Splatoon 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Splatoon 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Splatoon 3 is Real, but We'll Have to Wait Until 2022 https://www.gameskinny.com/brddh/splatoon-3-is-real-but-well-have-to-wait-until-2022 https://www.gameskinny.com/brddh/splatoon-3-is-real-but-well-have-to-wait-until-2022 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:48:49 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Splatoon 3 is in production, and it's coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022. Nintendo announced the third entry in the endless war between Inklings and Octolings during the February Nintendo Direct and unveiled a first look at it.

Splatoon 3 takes place in a brand-new area, the "sun-scorched Splatlands" and the city of Splatsville. Something terrible has happened, and the Inklings and Octolings make their way to Splatsville in the aftermath, looking for a new life — and plenty of new fights.

We don't know much about Splatoon 3 yet, but the trailer description says there will be new moves, new weapons, and much more.

There's also a detailed character creation screen at the start of the game, offering several skin, eye, and hair options plus a chance to customize the strange little creature that accompanies the protagonist Inkling.

Nintendo broke its long-standing rule of not revealing games more than a year away, but it promised more Splatoon 3 information over the coming year.

Switch New Year's Sale Sees Discounts on Big-Name Games https://www.gameskinny.com/e3kqr/switch-new-years-sale-sees-discounts-on-big-name-games https://www.gameskinny.com/e3kqr/switch-new-years-sale-sees-discounts-on-big-name-games Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:38:48 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The new year is already well under way, but Nintendo is still celebrating with a New Year's eShop sale. The Switch New Year's sale includes some first-party Nintendo games that rarely go on sale, such as Super Mario Maker 2 and Splatoon 2, along with some high profile third-party games like the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Megamix and Divinity: Original Sin 2.

Here's a sampling of what's on offer in the Switch New Year's Sale.

Nintendo New Year's Sale

Game Sales Price Original Price
  Super Mario Maker 2  $41.99  $59.99
  Yoshi's Crafted World  $41.99  $59.99
  Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker  $27.99  $39.99
  Splatoon 2  $41.99  $59.99
  Kirby Star Allies  $41.99  $59.99
  Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Megamix  $19.69  $39.99
  Divinity: Original Sin 2  $34.99  $49.99
  Katamari Damacy Reroll  $9.89  $29.99
  Okami HD  $9.99  $19.99
  Terraria  $14.99  $29.99
  Fuser  $39.59  $59.99
  Puyo Puyo Tetris 2  $29.99  $39.99
  Ori and the Will of the Wisps  $25.49  $29.99
  Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics  $27.99  $39.99
  Immortals Fenyx Rising  $39.99  $59.99
  Raji: An Ancient Epic  $18.74  $24.99
  Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2  $9.74  $14.99
  Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection  $19.79  $29.99


Nintendo has the full list of games on sale on the official Switch New Year's sale page. Stay tuned for more game news and deals.

Walmart Discounts First-Party Switch Titles https://www.gameskinny.com/23ktd/walmart-discounts-first-party-switch-titles https://www.gameskinny.com/23ktd/walmart-discounts-first-party-switch-titles Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:50:35 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Nintendo's first-party Switch titles and super-popular third-party titles hardly ever go on sale. So it's kind of a big deal when a Switch sale happens. One of those is going on right now at Walmart, and it's a big one.

A number of first- and popular third-party Switch games are getting discounted to $49.94 (basically a $10 discount), and we've rounded them all up below, including links to where you can snap em' up.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild doesn't really need much introduction. It's a radical re-imagining of the Zelda formula that plops Link into an open-world Hyrule and then lets you decide how you want to proceed from there.

In place of dungeons, you get 100+ Shrines with hyper-focused puzzles. In place of new gear, you get... stuff that breaks. Still, we called it "... a treat for Zelda fans and newcomers alike" in our review, and it's a must-have title for Switch owners.

Breath of the Wild sale

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There's probably not much we can say about Animal Crossing: New Horizons we haven't already said (we said it was excellent, in case you missed that) and you haven't already heard. It's a virtual island haven in the turbulent waters of real life, giving you complete control over your friends, house, and even the landscape itself.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sale

Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 builds on everything that made the original great, adding new modes, a much bigger player base, and even a single-player DLC campaign. That's why we called it yet another must-have title for Switch owners, saying "It's a fun, beautiful, and action-packed ride that will have any third-person shooter fan clam-oring for more."

Splatoon 2 sale

Pokemon: Let's GO Eevee/Pikachu

Before Pokemon Sword and Shield, there was another set of Pokemon games on Switch, the Let's Go remakes of the first-ever Pokemon games. It's back to basics, but still an excellent return to the series' roots with some familiar mechanics for Pokemon GO aficionados. 

Pokemon Let's GO Pikachu sale

Pokemon Let's GO Eevee sale

Octopath Traveler

Octopath Traveler was to Final Fantasy 6 what Bravely Default was to Final Fantasy 5. It's pure SNES-era RPG goodness, with eight distinct stories, a deep battle system built around interchangeable job classes, and it's the debut of glorious 2D-HD graphics we really want to see in future 2D titles.

Octopath might not be for everyone, with its lack of interconnecting stories and emphasis on combat over everything else. Still, as our associate editor Ashley Shankle said, "Octopath Traveler brings back classic JRPG gaming with style and class." It's technically not a first-party title like the others, but it's also basically never on sale.

Octopath Traveler sale

Super Mario Odyssey

Mario sets sail for kingdoms unknown in Super Mario Odyssey. Princess Peach was kidnapped once again, but Mario's journey takes him far outside the Mushroom Kingdom this time. In between seeing the sights and meeting new cultures, you'll search for hundreds of Power Moons hidden away behind puzzles both great and small. It's one of the most accessible and enjoyable 3D Mario adventures in ages.

Super Mario Odyssey sale

Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze

DKC: Tropical Freeze was one of the Wii U's best platformers, and it's even better on the Switch. That's because it introduces a new Funky mode (read: easy mode) that lets players of all skill levels join in the fun. When it first released on Switch, we described it as "a challenging game that rarely feels unfair, and it features the same wonderful level design and variety that's made the series so iconic."

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze sale

Luigi's Mansion 3

Bumps in the night might scare Luigi out of his senses, but the most frightening thing about Luigi's Mansion 3 is just how much fun it is (and everything you can do with toilets). Every floor of the haunted hotel is packed with ghoulish personality, puzzles galore, and so many collectibles, you'll be playing long into the dead of night with this one.

Luigi's Mansion 3 sale

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The "Ultimate" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is much more than just a naming convention. Almost everything and everyone is here, with well over 80 playable characters and tons of stages to create your... ultimate... fighting fantasy, which is why we called it a triumph in our review.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sale

Super Mario Party

Mario's hosted plenty of parties over the years, but Super Mario Party proves there's still life in this shindig. It's a return to form for classic Mario Party, with plenty of mini-game types and a free-for-all mode. There's so much to do, you'll (probably) overlook the lack of board variety and get caught up in the fun like we did.

Super Mario Party sale

Dragon Quest Builders 2

If you like the idea of Minecraft but need structure to keep from going off the rails, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the game for you. It takes everything good from the first DQ Builders and cranks it up to 50. The story is better, the NPCs and scenarios are hilarious, and there's just so much you can build and do both during and outside of the main story campaign. Don't take our word for it, though. See for yourself what some of the Builders community came up with.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 sale

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Like Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is pretty much the ultimate Mario Kart experience. With tons of playable courses and racers, plus plenty of kart customization and even Zelda and Animal Crossing crossovers, you'll be racing 'til the cows come home with this one. Or not, since they're probably in the middle of the race course.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sale

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

One of the best things about the Switch is getting a chance to play the Wii U's overlooked classics like New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. It's one of the biggest and most creative 2D Mario games in general and definitely the strongest of the New sub-series. Plus it's adaptable for all skill levels, so everyone can join in the fun.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe sale

Mario Tennis Aces

The Mario Tennis series found its footing again with Mario Tennis Aces and we called it the "best arcade sports experience on the Switch" thanks to its no-nonesense approach to tennis. While some aspects, like the story, could have used a bit more flesh on the bones, it's a great sports game overall.

Mario Tennis Aces sale

Pokken Tournament DX

Pokemon and Tekken are two very different franchises, except when they aren't. Pokken Tournament DX throws some of your favorite Pokemon together in heated arcade brawler action in a bizarre premise that has a satisfying payoff for newcomers to the genre and old hands alike.

Pokken Tournament DX sale

We don't know how long the Walmart Nintendo sale will last. If you're interested, it's best to check it out now sooner rather than later. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo Switch news and sales as they develop.

ELEAGUE and Nintendo Partnering Again for Mutli-Part eSports Showcase https://www.gameskinny.com/khro5/eleague-and-nintendo-partnering-again-for-mutli-part-esports-showcase https://www.gameskinny.com/khro5/eleague-and-nintendo-partnering-again-for-mutli-part-esports-showcase Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:32:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

ELEAGUE and Nintendo are teaming up again for an eSports initiative — but it's not the start of a proper Nintendo eSports program.

Instead, it's a three-part series showing off some of the top players and tense moments from the Big N's pre-E3 tournaments this past June.

It's officially titled ELEAGUE Presents The Nintendo 2019 World Championships and focuses on taking viewers behind the scenes. The series will show off the backstage areas and the various teams from around the world that took part in the summer's Super Mario Maker 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Splatoon 2 competitions.

