If you told me that my favorite game from the Nintendo Switch preview event would be a motion-controlled brawler, I would have chuckled and gone back to longingly staring at screenshots of Super Mario Odyssey. But after wildly flailing my limbs around in Arms, a gesture-based fighting game coming this Spring, I’m reminded just how good Nintendo is at crafting competitive multiplayer experiences disguised as silly party titles.

Arms is a breeze to pick up and play — you hold the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controller in each hand, and when you throw an actual punch, your on-screen avatar does the same. You block by putting your arms up like a boxer would, and grab by reaching both arms out simultaneously. The shoulder buttons on the left and right Joy-Con are used for dashing and jumping, respectively.


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