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Eric Grunau 2017-04-13
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Splatoon 2, the sequel to Nintendo‘s hit Splatoon game, will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch this upcoming July, the company has announced.

The game’s release on July 21 will coincide with the release of Splatoon 2 amiibo figures, of which the company says it’ll be making Inkling Squid, Inkling Girl, and Inkling Boy available.

Joining these announcements is a new Salmon Run mode coming in Splatoon 2.

The first game in the series, Splatoon, was released in 2015 and went on to be a hit for Nintendo, giving kids and those who enjoy fun games a way to sharpen their digital shooting kids, minus the gore and death.

Nintendo announced the sequel to this game today, saying it will be making its way to the company’s new console, the Switch.

Gamers can expect the same bright, colorful inky fun experienced in the first game, as well as a new Salmon Mode, new weapons, and the ability to play locally or online in a multiplayer game.

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Carlton Barr 2017-07-13
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Nintendo is doing some impressive things with Splatoon 2’s boss fights, and we already talked about how the campaign is winning us over.

In addition to octopus samurais and oven monsters, the levels themselves are brimming with fun ideas and challenges.

And the gameplay is always shifting.

In one level in Splatoon 2, early in the game’s first two worlds, you’ll come across a stage that focuses heavily grinding across rails.

On these wires, your squidkid can grind on their feet or submerge into the wire for extra speed.

Like with most of the game, Nintendo uses this gameplay element to mix in both combat and platforming.

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Harvey Broughton 2017-07-18
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We’ve got a few more days until Splatoon 2 releases, but early reviews of Nintendo‘s latest first-party game have started going live today.

Splatoon 2, for those who need an introduction, is the follow-up to the Wii U title that started the series.

Given the Wii U’s rather poor sales performance, not many people got to play the original Splatoon, but in looking at some of these reviews, it’s clear that Switch owners will want to pick this up.

At the moment, Splatoon 2 is sitting at a very healthy 84 out of 100 score on Metacritic.

We’ll likely see the score fluctuate a bit over the next few days as more reviews go live, but it’s worth noting that 46 reviews are already counted in Metacritic’s aggregated score.

To land an 84 with that many reviews considered is certainly no small task.

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Keith Hake 2017-03-24
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If you’ve exhausted all of your gaming options on your Nintendo Switch already, I have some good news for you.

Starting tomorrow, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to play a “special demo version” of Splatoon 2 for free.

As Nintendo revealed last month, it will be holding a “Global Testfire” event from March 24th – March 26th to allow players to test the multiplayer mode of the upcoming sequel.

“Two years have passed in this universe since the original Splatoon, and since then, the weapons, maps and characters have evolved,” says Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami.

“Through the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event this March, players will be able to get a taste of that.

There will be more new features to experience in Splatoon 2, so please look forward to more reveals in the future.”

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John Dumlao 2017-07-09
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Nintendo is bringing "Splatoon" to its wildly successful Nintendo Switch console.

"Splatoon 2," like the first game, is a third-person shooter.

Rather than "killing" other players, the focus in "Splatoon" is on painting as much of the world as possible — whichever team paints more stuff wins.

While the first game was primarily focused on multiplayer, the second game has a major single-player story expansion (we'll get to that in a moment).

If you're not adept at swimming around, you're almost certainly toast.

Anyone who's played a third-person shooter will immediately feel at home in "Splatoon," but both newcomers and veterans alike will find plenty that's fresh and delightful in the game.

collect
0
Robert Flenard 2016-10-24
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The actual Nintendo Switch will not have the M.C.

Amid all the excitement over the actual hardware features both obvious and not-so-obvious shown in last week's Nintendo Switch trailer, the small glimpses of new Nintendo software generated a fair bit of interest themselves.

That interest was so intense, in fact, that GameXplain felt the need to create an 11-minute analysis video based on six total seconds of Super Mario footage in the trailer.

As the kind of guy who made his own Mario fansite as a teenager, I found it fascinating.

Maybe we all shouldn't have gotten too excited about those games, however.

Nintendo is now clarifying that users "shouldn't assume what you saw on the video represents actual game footage and further specifics on first-party games will be provided later."

