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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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Splatoon 2 announced, due summer

Splatoon 2 announced, due summer

New maps, weapons and costumes.

Splatoon 2 will launch for Nintendo Switch this summer.

It looks like Splatoon - and it feels like this is the project which started as a straightforward, enhanced port of the original game.

Expect new costumes, stages and weapons. We also caught a sample of some new music, which sounded suitably J-Pop-y.

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Splatoon's not going anywhere - the amazing success of Nintendo's Wii U exclusive has ensured that - but over a year of support came to an end over the weekend as the last ever Splatfest was held. And in a perfectly fitting finale, the players chose the only option, crowning Marie the queen of Splatoon over her squid sister the frankly miserable Callie. After so much political uncertainty this year, it's good to see democracy can be a force for good.

Splatoon's final Splatfest asks the ultimate question

Super Callie goes ballistic, Marie is atrocious.

It's been a week of making hard choices with big consequences, and the toughest one lies ahead. On July 22nd Splatoon is getting its final Splatfest, and Nintendo's positing the ultimate question: Callie or Marie?

Two of Nintendo's biggest Wii U games get updates today

Two of Nintendo's biggest Wii U games get updates today

Key additions for Mario Maker, Splatoon.

Splatoon and Mario Maker, two of Nintendo's biggest Wii U games, get shiny new updates today.

Mario Maker gains a half dozen new items, including screen-filling Skewers (shake a Thwomp to make one appear) and Keys, allowing you to create more complicated levels (shake a P-Switch to place a Key instead).

With the addition of Keys, Nintendo has also added Key Doors and the ability to place Keys in blocks or assign them to enemies - so you have to defeat a boss before one drops, for example. There are also new Pink Coins - collect all of these to also get a Key to drop.

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Splatoon sells 4m copies, bought by a third of all Wii U owners

Nintendo's paint-splashed online shooter Splatoon has sold more than 4m copies - a remarkable achievement for a console base only at 12.6m.

To put those sales into perspective, Splatoon has so far outmatched PlayStation 4 exclusives The Order and Bloodborne combined.

Super Mario Maker wasn't far behind, either. It sold 3.34m units - meaning one in four Wii U owners bought it.

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Here's your first look at the new Splatoon update

Here's your first look at the new Splatoon update

New stage and gear due this weekend.

Splatoon will be receiving two new stages and 14 new pieces of gear, Nintendo announced today during its latest Nintendo Direct presentation.

A software update is due tomorrow, 13th November, and will include 14 new pieces of gear.

The following day a new stage will appear called Museum D'alfonsino. Set in an art museum, D'alfonsino will contain five pieces of rotating scenery as you vandalise the crap out of this place.

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Wii U lifetime sales pass 10 million, Splatoon sells 1.62m

Nintendo has posted an encouraging profit (8.3bn yen / £43m) for the months April, May and June. Last year it was in the red (-9.9bn yen / -£51m).

The good news is 3DS sales (1m for the quarter), Splatoon sales and amiibo sales. Splatoon has sold 1.62m units since its release at the end of May, helping the Wii U edge over the 10m sales milestone (10.01m specifically) after two-and-a-half years on sale. Considering Splatoon is Wii U exclusive, and it was on sale for two full months, that's a convincing result for the new IP. Then again, Mario Kart 8 is owned by 5.11 million people - more than half of the Wii U audience.

Amiibo sales weren't specified but referred to as "favourable" and, Nintendo promised, "we will continue to expand the lineup". And with an expanded lineup comes potential for plenty more defective models, which have become collector's items and sell for a fortune. Someone has dedicated a Tumblr page to them. "At the same time," the report added, "we aim to stimulate demand for amiibo from owners of the original Nintendo 3DS hardware systems by releasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory (for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS), which will be launched simultaneously with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer [out in Europe 2nd October 2015]."

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Splatoon's big August update raises level cap

Splatoon's big August update raises level cap

New weapons, new matchmaking and new features all explained ahead of August 6 update.

Splatoon's big August update will raise the level cap all the way to 50, introducing a handful of new modes in the progress while making it easier for players to battle together.

The level cap, which previously sat at 20, is also being risen in ranked battles, with S and S+ rankings now available. The update also introduces Squad Battles, in which players can partner up with friends before playing Ranked Battles together as a team, and Private Battles, which allows players to set up their own lobbies where can invite others to partake in their choice of mode. Here, players can also even - or distort - the odds, setting up 1v2, 1v4 or any other combination of players in the 8-player multiplayer.

Two new weapon types are also being introduced, with Sloshers and Splatlings making their debut. Alongside all that, 40 all-new pieces of gear are coming to the in-game stores.

