Nintendo Switch Fighting Game Arms Playable Without Motion Controls

Fingers, not arms.


Arms, Nintendo's new fighting game for the Switch, is playable with standard button controls, Nintendo has confirmed.

The Joy-Con controllers' motion options have dominated much of Arms' marketing so far, but in a recent Nintendo Treehouse livestream, the platform-holder confirmed this isn't the only way to play.

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"It's important to point out that [we've] been playing with the Joy-Con--one in each hand--using motion controls," explained Nintendo localization producer Morgan Ritchie. "But obviously if you're a purist and you like button controls, [and] you'd rather use a more traditional controller, you can of course do that as well." This was then confirmed by Nintendo's manager of product marketing, JC Rodrigo.

Check out the segment for yourself at 52:18 in the video above.

Arms was announced during Nintendo's recent full Switch reveal event. We went hands on with the gangly fighter soon after--check out our impressions of it here. For more on the Nintendo Switch, check out our hands-on impressions of the console itself here, or take a look at our list of all the games confirmed to be coming to Switch.

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