Percentile Rank

Arms is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 118 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 118 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jun 7, 2017

Arms does for fighting games what Mario Kart did for driving games, and the results are absolutely splendid.

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GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Jun 7, 2017
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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 20, 2017

Arms is a one-trick pony. That one trick is polished and addictive, with deep minutia worth mastering.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 7, 2017

Don't let the saccharine looks fool you: Arms is deep, challenging, and an essential purchase for the Nintendo Switch.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 7, 2017

Nintendo made a fighting game with a slickness that only Nintendo can manage.

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Washington Post
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 9, 2017

I'm nowhere near ready to take on the game's hardest difficulty levels, but "Arms" is the first fighting game to pique my interest since "Super Smash Bros" in 2014.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 7, 2017

It's as fundamental as fighting-game fundamentals get, and it's not afraid to be a punishing teacher.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 23, 2017

ARMS is a game that boasts both depth and accessibility, instant fun and a gratifying level of challenge.

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Scored Reviews

Cheat Code Central
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Jun 7, 2017

It's difficult to describe just how good ARMS is. The best analogy I can come up with is that it is to fighting games what Splatoon is to third-person shooters. ARMS is a bright, colorful, and welcoming game. Newcomers can easily hop in and enjoy most of the matches and modes available. Meanwhile, the more dedicated will find themselves developing complex strategies based on characters and ARMS loadouts and captivated by the opportunities to challenge others online. I would not be surprised to see it spawn multiple successful successors.

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Rice Digital
Rice Digital
Kitsumeda

Top Critic

Jul 1, 2017

Since the Switch's launch, Nintendo has been showering us with an excellent new game every month and ARMS is no exception. Its tactical but accessible gameplay offers something for both the players seeking a challenge and those just looking for a bit of fun with friends. The plentiful online modes and equally impressive offline multiplayer mean this is one game you will be coming back to for a very long time. Now just don't forget to bring us LEGS Nintendo.

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Niche Gamer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2017

Arms is an amazing game and a break out from standard Nintendo titles. It accommodates a wide range of players and play styles, and has enough in it to make you keep coming back to it daily. Arms, while competitive, is accessible by everyone and anyone. People old enough to remember the Virtual On series will be right at home, and new players will soon follow. This is a must buy.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2017

Arms is Nintendo at its very best. It keeps things simple enough to be fun for the casual player but nuanced enough to satisfy hardcore fighters.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is polished, addictive, immensely rewarding and - perhaps most important of all - establishes a solid platform to create a popular and long-running series.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 6, 2017

From the successful mixing and blending of several styles comes ARMS, a creative and original action game that turns out to be one of the most welcome titles so far to land upon the Nintendo Switch. Ditching the most orthodox labels assigned to most games, ARMS proposes a never-ending flurry of action and content across several different modes, with a wide variation in the control systems and in the use of multiplayer to deliver what is one of the essential games on the library of Nintendo's newest system.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

In ARMS, players will find the same texture of game design that has made Mario Kart and Smash Bros. so beloved and enduring worldwide. For a brand new multiplayer game, there can be no higher praise than that.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jun 7, 2017

Fighting titles have long been the most competitive and often hardest for new players to get into, but ARMS enters itself extremely well to the genre by feeling like nothing that has ever been played before.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is the first new Nintendo IP on Switch, an unusual fighting-game competitive and entertaining. The character design is beautiful and the game mechanics are well balanced, even if some abilities are easier to use than others. The only problem is the single-player offer, which is not as interesting as the multiplayer one.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

The fighting game that everyone can play, ARMS is Nintendo multiplayer gaming at its best.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is one of my favorite games on the Nintendo Switch so far. With a large slew of ARMS and fun gameplay options, it leaves me very happy. While I wished that I enjoyed the button controls and Helix more, there is still enough to keep you engaged.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS can be seen as the boldest move that Nintendo has made in some time, and an absolute knockout experience to play.

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GamesRadar+
Jun 7, 2017

An accessible and captivatingly strange new breed of versus fighting game, Arms is another Nintendo knockout for Switch.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

Nintendo gets in the fighting genre on Switch thanks to ARMS, a new IP which brings fresh air to this genre and mixes classic gameplay mechanics with the features of Nintendo's new console.

