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Arms Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: Hannah Robertson and @GeekDadGamer.


Arms is a fighting game where you brawl other players with your abnormally long arms. The play is simple with motion and button controls to move around and attack the enemy player in a boxing-style arena. It's like Wii-Sports Boxing but with many more options and much more detailed (and comical) attacks.

You play using characters with long, weaponised arms that extend to attack. Each arm has a weapon of your choice on the end which are used at the same time to grab opponents. They can also be used in different combinations to cause more damage.

Using the motion controls and holding on Joy-Con in each hand, you dodge and block incoming attacks to avoid taking damage and getting knocked out of the game. With each hit you land or take, your rush meter fills up. Similar to Smash Ultimate; when your meter is full you time a heavy-damage attack on the other player.

There are 15 characters to choose from and each of them has a different ability that helps them during a fight. For example, with one of the players, you regenerate your health while blocking during the fight. Some of the arenas also have special traits such as obstacles to dodge or platforms that you can jump on to gain the high ground.

Arms is unique amongst fighting games because you primarily use long-range attacks and you customise which fists you want to fight with. It's also the silliest, which young players love.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)


Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. Arms features local split-screen multiplayer where you fight in teams or free-for-all.

There is a Grand Prix mode that involves fighting through 10 battles in a row to win the Grand Prix belt. This can be played alone or locally with a friend on a tag-team.

Online competitive play matches you with a player of your skill level for a 1-on-1 battle. Online casual play pits many players together with randomly picked game rules. Two people can play online per console, so long as two profiles have their own subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.


Arms usually costs £49.99.


Switch Store Switch £49.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch. A free demo version of this game is available to download on the Nintendo eShop.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for violence. It features non-realistic violence towards human characters. Besides a numeric damage output, there’s a flashing effect when a hit lands. The characters flinch a bit, but there are no wounds visible, bleeding, or any other emphasis on pain/damage dealt. When a character is defeated, it falls K.O. on the floor. This last part is shown in slow-motion.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

9-14 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.


You can adjust the size of your gloves that gives you an advantage. This is useful to balance the game for new or less experienced players.

Usually motion is used to trigger punches and then twisted to curve them. However, you can opt to press buttons instead. To capitalise on the repeated hitting abilities you need to rapidly press the hit button.
Our Arms Accessibility Report documents 14 accessibility features:

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