Nintendo Direct news roundup: Splatoon 2 and ARMS

Brodie Fogg 18 May 2017 NEWS


Nintendo shows off two of the Switch's big hitters.

UPDATE: The ARMS testpunch beta is available in Australia. You can download the demo from the eShop now in preparation for the event.

A month out from E3 2017, Nintendo has streamed a bunch of details regarding two of its upcoming titles for Nintendo Switch, the colourful Splatoon 2 and the spring-loaded ARMS.

The Nintendo Direct stream (which you can rewatch below) covered a fair bit of ground with ARMS, detailing modes, multiplayer and an upcoming "testpunch" demo. It also revealed a new single-player trailer that honestly looks like a whole lot of fun.


On the ARMS front, we were treated to a closer look at game's many modes. There were the to-be-expected Versus, Party Match, Ranked, Friends and Local. There's also a Grand Prix mode where you have to slog your way through 10 CPU characters to take the title.

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There's also some kind of progression system in play where you unlock new items and "arms" when you defeat your opponents. A few neat mini-games were also shown off, including a target practice "skill shot" game, a basketball Hoops game, a Volleyball matchup and more.

Three new fighters were also announced for the game: Kid Cobra the smooth Snakeboard, Byte and Barq the security bots, and Twintella the curly-haired superstar. Items in ARMS will vary in weight and power and will also use elemental strengths and weaknesses similar to Pokémon.


There are also new fighters, stages and items planned to drop as free updates after the game's release.

Nintendo will be holding a six day beta "test punch" similar to Splatoon 2's testfire demo sometime next week but there's no confirmation yet that it will be available to Australians.

Splatoon 2

Nintendo's resident squid-people got their own single-player story trailer during Nintendo's steam. The trailer sees protagonist squid-kid recruited by squid-sister Marie to partake in a colourful story adventure. You can check it all out in the trailer below - it look like a lot of fun. One of Splatoon's criticisms was its sub-par single-player campaign but it looks like Nintendo is fixing to make it right in the upcoming sequel.

After the stream, some Splatoon-themed accessories for the Switch were also announced. The pink and green Switch Pro Controller launches 21 July and will set you back $109.95.


A Splatoon carry case was also announced. It's covered in Splatoon motifs and finished with pink and green zips. The Splatoon carry case will retail for $39.95.

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A Switch bundle with pink and green Joy-Cons was also announced but there was no mention of it in Nintendo Australia's press release.

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