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Play Some Video Games
89 / 100
89 / 100
Jun 23, 2017

It’s the third round of a tight match-up in ARMS. My Ribbon Girl’s life meter is dwindling away, dropping close to the 25-percent mark after my opponent — a particularly adept Kid Cobra — catches me with a throw. Ribbon Girl shakes it off and charges up her ARMS. She’s rocking two standard boxing gloves right now, one with the ice power and one with electricity. Jump. Air-dodge. Jump again. Let the electric glove fly, and it connects! She throws a paralyzed Kid Cobra to the ground, and now both competitors’ special meters are filled.

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IGN Italy
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2017

Behind its wacky (and absolutely adorable) cartoony appearance, with its peculiar colorful appeal, its delightful cast of characters and its rubbery animations that somehow remind you of Splatoon, ARMS has the heart - and the brain - of a pure-bread fighting game. Deep, engaging, fascinating, fast and far from trivial, this beat'em up shows however one huge merit above its many undeniable virtues: it's a new, completely unique take on the genre, one that will be enjoyable for both fans and newcomers. Another hit for the Big N, scored with a surprising boomerang-punch.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2017

Creative, unique and just plain fun first-party games continue to be the best reason to have a Switch. This is the beginning of a new franchise, and an excellent starting point for this fresh new idea. "Arms" is poised to appeal to kids who are new to games, experienced gamers and can even support a competitive esports scene. There's room for "Arms" to grow, but this is already the new big thing for the Switch.

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Everyeye.it
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

A beat'em up of its own kind: ARMS is more than a motion controlled fighting game; is a brilliant new IP, an original take on the genre, and yet another impressive game for the Switch line-up.'Some extra game modes would have been appreciated, but we remain quite confident about the post-launch support.

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Marooners' Rock
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jun 15, 2017

ARMS is an excellent example of a mechanically excellent title, focusing mostly on the actual gameplay more than anything else.

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Hobby Consolas
86 / 100
86 / 100
Jun 7, 2017

Feels like an evolution of Punch Put series, focused on multiplayer tournaments. Fun to play and hard to master, the downside is its lack of content: characters, game modes and levels.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2017

With incredible visuals and a unique gameplay experience, it is an exemplary example of what the Nintendo Switch is capable of

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EGM
8.5 / 10.0
Emma Schaefer

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

A world where people fight with ramen noodles, DNA, and snakes shouldn't be this much fun. It may take a while to get the hang of the controls in Arms, but the wildly inventive characters, catchy theme music, and unique gameplay style offer enough to capture the attention of casual and competitive gamers alike.

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Atomix
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 16, 2017

Is ARMS a game that I should recommend to the owners of a Nintendo Switch? Yes. In terms of gameplay there is nothing to worry about: its controls are responsive, it weighs just 2.2GB, its load times are minimal, it looks fantastic with 1080p and 60FPS in TV mode (720p in portable mode), its themes Musicals are very sticky and they range from the samba to proposals more rockers and it feels like something completely Nintendo.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

Nintendo delivers a new twist on Punch Out for The Switch and it already feels like the foundation of a new franchise.

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MMOGames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2017

If you own a Switch, this is a must buy, especially if you already bought up everything for MK8D. It's Nintendo reminding us they know how to do fun, even if the online community is still lagging behind. If you're on the fence about investing in Nintendo again, I'm starting to feel like now is the time to get in.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 7, 2017

While the motion controls work well, I unequivocally prefer using the pro controller. I felt much more competitive using it and was able to dash and punch not only faster but more accurately

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2017

ARMS is another great new IP from Nintendo that shows their growing commitment to robust, competitive online games. Its elegant flow of fighting is supplemented by numerous options of continued experimentation, with a strong suite of game types to keep you playing for hours on end.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2017

Whether on your TV with motion controls or in portable mode with buttons, ARMS is a blast to play.

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Game Informer
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

Whether you're embroiled in an intense fight or participating in one of the oddball minigames, you probably have a smile on your face

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Gaming Gamma
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

At the end of the day ARMS is an extremely well rounded arena fighter brought to us from Nintendo, and is looking to do what Splatoon did with third person shooters (but with fighting games.) ARMS is nothing but pure chaos in the best way possible.

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GamePro
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jun 7, 2017

Entertaining combat game with very good movement control and creative game mechanics, that only stumbles over its insufficient extent.

