Nintendo’s latest fighting game, ARMS, is getting customizable controls and a clown-themed fighter named Lola Pop in an upcoming update, although the release date is unknown.
The company announced the control options earlier today through their Nintendo Versus Twitter account, Nintendo’s competitive gaming outlet. A series of user replies criticized Nintendo for barely adding an option that they felt should have been included with the base game.
— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) September 8, 2017
Previously, players were locked into using the default button mapping for each of the five control schemes. Four of these play styles mapped the guard button to clicking an analog stick, which was unpopular with the community. The last option uses motion controls, so blocking was executed through a gesture instead of a button.
The sensitivity for motion controls is also adjustable, with individual sliders for both shaking and tilting inputs. Users who prefer the movement-based setup are anticipating one specific change — remapping the guard function from an input to an actual button.
Also joining the game is Lola Pop, a fighter with a clown-like appearance and whose name is a pun of the word ‘lollypop.’ This can be seen through her hairstyle, which is colored and shaped like a swirl lollypop. Lola Pop’s fighting style was detailed in a post from the Nintendo Treehouse Log, a division of Nintendo responsible for localization and promotion.
One of the unique aspects to Lola Pop’s abilities is her guarding. Her outfit inflates while guarding and allows for a few movement options during this state. These options include forward and backward movement, a sharp sideways dodge and higher jumps. Lola Pop can also guard in midair as her outfit once again inflates and bounces like a ball when she hits the ground.
The clownish fighter’s stage, Via Dolce, and three new ARMS (Funchuck, Biffler, Clapback) accompany her release. Lola Pop is the second additional fighter in the roster, bringing the game’s character count to 12. The previous DLC fighter, Max Brass, was released in July.