From the very start, the Nintendo Switch has been all about multiplayer. Its online service will let users play against each other wherever they are. The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers were designed to be separated from the system and used on their own by two different people. Now Nintendo needs to sell multiplayer games of all kinds. Forget The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, that’s where the Splatoon 2 release date comes in.
Splatoon 2 will be only the second major multiplayer game release for the Nintendo Switch since its launch in March. Slated for release in 2017, it’s a sequel to the enormously popular arena shooting game that took the Nintendo Wii U by storm. It’s up to players on each team to use a mix of weapons to cover as much of the level in their team’s colored ink as possible. Nintendo’s dedication to updating the game with new content and characters after its release made it a winner with critics and fans. You may not have heard of Splatoon because it was marooned on dying hardware. At its launch, most gamers were already waiting on a new console from Nintendo.
The Splatoon 2 release date will bring a lot, Nintendo says. New weapons and new stages are planned for the upcoming title. Supporting hardware features that make the Nintendo Switch unique is also a focus.
Here is what we know of the Splatoon 2 release thus far.
Splatoon 2 Release Date, Features & Details
- Splatoon 2 Release Date
- Splatoon 2 New Content & Features
- Splatoon 2 Pre-Orders
- Splatoon 2 Amiibo
Splatoon 2 Release Date
Nintendo had to know that the Nintendo Switch would launch with a pretty big hole in its games library. Though seemingly designed with every kind of multiplayer experience in mind, the console is without any of its big-name multiplayer franchises today. Through the spring and summer, Nintendo hopes to remedy that. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will arrive on store shelves April 28th.
The Splatoon 2 release date will follow the launch of Arms. A recent Nintendo Direct presentation confirmed that the game will arrive on store shelves July 21st to boost the Nintendo Switch games line-up through the summer. It’ll be followed by Super Mario Odyssey sometime later this year.
Splatoon 2 New Content & Features
The things coming with the Splatoon 2 release comfortably fit into two categories. There’s new content and new capabilities for multiplayer. Because we’re so far from release, we don’t know that much about the content. Nintendo likes to tease that stuff in videos close to a game’s release. Two years have passed in the game world since the last release. There are new and returning characters. The Splat Dualies weapon is all new. The Splat Charger and Splat Roller have been updated in big ways, Nintendo says.
The new Salmon Run co-op mode lets gamers team up with their friends to battle Salmon. Players revive each other by squirting their partners with ink.
The multiplayer and functional upgrades are extensive. First, Splatoon 2 will adopt the same control schemes that allow the Nintendo Switch to act as a great mobile and living room gaming console. Compatibility with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is coming. Those that don’t have the Pro Controller can opt to use their Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons for motion play. They each have gyroscopes inside.
Turf Battles will work whether connected to a television or on the go. The Splatoon 2 release will be among the first to get assistance from an upcoming app for iPhone and Android that allows players to find other gamers to play with and voice chat.
Gamers can expect new content long after the Splatoon 2 release has concluded, an entry on the Nintendo website reveals.
Splatoon 2 Pre-Orders
Splatoon 2 pre-orders are available now. GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy are already selling physical copies of the game. As of right now, they don’t include any pre-order extras at all. The game will appear in the Nintendo eShop closer to launch, where it will be available as a digital download for those that don’t like Nintendo Switch Game Cards. The game sells for $59.99.
Splatoon 2 Amiibo Releases
The Splatoon 2 release date will bring more than just the game itself. Nintendo has confirmed that it’ll have three Splatoon 2 Amiibo ready for sale on launch day too. Amiibo are the tiny figures that unlock in-game content across most of the Nintendo portfolio of games and systems.
This new line-up will consist of new Inkling Girl, new Inkling Boy and an all-new Squid. When used, each character will appear in the game and come with exclusive gear, Nintendo says.
No doubt, the Splatoon 2 release will be a huge event for the Nintendo Switch owners. Finally, one of Nintendo’s best games in recent memory will be available on hardware millions can get excited about.