Splatoon 2 News

Splatoon 2 might have just received its very last content update after nearly 18 months of post-launch support, but Nintendo's still not done with its multiplayer shooter. The company has announced that Splatoon 2 will be getting a special winter-themed Splatfest on January 4th.

Nintendo dates and details Splatoon 2's final content update

Nintendo has revealed that Splatoon 2's final planned content update (also known as Version 4.3.0) will launch on Wednesday, December 5th, bringing an end to almost 18 months of free post-launch content support.

Despite being a notable milestone in Splatoon 2's development, Version 4.3.0 isn't, admittedly, the most thrilling of updates; as outlined in the announcement video below, it's predominantly focussed on gear abilities, although new weapons are thrown in too.

On the gear abilities front, 4.3.0 introduces Bomb Defence Up DX - a combination of, and a replacement for, the current Bomb Defence Up and Cold-Blooded abilities. Clothing that previously came with either of those two skills will now feature the Bomb Defence Up DX variant instead, meaning that bearers will enjoy both reduced damage from sub-weapons and shortened durations for any position-tracking effects.

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Nintendo unveils Splatoon 2's final new stage, coming in October

Nintendo unveils Splatoon 2's final new stage, coming in October

UPDATE: New map, music, weapons out next week.

UPDATE 28/9/18: Nintendo has confirmed that Splatoon 2's next big update, better known as version 4.1.0 to its friends, will arrive next week - bringing with it the recently unveiled new Skipper Pavilion stage, the Booyah Bomb special weapon, and more.

Elsewhere, Nintendo's 4.1.0 update introduces a number of additional sub and special weapons, all part of Splatoon 2's new Kensa Collection series, plus two new music tracks - Chopscrewey and Entropical - from newcomer band SashiMori. All this will be free to Splatoon 2 owners, and arrives on October 2nd in North America and a day later in Europe and Japan.

ORIGINAL STORY 27/9/18: Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that it would continue supporting its Splatoon 2 with new content until the end of 2018. With that deadline closing in, the company has now revealed the final new map to be added to superlative online shooter before support formally ends.

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Nintendo puts a firmer date on its paid online service, but still remains coy on details

Nintendo is still being infuriatingly coy about its paid online service with just over a month to go until its release - though it's just reaffirmed what few details are out there while sharing the tiniest bit more.

A new detail has just emerged via the company's official Twitter accounts - first from the US, and then replicated by the European account this morning - with the service now confirmed to launch in the last half of September.

There's the ability to upload save data to the cloud - if the software supports the feature - the ability to play some NES games with added online features - what those games will be are anyone's guess, though given Nintendo's apparent eagerness to disappoint I'm fully expecting a re-release of Urban Champion with online co-op - and the dedicated app for your phone, which is already out there and in its current form remains woefully inadequate.

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Splatoon 2's Octoling expansion releases this week, Octoling amiibo incoming

Never one to miss the opportunity for a surprise announcement, Nintendo has revealed that its promising Octoling-themed expansion for Splatoon 2 will be launching on Switch before the end of the week.

The Octo Expansion, as it's matter-of-factly known, brings a heap of new additions to Splatoon 2, including a sizeable new story campaign, and the long-awaited arrival of playable Octolings. You can get a taste of what's in store via the announcement trailer:

Nintendo notes that launch times for the expansion will vary depending on your timezone. Those in the US, for instance, will get it tomorrow evening, Wednesday June 13th, and it arrives in the UK on Thursday morning, June 14th.

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Camp Triggerfish returns tomorrow in Splatoon 2's massive new 3.0 update

Nintendo has announced that Splatoon 2's major new 3.0 update will launch tomorrow in the UK, bringing with it more fashion options, a new map, additional songs, plus a huge variety of tweaks, changes, and bug fixes.

In terms of specifics, much of 3.0 will remain a mystery until the update launches tomorrow. However, Nintendo's anticipatory patch notes promise over 100 pieces of new and returning gear for purchase in Inkopolis Square, two new songs for some extra aural variety during multiplayer games, the new X Rank for Ranked matches, and the appearance of a familiar face in solo mode's Tentakeel Outpost if certain conditions are met.

Additionally, Splatoon 2's 3.0 update will introduce four new weapon load-outs for the Foil Squeezer, New Squiffer, Glooga Dualies Deco, and the Neo Splash-o-Matic, and marks the return of the original Splatoon's excellent Camp Triggerfish map.

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Playable Octolings are coming to Splatoon 2 in first paid expansion

Playable Octolings are coming to Splatoon 2 in first paid expansion

And plenty more for free in version 3.0, coming this April.

Splatoon 2 is getting its first paid DLC with the Octo Expansion, coming later this year.

It'll introduce a new playable character, Agent 8, who stars in their own single-player campaign, and it'll mark the introduction of playable Octolings.

That's not to say free support is ending for Splatoon 2, with version 3.0 due to land late in April, bringing with it 100 new pieces of gear and three maps in the shape of returning classic Camp Triggerfish as well as Piranha Pit and Wahoo World. On top of that, a new rank will be added to ranked play, with X rank now serving as the ceiling for skilled players.

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Splatoon 2 is getting a champagne gun tomorrow!

'Mwaaaaa-aaarrrrrhhh, the French champagne...'