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Red Value Gaming
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jul 7, 2017
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IGN
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

Arms' clever take on boxing provides a simple premise with a startling amount of depth for those who would seek to master the stretching appendages. Its rapidly evolving lobby system had me sticking around for “just one more match.” There may not be a lot worth unlocking right now, but planned free updates may just give Arms some additional legs.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

One of the most enjoyable and original fighting games of recent years, that fully justifies its use of motion controls – and it's only set to get better in the future.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

With a stylish, memorable cast of characters, inventive gameplay mechanics and smart use of the Switch hardware, Arms already feels like Nintendo's next great new franchise.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

Bringing motion controls back with a bang, ARMS can feel surprisingly retro, yet it also fits in perfectly with Nintendo's modern twist on gaming and the Switch. ARMS exhibits Nintendo's flair for game design to its fullest, confidently taking a well-known genre and injecting it with colour and character to craft something that's inimitably their own.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

Arms sessions are quick, fun, and satisfying. With easy-to-pick-up mechanics, solid stage design, and quirky characters, Arms genuinely feels like a fun and different addition to the fighting game genre. More than that, it feels like just the kind of game that makes the Nintendo Switch itself feel fun and different.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

Arms does a lot of new things, but fails to offer a wide variety of options or characters. That will be improved over the time with free DLCs but as it is, Arms is just a nice new beginning with a lot of room for improval.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is a great addition to the Switch's growing library of unique titles. Featuring a fresh new world full of color and character, the content might be light, but if you get hooked you'll find lots to enjoy here.

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Game Rant
Jun 7, 2017

Nintendo's newest property, ARMS, is a surprisingly deep fighting game that adds something new to a cluttered genre, but it's one that leaves growing room for early adopters.

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Guardian
Jun 16, 2017

Lack of story and some dodgy characters don't spoil this physical Switch game's immensely playable core

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jun 8, 2017

ARMS is a unique 3D fighting game, which offers many innovative solutions and interesting mechanics. Simple input system, depth of gameplay and seven difficulty options allow you to have fun even if you are not a seasoned fan of the genre. The game feels great in portable and TV modes, tightening in the depths of the arcade fun. For the full set of happiness the game lacks an interesting story mode and more characters. But it should be fixed in future free updates.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 15, 2017

ARMS isn't the best fighting game, but it's a damn good one, and one of the most instantly enjoyable and accessible I've ever played. Probably not EVO material, but will be hours of fun with friends.

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Daily Mirror
Jun 7, 2017

Motion controls are a bit lacking, but ARMS is still immensely fun even with standard button controls. I'll definitely be mastering my technique in online matches long after I've beaten Grand Prix with every character. It may not be for everyone, but this is absolutely the Splatoon of fighters. I can't wait to fight you all online.

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Tech Advisor
Jun 16, 2017

How long the appeal lasts might depend on how successfully Nintendo expands the rather slight fighter roster, but right now Arms is a very welcome addition to the Switch lineup.

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We Got This Covered
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS may not appeal to one crowd in particular, but its vibrant visuals, punchy soundtrack and satisfying combat will undoubtedly be a hit with the masses.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

As one of Nintendo's first truly new IP for the Nintendo Switch, ARMS‘s first impression might lend itself towards being no more substantial than the games we saw in Wii Sports: fun for short bursts of play, but lacking in substance. Instead, the game manages to make that simplicity its greatest strength with surprising levels of depth on top of it. More often than not, ARMS pulls no punches in being one of the standout titles in the Switch's early lineup of games for the summer.

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IBTimes UK
Jun 7, 2017

What Arms lacks in personality and content it makes up for in raw joy and a best-in-class motion control set-up that feels both comfortable and natural. Arms showcases once again that Nintendo is peerless when ti comes to subverting genres without sacrificing what makes them great. Time will tell if Arms has legs to match Splatoon, but the early round scoreboards are certainly swinging in its favour.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS might not exude that same ‘hardcore' draw that other fighting games have, but it's the very epitome of the well-worn phrase, “Easy to pick up, hard to master.” There's something for everyone here, and it's certainly a unique gem of a game that Switch owners would be remiss to pass up on.

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TrustedReviews
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is a unique-feeling brawler with a surprising amount of depth. It also looks great, combining a colourful flair with some of the most realistic environments and characters the big N has made for some time. Its motion controls are also a resounding success.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

Oraoraora! ARMS is a fresh and welcome entry in the arena fighting genre that features interesting characters, solid fighting mechanics and one of the best implementations of motion controls that I've seen for any system. Admittedly, the campaign mode could have benefitted from a more robust story and the inability to remap your buttons is a bit frustrating. Despite its issues, however, ARMS is a wily knockout fighter that dishes out lots of fun and entertainment for the young as well as the young at heart.