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George Summers 2016-11-16
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Nintendo is partnering with one of the largest community-driven tournament platforms to turn Splatoon into an esport.Battlefy kicked off the Splatoon Showdown Series last month in partnership with the community-tournament organizer Leagues Under the Ink, and now Nintendo is stepping in to promote the event h/t to Bryan Cashman .

This is a series of open tournaments for the beloved Wii U ink shooter.

Splatoon debuted in 2015, and it was widely regarded as a fun remix of the competitive, team-based shooter genre.

The 4-on-4 battles require players to cover opponents and objectives in ink, and players praised the interesting mechanics as well as Splatoon s bright and hip sense of style.

Battlefy and Leagues Under the Ink award prizes to the top teams, but that could potentially expand with Nintendo stepping in to promote the league.Nintendo hyped up the Splatoon Showdown Series in its official newsletter, and I ve asked the company how it is involved.

But it isn t saying anything yet.

collect
0
Robert Rock 2017-02-12
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Other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the launch lineup for the Nintendo Switch is somewhat barren.

Skylanders and Just Dance are ports, 1-2 Switch shouldn t cost $50 and many of the indie titles are several years old.

Thankfully, the launch window got a bit of a boost on Sunday when Nintendo announced that a special demo version of Splatoon 2 would be available on Switch in March.

Splatoon 2 won t launch on the Nintendo Switch until this summer, but on the weekend of March 24th – 26th, Switch owners will be able to download a Splatoon 2 demo and participate in a Global Testfire event.

Anyone and everyone with a Switch can jump in and play Splatoon 2 online against other players presumably so that Nintendo can test the servers and the online infrastructure of the Switch before the game actually arrives .

Unlike some beta tests for online games, the Splatoon 2 demo won t be playable for the entire weekend.

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Keith Hake 2017-11-21
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Perhaps anticipating a rush of new Splatoon 2 players thanks to the holiday season, Nintendo has announced a massive new update for the game.

New content will be rolled out in two phases, with the first phase coming later this week.

The first update launches on November 23, and it’ll bring the first of four new battle stages with it.

That stage is called MakoMart, which is set in a giant supermarket.

In addition to MakoMart, Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall from the first game will be releasing at some point in the weeks after Black Friday, along with a second all-new stage called Shellendorf Institute.

Players will also be getting a new Salmon Rush stage called Salomnid Smokeyard once the update drops on November 23.

collect
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Charles Pete 2017-07-18
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The first game was one of Wii U‘s few bright spots thanks to its unique take on the multiplayer shooter, making it just as important to cover stages in ink as it was to take out players on the other team.

Both excel thanks Splatoon’s unique mechanics, which turn the third-person shooter into something more family-friendly.

Every weapon shoots ink, which can destroy enemies (splat them, not kill them, because this is Nintendo) and cover most surfaces.

Turf War has two teams of four competing to cover levels in as much of their ink as possible.

This is the series’ take on the horde mode, a shooter favorite that has a team of players working together to take down waves of enemies.

Friends can revive you by shooting you with their guns.

collect
0
James Mcgaugh 2017-07-18
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Thankfully, Nintendo knew it had something special on its hands, and immediately got to work on a sequel for its new console.

On the whole, not much has changed in the two years since Splatoon launched on the Wii U.

They’ll run through all of the multiplayer maps currently in rotation on their show “Off the Hook,” and once the broadcast ends, you’ll be set to do as you please in Inkopolis Square — the hub world replacing Inkopolis Plaza in Splatoon 2.

From Inkopolis Square, you can jump into the game’s competitive multiplayer (the bread and butter of Splatoon), shop for new clothes and weapons to get a leg up on the competition, travel to Octo Canyon to take on the game’s single-player campaign or head over to Grizzco to participate in the game’s new co-op mode: Salmon Run.

The most important thing for Nintendo to do was to bring the exceptional, unique multiplayer of Splatoon to the Switch without breaking anything in the process.

In Turf Wars — the game’s main competitive multiplayer mode — two teams of four players compete to cover as much of the map with their color of paint before time runs out.

collect
0
Phillip Willis 2017-07-28
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Splatoon 2 gets so much right that it’s easy to ignore the occasionally baffling ways in which Nintendo has failed to score into an open goal (not least the chance to call the game Spla2n).

