Everything You Need To Know About This Weekend’s ARMS Beta

Tomorrow, the first weekend of the ARM’s Global Testpunch on Nintendo Switch begins.

It appears that it’ll be quite a bit deeper than the recent Splatoon 2 beta, with more modes and characters being available to play.


The Global Testpunch is available in the eShop now. You’re able to download it before the first session starts tomorrow morning, but you’ll be able to pre-load it as well as check out the beautiful title screen before the first session begins. The download is 1.4gb in size.


In Australia, the times below are a mixed bag. Some are decent but then obviously the 4am slots aren’t ideal. You’ll only be able to play for an hour in each slot. There’s no way around this unfortunately and outside of these times, there’s literally nothing you’ll be able to do with the game.

Saturday, May 27th/Saturday, June 3rd

  • 10:00am AEST
  • 10:00pm AEST

Sunday, May 28th/Sunday, June 4th

  • 4:00am AEST
  • 10:00am AEST
  • 10:00pm AEST

Monday, May 29th/Monday, June 5th

  • 4:00am AEST
SOURCE: Dystify Twitter
SOURCE: Dystify Twitter


In the way of characters, there will be 7 characters that you’ll be able to play as. Unfortunately, the recently revealed characters including everybody’s favourite ‘Twintelle’ won’t be playable.

The full list of characters in the Testpunch are:

  • Spring Man
  • Ribbon Girl
  • Ninjara
  • Master Mummy
  • Min Min
  • Mechanica
  • DNA Man



It’s said that there will be 2-3 modes playable in the Testpunch including 1v1 online exhibition matches and the newly announced Hoops mode. I’m keen to give both a go.



The best way to play ARMS will most likely be with a Joy-Con in each hand. This is how I’ve played the game and it’s always been how Nintendo has demoed the game. The advanced motion control tech in the Joy-Con allows you to get a real sense of control during battle.

The game will also be playable using the Joy-Con Grip, Handheld mode, Pro Controller and a single Joy-Con.