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ARMS Is Out Today For Nintendo Switch

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One of the more anticipated new titles for the Nintendo Switch, ARMS is out today in stores and Nintendo eShop for $59.99.

“With ARMS, we are delivering a new and exciting type of game that takes advantage of everything Nintendo Switch can do,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The launch of ARMS kicks off a summer of competitive gaming for Nintendo Switch, with fun multiplayer games Splatoon 2 and Pokkén Tournament DX also launching over the next few months.”

ARMS is a fighting game that uses the motion-control of the Switch’s unique handheld Joy-Con controller. Each Joy-Con represents one of the fighter’s extendable arms. Ten fighters are available, and each fighter can equip different kinds of arms that change their movement, attacks, and abilities.

Multiple local and online modes are available. Team Fight tethers two fighters together versus another team of two. V-Ball and Hoops let you play modified versions of volleyball and basketball respectively. Party Match lets up to 20 players join a lobby for a variety of game modes. Ranked Matches track your wins and losses.

Nintendo promises continued post-launch support, adding more fighters, stages, and arms as free updates.

During E3 this week Nintendo livestreamed an ARMS Open Invitational. The tournament ran on June 14 and pitted four expert competitive gamers with select E3 attendees. The final round pitted the last person standing against the game’s producer, Kosuke Yabuki. You can watch the First Round, the Semifinals, and the Grand Finals.

A new Neon Yellow Joy-Con is also launching today. It’s inspired by the game’s bright colors. It’s retailing for $79.99. The Joy-Con can be freely mixed and matched with other Joy-Con colors.

ARMS has been rated E for Everyone with Cartoon Violence.

 

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[Review] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (henceforth referred to only as Naruto Shippuden: UNSR) is a pleasant surprise of a fighting game. Based on the ridiculously popular Naruto manga and anime, the game is a pretty straightforward example of the genre, pitting character against character in brief battles. There’s a bit more to it, but the basic idea is that players can choose their favorite characters from the anime and fight other characters using ninja techniques unique to each.

Disclaimer: I love Naruto. I’ve gone through ups and downs with it, and these days I only check in once every two or three years to see where the story is going, but I really do love Naruto—I’ve been a fan for more than 10 years. The story’s emphasis on friendship, hard work, and hope even in dark situations got me through some tough times when I was a kid. It’s also just a cool story about ninjas and the awesome ninja stuff they do. Read More