The first episode is set to air August 25 (Sunday) at 1 p.m. EST on CBS, with the following two episodes airing at 2 p.m. EST on September 7 and 1:30 p.m. EST September 14, both also on CBS.

ELEAGUE is one of the more widely broadcast eSports brands, with games running the gamut from FIFA to Gears and Mortal Kombat. It's the brand's second partnership with Nintendo, following last year's Super Smash Bros Ultimate-centric broadcast, and it's safe to say Nintendo is sort of the black sheep in ELEAGUE's lineup.

That's because Nintendo has yet to create an official eSports league or recognize some of its most popular multiplayer games as candidates for a proper eSports competition.

Instead, it emphasizes special tournaments. These usually take the form of the yearly pre-E3 competitions or in-game competitions, like the Smash Ultimate online tournaments or recently departed Splatfests, as ways to focus on "fun" competition.

Still, the company is focused on bringing a variety of experiences to as wide an audience as possible, with broadening the Switch's install base a primary goal. With all that in mind, it's not entirely surprising Nintendo hasn't taken The eSports plunge yet, however much its fans might want it.

Splatoon 2 Getting Special Demo, Free Trial, and Digital Discount https://www.gameskinny.com/ipunt/splatoon-2-getting-special-demo-free-trial-and-digital-discount https://www.gameskinny.com/ipunt/splatoon-2-getting-special-demo-free-trial-and-digital-discount Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:32 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Splatoon was one of Nintendo's surprise new IPs in the Wii U days, with its sequel being one of the most anticipated Switch titles after the system was first announced. Now, having sold approximately 8 million copies since its launch in 2011, Splatoon 2 is placed alongside the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as one of the Switch's evergreen titles.

8 million is a large number, but there are plenty of people who haven't picked the game up or are curious but don't want to commit without further details. Nintendo knows that and is offering a special demo with a Nintendo Switch Online trial. The demo started today, March 19 at 10:00a.m. EST and runs until March 25 at the same time.

The demo gives you access to 4-on-4 Turf Battles, the game's primary mode; Salmon Run, a two-to-four player co-op mode; and League and Ranked Online Battles, higher levels of Turf War open to teams with higher ranking levels. Players with the demo can play with others who have downloaded the demo or those who own the full game.

As such, the demo requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Those who already have a membership can jump right in. If you've yet to purchase one, after downloading the demo, you're given the option to start a free 7-day trial membership.

Note that unless you cancel the membership at the end of the 7days, it automatically converts to a monthly renewal subscription.

If you like what you see during the demo, you can take advantage of a special 20% discount on the digital version of Splatoon 2 purchased through the Nintendo eShop.

Splatoon 2 received many content updates during its first year, including an expansive DLC campaign. It also has online competitions on a regular basis, and is often considered one of the best co-op games available. If you feel a little overwhelmed getting started, though, check out our Splatoon 2 guide coverage to help you rise through the ranks

Splatoon 2's November Splatfest Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/jqnqo/splatoon-2s-november-splatfest-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/jqnqo/splatoon-2s-november-splatfest-announced Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:33:16 -0500 William R. Parks

It has been a big week for Inklings the world over.

On Tuesday, Update 4.2.0 brought new weapons and a slew of gameplay changes to Nintendo's hit third-person shooter, Splatoon 2.

Now, with the announcement of November's Splatfest, fans will be asked to do battle to decide which is the better dip, salsa or guacamole.

The November Splatfest is set to begin at 11pm EST on Friday, November 16 and will last for 24 hours.

While this Splatfest is exclusive to North America, it comes hot on the heels of Japan's November Splatfest, where they are deciding between regular Pocky and thin Pocky.

Splatfests are monthly events where players engage in Turf War to debate hot-button issues like mayonnaise vs. ketchup and fork vs. spoon, and November's promises to be a divisive one.

For fans that may be on the fence and rather that their preferred Inkopolis News anchor decide for them, Pearl is pro-salsa while Marina has an affinity for guac.

Where do you stand? #TeamSalsa or #TeamGuacamole? Let us know why your answer is salsa in the comments below.

Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion Review: Hyperfresh https://www.gameskinny.com/6yqa1/splatoon-2-octo-expansion-review-hyperfresh https://www.gameskinny.com/6yqa1/splatoon-2-octo-expansion-review-hyperfresh Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:03:02 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

We get it. It's weird to give a $19.99 bit of single-player DLC for a multiplayer-focused game like Splatoon 2 a perfect review. Though the release of something like Octo Expansion seemed inevitable given the runaway success of Splatoon 2 (not to mention the Nintendo Switch as a whole), the game's single-player campaign wasn't ever its focus.

Framing an expansion around another campaign seems nonsensical. Why not focus on the multiplayer aspect and release a package with cosmetic items, maps, weapons, or more game modes? Who is this expansion even for?

Spoiler alert: if you liked Splatoon 2 even a little bit, it's for you.

Splatoon 2 Review

Flexing Your Mussels

The first thing you'll need to know when you enter the Deepsea Metro for the first time in Octo Expansion is that this game doesn't pull its punches. Splatoon 2 has been out for almost a year now, and this expansion is designed with that in mind. Whereas the single-player content in the base game helped you get to grips with the game's systems and weapons, Octo Expansion expects mastery from the start.

There isn't really a difficulty curve here past the first few levels. Clearing levels and unlocking more of the map allows you to challenge stages in any order you choose. One moment you might be breezing through a level that has you bouncing happily off of jump pads, and another moment you'll be smashing your head against the wall, unable to complete a particularly nefarious speedrun challenge.

Though all of Octo Expansion's stages offer a high and satisfying degree of challenge, most stages also allow the player to make things even harder for themselves by selecting a weapon that is particularly ill-suited for the level. Of course, overcoming this challenge gets the player a higher reward, even if it often seems like this reward should be higher than it actually is.

Pay to Play

Octo Expansion requires players use in-game currency to attempt a level. If you get stuck and have to restart too many times, you'll be forced to grind easier levels for more points.

While this seems like it could be insanely frustrating on the surface, in effect it adds some much-needed risk to challenging these stages. Will you risk your last 2000 points attempting a boss stage where the payout is almost double that amount, or will you proceed a different way through the map and try to find a safer route? Each decision carries more weight this way, and it makes things especially tense when a particular level only gives you one chance to make it through before you're forced to pay again to retry.

Even if you are forced to grind, there are plenty of stages that aren't as challenging, so there's little risk of actually hitting a progression wall. It's a new approach to difficulty in a game like this, and it's highly appreciated.


All this said, the real draw of Octo Expansion is in the way that it expands upon the original game's mechanics. Nintendo has always shown a flair for joyfully inverting and riffing on gameplay elements (see: Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, countless others) and that skill is in full effect here.

You'll travel from stages where you play billiards with a sniper rifle to stages that operate like tower defense games to speedrun stages to stages that can only be described as sculpting challenges.

All of this culminates in a finale that is equal parts Metal Gear Solid and Portal as your character makes their way up to Inkopolis Square. I won't spoil anything, but the final 45 minutes of this expansion were chock-full of jaw-dropping moments that came one after the other.

A Story 20,000 Leagues Deep

Fans of the original single-player campaign won't be surprised to hear that the writing and story in Octo Expansion are top-notch. Cap'n Cuttlefish returns from the original Splatoon, as does Agent 3, the player character in that game. Pearl and Marina both heavily figure into the story as well -- the player can learn about how they met, became close, and totally definitely ABSOLUTELY fell deeply in love with each other through chat logs that are unlocked as you progress through the levels.

The lore of Splatoon has always been a wonderful, winking blend of dark apocalyptic fiction with a bubblegum veneer, and Octo Expansion leans into this hard. 

Through the chat logs, Cap'n Cuttlefish will tell you about the horrors of the war he fought in, and in the next moment, tell you how totally-not-racist-against-octopi he is. Oh, and in case arguably racist war vets aren't real enough for you, the extinction of humanity plays a very large role in the game's story as well. It's wonderful, and it's tailored to folks who want to learn more about this crazy post-apocalyptic world that Nintendo has created.

100% Fresh

One of the nicest things about Octo Expansion is that it rewards completion in a way that the main game doesn't. Clearing the campaign unlocks the Octoling for play in multiplayer matches, sure, but there are also very attractive awards for 100% completion as well.

Clearing groups of stages unlocks customization items that can be used in multiplayer matches as well, and there's a very special bonus for 100% completion too. It's much less tedious than going back and replaying every single mission in the main campaign with every single weapon type, especially given how unique and inventive the Octo Expansion stages are.

The Verdict

By any metric, the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion is a massive success. The stages are fun and inventive, the story is engaging and full of fan service, the visual aesthetic is fresh, and there's so darn much of it.

Usually, at least when it comes to triple-A developers like Nintendo, a $20 add-on to an already-released game can feel sparse, or at the very least feel like an unnecessary add-on as was the case with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's expansions. 

Octo Expansion is neither, and in fact, I'd argue it's even better than the original game's single-player campaign. Through the 15-or-so hours it'll take you to complete the expansion 100%, you'll be led through a jungle gym full of rails to ride, targets to shoot, hazards to stunt over, and enemies to face down. And when you finally catch your breath after having reached the end, you won't be able to resist diving back in to see if you can finally complete that speedrun challenge with the carbon roller, damn it all.

Nintendo promised during E3 that they would continue updating Splatoon 2 at least until December, adding new stages and weapons. If Octo Expansion is any indication, it'd be a massive disappointment if Nintendo didn't have any plans to release another large paid expansion -- simply because this one was just so freaking great.