A sequel to 2015’s third-person, multiplayer-focused, Wii U-exclusive shooter, Splatoon 2 for the new Nintendo Switch will be a wholly new experience for many: the console is already attracting converts who never picked up Nintendo’s previous machine, while the two biggest reasons to own a Switch to date – Mario Kart 8 and Breath of the Wild – are both already out on the Wii U.

For those new to the whole Splatoon concept, here’s a potted history: you are a Squid Kid.

That’s partially because when you’re standing in your own ink, you can move faster, recharge your weapons and camouflage yourself entirely; but it’s also because at the end of the tight three-minute rounds, the winning team is the one that has managed to cover the most of the arena with their paint.

It’s a novel twist on the multiplayer shooter, but one which immediately provides Splatoon 2 with a reason to exist in a crammed market.

The game is as much about your physical relationship with the levels in which you fight as it is landing shots on the enemy, and in fact, a significant portion of the weapons, from a gigantic paint roller to a literal bucket, are much more useful for dousing large amounts of the map in ink than they are for taking out opponents.

collect
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Michael Wadsworth 2017-05-18
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p Nintendo has provided us with our first proper glimpse at Splatoon 2’s story mode on Nintendo Switch.

Making a guest appearance during yesterday’s ARMs Nintendo Direct, the paint-based shooter is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on July 21.

It seems players will be tasked with helping Marie, one half of the iconic Squid Sisters, defeat the Octarian menace during the single-player campaign.

Splatoon 2 will once again include an assortment of solo levels that will have you taking part in combat, puzzles and creative platforming sections.

In addition to Splatoon 2’s solo offering, Nintendo also revealed some Switch accessories set to launch alongside the game.

All of these peripherals are themed after the main colour scheme of Splatoon 2 as well as featuring a bunch of cool decals inspired by the game.

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0
William Mulcahy 2017-08-17
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Introduced in Europe and Japan earlier this summer, the Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 bundle is finally making its way West.

On Thursday, Nintendo announced that Walmart will be the exclusive retail partner for the bundle in the US — a bundle which includes a download code for Splatoon 2, a Splatoon-themed carrying case for the console and Joy-Con controllers in Neon Pink and Neon Green.

“Consumers in Japan and Europe have already had a strong response to Splatoon 2 bundles in their territories,” said Nintendo of America SVP Doug Bowser.

“This exclusive Walmart bundle gives people who have been waiting to buy a Nintendo Switch a great value and incentive to get splatting.”

As difficult as it’s been for fans to get their hands on the Switch in stores or online, this should at least temporarily alleviate some of that pressure.

Nintendo says that the bundle will be available starting on September 8th for $379.99.

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Owen Grundy 2017-07-11
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Splatoon 2 is due out later this month, and we have our hands on it.

After surprising us with a thrilling campaign in the first game, it looks like the sequel’s single-player content is going to win us over as well — read how it does so in our preview.

We’ve also captured some gameplay of an early boss fight, which will help you understand why Splatoon 2 is so exciting.

Splatoon 2’s campaign levels consist in part of a series of obstacle courses.

A few of those are especially inventive, like one where you ride ink rails around while fighting enemies.

Or another where you have to unfurl coiled up bridges or scaleable walls by hitting them with your ink.

collect
0
Stuart Smith 2017-07-03
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Splatoon 2 isn't out for another few weeks, but if you're itching to get a closer look at gameplay, this week's Nintendo Direct will be the best place to do it.

Nintendo is hosting one more of its “Direct” shows this coming week for Splatoon 2, which is set to be released for the Switch console on July 21.

Fans will get an in-depth look at some of the new features the game will bring, though Nintendo hasn’t revealed which ones we’ll get to see in action.

Splatoon 2 is the sequel to one of Nintendo’s best new IPs in years.

The original launched to much acclaim on the Wii U and helped maintain the console’s hold on its relatively small gaming audience through the last year or so of its prominence.

