Nintendo Direct news roundup: Splatoon 2 and ARMS

Brodie Fogg 18 May 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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