Have you checked out our review of Splatoon 2 yet? If you haven't, click here to see what we thought of the base game!

Squid Strategy: How to Use the Slosher Weapons in Splatoon 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/yg1ry/squid-strategy-how-to-use-the-slosher-weapons-in-splatoon-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/yg1ry/squid-strategy-how-to-use-the-slosher-weapons-in-splatoon-2 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:46:16 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

With all of the exciting changes and updates coming to Splatoon 2 this spring and summer, it's the perfect time to jump back into the game and hone your skills to a fine, razor-sharp point. With that in mind, we're launching Squid Strategy, a series of competitive Splatoon 2 guides tailor-made to keep you looking super fresh.

We're kicking off with that most frustrating, baffling, and unique class of weapons: the sloshers. In a hyper-futuristic and fashionable world full of ink shotguns, sniper rifles, and gatling guns, there are few feelings more satisfying than laying the splat on an entire team with nothing more than a cute lil' bucket. We'll begin our Splatoon 2 slosher guide with the vanilla slosher weapon and its deco-branded variant.

An inkling for the yellow team using a slosher

Slosher Guide

The slosher is an incredibly unique weapon in Splatoon 2, offering advantages and disadvantages that no other weapon has, so you'll really need to change your playstyle heavily when you pick this weapon.

Having said that, the slosher itself is most effective when you remember the basics of good Splatoon 2 play: Work as a team, don't get bunched up, and keep moving.

The best thing about the slosher in all of its iterations is that it deals the same amount of damage no matter how far away your opponent is from you. This makes it different from shooter weapons like the N-ZAP that decrease in damage the further the target is from you. And since the slosher is generally a pretty high-damage weapon, this means that as long as you're within range and hitting your mark, you'll be able to splat opponents in only two hits.

The downside of this is you are outranged by most other weapons in the game, save for rollers, brushes, and certain blasters and shooters made for short-range combat. This means that effective use of the slosher (no matter whether you're using the slosher deco, the vanilla slosher, or the tri-slosher) hinges on your spacing with your opponent. Keep your distance against opponents using close-range weapons, and flank opponents using squelchers and chargers. If all else fails, throw out your secondary weapon and retreat. Both suction bombs and sprinklers are pretty great for a tactical retreat.

Your priority when using a slosher should be attacking enemies camping from high ground using the arc of the weapon, or in protecting high ground that you yourself have secured. In tight maps with a lot of verticality, like Arowana Mall and Moray Towers, this strategy is incredibly effective given all of the flanking routes you can take. It's especially helpful to your team when your opponents have a charger-using inkling taking cover behind a wall. If you can close the distance safely and splash some ink over the wall, you'll either splat your target or at the very least force them out of hiding and into the waiting maw of the rest of your team. Even on wider maps like the Kelp Dome and Sturgeon Shipyard, the slosher can be incredibly dangerous in picking unaware foes off through the grates, either from below or from above. 

The slosher is a weapon that excels at pushing forward, but struggles in protecting objectives, simply because the splash doesn't have a wide arc. Being effective with the slosher in close quarters requires fine-tuned aim.

In terms of specific battle types, the slosher is most effective in tower control mode, given how much it excels as a weapon when you know that an enemy will be attacking you from below. If you're using the slosher, hop on the tower and trust your team to funnel enemies to you as you splat them one by one. And if somebody comes at you with tenta missiles or another attack that forces you to move, drop a sprinkler or a suction bomb to splat anybody unfortunate enough to think that you'd give up the objective that easily.

Though it's most effective in tower control mode, the slosher is a formidable weapon in any situation just as long as you're able to surprise opponents. Since it only takes two hits to finish an opposing inkling off, it's really hard for your enemies to react fast enough to retaliate if you're able to get the drop on 'em.

We recommend a build focusing on sub power-up abilities for the slosher so that you can compensate for a relative lack of range with the ability to hurl your sub weapons farther. 

In terms of specific weapon counters, the slosher is most effective against rollers, brellas, inkbrushes, chargers, and short-range shooters and blasters like the Luna Blaster and Sploosh-o-matic. 

Avoid direct contact with longer-range blasters, squelchers, and inklings wielding the Splattershot Pro, as their power over distance limits your options pretty severely.

An inkling preparing to use the Sloshing Machine in Splatoon 2

Sloshing Machine Guide

So you gave the slosher a shot, and it's not for you. You're having trouble aiming, and you're getting torn up by blasters and dualie squelchers. Well, may I interest you in the Sloshing Machine?

Even in the unique class of slosher weapons, the Sloshing Machine is an outlier. It fires a high-arcing, long-range glob of ink that follows a mortar-like trajectory and deals splash damage once it hits the ground (or an inkling). This means that it's kind of a mix between a slosher, a blaster, and a squelcher. 

The downside of all this is that the Sloshing Machine is not a weapon anybody would call versatile. 

Two direct hits with the Sloshing Machine's glob will be enough to splat an opponent, while four indirect hits will do the job as well. While the slosher likes to live on (or near) the front lines, Sloshing Machine users will want to hang back. The severe arc of the ink glob means that it is most comfortable in long-range situations (for example, splatting enemies atop the tower control tower from below, or using the arc to flush out a charger user at the top of the pillar in Blackbelly Skatepark). 

Using the Sloshing Machine to the best of its abilities will require more movement than using the normal slosher since you're pretty much hosed if anybody gets close. The arc of the weapon makes it pretty hard to aim at somebody getting up in your face, so always have an escape route, and don't hesitate to use an Autobomb to force your opponent to retreat for a second. 

Generally, you'll want to be using the Sloshing Machine to pick off opponents to allow your teammates to push forward.

We recommend gear with swim speed up abilities for Sloshing Machine users, as the ability will really help move quickly from one vantage point to the next.

The Sloshing Machine excels against blaster users, squelchers, mid-range shooters like the N-ZAP, and chargers. It's countered by rollers, other sloshers, and pretty much any other weapon that excels at close range. Just don't let anyone get close, though, and you should be okay.

A tri-slosher in Splatoon 2 set against a green backdrop

Tri-Slosher Guide

Does hanging back and picking off opponents like that sound boring? Yeah, I thought so. Allow me to introduce the Tri-Slosher. 

The Tri-Slosher is kind of like a shotgun version of the vanilla slosher, sacrificing range for a wider attack arc. This means that whereas other sloshers excel most in pushing forward with a team, Tri-Slosher users are much more comfortable protecting turf and letting opponents come to them, which gets really frustrating when the opposing team has secured the splat zones, forcing your team to go into attack mode.

Since the range of the Tri-Slosher is so short, you're going to want to spend the majority of your time with the weapon hiding, lying in wait for people to surprise, or if that seems too passive, flanking opponents who are going after other teammates. 

Like other sloshers, the Tri-Slosher will chew through opponents in two hits, meaning that aiming is a lot less important if you can get up into your enemy's face. At point-blank range, the only weapons that rival the Tri-Slosher are the Luna Blaster, rollers, and inkbrushes, but even in these scenarios, if you play smart and keep a bit of distance, the Tri-Alosher will still have an advantage, especially if you can get above your opponent. 

The really nice thing about the Tri-Slosher set is that the relative lack of range is offset greatly by the burst bomb subweapon. When you're up against a squelcher or blaster user, keep your distance and guide them into danger using your subweapon before flanking them (or leading them directly into a trap). 

In frantic situations, the Tri-Slosher is one of the scariest weapons in the game. It doesn't have a long startup like rollers do, it has a wider range than the Sploosh-o-matic, and it has a relatively fast fire speed, so don't be afraid to jump into the fray.

Speaking of jumping, we recommend a gear build with Drop Roller so that you can get into the action quickly and take super jump campers by surprise!

The Tri-Slosher excels against other slosher types, inkbrushes, most rollers, close-range blasters, and chargers. It's countered by Dynamo and Flingza rollers as well as mid-range blasters.

Thanks for reading the first installment of Squid Strategy! Let us know what you'd like us to focus on for the next installment down in the comments!

Nintendo Direct Roundup: Smash Bros. Switch, Splatoon 2 DLC, Mario Tennis Aces, and More https://www.gameskinny.com/0ysmo/nintendo-direct-roundup-smash-bros-switch-splatoon-2-dlc-mario-tennis-aces-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/0ysmo/nintendo-direct-roundup-smash-bros-switch-splatoon-2-dlc-mario-tennis-aces-and-more Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:51:19 -0500 Littoface

The March 8 Nintendo Direct had plenty of awesome Nintendo stuff to show off: New titles, release date announcements, and one big tease of a surprise. See the highlights below:

First, the big news -- SUPER SMASH BROS. ON SWITCH 

Release Date: TBA 2018

Sure, Nintendo didn't reveal a whole lot in terms of details surrounding the game, but we do know that it's coming sometime this year and will feature characters from the Splatoon series, as well as Smash staples such as Mario, Link, and more. 

Check out the trailer below: 

New Mario Tennis Aces Details Released

Release Date: June 22

Mario Tennis Aces features more than 15 playable characters, each with their own pros and cons, and up to 4-player multiplayer. New details were revealed about the split-second-decision-making you'll be doing as you wage a battle with the controller or the joycon.

