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ARMS 5.0 Launches New Character, Enters Maintenance Mode

by Donald Theriault - December 22, 2017, 5:52 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

No Hippocratic Oath issues here, it's a lab doctor.

The newest ARMS fighter has wrapped up the content for the game.

Version 5 of ARMS has added Dr. Coyle to the game. Her background is in the design of ARMS and the fighters that use them, including creating Helix and reviving Mecha Mummy.

Following the release of 5.0, Nintendo issued a statement (first on Nintendo Topics in Japanese) indicating that although ARMS would continue to receive balance patches there would be no additional content for the June release.

Talkback

EnnerDecember 22, 2017

Good effort on giving a new thing a try. I assume ARMS's appearance at EVO Japan will be it's send off.

Mop it upDecember 23, 2017

For some reason I expected the updates to go on longer, or maybe that's just due to Splatoon. How has the game performed? Has it been selling below Nintendo's expectations?

My guess is that it hasn't performed well enough to justify further development of free content. By September of this year, it had sold 1.35 million copies worldwide (that's three months after release), so it might slowly build on that, but it seems to be selling less quickly than the first Splatoon game did. Let's not forget that Miyamoto's gone on record stating that as a rule of thumb Nintendo tries to aim for a 2 million unit sales target on average with its games.

Also, let's not forget that Nintendo has to move their devs to making some new games. Even if the game is doing well, they have to weigh supporting it with further free content and development against taking their developers and working on something else new! You can't have your hitmakers not making new hits, after all!

Luigi DudeDecember 25, 2017

Quote from: Kairon

Let's not forget that Miyamoto's gone on record stating that as a rule of thumb Nintendo tries to aim for a 2 million unit sales target on average with its games.

That was only bigger games like Breath of the Wild needed to sell 2 million units.  I'm pretty sure the budget to Arms was much smaller then that and Nintendo has already made a nice profit off it.

But yeah, this game was made by the Mario Kart team so even if they are pleased with the total sales, I think we know what Nintendo would rather have this team start working on again.

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