Gaming Confession: ARMS

Happy Tuesday!

I felt like talking about a game that’s been pretty popular. I talked a lot about it before it came out, but haven’t really talked about it since it came out. And that would be ARMS for the Nintendo Switch.

ARMS is a fun game that came out for the Nintendo Switch. In a way, it’s kind of like Super Smash Brothers, but it has its own original characters and it’s motion-controlled with the Joy-Con. You throw real punches rather than just pushing the “A” button.

I was so excited when this game was first announced. I was eager to play and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

We played the test version of the game and I fell in love. It was an easy game, but hard at the same time. Especially depending on who you were up against online.

I couldn’t wait for the test track and then when that ended, I couldn’t wait for the physical game. If I remember correctly, we got the game right when it came out. We might have even pre-ordered it.

There were a few other games that were begging to be played though. So we didn’t open our copy of ARMS right away.

When we did, we played it for just about an hour or two and then hopped back to Hyrule in Breath of the Wild.

And we never went back to it.

I had planned on writing a review with Kris about it. I had planned a couple of Top Tuesday ideas for it. But we only played that once.

The game has been in the back of my mind. I’ve been wanting to play more, but there are always new games that want to be played.

We have so many games at home. Some we haven’t tried yet, some we just haven’t beaten yet. This is because a new game (or a new console) comes out and then we get distracted with the latest.

New games come out on the Nintendo Switch eShop all the time, every day it seems like. Then there are just older games that you get in the mood to play. We’ve been playing a lot of games on Steam recently as well.

I recently watched the Nintendo World Championship 2017 (late, I know) and when they played ARMS I was shocked. Not at them, but at myself because honestly… I completely forgot the game existed.

And it’s a great game. I had a lot of fun with it. But for some reason, it hasn’t been one of those go-to games for me for the Switch.

I plan on getting back into the game soon and exploring it a little more. You know, once I widdle down this large queue of games Kris and I have somehow racked up… this just goes to show that there are too many games and not enough time in the day.

Do you play ARMS a lot? Has there ever been a game you’ve looked forward to and then just got distracted with other games? Let me know in the comments! 

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ARMS Global Test Punch

ARMS Global Testpunch

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Show of arms (sorry), who tried out the ARMS global test punch? In our area, our demo was scheduled for 8 PM last night and we played for the whole hour. When the game was first announced, I’ll admit I didn’t have any worries. It looked like a fun game, like Super Smash Brothers 5.0. I was excited for it to come out and now that I’ve tried it, even for just an hour, June 16th can’t come fast enough.

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I was a bit more skeptical of the game. I was curious as to where the idea came from, thinking it was a little silly and odd. Nevertheless, it looked interesting to try out, and the global test punch seemed to be the perfect way to do it. As soon as the game was ready to go in our timezone, Rachel and I fought with the joy-con straps, and quickly selected the first character that held our attention for more than a few seconds. For me, that was Ninjara.

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I chose Ribbon Girl mainly because I liked her hair. I enjoyed the three different arms that I could choose for her as well, my favorite being the spark punches (I forget what they’re actually called). We had fun when the screen showed us the “basics” of the game, but I’ll admit it overwhelmed me a bit. There’s a lot of controls to remember. You get the hang of it the more you play, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. Mostly I just flailed my arms around.

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That’s true, I had to duck away once or twice from Rachel’s flailing, haha! Ninjara was fun to use — I love ninja characters and his Chakram and Buff punches were lots of fun. After getting used to the controls, I utilized his vanishing act often. The controls themselves did take a bit used to, especially since I tended to back up my character while trying to rear back for a punch.

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It was just hard to remember which controls did what. During the test punch, we participated in various fights online. Sometimes Kris and I were teamed up and other times one one of us would go at a time. The lobby was smooth and you could see what everyone else was doing and who was going next. It was a great online system and I can see myself playing online a lot when the game releases. Aside from the fights, there was volleyball which I wasn’t too much of a fan of.

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The online lobby was great! It allowed you time for a breather in between matches, while also giving you the options to switch characters and do a few warm ups while waiting for your next round. I definitely preferred the fighting matches to the volleyball as well. As odd as it may sound, I ended up being much more coordinated in the chaotic fighting matches than I was trying to spike an explosive volleyball!

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I’m sure we’ll get better with the volleyball with practice. But it makes me wonder what other types of games there will be? I thought it was just fighting, but I doubt they added just volleyball and that’s it. Once our hour had ended, we spent the rest of the night playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online with Mr. Panda. Overall, it was a great night!

Did you try ARMS? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Switch Week: Anticipated Games

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The Switch will have only 5 games at launch and, honestly, the main one I’m interested in is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There are plenty of games down the line and, supposedly, there are over 80 other titles in the works for the console, but Breath of the Wild is what I have been waiting for since it was originally announced back in 2013.

