Nintendo’s character designers have taken Arms’ core concept – of limbs that unfurl and stretch out, before coiling back up – and really gone to town with it. “We were thinking up ideas relating to things that extend,” Masaaki Ishikawa, art director, tells us. “Things that would normally be rolled or bunched up, but could be extended with a punch – springs, ribbons, bandages, chains and the like. We then expanded our ideas from there so, for example, we could use chains for a ninja-style character. The characters appear quite prominently, so we’ve made their designs fairly detailed.” He’s not kidding: look closely at the image of Spring Man on this issue’s cover and you’ll note that even his sideburns and pupils appear to be made of coils.