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PCMag
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is an exciting, offbeat Nintendo Switch game that takes the tournament fighter genre and gives it a Splatoon-like quirky twist.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2017

Arms is a zany, promising new IP from Nintendo that exudes confidence in almost everything it offers. The fun garnered from its gameplay mechanics and enjoyable multiplayer modes is enough to make it feel like a worthwhile package, even though it's currently a bit light on content.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

It's a rarity these days that you come across a game which feels like nothing you've ever played before, but ARMS is exactly that. It's fresh, vibrant and genuinely a lot of fun to play. It's a fighting game with depth, which even non-fighting enthusiasts can get into. I have some concerns about how long it will take for the game to become stale in its current state, but I'm equally excited to see where Nintendo takes the franchise.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Jun 16, 2017

Although ARMS may not be perfect, it's a really good time playing both online and locally with friends. Its single player offerings are underwhelming, and more story content to experience and the removal or refinement of the three bland mini-games would have pushed ARMS to near perfection.

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Paste Magazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2017

The colors pop. The theme song burrows its way into your dreams. Were Nintendo to take Arms away now, it would still exist as a part of our collective memory, a phantom limb we remember having always, even if we're just now getting the hang of this fascinating new appendage.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

Comparing Arms to Mario Kart 8 with regards to the online experience comes out favorably, though, as Arms' fresher gameplay style and highly polished online lobbies and infrastructure makes it a more active and engaging online affair. Even with the Grand Prix drawbacks, Arms is a fantastic start to a new franchise. Time will tell if Arms truly has legs, but it's definitely firmly planted at launch.

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Player.One
Jun 7, 2017

If you're looking for a great multiplayer experience on the Switch you don't have to look any further than ARMS. The fighting system and mechanics are deep and a ton of fun while the characters and world built into this game really immerse you while you're battling.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny

Top Critic

Jun 1, 2017

Arms is another fun, new franchise for Nintendo!

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GearNuke
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2017

Nintendo's innovative fighting game excels in the gameplay department and offers a robust multiplayer experience, but packs limited appeal for solo play. With a regular stream of content, though, ARMS is likely to have legs heading into the future.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 25, 2017

What it lacks in story, Arms makes up for it in style, character and utilisation of the Nintendo Switch's bells and whistles.

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Saudi Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 26, 2017

A unique looking and sounding game bursting with character, with a fighting system that is uniquely unique, offering simple controls for beginners as well as depth for those looking for it. The game is only let down by its currently relatively meager content.

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Digiato
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 21, 2017

Arms is another outstanding franchise from Nintendo that could restore our faith in motion controlled gaming. Yet the game is far from complete; contents still look inadequate and Nintendo Switch hardware limitations cause inaccuracy in detecting motions from time to time. But in the gameplay side, Arms has truly distinguished itself from other motion controlled games out there and could entertain you for a very very long time.

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Pardis Game
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2017

Arms is a beautiful and exciting experience. Its single player might be disappointing, but multiplayer is one of the best. The addition of motion sensors in Arms make it incredibly fun and overall, it's a great game with an enjoyable sense of humor

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Rocket Chainsaw
Jun 7, 2017

All in all, ARMS feels closer to a half-attempt at a massive new IP by Nintendo – boldened by the success of Splatoon, but still holding themselves back for fear of overinvesting.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2017

ARMS staying power will depend on its ability to form a community around this punchy little title. Currently, Nintendo has plans to release additional stages and fighters for free. This DLC will help the title keep its legs underneath it while the Switch install base grows and the ARMS community grows with it. The early success of the Switch and the level of detail that Nintendo has crafted into ARMS assures that this is a great franchise with huge potential for growth that is fun for newcomers and veteran fighting game fans alike.

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Nintendo Now
4 / 5
4 / 5
Jul 18, 2017

If you had told me a year ago that Nintendo would have made motion controls fashionable again with the Switch, I would have laughed.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Gareth Tucker
8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2017

A fun take on the fighting genre that has Nintendo's own level of polish applied to it.

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The Game is a Lie
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

ARMS is a game that, despite looking simple, can get deeper as the player continues to play. With its well-executed technical and artistic aspects and a surprisingly responsive motion controls system, it's an essential game for any Switch-owner.

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pressakey.com
Jul 4, 2017

Arms wants to become the Mario Kart of 3D fighting games, but it's not quite there yet until it deals with the lack of content in both single- and multiplayer as well as its currently unfun party mode. There is a lot of potential for Arms to really shine and get its place in the spotlight - hopefully we'll be there in a few months after Nintendo has kept updating it with free fighters, stages and modes.

