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Arms does for fighting games what Mario Kart did for driving games, and the results are absolutely splendid.
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.
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.
An accessible and captivatingly strange new breed of versus fighting game, Arms is another Nintendo knockout for Switch.
Whether you're embroiled in an intense fight or participating in one of the oddball minigames, you probably have a smile on your face
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.
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.
Nintendo's newest IP delivers on tone and fleeting fun, but struggles to sink its hooks in.
Arms is a one-trick pony. That one trick is polished and addictive, with deep minutia worth mastering.