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Major Splatoon 2 Updates Add New Stages, New Modes and New Ways to Splat

Keep the Game Fresh with Free Updates Coming Nov. 23 and
Mid-December

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
lists.”

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
    game.
  • 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
    music-rich game.
  • New Hairstyle: When customizing an Inkling, four new hairstyles
    will be available to choose from – two each for female and male
    characters.
  • 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
    images.
  • 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.

Mid-December Update

  • 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
    them…

Splatoon 2 is now available in stores, for digital purchase on
the official
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
sold separately.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch
system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems.
Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System,
Nintendo has sold more than 4.5 billion video games and more than 710
million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the
Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES,
Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii
and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that
have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong,
Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for
Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about
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