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Twintelle Brings Black Girl Magic to Nintendo

Twintelle Brings Black Girl Magic to Nintendo

By Junae Benne

ARMS is one of the newest titles to hit the Nintendo Switch. It is a two player, simple motion fighting game. You play with a JoyCon in each hand and select different gloves to create combos and unleash a variety of abilities.

Have you seen the newest character, Twintelle? She’s a celebrity who decided to join ARMS Grand Prix. She is a dark-skinned movie star with her own company, Twintelle Productions –yas, two snaps! She has a knockout do … no literally, she fights with her hair.



Twintelle broke the internet with a real booty. Everyone is swooning over her thickness. Her outfit consists of a black mask, sleeveless top with her gold emblem in the center of her chest, purple belt, black pants that have a purple stripe going down the side, and to complete the ensemble, sneaker heels.


Her character seems pretty solid. Her weapons include:

Chilla – a standard punch with the damage of 90

Parasol – a shield punch with the damage of 90

Thunderbird – an electric bird punch with the damage of 80

While charging up ARMS she’s able to slow down for a short time, which is a useful ability.


I am really looking forward to playing her regularly. I’ve seen a lot of negativity about her “weaponized” hair. As a black woman (a Natural Hair Gamer), we say our hair is strong and we take pride in it. We finally see a dark-skinned female character with banging hair and we want to shame the creators? And not to mention, her glow (Actress Aura) slows down attacks. Is this not the definition of Black Girl Magic?

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“Yo, you can’t touch me ‘cuz my shine too bright,” – Twintelle, The Silver Queen.

This slay-jutsu she’s casting on everyone is working!


She is an A-tier ranked character, meaning she’s super good. Twintelle was not made to be a gimmick character. She wasn’t given to us to pacify our representation requests.


Twintelle is not the only black character in ARMS. There is Ninjara, who is S-ranked.




ARMS is set to release June 16, 2017, only available on the Nintendo Switch.

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  • Why is this just a thinly-veiled response to the Mic article from a few days ago? The writer assumes to speak for black women with a ton of “we” thrown in there, but wasn’t the writer of the other piece black as well? This could have been a rallying cry to get gamers interested in the game, but it was used as a way to punch down at another author instead.

    From an editorial standpoint, it seems like it wasn’t touched after submission (except for the cringy editor’s note). Double and triple spacing is easily rectified in WordPress. Not feeling this article. At all.

  • Thank you for your opinion. This isn’t an opinion piece it is a game review which includes what I think about the game. This wasn’t an attack on the Mic article, it’s a different perspective on Twintelle

  • A game review or preview? Also, if it were a straight up review, I find it difficult to believe the editorial staff would not only be okay with you taking time to throw shade at the Mic piece, but also touch upon the cultural significance of just one, singular character. Please don’t make this seem like it’s not what it is. This is a reaction/opinion piece, and a thinly-veiled one at that. That’s fine. You wrote it, and it got published. Of course you’re allowed to your opinion, but I don’t see why that invalidates another’s nor should it. At least the other article was focused and not masquerading as an excuse to subtly drag a fellow author of color.

  • Great article. I have been sharing it with everyone. She is one of my favorite characters. In fact, one of the main reasons I will be buying the game. Keep up the good work!

  • It doesn’t invalidate anyone’s opinion. You are trying to invalidate my article because you believe it’s coming from a place a malice. I continued the conversation of the newest fighter added to the ARMS roster. Thank you for reading my article and for this discussion.

  • Thank you so much! I’ve already seen cosplayers putting together their Twintelle outfit and I cannot wait to see the finish product!

  • I’m confused as to how a difference of opinion correlates to ‘dragging’, however thinly veiled you’re imagining it is. After a quick search I see about 6 articles regarding Twintelle on Google’s first page. All but one use the words ‘we’ and ‘our’ by the way, since semantics are an issue here. Despite the several other articles on this subject though, you’re assuming (again) that this article was written in direct response to the Mic article and the Mic article alone. It’s terribly presumptuous to believe the Mic article holds that much weight in this writer’s life though isn’t it? In any case, I appreciate the difference in opinion and subsequent discussion. Can you elaborate on how sharing her opinion invalidates anyone else’s opinion?

  • …and I see you jumped in here to interfere in a conversation between myself and the author (apparently your friend). As I’m fine with taking her word above anyone else’s unrelated to the article or the game in question, I choose not to further engage you. Thanks though!

  • ???? public conversations are never regulated to two people, that’s the nature of it being public. You’re welcome though, I do what I can!

  • This is just an article about Twintelle, not a game review. You literally didn’t talk about any other aspect of the game besides her. I liked the article but calling this a game review is just inaccurate.

  • You are projecting way more onto this than need be… “drag a fellow author” …? What? So she’s supposed to agree with every sentiment expressed by other authors here, otherwise she’s “throwing shade”..?

    Expressing an opinion invalidates all opposing opinions? I’m sorry I just don’t understand how you think she was supposed to write this article, while being honest about the actual point she wants to make with it, without “throwing shade” and “invalidating” another article. Are you saying she shouldn’t have wrote it, or put some kind of “this is just my opinion” disclaimer? What are you even saying?

  • So you understood the intent of the OP yet you couldn’t follow along with my complete sentences devoid of hyperbole and buzzwords? Right… Enjoy your life!

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