Splatoon 2 to Receive Animated Web Series

Wednesday, 19 Jul, 2017

So, when the Switch was officially unveiled in January, it was nearly a no brainer that Splatoon would be appearing in one way or another, either like Mario Kart 8 in a Deluxe version or, as it turns out, a fully fledged sequel. You'll have ample time to play around with the other weapons later in the game when ink coverage isn't as important (Ranked mode!).

Splatoon 2 will be the first game to be served via the new online service, but for now, there's not much you can do other than download the app in preparation.

That's also on top of the meal tickets you have to win via single player or Salmon Run PVE games to snack on XP-boosting squid sodas.

Despite its single-player and co-op stumbles, Splatoon 2 is still a very good game-beautifully considered in its design and buoyed by a good-natured energy that comes across with a contagious sincerity.

Of course, this year's pair, Pearl and Marina, are also getting attention on social media, with Polygon dubbing the former as the game's "punching bag".

These kinds of bans are typically meant to deter people from rage quitting matches, but it also effects players who just happen to have a poor connection between their console and the game's server.

The biggest issue Nintendo has to address with Splatoon 2 is the split in its player base. I enjoyed the original Splatoon for its easy learning curve, short yet fast-paced battles, accessibility for all gamers, and because it was a blast to play, all of which also apply to Splatoon 2. Chat with everyone in your room or split voice chat into teams and have it out head-to-head! It's available on both iOS and Android, though it can't actually do anything for you at the moment, unless you get excited by "server unavailable" messages. The following languages are supported: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese, and Italian.

The divisive Nintendo Switch Online app finally launched today in preparation for the competitive Splatoon 2 on Friday.

Unfortunately, the app doesn't seem to work yet.

Like many other games - whether it's a sprawling open world like Breath of the Wild or a tiny puzzle game like Puyo Puyo Tetris - the flexibility of the Switch is a great fit for Splatoon 2.

Speaking of "Splatoon 2", the game has been received well by critics. There's a core audience of Nintendo Switch owners who have been gagging to get in on more Splatoon action. Coming so soon in the Switch's life cycle, what is already proving a popular console could go gang busters if Splatoon 2 lives up to the hype the original has created.

"It's a lot more of the same, seeing how it folds in all the improvements and additions that were introduced to the original over time and gives returning maps a significant makeover", notes Eurogamer's Martin Robinson, adding that "it's most definitely an improvement on what remains one of Nintendo's finest games in many a year".