Arms is an exclusive fantasy-style fighting sports game for the Nintendo Switch, the company announced during a press event in Tokyo.
The game itself is a mixture of boxing and shooting elements. As is evident by the name alone, players use extendable arms to battle opponents through motion controls. Wielding Joy-Con controllers in both hands, players push forward to punch or twist their arms to bend attacks.
Additionally, players can tilt the controllers to have their characters dash in the same direction. They can also jump to dodge attacks or surprise opponents.
Upon release, Arms will feature support for both local and online play. Nintendo categorically stated that the game has been designed around competitive local multiplayer, allowing friends to duel each other in split-screen mode. This also benefits the console’s on-the-go slogan.
Arms is slated for a release later this spring and will feature a roster of colorful characters, each boasting a different set of skills. It’s likely that Nintendo intends to support the game post-release through free updates that further add new stages and characters. However, it’s not confirmed whether a paid DLC plan is in the works for new roster additions.
Nintendo Switch is confirmed for an official launch on March 3. It will cost $299.99 in North America, $399.99 in Canada, and $469.99 in Australia. In France and Italy, the price tag will be €349.99 and €329.99 respectively. As for the United Kingdom, Nintendo Switch will hit shelves for £279.99. Finally, it will carry a price tag of ¥29,980 in Japan.