This game is rated PEGI 12
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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.
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.
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.
You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. A free demo version of this game is available to download on the Nintendo eShop.
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.
Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for cartoon violence. Battles are highlighted by explosions and light effects, as well as short cries of pain.
Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 9-14 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
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.
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 details 13 accessibility features:
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