27 June 2017, 02:29 | Gina Pena
A screenshot from “Arms.” Courtesy of Nintendo
Nintendo's delightful boxing game Arms has a new trick up its spiraled sleeves with the addition of LAN support.
Update 1.1.0 adds in LAN play on top of "arena" mode, which is basically like a spectator-enabled gametype.
In the grand scheme of things this is a very small step forward, but something extra nonetheless.
Up to four players can log onto the same Arena match, with the remaining two players on the new Spectator Mode.
"LAN Play" support added. Up to 4 players can be in the arena, and players not now fighting watch as spectators.
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The final change introduced is actually kinda amusing: in the story mode, Biff would sometimes say "AMRS Grand Prix" instead of "ARMS Grand Prix", which has now been fixed. You can play Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2 by yourself, sure, but part of their appeal lies in playing with other people right next to you. This provides players with the flexibility to choose their own playstyle, just like with most fighting games. LAN support in particular should make local multiplayer sessions for the game - a key point in Nintendo's marketing for it - better supported and possible.
Arms' first update delivers on promised spectator mode. Breath of the Wild has received numerous patches and has multiple expansions planned; Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been tweaked; and Arms got LAN play and Arena Mode, both of which seem like features that should've been in the game all along.
ARMS Patch 1.1.0 should be available for download right this second. Nintendo said you have to run this version of the game to play online.