Splatoon 2 promises to be bigger, better, and inkier than ever before, and should have a much more stable platform to showcase all of its third-person shooter action.

collect
0
Eric Grunau 2017-04-13
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Splatoon 2, the sequel to Nintendo‘s hit Splatoon game, will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch this upcoming July, the company has announced.

The game’s release on July 21 will coincide with the release of Splatoon 2 amiibo figures, of which the company says it’ll be making Inkling Squid, Inkling Girl, and Inkling Boy available.

Joining these announcements is a new Salmon Run mode coming in Splatoon 2.

The first game in the series, Splatoon, was released in 2015 and went on to be a hit for Nintendo, giving kids and those who enjoy fun games a way to sharpen their digital shooting kids, minus the gore and death.

Nintendo announced the sequel to this game today, saying it will be making its way to the company’s new console, the Switch.

Gamers can expect the same bright, colorful inky fun experienced in the first game, as well as a new Salmon Mode, new weapons, and the ability to play locally or online in a multiplayer game.

Harvey Broughton 2017-07-18
img

We’ve got a few more days until Splatoon 2 releases, but early reviews of Nintendo‘s latest first-party game have started going live today.

Splatoon 2, for those who need an introduction, is the follow-up to the Wii U title that started the series.

Given the Wii U’s rather poor sales performance, not many people got to play the original Splatoon, but in looking at some of these reviews, it’s clear that Switch owners will want to pick this up.

At the moment, Splatoon 2 is sitting at a very healthy 84 out of 100 score on Metacritic.

We’ll likely see the score fluctuate a bit over the next few days as more reviews go live, but it’s worth noting that 46 reviews are already counted in Metacritic’s aggregated score.

To land an 84 with that many reviews considered is certainly no small task.

John Dumlao 2017-07-09
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Nintendo is bringing "Splatoon" to its wildly successful Nintendo Switch console.

"Splatoon 2," like the first game, is a third-person shooter.

Rather than "killing" other players, the focus in "Splatoon" is on painting as much of the world as possible — whichever team paints more stuff wins.

While the first game was primarily focused on multiplayer, the second game has a major single-player story expansion (we'll get to that in a moment).

If you're not adept at swimming around, you're almost certainly toast.

Anyone who's played a third-person shooter will immediately feel at home in "Splatoon," but both newcomers and veterans alike will find plenty that's fresh and delightful in the game.

George Summers 2016-11-16
img

Nintendo is partnering with one of the largest community-driven tournament platforms to turn Splatoon into an esport.Battlefy kicked off the Splatoon Showdown Series last month in partnership with the community-tournament organizer Leagues Under the Ink, and now Nintendo is stepping in to promote the event h/t to Bryan Cashman .

This is a series of open tournaments for the beloved Wii U ink shooter.

Splatoon debuted in 2015, and it was widely regarded as a fun remix of the competitive, team-based shooter genre.

The 4-on-4 battles require players to cover opponents and objectives in ink, and players praised the interesting mechanics as well as Splatoon s bright and hip sense of style.

Battlefy and Leagues Under the Ink award prizes to the top teams, but that could potentially expand with Nintendo stepping in to promote the league.Nintendo hyped up the Splatoon Showdown Series in its official newsletter, and I ve asked the company how it is involved.

But it isn t saying anything yet.

Keith Hake 2017-11-21
img

Perhaps anticipating a rush of new Splatoon 2 players thanks to the holiday season, Nintendo has announced a massive new update for the game.

New content will be rolled out in two phases, with the first phase coming later this week.

The first update launches on November 23, and it’ll bring the first of four new battle stages with it.

That stage is called MakoMart, which is set in a giant supermarket.

In addition to MakoMart, Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall from the first game will be releasing at some point in the weeks after Black Friday, along with a second all-new stage called Shellendorf Institute.

Players will also be getting a new Salmon Rush stage called Salomnid Smokeyard once the update drops on November 23.

James Mcgaugh 2017-07-18
img

Thankfully, Nintendo knew it had something special on its hands, and immediately got to work on a sequel for its new console.

On the whole, not much has changed in the two years since Splatoon launched on the Wii U.

