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Nintendo has announced the ARMS Japan Grand Prix 2017. The tournament will be held this fall, with local qualifiers held at four major cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. A champion will then be determined with a large tournament. More details will be shared through the official Twitter account later.

Nintendo held a tournament for Japanese ARMS players earlier today, and towards the end, producer Kosuke Yabuki appeared. It was reconfirmed that Max Brass will be delivered as a playable fighter, along with his stage. Yabuki also indicated that Nintendo will be adding another game mode, new Arms, and fixes based on gathered data from online battles. Yabuki noted that Nintendo is trying its best to release the update in the middle of July.

Here’s today’s tournament in its entirety for those who’d like to view it:

ARMS’ first new character arrives this month Max Brass. Nintendo just released a trailer for the DLC – see it below.

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One of the new elements added with ARMS version 1.1.0 is the Arena Mode. Take a look at some footage of it in action below.


The latest episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta get a special ARMS training session with ARMS producer Kosuke Yabuke. View the full episode below.

Update 2 (6/26): Bumped to the top. Added the full English patch notes below.

Update: “Arena” mode added allowing for spectators (thanks JayMart2k). LAN play is also in (hold the left stick, then press L+R on the main menu). Aside from that, there are bug fixes and a spelling mistake fix.

Original (6/25): ARMS’ first update is out now. Nintendo just made version 1.1.0 available to players a few moments ago.

We’re still waiting on Nintendo to produce the official patch notes for today’s update. There’s a good chance that Spectator Mode has been added in, but we can’t say for sure. We’ll update this post when we have more news about the patch.

A new interview has popped up with Doug Bowser, senior VP of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America. Bowser was asked about a few different topics, including tournaments, third-party games on Switch, and Smash Bros. Watch the interview in full below .

Continuing on from the video above, Bowser took on the journalist who interviewed him in ARMS. You can see how he did in the video below.

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Nintendo probably couldn’t have asked for a better debut for ARMS in Japan. The game sold around 100,000 between June 16 and June 18. As a new IP on a system that’s in its early lifecycle, that’s not bad at all.

Some new information really puts into perspective just how well ARMS did. It had the best debut for an unlicensed fighting game in Japan over the past seven years. ARMS beat out the likes of Street Fighter (more than double the sales of Street Fighter V), BlazBlue, The King of Fighters, and Tekken.

Note that due to the nature of the graph (unlicensed), franchises like Dragon Ball and One Piece aren’t represented. Super Smash Bros. also isn’t here, but the graph mainly isn’t focusing on characters from non-fighting games.


Nintendo is present at World Hobby Fair 2017 Summer this weekend, and held tournaments for both Splatoon 2 and ARMS. The Splatoon 2 one might be worth watching in particular just for another look at Salmon Run. You can watch everything in the video below.

ARMS sold roughly 100,000 copies in its first three days on the Japanese market, based on the latest information from sales trackers. Dengeki and Media Create now share extra information about how the game did.

Dengeki’s data has ARMS selling through 70 percent of its initial shipment. It’s the third solid first week sales for a Switch game after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (355,000 first week, total 576,000) and Zelda: Breath of the Wild (204,000 first week, total 490,000).

Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer featured a Switch game for the first time in its latest segment. ARMS was on display, and Conan brought along actor Will Arnett for some fighting action. Check out the full video below.



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