I’m always fascinated when I see games that use physical feats of strength or agility as the measure of success in the arcade. Although some, like Fighting Mania, the Fist of the North Star arcade game, have a mild strategic element, games that are pure tests of strength always seem out of place. Games like Jaleco’s Arm Champs II from 1992.
Bear in mind that while this game is called Arm Champs II, I was never even aware of the existence of a first Arm Champs before today, but apparently it does indeed exist, having been released in 1988. As for the sequel, it’s every bit as shallow as you would expect. The entire purpose of the game, as far as I can tell, is to test your strength and be amused at humiliating your nine opponents (you can only face three in any given game), which come from all corners of the globe (and beyond) and include normal humans, a robot, and even a cosmic superhero. That’s not really my cup of tea, but to each their own.
Is Championship Arm Wrestling really such a big thing, and not just a phenomenon invented to get people to watch Over the Top? Apparently so, as the internet tells me. Thankfully, some of the outfits and people in modern arm wrestling look at least a little less ridiculous than this game.