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Nearly four months after the launch of Switch, Nintendo’s system gets its first major first-party exclusive (let’s ignore 1-2 Switch) – and it’s a cracker. A cartoon one-on-one (or two-on-two) fighting game with stretchy limbs, bulging eyes, mad music and gibberish voices, it’s as colourful, accessible and unputdownable as anything the Kyoto gaming gods have created in the HD era.
Arms is essentially a ranged fighting game, more concerned with relative position and lateral movement than the complex move combos of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Injustice et al. It better resembles elder brawlers like Power Stone and Virtual On, as well as more recent fare like Pokken Tournament.
Arms is quite hard to learn and very hard to master. But it’s inviting and different enough that you will want to learn. This is a game built around motion controls, and they feel natural and responsive. However, if you prefer a more sedentary session, standard controls are also available, even if they lack the nuance – and frankly the fun – of beating the imaginary hell out of your living room space.
Tilt both joy-cons sideways to sidestep and tilt them together to block; the shoulder buttons dash and jump respectively; and of course you punch to punch. But then it gets deeper. You’ll discover that blocking charges your fists, as does landing a jump. Punches can be curved, allowing you to dash behind scenery and attack unseen. And with every strike you are building a power bar, which when full can be unleashed in a furious flurry, the like of which E. Honda could only dream of.
The character art style lies somewhere between the heavily caricatured style of Overwatch and the alien weirdness of Splatoon. The female characters are marginally more interesting than their male counterparts, but everyone will have their favourite. Do you go for the dashing dexterity of tiny Min Min, with her ramen noodle arms? Or the brute force of the colossal Master Mummy, whose undead wrapping projects his fists? Personally, I’m partial to Ribbon Girl’s ability to dash multiple times in mid-air.
Ten characters (until the upcoming free Dlc is released, anyway) may look like slim pickings, but bear in mind that each character comes with a unique set of three arms, each of which has its specific benefits. It could be a standard boxing glove; a bird-shaped rocket for super-curved punches; or a giant mallet which is sluggish but will break through a block.
In terms of single player content, while we don’t get a proper story campaign like Splatoon, nor do we get a tacked-on mindless slog like Mario Tennis Ultra Smash. New players would be wise to play through the single-player Grand Prix tournaments with each character. This is a series of ten bouts: eight fights and two special games.
The specials are V-Ball (keepy-uppy with a ticking bomb), Skillshot (punch targets for the highest score) and Hoops (slamdunk your opponent). Alternatively, you can jump into a kind of endless mode, where you take part in a series of single bouts; the arms are randomised and the goal is to build a winning streak.
The main online features are Party and Ranked modes. The latter is not available until you have beaten the Grand Prix mode on level 4 (no mean feat for the beginner). Party mode is where the action is at for the regular player. This employs a wonderfully wacky lobby system, where you’re constantly shifting between randomised games, being paired with people depending on your skill level. In the meantime you can practice your strokes. It’s a great way of dealing with the natural downtime of the online experience.
Taking part in games awards points which can then be used to buy time in a further mini game, where you unlock the ability to mix and match arms – the purpose being that eventually you will have unlocked all arms for all characters. At this point (if you ever get there) you will have thousands of potential combinations. Admittedly, what distinguishes some of the arms is merely cosmetic. But more often the difference is stark, and it’s in the choice of weaponry that the game’s depth reveals itself. There is real joy in facing a loadout system which makes a genuine difference to the way you play.
Arms harnesses Nintendo’s hardware exquisitely – not just in terms of using the gyro controls of the joy-cons, but also in delivering rock solid 1080p/60fps action (720p in handheld, natch), even with two players. Any more players and the framerate is locked at 30.
It’s hard to say whether, with Arms, Nintendo have done for one-on-one fighting games what they did for racing games with Mario Kart. Time will tell. (My instinct is that it will be a gradual hit, as more and more people realise that “motion control” needn’t always be synonymous with compromise.) But for now this is a gloriously vibrant, playable, and wonderfully original new IP.
Arms is out now on Nintendo Switch. »
- Rupert Harvey
Matthew Byrd Jun 13, 2017
Our only hope is that the Master Sword is the most powerful weapon in the game.
Nintendo teased the possibility of a Switch version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim during the first reveal video for their new console, but it's been all quiet ever since in regards to actual details about the game. Bethesda broke that silence last night with this reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim.
Bethesda didn't speak long about the Switch version of the game (most of their conference was a series of video previews) but from what we can tell, the Switch version of Skyrim will not feature any significant downgrades in terms of visuals or content. This appears to be a potentially portable version of the open-world RPG we all know and love.
In fact, this version of »
Great news has been revealed to Switch owners as Bethesda announce that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the winner of more than 200 awards across PC and console and now, for the first time ever, it is the turn of Nintendo owners to share in the adventure. Watch the new reveal trailer below…
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch will take advantage of the console’s motion controls and use these controls when lockpicking and during combat. As can be seen in the trailer a flick of the controller can swipe with the sword whilst raising the other will lift you shield.
Another exclusive feature to the Nintendo Switch version is that outfits and equipment from The Legend of Zelda, plus additional goodies unlocked from compatible The Legend of Zelda amiibo can also be used by the Dragonborn. »
- Andrew Newton
E3 is an exciting time of year for all types of gamers as the show expands into many different categories. Mobile gamers can be excited for new social interactions, and maybe even some new hardware, and of course hardcore gamers can see what the next few years have for them. Here at Cinelinx we are excited for our own reasons and well, we can’t wait to tell you why. Want to know what’s got us excited? Find out after the jump!
