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‘Splatoon 2’ Revealed for Nintendo Switch

Not long ago, Splatoon made a name for itself on the Wii U as a colorful, unique multiplayer shooter, and now Splatoon 2 will be heading to Nintendo’s Switch console this summer. Though Nintendo rarely develops new intellectual property on this level—2001’s Pikmin being the last notable case—the original Splatoon went on to sell over four million copies, designating it as a certified hit.

Though Nintendo didn’t go into many specifics during their Nintendo Switch presentation, it’s at least clear Splatoon 2 will bring tons of new content, while not disrupting the formula that made the original so great. The sequel will feature new arenas, equipment, and special weapons, and will continue to receive regular post-release updates and events, just like the original. Before Splatoon 2’s brief appearance could conclude, producer Hisashi Nogami revealed one new weapon: “Duelies,” a set of ink pistols players dual-wield as they would hold a set of Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers in real life.

That said, you don’t have to take full advantage of Nintendo’s new hardware to play Splatoon 2: Like the original, it offers several different controller configurations. You can play it on the TV using docked Joy-Con controllers, undocked Joy-Con controllers, or a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, or you can just play it directly on the console’s screen with the buttons provided. Right now, the release date is kind of up in the air, but we’ll be keeping track of Splatoon 2 as it draws closer to launch.

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Bob Mackey
Bob Mackey

Bob Mackey is Games Editor at Fandom. Since joining the games press in 2007, he's written for sites like 1UP, Joystiq, The A.V. Club, Gamasutra, USgamer, and many others. He also hosts the weekly podcasts Retronauts and Talking Simpsons. Follow him on Twitter @bobservo.

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