In its latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, the company announced that Arms will feature a free playable demo for those wanting to test-drive it beforehand.
It is called the “Global Testpunch Demo” and will follow the same bizarre release schedule as we saw for the demos of both Splatoon installments. For those in the dark, the demo of Arms will only be available at “blocks of time” through the weekend of May 26-28 and again on June 2-4. Developers usually release playable demos on a specific date before the release of the game. Nintendo, though, likes to make it a bit inconvenient for the masses.
Those interested can download the free demo from the eShop. Nintendo is yet to give out the timings of when the demo will appear in the shop. Keep in mind, though, that the Splatoon 2 beta was held for only one-hour periods throughout the weekends. Hopefully, we will have more time with Arms.
Arms was announced earlier this year as a mixture of boxing and shooting elements. As is evident by the name alone, players use extendable arms to battle opponents through motion controls. By wielding the Joy-Con controllers in both hands, players can push forward to punch or twist their arms to bend attacks. There are also several other motion-related moves that players will be able to pull off in the game. For example, 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.
It is scheduled for an exclusive release on June 16 for the Nintendo Switch.