The Best Games of 2017 So Far

More than 30 must-play video games of 2017

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'Arms'

The boxing in Wii Sports may have made everyone look like Tina from Bob's Burgers practicing her capoeira in front of the television but thank god Nintendo didn't give up on it. Arms was Wii Sports boxing complexified as much as it was Street Fighter simplified, a two-player fighting game about outlandish characters with stretchy, spring-loaded arms (or sometimes hair) who bounced around arenas punching, grabbing, and throwing each other. It made the case for the Switch's controls, playable with or without the joycons, and also furthered the case for Nintendo's ability to craft characterful new multiplayer games. Like Splatoon before it, Arms sold players on its bizarre concept without relying on the inclusion of Mario or Link or Donkey Kong, carving out another new niche without compromising it with the familiar.

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