Four main types of hits will be available in your arsenal: basic, topspin, slice, and lob. Here are some of the other modes and skills you'll get to use in Mario's upcoming new tennis title:

  • Zone Shot: Aim and shoot to pinpoint any spot using motion controls, then send the ball crashing into your enemy. This powerful shot will hurt the racket unless it is blocked, but blocking it takes skill and timing. This move uses up energy from your gauge.

  • Zone Speed: This skill slows the action down to help you nail that perfect block, or catch up to an errant ball. Using this move also costs energy.
  • Trick Shot: Boosts the energy gauge—if you can time it right.

  • Special Shot: This powerful move uses up a large chunk of energy, but for a huge payoff!

Your energy gauge fills up over time or as you use Trick Shots, allowing you to choose how you play. Will you go for points or a KO? Will you be on the offensive or the defensive? You choose the strategy.

Want to just play plain old tennis? The Simple Rules Mode allows only basic shots. Activate the Swing Mode to use the joycon like a tennis racket. Finally, Story Mode gives tennis a new twist with different objectives, target practice, and even boss battles.

The game will allow online play, and host tournaments where you can earn special outfits and even more playable characters.

Experience the game before it's out with a special online tournament, where players can play 1 vs 1 for free before launch. More details on this will be announced at a later date.

Octopath Traveler Reveals New Characters and Release Date

Release Date: July 13

With the release date confirmed, upcoming unique RPG Octopath Travelers has revealed two more characters from their roster:

  • Tressa the Merchant: Tressa's Path Action is "Purchase," which allows her to get special items from people she encounters on her travels.

  • Alfyn the Apothecary: Alfyn is on a mission to heal others. His Path Action is "Inquire," which worms out info that others won't have access to.

More info about the job system was also revealed: Characters begin with one base job but can equip additional jobs to expand strategic options.

A Special Edition of the game will be available for purchase on the day of release, which will include:

  • A Popup book with art and background for the 8 characters
  • A map
  • An OST
  • A replica coin based on the in-game currency

A free demo is now available.

Splatoon 2 Version 3.0 Update, Octo Expansion

The Ver 3.0 update for Splatoon 2 has been scheduled for release in late April. It will include:

  • 100+ new pieces of gear
  • More stages: Pirhana Pit, Camp Triggerfish, Wahoo World
  • Rank X: an extreme rank, higher than S+ (more details to be announced)
  • Callie will appear in Octocanyon after you fulfill certain conditions

A new video also showed off a brand new mode of play, in the upcoming new Octo Expansion!

The first paid DLC will sell for $19.99 and will feature a huge new single-player story mode featuring an octoling named Agent 8. Lost in an underground subway, Agent 8 must travel to the 8 underground lab facilities to regain her memories and return to the world above.

Expect new missions, stories, and lore that will shed new light on beloved characters. You only think you know everything...

Pre-purchase the DLC now to receive Octo headgear and clothes.

New Titles and Other News:

WarioWare Gold

Release Date: August 3

Everyone's favorite baddie returns with the biggest collection to date: over 300 microgames.

The trailer promises more new goodies as well as new looks on familiar characters.

Dillion's Dead-heat breakers

Release Date: May 24

Action meets tower defense as Dillon protects his home from… what, exactly?

Team up with Dillon using an animalized Mii character—and let your friends join the battle as gunners.

Check out the demo, available May 10.

Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Story

Release Date: 2019

Team up with Bowser from the inside, as you race to find a cure for a terrible new disease. The updated version includes a new chapter, which tells us Bowser Jr.'s side of things.

Detective Pikachu

Release Date: March 23

You've never seen Pikachu like this before. Pre-purchase the game starting today to see the gruff side of the loveable mascot.

A new amiibo is also in the works featuring the detective, with the option to snag an extra-large, 5.3 cm amiibo.

Luigi's Mansion

Release Date: TBA 2018

Experience Luigi's haunting tale of ghosts and vacuum cleaners, remade especially for the Nintendo 3DS. See the mansion map on the bottom screen, or take on a challenge with the new Boss Rush mode.

Nintendo Switch News

Kirby Star Allies

Release Date: March 16

Join the fight and create your own dream-team of kirby fighters, even teaming up with former enemies like MetaKnight and King Deedeedee.

More playable characters will become available over time, through free DLCs. The first free update is scheduled to hit the store on March 28, and will bring the following characters from past Kirby games: Rick, Kine, Coo, Marx, and Gooey.

Free demo is available now.

Okami HD

Release Date: Summer 2018

Use the touchscreen or the joycon to draw brush strokes in this HD remake of the beautiful game Okami.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Release Date: June 8

Eat sushi to line them up and attack the opposition in this fun-looking game. Join others online in multiplayer mode or fight the great sushi monopoly yourself.

The game will be available on June 8th for both the Switch and the 3DS.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Release Date: 2018

Action, racing, and puzzling come together as Travis enters his games and plays through seven different game titles, from the inside. Strike down bugs using combination moves in adventure mode, which tells a new story, or coop multiplayer mode with friends.

Dark Souls: Remastered

Release Date: May 25

Praise the sun! The new Solaire of Astoria amiibo will be available on the remastered game's launch, which will give players access to the praise the sun gesture in-game.

Try out the game before launch during a pre-release network test. More details coming soon!

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Release Date: July 13

Guide Captain Toad through this boxy puzzler as he searches for treasures to uncover. Rotate the world or recruit a friend to provide cover fire. The game will feature some Super Mario Oddyssey levels in this new style!

A Nintendo 3DS version is planned.


Release Date… Eventually.

The teaser didn't give away much except confirm that the indie darling is coming to the Switch. Look out for it!

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Release Date: July 10

The new bundle will include all three Crash games with fully upgraded animations, cinematics, and environments. Includes the remaster of Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

Release Date: May 18

Adventure through the creepy world of this indie puzzle platformer, revealing two tales in one game. The Complete Edition includes all past downloadable content, as well as an unlockable Paku Mask using the Pacman amiibo.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Release Date: April 24

Nintendo and South Park? Yes, really. The South Park game is coming to the Switch this Spring, as well as the DLC, which can be purchased separately or in a season pack. The 1st and 2nd DLC will be available on launch, with the 3rd (which reveals a new story) slated to be released later.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Release Date: May 18

The release date has been confirmed, though no new details were given.


Think you're the best ARMS fighter? Put yourself to the test by joining the US and Canada online open! Prelims will take place March 8-18, during which eight players will be chosen to move on to the finals. Finals will stream on the Nintendo website on March 31. All finalists will receive custom art from the development team.

March 31 also marks a 3-day Testpunch, which welcomes new players to experience ARMS free for three days.

Keep an eye out for the dev team at GDC!


And that's it! Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch as it develops, as well as news on all the other games coming to Nintendo's newest console this year. 

5 Games That Don't Need Battle Royale Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/30saz/5-games-that-dont-need-battle-royale-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/30saz/5-games-that-dont-need-battle-royale-mode Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:17:59 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

When Epic Games pivoted with Fortnite to start a battle royale mode, nobody expected it to catch up to PUBG as quickly as it did. The success of both of these games has turned a lot of heads, and many people are trying to jump on the battle royale hype train before it's too late. That doesn't mean, however, that every game should have a battle royale mode. In fact, here are five games that definitely do not.

Red Dead Redemption 2

When Rockstar announced Red Dead Redemption 2, fans were stoked for it to come out. When there were leaks that mentioned a possible battle royale mode coming to the game ... there was some excitement, and speculation about possibly jumping out of a hot air balloon sounded cool ... but the overall consensus consisted of quiet murmurs that didn’t like the idea. People don't want Red Dead Redemption to become another battle royale clone; they already have that in PUBG and Fortnite. Fans want more of the badass Western they played in the original title. This game has been years in the making, and a pivot to include a half-baked battle royale is just asking for trouble.

Check out our RDR 2 pre-order guide, as well as why one writer thinks this Old West RPG is primed to deliver

Grand Theft Auto V

Part of the reason people don't want Red Dead Redemption 2 to have a battle royale mode is because Rockstar already put it in GTA V. The game type in is underwhelming at best and does not fit within the online platform that is GTA V. If Rockstar really wants to make a BR game, then they should give fans a new IP they've been waiting for rather than cram it into an existing one.

Call of Duty: WWII

If any first-person shooter would consider battle royale, Call of Duty would. The thing is, Call of Duty doesn't need a battle royale game type. They do such a good job pumping out multiplayer maps and zombie modes that fit the fast-paced action Call of Duty games are known for. Battle royale games are much slower, and one reason the CoD crowd likes Call of Duty is because of the way the gameplay feels. Simply put, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" 

We've already seen this happen once, when Infinite Warfare tried to have people jumping around in space like maniacs. That was not the game people wanted to play, and so it did poorly. When Activision brought Call of Duty back to WWII, it was a major success! CoD has a winning formula, and there's no reason to mess with it.

Splatoon 2

This one may feel like it comes out of left field, but again, all the major developers and publishers have surely looked at battle royale, and that includes Nintendo. Splatoon 2 feels likes the obvious choice, but, like Call of Duty, the game doesn't need it. 

Splatoon is unique because the mechanics it features don't really exist in other shooters. You're not fighting to get the most eliminations in a match; you're trying to cover the map with as much ink as possible. That, along with using ink to hide and travel, doesn't feel like it would translate well into a BR mode. Splatoon already has its unique niche and can be perfectly successful the way it is.

