Nintendo Switch exclusive fighting game ARMS introduces a brand new playable character called Misango. The ARMS 4.0 update also adds a new stage called ‘Temple Grounds’ which is based on the new character’s South American heritage.
Misango is the 13th playable character in ARMS and follows the release of colorful clown character Lola Pop.
How ARMS New Character is Inspired by South American Culture
ARMS latest character Misango has three different poisonous ‘arms’. Scorpio is a spider that can crawl around on the ground or turn into a disc in the air and inject the enemy with poison. Then there’s Glusher which is a heavy attack that bounces before it injects opponents with poison. And then there’s Skully which is also poisonous and is described as one of the fastest arms in the game, “great at getting an attack right in an opponent’s face as soon as possible.”
Misango is also followed everywhere by a spirit who gives the character special powers. Here is a description of the spirit-based attacks, via the Nintendo Treehouse Log:
“Absorbing the spirit is where things get a bit more complicated: see, the spirit rotates through three different colors in order—red, yellow, and blue—and which ability Misango obtains from the spirit depends on what color the spirit is at the time it’s absorbed.
If Misango absorbs the red spirit, he’ll don a mask with a small set of horns, which gives him the ability to resist flinching like Mechanica or Master Mummy. If he absorbs while it’s blue, he’ll get a mask with some wings, which gives him better mobility. And this one’s my favorite: if he absorbs the yellow spirit, he gets this spiky-looking mask and the ability to automatically block all incoming blows for a short period of time upon activating his rush combo (yeah, it’s hecka buff.)”
Misango is clearly heavily inspired by South American culture – as is the Temple Grounds stage which is also introduced in ARMS update 4.0 (available now).
Misango’s South American heritage is clear from the ‘spirit’ that follows him around and from his bright and bold outfit. His arms seem to be coiled friendship bracelets and you can also see friendship bracelets hanging on pillars in the Temple Grounds stage. Friendship bracelets are part of South American culture, as they’re called ‘misangas’ which is probably where the new ARMS character gets his name from.
ARMS includes several other characters of color, including Twintelle, who is one of the few black characters in Nintendo games. So it’s nice to see Misango join the roster and we look forward to seeing some stellar Misango plays from ARMS players as they get to grips with the new character.
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