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(It was announced in 2013…? Holy crap, I didn’t realize it was that long ago…)
I agree, Breath of the Wild is a game that I have been looking forward to for a long time. I’ve been yearning for a new Zelda game and the trailers for Breath of the Wild are absolutely amazing. There are certainly some games they announced that I had looked forward to and some that seemed to come out of left field.

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Despite that we only caught glimpses of them so far, I am looking forward to Fire Emblem Warriors and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. More Mario Kart is always good in my book, and I had so much fun with Hyrule Warriors that I’m sure Fire Emblem Warriors will be done well, too. The Fire Emblem series is definitely one of my favorites, and with such a wide cast to choose from, I’m looking forward to seeing what characters and weapons they showcase!

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I’m looking forward to watching you play Fire Emblem Warriors! While I want to play Hyrule Warriors myself, I still only know the game from watching you play it. Fire Emblem will be fun, I think. And I am, of course, excited for Mario Kart. I absolutely love that game, but I do wish they came out with a brand new one like Mario Kart 9 or something. I was looking forward to something new and fresh.

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I imagine Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will have some new courses, and I know that they’re bringing back the Battle Mode that’s been absent from the past few installments of the series. I agree, though I do find it curious that they didn’t create a new Mario Kart game. Perhaps they were focusing so much on Breath of the Wild to get it perfect for launch day!

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Hey, I’ll take what I can get. A new game that I’m looking forward to is Arms. It seems completely new and fresh and I think the gameplay looks awesome. It’s like Super Smash Brothers 2.0, but also an updated version of the boxing game on Wii Sports. The characters are uniquely designed and I think the motion controls will be awesome, especially if you’re playing against a friend.

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That game doesn’t seem too bad, I’ll admit. I’m also cautiously curious as to what kind of Sonic the Hedgehog game will come out for the Switch. I haven’t been impressed at all with the recent Sonic Boom games. Rime also looks really interesting. I’m not quite positive as to what it’s about just yet other than it’s an adventure game with an island and a curse, but it looks really nice and I’m looking forward to seeing how it’ll play out on the Switch.

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I’m hoping the Switch will give us an opportunity to try out games we wouldn’t normally think twice about. There’s a lot of games we wouldn’t be interested in, but I’m ready to try new things!

Which games are you most excited about for the Switch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Switch Week: Trailers

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The most anticipated aspect of any presentation for a new game console would have to be the trailers for the upcoming games. What new worlds and adventures will we go on with the new console? What will the graphics look like? How will the music sound? How the hell do we jump with these new controllers?

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One trailer I was looking forward to the most was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I had a feeling they were going to save that for last, and they did. So, we’re going to save our thoughts on that one for last because… why not?

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I could go into a whole post about the Breath of the Wild trailer! The other major trailer that we probably cared most about was Super Mario Odyssey. While the graphics looked amazing (seriously, you could see the individual hairs of Mario’s mustache and his blue eyes were super clear!), seeing Mario in a world with more realistic humans was a bit… odd. The main thought that ran around in my head regarding it was, “Sonic already did all this in Sonic Adventure DX.” Remember how that was set in Station Square with similar-looking human characters? And the wall jumps and clinging to pipes and rolling?

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Mario even rolled around like Sonic… It was super weird. I think it’s going to be a great game regardless because it’s Mario, but I felt as though Mario wasn’t acting like himself. Like you said, he was acting more like Sonic. But I agree, the graphics were awesome! I can’t believe how far the graphics have come compared to the older generations of games and consoles. Honestly, though, I think the other trailer I got really excited about was Arms. It totally looked weird from the get-go, but the more I saw of it, the more I got intrigued.

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The only thing the Super Mario Odyssey was missing was an awesome track by Crush 40. Arms is intriguing… That’s a good word for it. It’s not a game I’m going to rush out and buy, but it doesn’t look too bad at all. If anything, it looks like it’ll be an interesting game to play with friends. I’m curious if there can be more than two players to a match… Can you imagine if the Switch’s version of Super Smash Brothers plays like that?

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Arms will be a game that I would get right away, despite what you say. Playing Smash as though you’re in a real match like that would be awesome. The only way it could get any more real was if it was virtual reality.

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Which sounds slightly terrifying but awesome! Of course, the crowning jewel of the trailers was the Breath of the Wild trailer and the amazing reveal that it will be a launch day title for the Switch! After nearly four years, we’re finally getting it. The graphics and music were fantastic, and the character and setting designs were gorgeous enough to bring tears to my eyes!

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We both cried. Laugh if you want (we did too), but we cannot wait for that game! The trailer is only the beginning.

How did you like the trailers? Which was your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below!

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