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Nintendo knows when it's got something good on its hands. Splatoon 2, alluded to in Nintendo's 2015 Fall Preview of the Switch, has finally been blown out in glorious fashion at the January 12th/13th event.
Key Features: New Weapons (like the Duelies) New stages and classic stages (some with zip lines from the single-player mode!) Online Multiplayer Expanded Local Multiplayer Presumed Single Player Mode New Mode: Salmon Run (aka Horde Mode) - 4 player co-op
Key Questions: What are you most excited about from the trailer? What are you most hopeful for? Are you buying at launch? When do you think launch will be?
Releases: July 21st, 2017
Ploot and DrFinkelstein Discuss The July 6th, 2017 Nintendo Direct about Splatoon 2
I spoke too soon, sorry everyone! It appears our gaming sessions today will have to be as scheduled. The Splatoon 2 update is split in two parts, one coming this thursday, and the other mid-december.
Nov. 23 Update
Four New Battle Stages: While four new battle stages are coming to Splatoon 2, they won’t all be available immediately after downloading the update. Like with previous additions, the stages will roll out over the subsequent weeks, giving players new surprises as they play throughout the holiday season and beyond. The first new battle stage, MakoMart, will be available to play on Black Friday, Nov. 24, with Shellendorf Institute, Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall coming soon. The new MakoMart stage is a giant superstore-style stage, so what better time to play than on Black Friday! Shellendorf Institute is new to the series, while Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall are popular stages returning from the original Splatoon game.
New Salmon Run Stage: Fan-favorite multiplayer mode* Salmon Run is getting a new stage. After downloading the update, Salmonid Smokeyard will be added to the stage rotation. In Salmonid Smokeyard, a wide gap on the beach divides two upper platforms, with fan lifts being the quickest way to traverse the two platforms. Teamwork is required to use the fan lifts effectively.
New Gear: Approximately 140 pieces of gear are being added to Splatoon 2. These include shoes, headgear and clothes, like a motocross mask, and additional winter clothing (perfect for the cold weather!), as well as returning items from the original Splatoon game.
New Battle Music: Two new bands have been gaining popularity in Inkopolis! The punk-flavored Bottom Feeders and classically trained avant-garde-style Ink Theory are contributing new songs to the already music-rich game.
New Hairstyle: When customizing an Inkling, four new hairstyles will be available to choose from – two each for female and male characters.
Higher Level Caps: Currently, players are maxed out at Level 50. After downloading the update, the new maximum level will be raised to 99. If players talk to Judd when they reach Level 99, they’ll have the option to reset their level display to Level ★1 so they can continue raising their level.
New amiibo Functionality: Tapping a compatible amiibo figure after the update will let players take and share in-game photos in preset locations in Battle Stages, in addition to being able to take photos in Inkopolis Square. Players can also add fun filters to their images.
Convenient Gear Swapping: Players that want to change gear between battles in Regular Battle, Ranked Battle and Splatfest Battle (Solo) won’t have to exit to the lobby anymore! After downloading the update, gear can be swapped out without leaving the match room, making it quicker to get back to splatting. For Regular Battle, this also means players can play the next battle with the same players.
Clam Blitz: In Clam Blitz, competing Inklings are tasked with collecting clams scattered around the stage. After one is picked up, the clam follows the player. The objective is to throw the clam into the basket near the opponent’s base. The first team to score 100 points wins! But, of course, this being the fiercely competitive world of Splatoon 2, things are not as easy as they seem. The baskets are protected by a barrier, which much be destroyed first. After collecting 10 clams, the player will earn a Power Clam. These super-powered clams are the key to breaking the barrier, so strategy will definitely be involved in which clams are used to destroy the barrier and which are used to earn points. Not to mention the extra-satisfying opportunity to steal opponents’ clams by splatting them…
Today's NA Splatfest is to pick the better of two crappy Christmas gifts! There's the Sweater or the Socks! I am on Team Socks myself!
I naturally woke up at 4:40 am this morning... so naturally I hopped on to Splatoon 2 for the Splatfest. After 28 matches I am now a Socks Queen and I've done my part. Maybe I'll play again later but I discovered a leaky roof situation midway through the Splatfest... very concerning indeed. However, quick stats for anyone who cares (aka just me).
Total Matches Played Till Queen: 28 Matches Total Wins: 19 Matches Total Times As "Top Dog": 17 Matches Most Played Map: Shifty Station (12/16/2017 version) Points Inked: 46,388 Splatfest Power Max: 2,149.60 Average Points Earned: 1,657 points Avg Points without Bonus Calculated: 978 points Most Points In A Single Match:2,326 points Highest Win Percentage: 74.6% Closest Match: 0.40% (we won here, it was a hell of a finish) Average Splats Per Match: 6 splats Max Splats in a Single Match: 10 splats Matches Without Dying: 2 matches Matches Played Against The Opposing Team: 27/28 matches
That new Shifty Station is a ton of fun. I really hope that Nintendo throws these into the rotations later on when Splatfests are truly over. This one has a symmetrical diagonal style design with some rotating ink pathways like in the single player. Thus a giant circle is constantly refreshing in the middle, making for tricky spots to get out of but also a lot more inking and specials as a result. Totally sweet. On that stage I won two-thirds of the time while playing it. However as noted above, I won the most while playing Manta Maria. I won every time I was on that stage, which was four. My worst stage this time was The Reef, where I only won 40% of the time there. My average special use per stage was pretty even amongst them all at about three times. My average splats per game was 6. It was nice to only play against my fellow Socks brethren once out of the 28 matches. It's either heavily Sweaters for popularity or it's just really even. This is always exciting. I suspect that maybe it's slightly edging to Sweater based on my time this morning for popularity however I felt my Socks teammates were playing hard. It'll be a lot to take us down!
160 hours later, still my go-to game when I turn on the Switch. With the constant updates it literally stays fresh all the time. Clam Blitz is a really fun mode and I keep checking my phone for when the next session is available.
Hadn't played this in forever, but since my nephew got a Switch for christmas I joined him in Splatoon 2 today, and daaaamn is this fun! It's kind of tragic that I'm still only level 12 in this, while being 50-something in Doom. Even more tragic that I got a five minute ban for getting kicked out of match just now, though.
Does anyone here still play Salmon Run? I've been playing it most evenings that it's been up, it's a lot of fun! I usually play with two friends, so we often have one slot open if anyone from here would like to hop in.