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GameCrate
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2017

ARMS is a lot of fun in a party setting, but playing alone gets boring quick as there isn't any other mode to play solo besides the super repetitive Grand Prix.

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Digital Chumps
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2017

Nintendo has done another impressive job overall, but I would not consider this a must-have title for all Switch owners.

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Gert Lush Gaming
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2017

There is no argument, Arms is a fantastic game and one that I am glad exists.

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Forbes
7.5 / 10.0
Erik Kain

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is a unique, fresh take on the fighting genre that's simple to learn but tough to master. It's not going to be for everyone, but it's fun to see Nintendo try something so new.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is Nintendo's first new intellectual property on the Nintendo Switch. I'll be honest, when Nintendo first unveiled the title I wasn't too interested. The motion controls were a huge turnoff to me. I thought the years of waggle were through — unfortunately, they are not. As expected, the motion controls in ARMS just aren't very fun; definitely not my preferred way of playing the game. Luckily, ARMS allows you to play with traditional controls, and that's where the fun begins.

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TrueGaming
7.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2017

Change is always welcome, ARMS is a breath of fresh air in the Fighting genre in which lacked this kind of change in recent years. Additionally, ARMS tremendously stood out competitively and professionally.

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Cerealkillerz
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2017

Arms brings some innovative Gameplay and character design to the table but offers very little besides that to make the whole package special. Especially the generic mini-games and the terrible Soundtrack make it hard to get some long term motivation out of the game besides the half-baked Grand Prix Mode.

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Parallax Live
75%
75%
Jun 10, 2017
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Goomba Stomp
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2017

While it certainly has its fair share of flaws, ARMS absolutely nails the fun-factor. It's a simple game that offers so much depth for players willing to put in the work, and while the content is fairly limited, there is enough for both casual and hardcore audiences.

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Nintendo Wire
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2017

Nintendo’s new IP and foray into fighting games manages to craft its own identity and earns its place within the existing lineup.

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Easy Allies
Jun 7, 2017
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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

Arms' unique take on fighting can be hard to adjust to, but once you do, it's a surprisingly deep fighter that has you thinking on your feet.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

There's a lot of personality on the surface in Arms (mainly I love that title theme song), and I hope Nintendo continues to build on it as planned. It works as a fighter, I just wish there was more to do in this debut entry -- both pragmatically in terms of modes and on an emotional level, as I haven't really connected with its universe yet despite its raw style.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

Nintendo's new all-ages fighter won't sell millions of Switches, but it does provide another novel experience for the system's early adopters

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS is a shallow yet approachable experience that could have used just a bit more depth, detail, and personality.

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Digital Spy
Jun 6, 2017

Nintendo has produced a game which is occasionally elating, often frustrating, but which definitely feels like nothing we've tried before. Assuming you're willing to overlook its flaws, ARMS could be a welcome addition to your growing collection of Switch games.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2017

ARMS is a truly unique experience that digs into my nostalgia with games like Punch Out! I just hope the free DLC will make it feel more fleshed out. Quality cannot be argued here, but content definitely feels far too light at launch.

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M3
7 / 10
M3

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

The mechanics in Arms isn't perfect, as the motion controller can be tricky to get used to. Aside for that, this is a surprisingly deep fighting game that reminds us of Punch-Out. Fun, colorful and with a great online-mode.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS takes a fresh look at the old fighting game. By giving it the twist of friendly Ninteo games, it allows everyone to enjoy its new way of fighting each other. However, its roster of look-alikes make us think that the game certainly won't last long for the most demanding players.

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Daily Dot
Jun 7, 2017

Overall, ARMS is a solid foundation for a game of its kind. Nintendo has already confirmed post-launch support in the form of new fighters, stages, and modes. With simple menus and bright colors, the presentation here is immaculate. After playing over 30 hours of ARMS, it is hard not to be excited to see where the community grows from here. Still, players need to understand that they are coming in on the ground level of an experimental fighting game that will only feel more rewarding as time goes on.

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Slant Magazine
Jun 15, 2017

There's something to be said about Nintendo throwing curve balls to keep players from becoming complacent.

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NEOsite
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

ARMS is an original fighting game in the genre. Casuals will appreciate simple gameplay mechanics and more experienced players won't have it easy to master it.

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Impulsegamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jun 11, 2017

I had a lot of fun playing the game in small bursts at a time, but it's hard to keep invested when all I'm doing is beating someone up for each and every round. Let's hope that ARMS will continue the path that Splatoon laid before it by giving players new content and new things to do via free game updates. I really hope so, because I really want to see this game in a more fleshed out form!