Destiny 2

We round out our list with Destiny 2. This game has tried to change its formula several times, and consequently, it has gotten backlash for it several times. People like the raid and loot system that exists in Destiny, and that's why they play. If Bungie tried to introduce a BR system into Destiny, it would further show they're not really sure where they want to go with this game. Again, they should stick to what they have had success with already, because very little is more rewarding than taking down a big boss with your friends, especially with the satisfying gun mechanics of Destiny.


That does it for this list of games that don't need battle royale. Are there any other games that probably shouldn't go near the genre? Maybe you disagree with us, and if so, we'd love to hear why in the comments below!

8 Games We Want to Experience in Augmented Reality (AR) https://www.gameskinny.com/5tthu/8-games-we-want-to-experience-in-augmented-reality-ar https://www.gameskinny.com/5tthu/8-games-we-want-to-experience-in-augmented-reality-ar Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:46:41 -0400 Highties


As you can tell, AR is still in an experimental state. Despite that, there's a lot of games and genres that would work well in AR that have never been explored before. Hopefully, with time and resources, developers will want to take a serious look into AR so that it will grow from being a niche product we dream about to being a real augmented reality.


What did you think of this list? Were these titles you had in mind, or did you never think about them as AR games? What games would you like to see get the AR treatment? Leave a comment on what you would like to see in AR.

Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix is no stranger to having unique experiences, just look at Kingdom Hearts and its multiple spin-off titles. It has also ventured into the mobile market several times. 



Being able to walk in the shoes of the series' Keyblade wielders would be an experience unlike any other. In the world of Kingdom Hearts, you battle the heartless and nobodies on countless Disney worlds. In this AR experience, you would visit each location through portals in the real world, on a journey to stop the heartless from taking over.


With Disney's money and Square's penchant for cutting-edge graphics, it would shine with creative, surreal worlds while showing how massive AR could really be. 

Splatoon 2

Nintendo already has one of the most popular AR experiences out there with Pokemon Go, so it would make sense if they took a second venture into AR. They have a wide selection of IPs to pick from, but the one I thought would work pretty well, and is more relevant because of its recent popularity boost on the Nintendo Switch, would be Splatoon 2. This is a franchise that grew despite the weak sales of the Wii U, gathering a fanbase that keeps growing to this date.


With Splatoon 2 the core goal is to cover the entire map in ink. Now imagine if that were in real life. With this AR experience, you would be able to completely paint the whole floor with ink without actually needing all that ink, and without Bendy haunting your nightmares for weeks. It would also offer a fun competitive multiplayer. This would have a local multiplayer experience that could be played anywhere, making it a massive hit. Because of the variety of weapons and play styles, it could change the way you play depending on the environment in which you start up the match.   

Bendy and the Ink Machine

Despite the seemingly natural fit, horror is one genre that is sorely lacking when it comes to AR. Sure there are games like Fatal Frame that had an AR aspect and ARZombies, which offers a Nazi Zombie type mode. But those are more action-focused, without the horror aspect that consumers desire.


While Bendy and the Ink Machine heavily relies upon environmental horror, the creatures in it would still work outside of the game. In the game, they follow you around without you noticing, which would work well to scare you as you walk around the house at night or out on a stroll. This would offer a haunting experience as you go through the day wondering where Bendy and the rest of the Ink Machine cast are hiding in the most unexpected areas waiting to spook you.

Angry Birds 

Angry Birds. Just in case you've been living under a rock for the better part of the last decade, Angry Birds is a mobile physics puzzler where you catapult birds, presumably angry ones, into pigs' hastily (i.e., poorly) built homes. Having grown far past a mere mobile game since its release, being the subject of hundreds of merchandising deals, and even getting its own theatrical release, it has evolved to become something much bigger than intended.


Much like the XCOM concept, Angry Birds AR would utilize custom maps created from your own surroundings. Imagine creating an Angry Birds map in the park. It'd not only be massive, but it'd also potentially be rife with interesting obstacles. In addition, you could use a smaller area like a kitchen table for a less cluttered environment that would offer an easier time.


Digimon is another franchise that kids fell in love with during the early aughts, albeit, not to the same extent as Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! Nonetheless, it still has a massive fan base that would love to see these critters in the real world.


Digimon is similar to Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! due to its similar creature battles. However, since Digimon relies more on the stats and training than the player interactions, it should still have a unique feel all its own.


It could be similar to Pokemon Go, where you go out finding Digimon in the real world and catching them or interacting with them. It would also fit in narratively since the Digimon are digital monsters that can potentially interact with or visit our world. It could also be similar to Yu-Gi-Oh!, where you start off with Digimon and you earn more by buying Digimon online or battling other people.


At first, I thought XCOM 2 couldn't work with AR thanks to its rigid strategic combat. It wasn't until I watched Directive Games' prototype, The Machines AR, that I was convinced of what AR could do.



XCOM 2 would be able to work as a miniature battlefield that could be taken on any surface becoming a warzone between humans and aliens. This would bring out the tactician inside all of us while providing a fun and creative look at this universe. While this wouldn't be a perfect solution -- I don't think you could merely port XCOM 2 into an AR game -- there would definitely be potential for the series in this space.


On the more playful end of the spectrum, Tiny Metal could also be a nice alternative thanks to its cartoonish, toy soldier appeal. This would work if you keep the cartoon style the game has and advertise it as a kids' miniature battlefield. Mimicking an experience many have gone through growing up, playing with miniature army men having a massive battle -- but this time, it would be through the power of AR. 


Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! had kids fighting over the best trading card game throughout the early aughts. And while Pokemon is undoubtedly the powerhouse -- in fact, it was perhaps the most successful AR game to ever exist in the form of Pokemon Go -- Yu-Gi-Oh! is no slouch and has proved it has staying power after a decade of prominence in the TCG and animated spin-off scene.


Interestingly, Yu-Gi-Oh! always seemed to be a more natural fit for AR since it was actually how the game's TV show adaption portrayed its beasts coming to life. Wherein they would have full on battle arenas that two duelists would compete on with a deck of cards rounded out with cards that would come to life thanks to holograms. But is AR really all that different?


Sadly, Konami has not done anything involving AR. They have brought games to the mobile market, and even boast a popular Yu-Gi-Oh! title in Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links, but they've ignored the possibility of a full-on Yu-Gi-Oh! experience. There is hope that one day this franchise will get an AR title, though. While it might be unofficial, some people have already started working on an AR Yu-Gi-Oh! title, like MicrowaveSam.



Oftentimes, games are a form of escapism, and as such, I think we have all wanted to "become part of the game" at one point or another, if only to truly see the characters and worlds that we've experienced. Sadly that is not an option yet -- or maybe it is a good thing we can't actually join the war front. Either way, that hasn't stopped the industry from coming up with ways to bring their games to our world thanks to augmented reality. 


As of now, augmented reality is becoming more popular with uses in education, computer software, and, obviously, video games. While it's currently in its infancy, it definitely has the potential to develop into a serious gaming platform. With an eye to the future, and armed with the knowledge that game publishers love to repackage old games with shiny, new bows, let's look at some existing franchises that would make for good AR games.

Nintendo Switch Co-Op Family Games of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/3yub7/nintendo-switch-co-op-family-games-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/3yub7/nintendo-switch-co-op-family-games-of-2017 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:25:09 -0500 Lauren Harris

We all know everyone enjoys family gaming and playing with friends. The Nintendo Switch has brought players an all-new experience in family-friendly fun, and here are five titles that offer many co-op features to bring us closer together. 


This face-to-face party game lets players look at themselves instead of the screen; it’s almost like you're not playing the game. 1-2-Switch offers mini-games such as Wild West Dueling and even cow milking competitions. The Joy-Con controls make it easy for anyone to play. 

Purchase 1-2-Switch from Amazon for $49.88.


ARMS is a family-friendly fighting game that allows players to use a variety of extending arms to defeat one another. With a variety of characters, arms, and game modes, players use button controls or flick their fists to throw punches in one-on-one or two-on-two battles. 

Pick up this family brawler now from Amazon for $57.44.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The definitive version of the previously released Wii U game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lets you race friends anywhere. It features a revised battle mode with both new courses and previous favorites to enjoy. The game also includes every race track from the Wii U version in addition to previously released DLC. New features include Smart Steering (helpful for younger players or those new to Mario Kart), new characters and vehicles to choose from, and the ability to carry two items at the same time.

Be sure to pick up this addictive racing experience on Amazon for $58.99.


Snipperclips - Cut It Out, Together!

An action-puzzle game that requires players to cut their paper pals into just the right shapes, Snipperclips - Cut It Out, Together! lets you interact with objects to solve a series of puzzles and challenges. Blitz mode allows up to four players to compete with one another, or work in teams of up to four players in Party mode to solve difficult puzzles together.

Pick up this creative, fun, and entertaining game on Amazon for $19.99. 

Splatoon 2

The town of Inkopolis has changed over the past two years, and the Inklings return with Splatoon 2, bringing players battles on the go with the Nintendo Switch system. In this version, players can team up online in the new four-player co-op mode Salmon Run to take out enemies together. With new weapons and fashions being added regularly, players are able to customize their Inkling's style while teaming up with friends to ink up the town.

Purchase Splatoon 2 on Amazon for $56.99.

