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ARMS Direct Recap

by Donald Theriault - May 17, 2017, 3:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo Direct

New characters, new modes and more.


  • As with Splatoon, content including arenas, ARMS and fighters will be added in free updates on an ongoing basis.
  • New characters were introduced as well: Byte & Barq (police officer and his police dog), Twintelle (a movie star who fires ARMS with her hair) and livestreamer Kid Cobra (masked in the style of a luchador)
  • New modes include a 2v2 mode, sports-themed modes including basketball with the fighters as the ball and volleyball, a 10-fighter single player Grand Prix mode, "Skillshot" and a 1 v 100 mode as well as the Arm Getter minigame for obtaining new ARMS. There will be 1 on 1 ranked online and fun matches for up to four players each in a lobby that can hold up to 20 players.
  • The ARMS Global Test Punch will be the weekends of May 27 and June 3, with Friday night events North American time. As with the Splatoon testfires, the Test Punch will be designed to teach players the game and ensure the functionality of the online servers. The app can be downloaded from the eShop right now.

Our Carmine Red has had a chance to play the game and has a hands-on preview showing off the new information.

Splatoon 2

The trailer focused on the single player mode, known as "Hero Mode". Octolings will return, but do not appear to be playable. Marie appears to be helping the player character who will have new weapons sent in for testing by Sheldon.

There will be Splatoon accessories launching with the game as well: a Pro Controller and system case will be available on 21 July for Europe, Australia and Japan with pink and green Joy-Con controllers following in the fall. A system bundle was also announced for Europe and Japan containing Splatoon 2 and a Switch.



nickmitchMay 17, 2017

Europe and Japan are getting what now?!

LemonadeMay 17, 2017

ARMS is looking so good. The Testpunches are on at the worst times for me. I will be away both of those weekend and probably cant play it.

StratosMay 17, 2017

Who called the joycon controllers?!?! This guy!

Though since it was announced in the direct, does it count towards the E3 pool?

Agent-X-May 17, 2017

Quote from: nickmitch

Europe and Japan are getting what now?!

Of course, because NoA hates Americans. Straight up loathes us.

nickmitchMay 18, 2017

Well, everything is region free, so I guess I could import.  But depending on the cost, I might as well go to colorware or something.

Quote from: Stratos

Who called the joycon controllers?!?! This guy!

Though since it was announced in the direct, does it count towards the E3 pool?

If the controllers get announced for NA at E3, then yes.  Otherwise, no.

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