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 15, 2017

Overall, ARMS is delightfully quirky, surprisingly deep and, most importantly, strikingly self-confident. Whilst its vibrant and over-the-top aesthetic might have some expecting a shallow and simplistic experience, persevering with and embracing the game's sharp initial learning curve reveals a strong-willed and very detailed gameplay core. Nintendo made the right choice in highlighting the motion controls, which is by far the best way to play. Thankfully, it also showed a more practical side in allowing room for the other traditional control methods, too - an additional set of Joy-Con is expensive, after all. As with the original Splatoon, it is slightly disappointing that single-player content seems like an after-thought to the multiplayer. However, considering how that game was supported and expanded during its life-span, something Nintendo is likewise committed to here, there's no doubt there's plenty more to come from this instalment, and (presumably) from this refreshing new series.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2017

ARMS feels more like a technical demo than a full game — with a lack of content and simple gameplay mechanics there's nothing to do after a few hours. But for a party game ARMS is really, really fun to play.

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The Game Fanatics
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2017

ARMS tries to do several things at once and only barely manages. There's a great foundation with the gameplay that makes it great for both casual parties and fighting game junkies looking for something new. But the shallow mini-games and lack of customization options leave a lot to be desired for those looking for some quick fun and the competitive meta can do with some needed balance tweaks. On top of other questionable creative decisions, the final product is a lot like the franchise mascot Spring Man: a gangly yet spry pile of energy that has it where it counts but could use a bit more meat on its bones.

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Fintendo
Jun 29, 2017

"Knees are weak, arms are heavy."

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PowerUp!
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2017

I had a great time with ARMS, but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not quite there yet.

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SA Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2017

Part crazy fighting game, part pachinko machine, ARMS could be the distraction you want in your life, if you can be bothered to learn the many intricacies by yourself through experimentation.

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Stevivor
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

ARMS has potential, but Nintendo's done its best to bury it under neon colours and a catchy theme tune.

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Digital Trends
Jun 7, 2017

'Arms' brings back the fun of the Nintendo Wii, but it's most fun if you don't take it too seriously.

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USgamer
Jun 7, 2017

Arms has a lot to love, and unfortunately, a lot to forget too. After a year of planned updates, I imagine the Arms we see a year from now will be a drastically different game. A more fuller one, at that. In the meantime though, while it has potential with its layers of depth, the core game simply doesn't have enough variety among its many arms and fighters to keep the experience feeling fresh for long.

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Game Revolution
Jun 30, 2017

ARMS is without doubt a mixed bag, but its laundry list of upside and paid-off risk-taking do render it worthwhile if you crave creative and purely fun local multiplayer on Switch. You'll want to convince your friends to go motion or button-only across the board of course, and while ARMS' online modes seem stable, somehow I suspect the Ranked Match will seed more frustration than enjoyment for most players. That is, if the formidable challenge of Grand Prix at higher difficulty is any indication.

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The Jimquisition
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2017

Arms is a really weird game. At its core it's a simple, accessible fighting game with a really strong gameplay loop and room for player growth competitively, but a pair of fundamentally flawed control schemes, a lack of decent modes and a glacially slow random unlock system for items that fundamentally change how characters can function make it a really tough package to recommend.

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Giant Bomb
Jun 20, 2017

Nintendo's newest IP delivers on tone and fleeting fun, but struggles to sink its hooks in.

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GBAtemp
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2017

ARMS is an interesting concept that unfortunately doesn't play as well as it should, and doesn't have enough content to justify a full priced title.

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Digitally Downloaded
Jun 9, 2017

I can see people who enjoy the aesthetic and the intensity of the battles spending a lot of time in playing this one, and it will sit with Splatoon as Nintendo's quirky, creative, fundamentally different take on competitive gaming. I just don't think I'll ever play it again, having now wrapped up the review.

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Pause Resume
3 / 5
3 / 5
Jun 18, 2017

While it may lack modes to keep your attention for long at launch, Arms’ base gameplay is solid and, more importantly, fun. If Nintendo can support Arms like it previously supported Splatoon, then this could be the next big franchise for Nintendo.

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DigitalCentralMedia
57%
57%
Jul 11, 2017

ARMS is a charming and unique game but the gameplay is tedious and there is a serious lack of content.

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VideoGamer
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 7, 2017

Stretching your limbs across the battlefield to stop an impending throw is good fun, but there's absolute anarchy when you throw in an extra body. The mediocre mini-games, and antiquated single-player further block the punch of Arms.

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