That's it for the list of fun, family-friendly co-op games available now for the Nintendo Switch. These are bound to bring families everywhere closer together. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

Exclusive Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Bundle Coming to Walmart in September https://www.gameskinny.com/qztnz/exclusive-nintendo-switch-splatoon-2-bundle-coming-to-walmart-in-september https://www.gameskinny.com/qztnz/exclusive-nintendo-switch-splatoon-2-bundle-coming-to-walmart-in-september Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:41:35 -0400 Selandrile

When it comes to color, black and grey are often all someone needs. After all, they make for quite a sleek and modern aesthetic -- especially on electronic devices. For others, however, a splash of color delights the eyes and enhances the visual experience. This latter group is in for a treat, as Nintendo is finally bringing its neon green and pink Switch Splatoon 2 bundle to North America beginning September 8.

Priced at $380, this snazzy catch will include the Switch, a carrying case, one download code for Splatoon 2, cables and accessories, and of course those flashy controllers. Already released in Japan and Europe, Canadian and American consumers will soon be able to purchase this without having to import it. The bundle can't be found just anywhere, though: Nintendo is releasing these exclusively through Walmart.

Credit: Nintendo

Splatoon 2, this year's sequel to the enormously popular 2015 original, is included in the bundle. With a current Metascore of 83, it's safe to say that both kids and squids will find fun to be had.

With the Switch's enormous demand and relative lack of supply, it's a safe bet that these won't stay on shelves very long. Walmart currently has a listing that allows you to pre-order the bundle. So if you want to pick it up for yourself, you should probably do it sooner rather than later. 

Splat Brella Coming to Splatoon 2's Multiplayer https://www.gameskinny.com/qoyg2/splat-brella-coming-to-splatoon-2s-multiplayer https://www.gameskinny.com/qoyg2/splat-brella-coming-to-splatoon-2s-multiplayer Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:46:02 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Nintendo has announced via their UK Twitter account that the Splat Brella, a weapon that was previously exclusive to Splatoon 2's single-player campaign, is making its way to the multiplayer component of the game August 12. The weapon comes with the Sprinkler as its sub and the Ink Storm as its Special.

The Splat Brella is unique in that it is primarily a defensive weapon that allows players to shield themselves from the front when the weapon is open. If kept open, the Splat Brella will launch ahead of the player, inking a path and giving the player cover as they move in to clash with the opposition at close range. New weapons tend to be popular items in Splatoon 2, so expect to see nothing but umbrellas gliding across the maps for a while as players try the Splat Brella for themselves. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Splatoon 2 news and information as it develops. 

Splatoon 2 Guide: Basic Tips for Salmon Run Success https://www.gameskinny.com/o6bvu/splatoon-2-guide-basic-tips-for-salmon-run-success https://www.gameskinny.com/o6bvu/splatoon-2-guide-basic-tips-for-salmon-run-success Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:29:45 -0400 David Fisher

The biggest new feature to Splatoon 2 is the new Salmon Run mode. In it, players are put into a team of four inklings whose goal is to collect Salmon Eggs, with the ultimate goal being the collection of Golden Eggs.

In this guide, we'll take a look at just what it takes to win, and how to collect your rewards!

Starting the Run

Your Salmon Run experience starts at none other than gaining employment at Grizzco Industries. This store can be found at the back of Inkopolis Square on the left, just behind where Marie and the single player campaign are found. Once you enter, you will be asked by the company's owner, Mr. Grizz, to complete several training exercises to help you understand how to fight Salmonids.

General Tips

A successful Salmon Run round is highly dependant on coordination. Even without voice chat, you can do many things to help make things smoother:

  • Use the "Over Here" beacon by pressing up on the directional pad to ping your teammates. Using this to alert players of which direction the Salmonids are coming from will make taking down Boss Salmonid much easier.
  • The "Booyah" beacon (down) can be very useful to alert your allies of where Golden Eggs are.
  • "Help!" is an option only after you have been splatted by a Salmonid (or if you were silly enough to try swimming). Use this to alert allies to your location while slowly making your way to them using the life preserver. Remember: your allies don't know where you are until you tell them!
  • Whenever Mr. Grizz mentions the Shoreline, that means the tide has gone out, and the basket has been moved to the revealed area. The basket will be moved at this time to the low-ground, so don't run back to where it used to be once you have a golden egg!
  • Fog will obscure your viewing distance dramatically. To compensate for this, make use of your beacons to ensure players know where the Salmonid are, and where teammates are as well.
  • When a wave ends, take a few moments to make sure the tide isn't rising. If you get splatted by falling (or drowning) in the water during a wave countdown, that can severely impact your team's performance during that same wave.
  • Keep tabs on your teammates at all times. If you don't know where they are at all, chances are that unless you are fighting the boss Salmonids, you are in the wrong area. In the case that you are in the right place, use the "Over here!" marker to call your teammates over. Spam it if you must.
  • Learn the Map! While this may seem obvious, learning the shortcuts littered throughout the map can make or break a run. This is especially true in harder difficulties where precious seconds can mean the difference between having just enough eggs or coming short.

Special Bosses

Beyond the seven Boss Salmonid you are taught to fight, there are three special Boss Salmonid that are only seen at higher difficulties. These are the Goldie, Griller, and Mothership Salmonid. While Goldies only show up at night and can be easily defeated by shooting them, the other two can prove themselves to be tough to handle.


Grillers get their name from the fact that they look like... grills. Griller Salmonid are always followed by Smallfry swarms, and the Griller will always follow a single inkling until they are splatted. Grillers are fully armored, and as a result it can be tough to take them down.

To destroy a Griller, your team will have to hit the exposed tail to stun it. Three other tails will appear while it is stunned, and will need to be destroyed in order to take down the Griller. Shooting at the iron body will do no damage whatsoever, so aim your shots carefully. Any inkling caught in its ink will be splatted on the spot, making these swift moving enemies extremely dangerous, so be careful!


Found at the highest difficulties, the Mothership is a force to be reckoned with. Not only will it drop crates of Salmonid down on you, but it can also come down to the Egg Basket to steal the eggs you have gathered!

The only way to handle a mothership is to take out the crates before they land, and to attack the mothership whenever it starts sucking on the egg basket. The "Raspy Voice" will always alert you when this is happening, so be on guard as it will take all four of you to drive it away in time.

Whenever a Mothership appears, the main source of Golden Eggs are the Chinooks that drop the crates. Take these out to get the Golden Eggs, and get closer to your reward.

Claiming Your Bonus

Once you have earned enough points, head just outside of Grizzco Industries to find this little window. Here you can ask for your bonus once you have earned them. You can only store 8 at a time, so be sure to claim them before you continue doing Salmon Runs or you will lose them permanently! Also, keep in mind that this is the main source of Meal Tickets

Earn that Bonus!

That's all you need to know about Splatoon 2's Salmon Run mode. As Mr. Grizz would say "the rest will be learned at sea!" So strap on your chum aprons, and get to work!

Be sure to check out the rest of our Splatoon 2 guides to get even more tips and tricks for your next match.

Error 2811-7503 Caused By Extreme Traffic While Players Try to Buy Splatoon 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/zqxeh/error-2811-7503-caused-by-extreme-traffic-while-players-try-to-buy-splatoon-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/zqxeh/error-2811-7503-caused-by-extreme-traffic-while-players-try-to-buy-splatoon-2 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:41:45 -0400 eleccross

Thursday night, at midnight, Switch owners flocked to the eShop in order to buy Splatoon 2 as quickly as possible. Unfortunately this was too much for Nintendo's serves to handle, and most fans were unable to access the eShop for a while after the midnight release.

When players were kicked from the eShop, they were given the error code 2811-7503, which according to Nintendo official support means you're unable to access online features due to failure to connect to the service.

This is not exactly something players can fix, as it's a server side issue.

Many players were met with an issue where their credit/debit account got a pending transaction, but Splatoon 2 remained unpurchased by their account as they were kicked before confirming the purchase. This is because Nintendo preemptively charges you with a pending transaction after you confirm your card information, before you confirm the purchase. However, it will not actually charge you unless the purchase is completed -- and according to Nintendo's support site, the pending transaction should go away within the next 1-3 days.

It's understandable that it would be taking a long time purge all the pending transactions, considering just how many people tried and failed to buy Splatoon 2 last night. If after three days the pending transaction is still there I would recommend calling Nintendo's support line (1 (800) 255-3700).

As for error 2811-7503, there doesn't seem to be a problem with accessing the eShop or any network features anymore, so we can assume it's all fixed on Nintendo's end. So if you're looking to buy Splatoon 2, you're all clear.

Splatoon 2 Guide - Where to Find Meal Tickets https://www.gameskinny.com/15pj2/splatoon-2-guide-where-to-find-meal-tickets https://www.gameskinny.com/15pj2/splatoon-2-guide-where-to-find-meal-tickets Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:29:46 -0400 David Fisher

Fresh inklings in Splatoon 2 are sure to have spotted Crusty Sean's Food Truck sitting at the front of Inkopolis Square. These tasty treats will give you bonuses such as special abilities, money earning bonuses, or experience bonuses.

Unfortunately, Sean doesn't deal in standard coinage. Instead, you need Meal Tickets to get any of his delicious wares, and this has left some players stumped. How do you get them? This guide will help you out.

How to Get Meal Tickets in Splatoon 2

While you can get some tickets through the single player Hero Mode, your main source of funds for fish food is going to be through the Salmon Run mode. Salmon Run is the multiplayer co-op mode found near the back of Inkopolis Square, on the left. By completing Salmon Run games you can unlock Bonus Orbs that will give you various rewards for your hard work. The more eggs you collect, the faster you'll get Bonus Orbs -- and the faster you get to eat!

Once you have some Bonus Orbs, bring them to the window on the left of the Salmon Run door. There you can ask... someone... for a bonus. You can only collect up to 8 at a time, so be sure to ask for your bonuses before continuing your work for Grizzco Industries.