Big news everyone! Splatoon 2 is getting a champagne gun tomorrow. It's called the Squeezer, and it looks like it works a bit like, well, champagne. Here's the tweet from the Japanese Splatoon 2 account:

One of the original Splatoon's best maps is coming to the sequel this Saturday

Kelp Dome, one of the finest maps in the original Splatoon, is coming to the sequel this coming Saturday - and it's being joined by a couple of new surprises, too.

Kelp Dome is being joined by an all-new map, Snapper Canal, as well as a new weapon dubbed the Tenta Brella. It works along similar lines to the recently introduced Splat Brella, but offers much more defensive coverage when fully unfurled.

These new updates are part of a rolling service of free new maps and weapons for Nintendo's competitive shooter, which - in case you didn't know - is kind of a good time.

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Splatoon 2 sales overtake Crash Bandicoot in the US

Splatoon 2 sales overtake Crash Bandicoot in the US

Tekken 7 drops from top slot to 20th in one month.

Splatoon 2 may have come in second in the UK sales charts behind Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, but in the US that order was flipped for the month of July.

These figures come according to analyst group NPD, and it's worth noting that these are calculated based on dollars sales. So bear in mind that Splatoon 2 is a more expensive game that Crash Bandicoot, costing $60 rather than $40.

While exact sales figures aren't known, we do know that NPD was only calculating physical sales for the top-ranking Switch releases, while other platforms were factoring in digital sales (with the exception of Overwatch's Battle.net sales not being included).

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Splatoon 2 gets its first patch, fixes ticket exploit

Nintendo has just released the first major patch for Splatoon 2, and it fixes a recently revealed exploit that allowed players to farm EXP boosting tickets.

That's not the only change, mind, with version 1.1.2 also coming with a couple of bug fixes as well as some buffs and debuffs for weapons. More specifically, the number of points needed to max out the specials gauge has been changed for a handful of weapons, and Nintendo was even kind enough to provide a table going into what values have been altered. And hey, here it is!

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Nintendo's Online app for Switch is launching on July 21st

Nintendo's Online app for Switch is launching on July 21st

And here's your first (brief) look at it.

Nintendo's Online app for its Switch console - the only way to participate in voice chat in online matches - is launching on July 21st alongside Splatoon 2.

It'll be our first real taste of Nintendo's online service, which is undergoing a free trial this year before it becomes a paid service in 2018.

Today's Splatoon 2 Direct showed a lobby system that will be familiar to players of Arms, with avatars visualised on screen as they dance around a virtual room.

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Splatoon 2 neon green and pink Joy-Con release date moved forward

Back in May, Nintendo UK listed the neon pink and green Joy-Con, themed especially for Splatoon 2, for launch in autumn.

Splatoon 2 launches in the UK on 21st July - so it would have been a long wait for the game's tie-in controllers.

Now, Nintendo UK has updated its release schedule: the special Splatoon 2 Joy-Con arrive on 28th July, the week after the game they're supporting.

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Splatoon 2 Switch bundle sells out in Japan, but you can still buy the cardboard box

In Japan, Nintendo's Splatoon 2 Switch console bundle has already sold out - but you can still buy the pack's cardboard box.

Nintendo will sell you the cardboard box for the bundle, flatpacked, with nothing else, for 540 yen (that's about £3.75).

Splatoon 2 will launch in Japan on 21st July, and the Switch bundle included the console, game, plus green and pink Joy-Con controllers. Oh, and the box it comes in.

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Nintendo finally unveils the last Smash Bros. amiibo

Nintendo finally unveils the last Smash Bros. amiibo

Plus three new Link figurines, and three more Splatoon figures.

The last few Super Smash Bros. amiibo have been given a release date - nearly three years after the game launched for Wii U and 3DS.

Final Fantasy's Cloud, Bayonetta and Fire Emblem's Corrin were all shown off in last night's Nintendo Direct broadcast. Each of the three will come in two variants, and all six will launch here in the UK on 21st July.

These figures were confirmed a long while ago - and there's been no reason given for the long wait. Some had suspected Nintendo was waiting on the launch of a potential Super Smash Bros. port for Nintendo Switch.

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Splatoon 2 release date slated for July

Splatoon 2 release date slated for July

New four-player PvE mode Salmon Run revealed.

Splatoon 2 is coming to Switch on 21st July, Nintendo revealed tonight on a Nintendo Direct stream.

While the squid-based sequel doesn't look a whole lot different from its predecessor, it does have at least one major new game mode called Salmon Run.

This four-player co-op mode tasks a team of squid children to collect "Power Eggs" on a man-made island, then bank them in a basket. The problem is the eggs' parents, the Salmonid, aren't too happy with these rapscallions making off with their young. As such, they'll be on the offensive as you try to snatch their eggs.

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Nintendo Direct announced for this week

Nintendo Direct announced for this week

Focused on Arms and Splatoon 2.

Set your alarms, pop on your Pikmin onesie and gather round your electronic devices! A new Nintendo Direct will be broadcast on Wednesday, 12th April at 11pm UK time.

Fresh details on Splatoon 2and Arms have been promised - two of Nintendo Switch's biggest upcoming exclusives.

We don't yet know the release date of either game, although both are expected in the first half of this year. It's a safe bet we'll find out when each of them will launch.

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