ARMS, one of Nintendo’s first party games on the Switch, will no longer be receiving any major updates from now on. Although ARMS has a strong following in Japan, the number of players has been slowly decreasing worldwide, which eventually led Nintendo to stop supporting the game for any content updates.
The last time the game got a major content update was back in December, when Nintendo launched a firmware update of the game that included several new fighters, most notably, Dr. Coyle. The recent update also introduced a new stage for players to battle each other. In a statement released by the game’s director, Kosuke Yabuki, to Eurogamer, they said that:
“After its launch in 16th June, we released several significant free content updates for ARMS, including five new characters, 12 new ARMS, five new stages, collectible badges, and new modes like Party Crash. More Party Crash events are on the way, and we’ll continue to make balance adjustments and other small changes to improve the gaming experience, but we currently have no plans for bigger updates.”
Furthermore, they said that the updates they have released in the past has already brought the game where the “strengths and weaknesses of fighters are generally balanced.” ARMS is one of the first big games to come to the Nintendo Switch back when it was launched last June. It was also the first game to take advantage of the motion controls of the hybrid system’s Joy-Cons. Although big updates will no longer be introduced in the future, Nintendo promised that it will keep on updating the game for those players who are still enjoying it.
Lastly, Nintendo committed that they will still be introducing smaller updates, by making continued balance adjustments, and host more Party Crash Events, hoping that even though no major content will be introduced, players worldwide will still be able to enjoy ARMS in the years to come.