With the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has put a lot of focus on the local multiplayer and competitive aspects of the console, with games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and ARMS. Just this week, Nintendo released a new update for ARMS, adding a special competitive mode, allowing two fighters to battle and two other players to spectate. Splatoon 2 is also getting a spectator mode.
And today, Nintendo announced that ARMS would get a nation-wide tournament in Japan, called the ARMS Japan Grand Prix 2017. It will take place this autumn, and its goal will be to determine the best ARMS player in Japan.
There will be 4 preliminary tournaments in 4 cities across Japan:
After that, there will be a big tournament to crown the national champion. More details about the tournaments, including when and where each one will take place, and how to participate, will be shared at a later date.
This isn’t the first tournament Nintendo is having in Japan: there’s already been two “Splatoon Koshien” tourneys, in 2015 and 2016 (with a third one taking place this year. It’s quite likely both this ARMS Japan Grand Prix 2017 and the Splatoon Koshien 2018 will share dates and venues.
It’s certainly interesting to see Nintendo doubling down on tournaments in Japan. Both editions of the Splatoon Koshien were extremely successful, after all, and there’s no doubt the company hopes the ARMS Japan Grand Prix 2017 will be as successful.
Speaking of tournaments, Nintendo held a online tournament earlier today, with the top Japanese players battling out (check out this post for more details). If you missed the livestream, no problem: you can check out the recording below!
Finally, here’s a little surprise: the trailer for Max Brass, which will be added as a playable fighter with the next update for the game (releasing this month)!
By the way, Nintendo opened the ARMS Dashboard earlier today: it’s a special website where details about competitive ARMS in Japan will be posted. There’s isn’t much there at the moment, other than online ranking (only for Japan), the Japan Grand Prix 2017 announcement, and the tournament at E3 2017.