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.
Nintendo's ever-expanding Splatoon 2 is embiggened once more, thanks to another influx of goodies - this time in the form of a delightful new amusement-park-themed map and four new weapons variants.
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.
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.
Nintendo has announced that Goby Arena - the brand-new, basketball-themed Splatoon 2 map that it revealed last month - will arrive on Switch tomorrow.
Splatoon 2's superstars Pearl And Marina are getting their own amiibo in the not-too-distant future, with the two members of fictional band Off the Hook soon to be immortalised in plastic.
Nintendo has revealed the theme for this month's Splatoon 2 Splatfest, and it is...gherkins.
Splatoon 2 will get another brand-new, free multiplayer map tomorrow, this time themed around Inkopolis' Shellendorf Institute historical museum.
This month's Splatoon 2 Splatfest, the first of the new year, is doing things a little differently: it's the first globally themed Splatfest face-off since last year's Ketchup versus Mayo.
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:
Nintendo has announced the theme for its latest Splatoon 2 Splatfest in Europe, and it's a modest improvement on last month's insipid Warm Breakfast vs. Cold Breakfast face-off. For December, Nintendo is asking: book or film?
Nintendo has just released details of a series of major updates coming to Splatoon 2, with new modes, maps and music all inbound.
Nintendo has announced the theme of its next Splatoon 2 Splatfest in Europe and it's... well... let's just say that if you thought the whole toilet roll thing was a bit of damp squib, you're probably not going to like this one very much either.
Nintendo has raised its Switch hardware sales forecast and now expects to shift 14m consoles before the end of the financial year.
The company's previous estimate was 10m.
Nintendo Switch has, in six months, clocked up half of the Wii U's lifetime sales.
Splatoon's classic Blackbelly Skatepark map is heading to Splatoon 2 this Saturday, October 28th, Nintendo has revealed.
Splatoon 2 is poised to get a little splattier this weekend, with the introduction of the new Snapper Canal stage and the Bamboozler 14 Mk 1 weapon.
You can always depend on Splatoon 2's Splatfests to ask the difficult questions. First we were forced to decide between ketchup and mayonnaise as the supreme condiment (the correct answer here, of course, is mayonnaise), then came the thorny issue of flight or invisibility as the ultimate superpower.
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.
Nintendo's mobile companion app for the Switch just got a big improvement. Its new update, 1.1.0, now lets you chat while using other apps or while your phone's screen is switched off.
Splatoon 2 is getting its first all-new maps, with Manta Maria coming to Turf War and Ranked Battle Modes this Saturday and Lost Outpost coming to co-op mode Salmon Run from tomorrow.
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).
Splatoon 2's next Splatfest has been detailed, and players are being offered the choice between being an all-singing superhero like Christopher Reeves' Superman or a weird creep like Kevin Bacon's Hollow Man.
Budge off BBQ Soldier 76. Leave it out, lifeguard Mcree. Farewell, femme fatale Widowmaker.
Potential new maps and weapons for Splatoon 2 have been discovered by dataminers, with old classics returning and a few new surprises potentially inbound too.
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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Splatoon 2 can at last lay claim to being a proper grown-up 21st century video game. It now has its very own exploit.
Nintendo Switch exclusive Splatoon 2 has had to settle for second place in the UK chart, behind the resurgent Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy.
Splatoon, Nintendo's comical paint-based brawler about squid-human hybrid children, is getting an anime spin-off.
If Animal Crossing's Mr. Resetti hasn't taught you already, it's bad form to quit in the middle of play.
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.
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.
Nintendo has revealed over a half-hour of gameplay from Splatoon 2's single-player campaign.
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.
Splatoon 2 got a guest star spot in last night's Arms-themed Nintendo Direct where we were treated to our first extended look at the game's story mode.
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.
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.
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.
Splatoon 2 will be getting a demo late in March on Nintendo's soon-to-be-released Switch.