Keep the Game Fresh with Free Updates Coming Nov. 23 and
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nintendo continues to roll out additional content for the Splatoon
2 game for the Nintendo
Switch system, and is now releasing two free software updates with a
ton of new content and a new way to play. The first free update hits on
Nov. 23 and adds a new stage for Salmon Run, new gear and new hairstyles
for Inklings, as well as many other features, with additional new battle
stages rolling out beginning Nov. 24. The second free update will be
available mid-December and introduces a frantic new Ranked Battle mode
called Clam Blitz, which involves picking up clams around the stage and
trying to throw them into your opponent’s basket.
“These free new additions to Splatoon 2 deliver surprises to fans
to keep the fun going,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior
Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This new content significantly
expands the game and provides a great value for players, regardless of
whether they purchased it on launch day or have it on their holiday gift
The two free updates include the following content:
Nov. 23 Update
- Four New Battle Stages: While four new battle stages are coming
to Splatoon 2, they won’t all be available immediately after
downloading the update. Like with previous additions, the stages will
roll out over the subsequent weeks, giving players new surprises as
they play throughout the holiday season and beyond. The first new
battle stage, MakoMart, will be available to play on Black Friday,
Nov. 24, with Shellendorf Institute, Walleye Warehouse and Arowana
Mall coming soon. The new MakoMart stage is a giant superstore-style
stage, so what better time to play than on Black Friday! Shellendorf
Institute is new to the series, while Walleye Warehouse and Arowana
Mall are popular stages returning from the original Splatoon
- New Salmon Run Stage: Fan-favorite multiplayer mode* Salmon Run
is getting a new stage. After downloading the update, Salmonid
Smokeyard will be added to the stage rotation. In Salmonid Smokeyard,
a wide gap on the beach divides two upper platforms, with fan lifts
being the quickest way to traverse the two platforms. Teamwork is
required to use the fan lifts effectively.
- New Gear: Approximately 140 pieces of gear are being added to Splatoon
2. These include shoes, headgear and clothes, like a motocross
mask, and additional winter clothing (perfect for the cold weather!),
as well as returning items from the original Splatoon game.
- New Battle Music: Two new bands have been gaining popularity in
Inkopolis! The punk-flavored Bottom Feeders and classically trained
avant-garde-style Ink Theory are contributing new songs to the already
- New Hairstyle: When customizing an Inkling, four new hairstyles
will be available to choose from – two each for female and male
- Higher Level Caps: Currently, players are maxed out at Level
50. After downloading the update, the new maximum level will be raised
to 99. If players talk to Judd when they reach Level 99, they’ll have
the option to reset their level display to Level ★1 so they can
continue raising their level.
- New amiibo Functionality: Tapping a compatible amiibo figure
after the update will let players take and share in-game photos in
preset locations in Battle Stages, in addition to being able to take
photos in Inkopolis Square. Players can also add fun filters to their
- Convenient Gear Swapping: Players that want to change gear
between battles in Regular Battle, Ranked Battle and Splatfest Battle
(Solo) won’t have to exit to the lobby anymore! After downloading the
update, gear can be swapped out without leaving the match room, making
it quicker to get back to splatting. For Regular Battle, this also
means players can play the next battle with the same players.
- Clam Blitz: In Clam Blitz, competing Inklings are tasked with
collecting clams scattered around the stage. After one is picked up,
the clam follows the player. The objective is to throw the clam into
the basket near the opponent’s base. The first team to score 100
points wins! But, of course, this being the fiercely competitive world
of Splatoon 2, things are not as easy as they seem. The baskets
are protected by a barrier, which much be destroyed first. After
collecting 10 clams, the player will earn a Power Clam. These
super-powered clams are the key to breaking the barrier, so strategy
will definitely be involved in which clams are used to destroy the
barrier and which are used to earn points. Not to mention the
extra-satisfying opportunity to steal opponents’ clams by splatting
Splatoon 2 is now available in stores, for digital purchase on
website or in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch at a suggested
retail price of $59.99. The upcoming software updates are both free and
can be downloaded starting on Nov. 23 and in mid-December. For more
information about the game, visit http://splatoon.nintendo.com/.
Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental
controls that let adults manage the content their children can
access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/.
*Additional games and systems are required for multiplayer mode, and are
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