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It's not quite Punch-Out!!, but one of the first-announced games for the Nintendo Switch certainly channels its spirit, albeit with a long-range twist.
Arms is a fighting game played on a small three-dimensional field. Holding the Switch Joycon controllers in a thumbs-up position, players make punching motions with their hands to throw punches at each other from a distance. Each character's arms stretch to hit opponents from afar, similar to Dhalsim in Street Fighter. You can thrust the controller forward to do a straight, or twist it sideways to do a hook, which will catch opponents on the move more easily.
The game looks to offer much more mobility than Nintendo's last boxing title (the subgame in Wii Sports), however. Players can move by titling the Joycons, dash around the map and guard at will, and press the Joycon's shoulder buttons to jump.
Arms also looks to feature several character with different movesets. Along with Spring Man and Ribbon Girl, the game's first trailer showed off a few other characters, including a woman in a yellow mech suit. Each character also looks to have a special attack, which look to vary between characters. Spring Man's for example, launched a volley of blows in short succession.
You'll be able to play the game solo against computer opponents, split-screen using two sets of Joycons, and using two Switch consoles locally. Arms is set to release this Spring.
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