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Splatoon 2

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Splatoon 2
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Cover artwork of Splatoon 2
Developer(s): Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Shooter
Players: Online: 8
Predecessor: Splatoon
Successor: Splatoon 3
Release dates
Worldwide: July 21, 2017[1][2][3]
S. Korea: May 2, 2019
ESRB: E10+
USK: 6
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Splatoon 2 is an online-based shooter game for Nintendo Switch, and the sequel to the 2015 Wii U title Splatoon. Originally showcased during the Nintendo Switch reveal, the game was later confirmed to be a sequel and was released in July 2017.[4]

The game was released alongside three new Splatoon amiibo, based on Inkling designs featured in this game.[1]


Nintendo website

Ink-splatting action is back and fresher than ever

Get hyped for the sequel to the hit game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic 4 vs. 4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go via local multiplayer in portable play styles. You can also compete in frenetic online matches like before. Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon, and two years have also passed in the game world, leading to an evolution in fashion trends and new styles of weapons and gear. Staying fresh never looked so good.


  • New weapons – New dual-wielding Splat Dualies join the action, complete with a new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have also been remixed to include new gameplay mechanics and brand-new special weapons.
  • Local and Online Multiplayer – In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles, whether in TV mode or on-the-go in handheld or tabletop modes. Online battles also make a return.
  • New ways to play – Play using the Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, both of which allow for gyro controls for better aiming and control.
  • New Trends – Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon in real life, and two years have also passed in the game world. Some familiar characters return under different circumstances, and new characters are introduced as well.
  • Fresh Updates - Similar to Splatoon for Wii U, updates will roll out post-launch, adding new content.
  • Smart Device Support – An upcoming smart-phone application for the Nintendo Switch system will enhance matchmaking and allow for voice chat options.
  • Turf War – Iconic 4 vs. 4 Turf War battles return. The goal is to splat ink on as much territory as possible, while strategically submerging yourself in your team's colors and blasting your enemies.


Splatoon 2 is set two years after the original.[5]


Splatoon 2 features a set of brand new stages, weapons, and special weapons[4], while returning stages and weapons have been given adjustments. Matches take place on one of two maps that rotate every two hours.[6] During multiplayer matches, pressing the X button displays the map, which assigns each of the other three players and the home base to one of the buttons on the D-pad, allowing the player to Super Jump to that location by pressing A.[4] Splatoon 2 also supports motion aiming like in the first game, regardless of the controller being used.[4]

The game features a new multiplayer mode titled Salmon Run, in which a team of four players must last as long as possible against endless waves of enemies.[1]

Like the original, Splatoon 2 features amiibo compatibility. Scanning the amiibo allows players to save their weapons, clothing, and gameplay settings to the amiibo; the player can also take pictures with their amiibo, and the amiibo may occasionally give the player clothing items. The amiibo compatible with the previous installment can also be used in this game.[1]


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By the week of August 14, 2017, Splatoon 2 had sold over one million copies in Japan.[7] The game sold over 1.5 million physical copies in Japan by the week of September 4, giving the game an attach rate of nearly 74% in the region.[8]

Technical details

Technical Details

Nintendo Switch Game Card
Digital download

Download size

3.3 GB

Supported features

Nintendo Switch Online (Online play), amiibo[1]

Input / compatible controllers

Joy-Cons, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller


Splatoon 2 Global Testfire

Icaruspedia logo.png  Main article: Splatoon 2 Global Testfire 

Like the original Splatoon, Nintendo hosted a "Splatoon 2 Global Testfire" demo event before the game's release. The demo application was released on March 14, 2017, and requires 410 MB of space to download.

The event was live between March 24-26, allowing players to battle in Turf War matches during six one hour intervals on each day. Players were able to choose between one of four weapons to use[9]: the returning Splattershot, Splat Roller, and Splat Charger, each with balance tweaks and new special weapons; and the new Splat Dualies. Players could play on two of the game's new stages: Musselforge Fitness and The Reef.

Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere

Icaruspedia logo.png  Main article: Splatoon 2 Splatfest World Premiere 

During the Splatoon 2 Direct, Nintendo announced a second demo event for Splatoon 2, the Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Pemiere. The software was released soon after the Direct, on July 6, and requires 1.4 GB of space to download.

The demo allows players to take part in a Splatfest event set on July 15, between 3 PM and 7 PM PT. Before the event, Players vote on which team they wish to join at Inkopolis Plaza: cake or ice cream. Players can also make posts using the in-game mailbox.[10]


Nintendo eShop

This free Splatoon™ 2: Splatfest World Premiere demo event pits cake fans against ice cream fans!

Cake... versus ice cream–a battle for the ages! Choose your side and fight to prove its delectable dominance in the Splatoon™ 2: Splatfest World Premiere demo event! Download the free demo and do battle for your team on Saturday, 7/15 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. PST. Don't miss this sweet sneak-peek before the full Splatoon 2 game arrives on 7/21!

Event Times
Event time (You can only play during this time period)
7/15 (Sat) 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PT

The newest hosts of Inkopolis News, Pearl and Marina, are bringing a party to Inkopolis one week before the launch of the Splatoon™ 2 game. You'll need an Internet connection to participate. To join, download the free Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere demo from Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo Switch™ system, choose your team, and then launch the demo on Saturday, 7/15 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. PST! The Splatfest will allow players to try four different main weapons, including the new Splat Dualies, the Tentatek Splattershot, as well as remixed versions of the iconic Splat Roller and Splat Charger.

Additional content


Icaruspedia logo.png  Main article: List of updates in Splatoon 2 

Splatoon 2 received a total of 50 Updates releasing from July 12, 2017, to September 29, 2021. These updates contained bug fixes, additional content, and balance patches. The final patch of the game was Version 5.5.1 released on November 14, 2022.[11]

Downloadable content

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A paid downloadable single-player expansion for the game, called the Octo Expansion, was released in the summer of 2018. The expansion features an original story mode starring an Octoling named "Agent 8" who has lost their memories, and is set inside a run-down research facility, with 80 stages. Clearing the expansion allows players to play as an Octoling in multiplayer battles.[12]

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Nintendo Direct 4.12.2017. Nintendo (YouTube; April 12, 2017). Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  2. Nintendo Direct 2017.4.13 プレゼンテーション映像. Nintendo 公式チャンネル (YouTube; April 12, 2017). Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  3. Nintendo Direct - 12.04.2017. Nintendo UK (YouTube; April 12, 2017). Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. Nintendo (YouTube; January 12, 2017). Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  5. Splatoon 2 takes place 2 years after the original. GoNintendo (January 13, 2017). Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  6. Splatoon 2 - map rotation time cut to 2 hours. GoNintendo (May 7, 2017). Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  7. Splatoon 2 is now a million seller in Japan! Japanese Nintendo (August 23, 2017). Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  8. 73.96% of Switch owners have bought Splatoon 2! Japanese Nintendo (September 13, 2017). Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  9. Nintendo Switch owners get free preview of Splatoon 2 during Global Testfire. Nintendo (February 12, 2017). Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  10. Splatoon 2 details revealed in the freshest Nintendo Direct yet. Nintendo (July 6, 2017). Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  11. Splatoon 2 Update History. Nintendo Support (July 26, 2017). Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  12. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion - Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Direct 3.8.2018. Nintendo (YouTube; March 8, 2018). Retrieved March 8, 2018.

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