Last year, overall, E3 was kind of a dull moment for many reasons. Sure we got a glimpse into Microsoft’s future with Project Scorpio, after the promised they wouldn’t be doing that, but they kind of forgot to bring the unit with them. Sony had a stellar opening showcase and showed off many games, but a majority of them are still unreleased, and undated. »
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Nintendo has announced details of the upcoming Dlc for its critically acclaimed Switch and Wii U release The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will consist of two expansion pack, the first of which – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials – is set to hit this summer.
Via the official Nintendo site, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials will include:
Trial of the Sword: By accessing this location, players can challenge the new Trial of the Sword (previously known as “Cave of Trials Challenge”), where enemies appear one after another. Link starts without any armor or weapons, and if he defeats all of the enemies in the room he can proceed to the next area. Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms for players to complete. When Link clears all of the trials, the »
- Gary Collinson
Matthew Byrd Apr 7, 2017
Breath Of The Wild may just be the first of many open-world Zelda titles, says producer Eiji Aonuma...
Are you one of the millions impressed by the way that Breath Of The Wild successfully transitioned the Zelda franchise into open-world gaming? We hope so because it's beginning to sound like future Zelda games are going to further Breath Of The Wild's open-world design.
In an interview with Famitsu (as translated by IGN Japan), Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma was very open about the design direction of the Zelda franchise moving forward.
"From now on this will probably be the standard form," said Aonuma of Breath Of The Wild's open-world design. "However, eventually that in itself could become seen as 'Zelda as usual', and »
I was almost 11-years-old on Christmas day, 1988, and I still remember getting one of my favorite Nes games, Blaster Master by Sunsoft. From the amazing intro, to the original gameplay, Blaster Master was so different than any previous titles I had played. It was like two games in one, a side scrolling vehicle mode, with its oddly responsive controls, and when outside of your vehicle to a top down dungeon crawler. Now almost 30 years later, developer Inti Creates has brought Blaster Master Zero to the newest Nintendo console, the Switch, and I couldn't be happier.
A remake and re-imagining, Blaster Master Zero brings this classic and underappreciated game to a new generation. Players control a young boy named Jason as he follows his runaway pet frog down a mysterious hole that leads to a whole new dimension. There he finds an odd looking tank with wheels, called Sophia III, and must blast, »
Today's Nintendo Nindies broadcast was meant to serve as a method of promoting Nintendo's effort to support 3rd party and indie developers. We've known for some time that Nintendo had begun working with these devs, mainly with the shots of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim being on the announcement video. However, we couldn't have guessed that the new mobile console will home over 60 exclusive/timed exclusive indie titles.
Now, most of the titles are relatively unknown and won't be coming out until long after the Switch's March 3rd release. Although, there are still a few, like Team 17 and Playtonic Games' Yooka Laylee, known games that will be worth buying on the Nintendo eShop.
Despite the indie titles/devs being mostly unknown, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Rob Leane Mar 3, 2017
Thinking about getting yourself a Nintendo Switch? Here's what our chums at Amazon are offering...
It's been the talk of the town for the last few months, and now its time has finally come: the Nintendo Switch is out now (as of Friday 3rd March).
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It's the latest offering from the kings of console gaming, with its major new feature being some seriously enhanced adaptability. Want to play at home on your own, in a group of mates, or on the move? The Switch lets you do all that and more.
If you've been considering placing an order, let us fill you in on what our chums at Amazon have to offer...
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Nintendo announced today that the new Nintendo Switch system will launch worldwide on March 3rd at a suggested retail price of $299.99 in the United States. The system will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an Hdmi cable and an AC adapter. Two stylish versions of the system will be released: a version with a set of gray Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. Both versions will be the same price. Here's what Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima had to say in a statement.
Disgaea 5 Complete, a port that includes all content released as Dlc for the original PlayStation 4 version, is headed for Nintendo Switch, publisher Nis America has confirmed.
Slated for launch sometime in spring, the strategy RPG tells the story of Killia, an adolescent demon that seeks to put an end to the reign of Void Dark, a miscreant that desires to enslave everything stood in his path. As it’s become known for, Disgaea 5 continues the off-beat humor of previous entries in the series, with Nis promising a story of equal parts hilarity and strategy. If you passed up on the Dlc for the PS4 version, Complete includes the eight bonus scenarios, four characters and three character classes released as such, all neatly wrapped up in a special Switch-exclusive Limited Edition (below).
Inside the premium Collector’s Box, you’ll find a copy of the game (with reversible cover), a glossy hardcover art book, »
- Joe Pring
Nintendo has announced a whole slew of news today during their highly anticipated Nintendo Switch presentation. Not only did they blow the doors wide open on the Nintendo Switch, but they also announced a number of upcoming titles. Also announced were two special editions of the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
First up, is the $99.99 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition. This edition comes with a Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, a Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, as well as a 24- Song Soundtrack.
For $129.99, you can get your hands on the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Master Edition. This edition comes with all of the items above, but with the addition of a beautiful Master Sword Statue which, at least right now, definitely looks to be »
- Jordan Jones
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