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Wii U exclusive Splatoon fires past 1m sales worldwide

Wii U exclusive Splatoon fires past 1m sales worldwide

230k splash out for a copy in Europe.

Nintendo's colourful online shooter Splatoon has now sold more than a million copies worldwide, the company announced today.

That figure includes physical copies and digital downloads from the Wii U eShop.

230k were sold in Europe, 368k in North America and 476k in Japan.

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Splatoon datamine discovers dozens of on-disc details

Splatoon datamine discovers dozens of on-disc details

This week's new freebie is the Nova Blaster gun.

Nintendo fans have discovered just how much content is hidden within online paint shooter Splatoon. Turns out, it's quite a lot.

Fans have discovered another two unreleased maps and as many as 33 upcoming weapons by datamining the Splatoon disc (thanks, NeoGAF).

Upcoming maps include Camp and Skyscraper locations. The list of upcoming guns is incomplete - some may just be placeholders - but indicate that a sizable amount of new content for the game is still on the way.

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Splatoon adds another new weapon tomorrow

Splash-O-Matic! drops this weekend.

Nintendo is continuing its drip-feed of new Splatoon features with the Splash-O-Matic!, the third extra weapon to become available since the game originally launched.

Splatoon sales are strong in Japan, at least

Splatoon sales are strong in Japan, at least

Earned itself a few squid.

Wii U sales have been given a much-needed boost in Japan by the arrival of Nintendo's team-based paint shooter Splatoon.

The console was again top of the Japanese hardware charts last week and shifted 21,169 units - almost double that of the PlayStation 4.

213,731 copies of Splatoon have now been sold in the country, according to numbers company Media Create. That's not anywhere near Pokémon numbers, but huge for a Wii U-exclusive.

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Splatoon ties end in seemingly arbitrary wins

Deserve's got nothing to do with it.

In many ways Splatoon offers the third-person multiplayer shooter a fresh coat of paint with its focus on territory control over killing. But there's one peculiar flaw players have unearthed in Nintendo's fastest-selling new Wii U franchise: its ties are won arbitrarily.

Pre-order Splatoon at GAME, get exclusive Inkling beanie

Pre-order Splatoon at GAME, get exclusive Inkling beanie

Splatoon-focused Nintendo Direct next week.

Pre-order any edition of Wii U-exclusive Splatoon at GAME and you will get an exclusive free Inkling beanie.

The squid-shaped hat will come free with either the game's standard version or special edition Amiibo bundle, both of which will launch here in the UK on 29th May.

Separately, Nintendo has announced a Splatoon-focused Nintendo Direct broadcast will take place next Thursday, 7th May at 3pm UK time.

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The Wii U games confirmed for release in 2015

The Wii U games confirmed for release in 2015

Triforce yourself to forget Zelda's delay.

Nintendo has knocked the Wii U's biggest game of 2015 - its upcoming open-world Legend of Zelda - out of this year's release schedule.

In fact, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma did not even commit to a 2016 launch when he recently announced the game's delay, and with word of the new Nintendo NX console on the horizon it is easy to speculate that the game could be held back further for repurposing as a next-generation launch title.

So which games can Wii U owners still hope to play, and which are confirmed to be due out in Europe this year?

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Splatoon inks in a May release date

Splatoon inks in a May release date

New Amiibo announced.

Nintendo's highly anticipated squid kid shooter Splatoon is launching on 29th May, Nintendo announced during its latest Nintendo Direct today.

A new mode called Battle Dojo was alos announced. This is a one-on-one battle mode in which one player plays on the Gamepad screen, while the other is on the TV. They'll rush to pop a series of balloons before their opponent.

Furthermore, Nintendo revealed a pack of Splatoon Amiibo. These will include a male and female inkling along with a green squid. They'll add new missions.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Code Name: STEAM get new release dates

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Code Name: STEAM get new release dates

Hyrule Warriors Amiibo support detailed, Splatoon single-player shown off.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's UK release date is now 2nd January, Nintendo has revealed, a week sooner than the previously-announced 9th January.

The game will feature more than 70 stages, with extra levels unlocked when you complete fiendish optional objectives.

Code Name: STEAM - the new 3DS strategy title from Fire Emblem and Advance Wars developer Intelligent Systems - will meanwhile launch in May 2015.

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EGXNintendo brings huge line-up to EGX London

Plus all sorts of tournaments, competitions and discounts.

Gamer Network, which publishes this website, has announced Nintendo's line-up for this year's EGX London, taking place next week from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September at Earls Court.