Teased last night on the Japanese Twitter account for ARMS, Biff mentioned that an update would be available for the game very soon and that it would include a “new” stage. Less than 24 hours later, the update is now live, along with the ability to duke it out in the Sparring Ring — the initial ring you’ve danced and dabbled in when starting up ARMS and walking through the tutorial. To the thrill and joy of hardened fighters, yes, this ring will appear in Ranked Matches.

Other than that, there have been some tweaks to various ARMS and one of the dozen fighters. Ninjara must have taken some summer courses while competing in the Grand Prix, as he has a bit of an upgrade. According to the to the patch notes: “[a]fter getting some advice from a Ninja College alum, distance traveled when performing a mid-air mist warp has increased. Mid-air mist warp refers to the ninja technique performed by dashing after jumping.”

For the full list of ARMS that have been buffed or snuffed, head on over to Nintendo’s site.

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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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