They’ll run through all of the multiplayer maps currently in rotation on their show “Off the Hook,” and once the broadcast ends, you’ll be set to do as you please in Inkopolis Square — the hub world replacing Inkopolis Plaza in Splatoon 2.

From Inkopolis Square, you can jump into the game’s competitive multiplayer (the bread and butter of Splatoon), shop for new clothes and weapons to get a leg up on the competition, travel to Octo Canyon to take on the game’s single-player campaign or head over to Grizzco to participate in the game’s new co-op mode: Salmon Run.

The most important thing for Nintendo to do was to bring the exceptional, unique multiplayer of Splatoon to the Switch without breaking anything in the process.

In Turf Wars — the game’s main competitive multiplayer mode — two teams of four players compete to cover as much of the map with their color of paint before time runs out.

Michael Wadsworth 2017-05-18
img

p Nintendo has provided us with our first proper glimpse at Splatoon 2’s story mode on Nintendo Switch.

Making a guest appearance during yesterday’s ARMs Nintendo Direct, the paint-based shooter is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on July 21.

It seems players will be tasked with helping Marie, one half of the iconic Squid Sisters, defeat the Octarian menace during the single-player campaign.

Splatoon 2 will once again include an assortment of solo levels that will have you taking part in combat, puzzles and creative platforming sections.

In addition to Splatoon 2’s solo offering, Nintendo also revealed some Switch accessories set to launch alongside the game.

All of these peripherals are themed after the main colour scheme of Splatoon 2 as well as featuring a bunch of cool decals inspired by the game.

Owen Grundy 2017-07-11
img

Splatoon 2 is due out later this month, and we have our hands on it.

After surprising us with a thrilling campaign in the first game, it looks like the sequel’s single-player content is going to win us over as well — read how it does so in our preview.

We’ve also captured some gameplay of an early boss fight, which will help you understand why Splatoon 2 is so exciting.

Splatoon 2’s campaign levels consist in part of a series of obstacle courses.

A few of those are especially inventive, like one where you ride ink rails around while fighting enemies.

Or another where you have to unfurl coiled up bridges or scaleable walls by hitting them with your ink.

Carlton Barr 2017-07-13
img

Nintendo is doing some impressive things with Splatoon 2’s boss fights, and we already talked about how the campaign is winning us over.

In addition to octopus samurais and oven monsters, the levels themselves are brimming with fun ideas and challenges.

And the gameplay is always shifting.

In one level in Splatoon 2, early in the game’s first two worlds, you’ll come across a stage that focuses heavily grinding across rails.

On these wires, your squidkid can grind on their feet or submerge into the wire for extra speed.

Like with most of the game, Nintendo uses this gameplay element to mix in both combat and platforming.

Keith Hake 2017-03-24
img

If you’ve exhausted all of your gaming options on your Nintendo Switch already, I have some good news for you.

Starting tomorrow, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to play a “special demo version” of Splatoon 2 for free.

As Nintendo revealed last month, it will be holding a “Global Testfire” event from March 24th – March 26th to allow players to test the multiplayer mode of the upcoming sequel.

“Two years have passed in this universe since the original Splatoon, and since then, the weapons, maps and characters have evolved,” says Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami.

“Through the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event this March, players will be able to get a taste of that.

There will be more new features to experience in Splatoon 2, so please look forward to more reveals in the future.”

Robert Flenard 2016-10-24
img

The actual Nintendo Switch will not have the M.C.

Amid all the excitement over the actual hardware features both obvious and not-so-obvious shown in last week's Nintendo Switch trailer, the small glimpses of new Nintendo software generated a fair bit of interest themselves.

That interest was so intense, in fact, that GameXplain felt the need to create an 11-minute analysis video based on six total seconds of Super Mario footage in the trailer.

As the kind of guy who made his own Mario fansite as a teenager, I found it fascinating.

Maybe we all shouldn't have gotten too excited about those games, however.

Nintendo is now clarifying that users "shouldn't assume what you saw on the video represents actual game footage and further specifics on first-party games will be provided later."

Robert Rock 2017-02-12
img

Other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the launch lineup for the Nintendo Switch is somewhat barren.

Skylanders and Just Dance are ports, 1-2 Switch shouldn t cost $50 and many of the indie titles are several years old.

