The most recent Nintendo Direct focused on the upcoming Splatoon 2, covered new aspects about the game’s multiplayer matchmaking and ranked modes, and even introduced new weapons and characters.
Nintendo previously revealed that online features including lobbies and voice chat will happen exclusively through their Nintendo Switch Online mobile app. During the Direct, the company announced that SplatNet 2 will launch within the app and allow players to view various in-game statistics, the current map rotation, and create private matches. SplatNet 2 will also allow players to post graffiti on maps, a feature in the original game thought to have been removed due to the loss of Miiverse — a pleasant surprise for series fans! Nintendo Switch Online will launch alongside Splatoon 2 on July 21.
League Battle was also introduced. This mode is designed for competitive players and allow teams of 4 to face-off in timed 2 hour playlist. At the end of the 2 hours players will be assigned a rank based on their performance.
Many new characters were also shown off during the presentation, most notably Pearl and Marina, who will fill in the role of fan favourites Callie and Marie. It was also revealed that Splatfests, one of the first game’s most popular modes, will be returning to Splatoon 2 with some modifications. In Splatoon 2, players will now be able to team up with their friends during the festivities. To celebrate, Nintendo announced that the first Splatfest will happen ahead of the game’s launch via a free demo on the eShop. The Splatoon 2: World Splatfest Premiere will take place on July 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT.
Nintendo also took the time to introduce a few new weapon types. Of note are the Brella, an umbrella-shaped weapon, and the Baller which is essentially a hamster ball that allows players to move up walls. Like the original, Splatoon 2 will feature a steady stream of content updates following the game’s launch that will add new weapons and stages free of charge.
Fans don’t have much longer to wait as Splatoon 2 launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch on July 21. In the meantime, check out the full Nintendo Direct below. Stay fresh!
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