Each Bonus Orb will grant you different prizes based on the rarity of the orb, with Meal Tickets being the most common.

After you get your tickets, head over to Crusty Sean's. Depending on your ticket, you can get double experience or money in online multiplayer matches. If you didn't get a ticket for either of these, just hit X to access the drink menu. There you can get experience bonuses for gear that also increase the chances to gain the ability on the ticket.

Stay Fresh!

Working for Grizzco is grisly work, but the rewards are well worth it if you put the time in. Remember, food tickets may help you level up faster, but it's by no means mandatory in order to enjoy the game. Think of it as more of a special bonus for enjoying the Salmon Run mode, and not a means to an end -- or you will find yourself quickly frustrated.

Enjoy yourselves in both Salmon Run and Splatoon 2. Just remember: don't get cooked, stay off the hook -- or in this case, out of Salmonid mouths! 

For more tips and tricks to get ahead of the competition in this splat-tastic game, check out the rest of our Splatoon 2 guides:

Splatoon 2 Review https://www.gameskinny.com/oi24s/splatoon-2-review https://www.gameskinny.com/oi24s/splatoon-2-review Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:26:38 -0400 David Fisher

While the Wii U had a decent lineup that included plenty of great titles, many of its games did not get to meet a wide audience due to poor console sales. As such, a number of those titles have been getting remasters, ports, or sequels on the Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2 is one of these latter games, and hopes to capture fans of the original as well as new players with its updated graphics, enhanced gameplay, and expanded modes.

But does this new title have what it takes to be a fresh squid kid, or will it reek of month-old calamari? Dive into our review find out!

The Plot

Meet Pearl and Marina, your new hosts in Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 takes place two years after the Octarians were defeated in the original Splatoon. At the very start of the game, you'll be greeted by the two new hosts of SquidTV -- Pearl and Marina -- who will reveal that the Great Zapfish has disappeared once more. Not only that, but Squid Sister Callie has gone missing as well.

Should the player choose, they can enter a manhole on the left side of Inkopolis Square to enlist in Marie's New Squidbeak Splatoon to help find the Great Zapfish by battling the Octarians once more.

Marie's attitude and references to the first game are abound in Hero Mode

Splatoon 2's story mode is a little more dynamic than the previous title, as Marie's narration is filled with much more personality than Cap'n Cuttlefish. Other than that, most of the story is told through gameplay and brief conversations that ultimately lead to a battle with the final boss.

While the story mode has no real effect on the game as a whole, it's a fun little diversion that can unlock rewards for the main game. Most of these are cosmetic -- other than the tickets that can be used to buy food at Crusty Sean's food truck to get experience and cash bonuses.

The Gameplay

Single Player

Splatoon 2's single player Hero Mode is more of the same to an extent, but it vastly improves upon the formula from the first game. Whereas players would be given a single mechanic to understand per-stage in the first game, Splatoon 2 very quickly incorporates various obstacles from the earlier stages into the next ones. This makes for a steeper difficulty curve than the original, and helps keep things feeling new as you progress along the campaign.

As you travel along the various stages you will meet various Octoling types, each with their own style of combat. The AI hasn't improved by very much, but the developers seem to have compensated for that by increasing the number of enemies in an area at any given time. Not that the AI enemies needed to be particularly effective either, as the Hero Mode acts more as a type of training room for new players so that they can adjust to gameplay more than it does as a serious campaign.

That said, Hero Mode is much tougher this time around from the get-go than it was in the original Splatoon title, so don't get too comfortable too quickly. This is especially true of boss enemies, as they are much more aggressive -- and effective -- than they were before.


Multiplayer in Splatoon 2 is as fun as ever. With new weapons, strategies, and more, the game has truly evolved as gameplay is much more dynamic than in the Wii U title.

Thanks to many of the weapons changes, the game has a much higher skill ceiling than before, but without sacrificing the ease of access for newcomers. Rollers are more than just a means of covering the map as they are now more aggressive, chargers are exponentially more effective at taking out enemies as intended, and other weapons just work better for their intended uses than they did before. Furthermore, new weapons such as the Splat Dualies also fill the voids for absent weapon classes by allowing for agile, offensive, and high-skill gameplay.

Ranked modes have also been rebalanced to ensure players aren't being carried to the top by being good at a single ranked battle type. Also, the individual battle types have been reworked to ensure that teams can make easier comebacks, as objectives no longer feel like game-breaking issues if you don't get to them first.

Add onto this the fact that free updates will be delivered in a similar fashion to the Wii U game, and this game is guaranteed to stay fresh for at least 2 years.

Many of the special weapons found in the original Splatoon are gone now, but they have for the most part been replaced, adapted, or separated into the many new special weapons found in Splatoon 2. Overall, they feel much more skill-oriented than they did in the first game, and none feel remarkably overpowered. Instead, they feel more like a reward for doing well, but not so much so that you feel frustrated when the enemy gets one.

Salmon RunSplatoon 2's co-op mode, is another fun feature that all players have to play to truly understand how great it is. Whether it is played locally, with friends online, or even just with complete strangers online, Salmon Run offers a challenging - and sometimes brutal - side game that will have players scrambling to collect salmon eggs while simultaneously avoiding getting wiped out.

Playing Salmon Run will also help players get special gear that cannot be unlocked by traditional means, so it pays to give it a shot.

Local has been greatly improved over what was found in Splatoon on the Wii U. Now, players can enter local lobbies with their friends via the Switch's wireless capabilities to play private battles or host Salmon Run games. This is a blessing from the sky compared to the weak local multiplayer found on the Wii U, and should preserve this game well beyond the inevitable server shutdown many years from now.

While Splatnet 2 is a great feature, I feel it important to mention that the voice chat portion of the Nintendo Switch Online app is a disaster at the time of writing. This serves as the only weakness I would really pin on Splatoon 2 -- as the flimsy means of teaming up or speaking with teammates really pulls away from the overall experience of online play. Voice chat is only available in Private Battle, League, or Ranked Battle modes with friends. Meanwhile, standard online Turf War multiplayer rooms still don't have a party system, and hurts the experience.

To add onto the mess, the Online App needs to have your phone dedicated to the app, and to stay on (not even in sleep mode) to make sure friends can still hear you. It honestly feels as though the developers of the mobile app ran out of time or simply have no idea how to create a phone app.

If I was forced to say something good about the voice chat portion... at least the voice quality is good? While it is certainly an upgrade to the radio silence that we had in the first Splatoon, it isn't exactly effective as-is. 

To put it plainly: until Nintendo reworks its Nintendo Switch Online app so that lobbies can be made outside of the game itself, it might as well have never existed in the first place.

The Presentation

Splatoon 2 is every bit as beautiful and lively as its predecessor, and then some. Running at a steady 60 FPS at adaptive 1080p during gameplay -- and 30 FPS while in Inkopolis Square -- you quickly learn to appreciate the smooth framerate during hectic Turf Wars.

Models and textures have been greatly improved. And while it might not be noticeable in the images provided, animations have been made much more fluid than ever before. The game overall feels very alive, and doesn't at all feel as alien as it did on the Wii U.

Most importantly, the music in Splatoon 2 definitely sounds as though it benefited from a higher budget this time around. Whereas Splatoon had more of a mainstream J-Rock and J-Pop influence, Splatoon 2 aims for a more underground sound that still carries the same energy that the first game was known for. With over 50 individual tracks, Splatoon 2 overtakes Splatoon's song count by 20 tracks -- and the quality sticks.

The Verdict

Splatoon 2 looks, feels, and plays great. If you enjoyed the first Splatoon, you'll love it even more this time around. That said, Nintendo does need to make some quick changes to its online phone app if it's going to make the already messy phone-console setup at least remotely viable for voice chat. Sure, playing with the phone on speaker mode is great and all, but I would personally like to see Nintendo put a little extra effort in to ensure that everything runs just a bit more smoothly.

Aside from the current voice chat situation, Splatoon 2 is undoubtedly a must-have for any owner of a Nintendo Switch console. It's a fun, beautiful, and action-packed ride that will have any third-person shooter fan clam-oring for more.

5 Best Pieces of Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Fan Art https://www.gameskinny.com/si56t/5-best-pieces-of-splatoon-2-pearl-and-marina-fan-art https://www.gameskinny.com/si56t/5-best-pieces-of-splatoon-2-pearl-and-marina-fan-art Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:48:14 -0400 heatherew24


Off The Hook, Getting Ready for Splatoon 2

Artist: ZeZeReRe

Last, but certainly not least, what's an artist without a little out-of-the-box thinking? In this photo, we have both characters lifting weights and getting completely ripped -- to at least three times their original size! 


What I like about this piece of Splatoon fan art is that it reminds players that many video games make their tiny and skinny characters perform unrealistic tasks. How else do you think any video game character can do extreme tricks and stunts? Well, they go to the gym, of course. And here's proof! 




These were just a few of the best piece of Splatoon 2 fan art that we've found. And since the game just officially released, there's bound to more to come. What pieces of fan art have you found? Let us know in the comments! 


Splatoon 2 -- Pearl and Marina

Artist: friesformunchies

What I really love about this piece is that it depicts Pearl and Marina as what they really are -- a band. In a band, you have to record both your voice and your face, and Off The Hook is no exception to this rule. 


It's obvious that these rock stars have their moves down, and they are well on their way to fame and fortune. But this fan art shows that even the best rock stars have to work hard to get their big break. 


