The fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 has been revealed to be one of the fighters from ARMS, but which challenger will it be? Well that will remain a mystery until the fighter is announced and release in June. To go alongside the announcement, ARMS is getting a free trial for Switch Online subscribers.
Whichever character it is, they will have the characteristically stretchy arms from the fighting game, and it will be fascinating to see how they are translated to the Super Smash Bros. gameplay. They’ll almost certainly have some attacks that make use of a longer than usual reach, but can they go beyond that?
Nintendo are teasing to suggest that it could be anyone but Spring Man or Ribbon Girl, the two effective lead characters from the roster, but realistically it will be one of those two. However, what’s also possible is that this fighter can be cosmetically changed to represent others from the roster. Looking back to the addition of Byleth as the fifth and final character from Fighters Pass Vol. 1, they can be either male or female, or adopt the looks of the three house leaders and Sothis. It’s quite likely that characters like Min Min, Twintelle and Mechanica are included as cosmetic extras alongside Spring Man and Ribbon Girl.
Coming out in the summer of 2017, ARMS was a great 3D fighter that really innovated on what the genre could while making use of the Nintendo Switch’s various capabilities. Dom wrote in our ARMS review:
“Bringing motion controls back with a bang, ARMS can feel surprisingly retro, yet it also fits in perfectly with Nintendo’s modern twist on gaming and the Switch. ARMS exhibits Nintendo’s flair for game design to its fullest, confidently taking a well-known genre and injecting it with colour and character to craft something that’s inimitably their own.”
If you’re curious about ARMS, then the good news is that Nintendo are giving a full game trial to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. From now until 6th April, you’ll be able to download and play the full game.
Though the game sold well, it lived in the shadow of Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey, all of which made for an incredible first year of exclusives for the Switch. Still, it sold over a million copies and enjoyed a good year of support with regular game events and additional characters. Having ARMS characters in Smash Bros. will do for now, but we’ve really got our arms crossed for a sequel to this overlooked classic.