attacks meet each other: if same weight, they cancel out. Otherwise, the heavier one wins.
- 7 different ARMS attributes (activated by charging): fire, electric, wind, ice, stun, explosion, blind.
- Get new ARMS by playing the “ARMS Getter”, a time-limited Skillshot mini-game. Extend time limit by spending in-game money. If you get duplicates, the weapon will be upgraded with more power.
- Items can drop during combat (ex. HP Juice, Shock Bomb).
- There’s a Video Replay option once you’ve finished a match.
There are 6 game modes available from the menu: Grand Prix, Versus, Training, Party Match, Ranked Match, Friends, Local. All of these modes have somehow a resemblance with the Smash Bros. modes and mini-games, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
- Grand Prix: beat 10 fighters in a row, then face one final secret challenger and become champion.
- Versus: Fight, Team Fight (2-on-2, you can friendly hit), V-Ball (volley with an explosive ball), Hoops (basketball but the opponent is the ball), Skillshot (punch and smash targets), 1-on-100 (defeat 100 enemies)
- Party Match: fight online for fun. Players in the same lobby are matched up. One lobby can host up to 20 players (10 systems, 2 players per system).
- Ranked Match: fight 1-on-1 online for rank and pride. Winning a match makes rank go higher, loosing lowers rank. You can play Grand Prix or VS while you wait for a Ranked matchmaking.
- Local Multiplayer: Play with up to 8 friends in a local lobby. Fights in this mode are similar to the Party Mode.
Here’s the full roster of fighters that’ll be available when ARMS launches this June. Nintendo has also confirmed that new fighters will join them after launch along with new stages and ARMS, all as part of free updates. No more details where given. You can check the next part for these characters’ respective trailers.
- Spring Man
- Master Mummy
- Kid Cobra
- Ribbon Girl
- Min Min
- Byte & Barq
ARMS Direct full video