Splatoon 2 -- Ice Cream Cake 

Artist: kiana-bee

This piece is an excellent depiction of how these partners interact with each other. While Marina is more reserved and shy, Pearl has a big and spunky personality, making them almost polar opposites. 


Despite their differences, they still make a great team and get the job done. Kiana-bee's piece shows their secret to success -- friendship. Sometimes different personalities complement each other, or, in the case of this picture, finding common interests such as ice cream cake do the trick, too. 


Splatoon 2 -- Pearl 

Artist: oblesse

This is a perfect depiction of Pearl's fierce and all-attitude personality. The second member of Off The Hook and Marina's partner, she is known for her constant slang and her short temper. 


As a member of a band, this fan art shows Pearl about to drop some sick beats, and blow your mind with Off The Hook's music. 


Splatoon 2 -- Marina 

Artist: Cheola

This simple drawing is one of my personal favorite pieces. Though it does not have as much color as the game does, you can still tell that this is Marina from the infamous band Off The Hook. 


Marina is normally depicted as a shy and more reserved character, especially when compared to her partner, Pearl. This fan art makes for an accurate representation of her personality alongside the artist's.


Nintendo's Splatoon 2 released just last week, but the third-person shooter for the Nintendo Switch has been inspiring many players to create wonderful (and colorful) works of art based on its characters -- specifically Pearl and Marina. 


This turf-war shooter uses a form of paint gun to splash the world with color to claim land and best your opponents. Since the game is full of colorful ink and creativity, it makes sense that players are creating their own art in tribute to the game. 


These five art pieces featuring Pearl and/or Marina are some of the best of the best, and GameSkinny is here to share these artists' talent with the world. 

July's Splatoon Direct Reveals Squid Sister Replacements, and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/ljiqg/julys-splatoon-direct-reveals-squid-sister-replacements-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/ljiqg/julys-splatoon-direct-reveals-squid-sister-replacements-and-more Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:34:33 -0400 David Fisher

Splatoon 2 is almost here, and Nintendo has just released a Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct to celebrate! This broadcast provided a bunch of insights for the upcoming sequel -- including customization, new weapons and stages, improved ranked play, and more! 

Let's dive into everything that was revealed during this Direct, and break down what all these reveals mean for the final version of Splatoon 2 when it drops later this month for the Nintendo Switch.

New Customization Options

Everyone who has played Splatoon knows that customization is a big part of the game. In Splatoon 2, players have had their customization abilities expanded -- starting how your character looks. Instead of being based solely on male and female or skin color, Inkling eye colors are now standardized instead of based on hair color, and players are no longer limited to swim shorts and a single hair style.

There are four hair styles for both Inkling genders, and a set of legwear too. Mix and match them with items from the Galeria to make your Inkling exclusively yours!

The Galeria

Speaking of the Galleria, Inkopolis Square functions much like Inkopolis Plaza did in the first Splatoon title. Here, players can visit the Galleria to pick up new gear such as headgear, clothes, shoes, and weapons. There's a mix of new faces and old among the stores. While it's important to grab gear that's fashionable to your tastes, be sure to check out what skills those gear pieces have as well, since those will be most important during Turf Wars.

New Weapons

There are a number of new weapons coming exclusively to Splatoon 2. First, there's the Clash Blaster, which has a low firing range but a high rate of fire. This weapon could ideally be used similar to other blasters as a shotgun-style weapon for splatting enemies around corners. But the higher rate of fire suggests that it will have less power, and may be better at open combat than similar classed weapons.

The Flingza Roller functions similarly to other rollers, but has slower vertical swings that cover a much greater distance. This helps the Flingza Roller compensate for the low range of the roller class, but sacrifices its hit rate. This weapon might be useful if you find yourself constantly getting harassed by ranged opponents while trying to cover ground.

The Goo Tuber -- which weirdly rhymes and shares colors with YouTuber -- holds its charge for a much longer time than any other charger. This weapon is great for traveling long distances to reposition and snipe opponents. Matched with the Ninja Squid ability, this weapon could have serious utility against opponents who are constantly trying to kill you off before your charger is... charged.

The Dapple Dualies allow you to roll faster, and this makes a bigger difference than one would think. Essentially, these dualies in particular will allow you to flip around the stage ninja-style, allowing you to take out more enemies in less time while avoiding fire.

Newly Revealed Special Weapons

New special weapons have been revealed throughout Splatoon 2's development, but we were greeted with several new ones based on weapons from the first Splatoon.

The Bomb Launcher replaces Bomb Rush with a launcher that sticks you in place, but allows you to throw multiple bombs at once. This was likely done to reduce the effectiveness of the original Bomb Rush ability, as it allowed certain bombs (such as the burst bomb) to be much more effective than others when paired with the same special ability.

Ink Armor replaces part of the functionality of the Bubbler ability, allowing you to take a single hit without damage instead of a timed invulnerability. This is sort of a mixed bag as it greatly reduces the effectiveness of the invulnerability, but at the same time spreads its ability across all nearby allies. This makes it much more of a utility ability, as it can save your allies from an otherwise lethal hit.

The Baller is also a result of the Bubbler's split, as it provides invulnerability via a giant hamster ball that fills up with ink as you roll about. Once charged, it will explode and cover the area with ink. It can go up walls too, so it's a great offensive tool if you want to take out a particularly aggravating opponent perched on the high ground.

New and Returning Stages

Splatoon 2 adds a number of new stages, as well as some familiar ones. During the presentation, new stages such as The Reef, Musselforge Fitness, Inkblot Art Academy, Sturgeon Shipyard and Starfish Mainstage were revisited. However, some maps from Splatoon on the Wii U have returned with modifications such as ink rails, sponges, and other assets from the single player campaign. These maps included Port Mackerel, and Moray Towers. The addition of other original Splatoon maps is likely, though they were not present during the Splatoon Direct.

Ranked Battles Overhauled

Ranked battles have seen a bit of an overhaul when compared to the Wii U title. Now, ranked games are separated by ranked battle mode. That means players will no longer be hindered by that one teammate who has no idea that Rainmaker mode is not about getting the highest splat count, but rather getting it to the other side of the map.

League battles on the other hand are similar to ranked battles, but last for two hour periods. You can participate in league battles with a friend, or in a group of four, and rewards include special in-game medals based on your performance during the league session.

New Gear Abilities

There are a handful of new gear abilities to look out for in Splatoon 2. Thermal Ink will allow players to see tagged enemies who are hiding behind cover. Object Shredder will make short work of propped weapons. Quick Respawn and Respawn Punisher will shorten or lengthen spawn durations. And Drop Roller acts as a great insurance measure for those pesky opponents who will try to spawn camp you after a Squid Jump.

SplatNet 2

This information hub will let you see details of previous battles, gear opponents used, win rates of your battles, how much turf you have inked based on real life places, and has an app that lets you order special merch. This will be available via the Nintendo Switch Online App that will launch on or shortly after the release of Splatoon 2.

A benefit of using this app is the ability to communicate with other players via chat rooms that are automatically split apart during team battles where your friends may not be on the same team.

Quality of Life Options

Several quality of life features have been added or revamped for Splatoon 2. One is the ability to adjust control sensitivity based on which controller mode you have set, as well as a new sort feature available for inventory. Amiibo also act as a means of saving control and Inkling settings, although their exact purpose is unclear. It may be designed for tournament settings.

Amiibo will still grant players special gear, but also allow players to take pictures with their favorite squid designs or friends' Inklings.

Other Features

The Mailbox

A new mailbox feature has been added to Inkopolis Square that replaces the Miiverse functionality of the Wii U game. By using the mailbox you will be able to create custom art that will be displayed around Inkopolis, as well as battle maps. These can be saved and sent to social media websites as well.

Crusty Sean's

Crusty Sean will set you up with new food items that cost a bit of points, but can earn you bonuses. Some food will get you more experience points after battle, while others will reward more money or other rewards in battle modes.

The Shoal

The Shoal is the place to go to play local battles. This can be done via wireless play or LAN gaming. Arcade games are also available at The Shoal like Squid Beats 2 which is essentially DDR for Inklings. Other arcade games are sure to follow as the game gets more updates.

Speaking of updates, Splatoon 2 will continue to get free updates after release, just like the original Splatoon. Stages, gear, and weapons will all arrive over the course of the year, as well as a minimum of two years of Splatfests. Meanwhile, Splatfests have been revamped to allow players to join up with friends on the same team.

Oh, and there will be a Splatfest World Premiere taking place on July 15th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm pacific time. Be there, or be square!

Off the Hook!

Lastly, news is that the Squid Sisters have been replaced with a new band called Off the Hook -- led by Marina and Pearl, two new stars who appear to be more inspired by American pop scenes, as opposed to the Japanese idol-inspired Squid Sisters. What's most interesting, however, is that Marina isn't an Inkling at all. In fact, she's an Octarian!

Could this mean playable Octolings after completing the Single Player Campaign? Does this have anything to do with Callie's sudden turn to the dark side? Is there truly a dark side at all? All of these questions will hopefully be answered at release!

Stay Fresh!

That's all for now, but if you can always check out the Splatoon Direct for anything not covered in our highlights. If you're not convinced that Splatoon 2 is the freshest game around, be sure to check out the previously mentioned Splatfest Premier on July 15th starting at 3:00 pm PT. 

Splatoon 2 launches worldwide on July 21st, 2017.