Thankfully, the launch window got a bit of a boost on Sunday when Nintendo announced that a special demo version of Splatoon 2 would be available on Switch in March.

Splatoon 2 won t launch on the Nintendo Switch until this summer, but on the weekend of March 24th – 26th, Switch owners will be able to download a Splatoon 2 demo and participate in a Global Testfire event.

Anyone and everyone with a Switch can jump in and play Splatoon 2 online against other players presumably so that Nintendo can test the servers and the online infrastructure of the Switch before the game actually arrives .

Unlike some beta tests for online games, the Splatoon 2 demo won t be playable for the entire weekend.

Charles Pete 2017-07-18
img

The first game was one of Wii U‘s few bright spots thanks to its unique take on the multiplayer shooter, making it just as important to cover stages in ink as it was to take out players on the other team.

Both excel thanks Splatoon’s unique mechanics, which turn the third-person shooter into something more family-friendly.

Every weapon shoots ink, which can destroy enemies (splat them, not kill them, because this is Nintendo) and cover most surfaces.

Turf War has two teams of four competing to cover levels in as much of their ink as possible.

This is the series’ take on the horde mode, a shooter favorite that has a team of players working together to take down waves of enemies.

Friends can revive you by shooting you with their guns.

Phillip Willis 2017-07-28
img

Splatoon 2 gets so much right that it’s easy to ignore the occasionally baffling ways in which Nintendo has failed to score into an open goal (not least the chance to call the game Spla2n).

A sequel to 2015’s third-person, multiplayer-focused, Wii U-exclusive shooter, Splatoon 2 for the new Nintendo Switch will be a wholly new experience for many: the console is already attracting converts who never picked up Nintendo’s previous machine, while the two biggest reasons to own a Switch to date – Mario Kart 8 and Breath of the Wild – are both already out on the Wii U.

For those new to the whole Splatoon concept, here’s a potted history: you are a Squid Kid.

That’s partially because when you’re standing in your own ink, you can move faster, recharge your weapons and camouflage yourself entirely; but it’s also because at the end of the tight three-minute rounds, the winning team is the one that has managed to cover the most of the arena with their paint.

It’s a novel twist on the multiplayer shooter, but one which immediately provides Splatoon 2 with a reason to exist in a crammed market.

The game is as much about your physical relationship with the levels in which you fight as it is landing shots on the enemy, and in fact, a significant portion of the weapons, from a gigantic paint roller to a literal bucket, are much more useful for dousing large amounts of the map in ink than they are for taking out opponents.

William Mulcahy 2017-08-17
img

Introduced in Europe and Japan earlier this summer, the Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 bundle is finally making its way West.

On Thursday, Nintendo announced that Walmart will be the exclusive retail partner for the bundle in the US — a bundle which includes a download code for Splatoon 2, a Splatoon-themed carrying case for the console and Joy-Con controllers in Neon Pink and Neon Green.

“Consumers in Japan and Europe have already had a strong response to Splatoon 2 bundles in their territories,” said Nintendo of America SVP Doug Bowser.

“This exclusive Walmart bundle gives people who have been waiting to buy a Nintendo Switch a great value and incentive to get splatting.”

As difficult as it’s been for fans to get their hands on the Switch in stores or online, this should at least temporarily alleviate some of that pressure.

Nintendo says that the bundle will be available starting on September 8th for $379.99.

Stuart Smith 2017-07-03
img

Splatoon 2 isn't out for another few weeks, but if you're itching to get a closer look at gameplay, this week's Nintendo Direct will be the best place to do it.

Nintendo is hosting one more of its “Direct” shows this coming week for Splatoon 2, which is set to be released for the Switch console on July 21.

Fans will get an in-depth look at some of the new features the game will bring, though Nintendo hasn’t revealed which ones we’ll get to see in action.

Splatoon 2 is the sequel to one of Nintendo’s best new IPs in years.

The original launched to much acclaim on the Wii U and helped maintain the console’s hold on its relatively small gaming audience through the last year or so of its prominence.

Splatoon 2 promises to be bigger, better, and inkier than ever before, and should have a much more stable platform to showcase all of its third-person shooter action.