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POSTED 8/8/17


SPLATOON 2

Nintendo



We’re the squids in Inkopolis – WHOA-OH!

After selling more Wii U units than the system likely warranted, Splatoon’s inky goodness returns – and in a launch package that squeezes a bit more in than the original.

Mind you, at first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that Splatoon 2 could just have easily been called Splatoon Deluxe, having had the minimal upgrade treatment afforded to Mario Kart.

If you’re a single player, the air of familiarity is palpable. One missing humongous Zap Fish, one mission to recover it – although a missing Callie adds intrigue - while encountering a whole bunch of “HEY, TUTORIAL!” along the way, as well as the odd peculiar (and challenging) big boss baddie. Two new weapons – dual-wield pistols (‘dualies’) and an umbrella (‘brella’) - are also introduced.

Splatoon 2 isn’t really about solo play though, which makes it all the more really bloody annoying that there’s no local split-screen play. Until we confirmed it we couldn’t actually believe it, but you’re actually expected to have two Switch units in the same room for local multiplayer. BOO! Luckily this is the crappiest thing to deal with here.

Online is strong – and at least Nintendo offer some protection from the f-wit factor that typically pollutes such connected play. Turf wars remains the big drawcard, requisite garment gathering and all. Progress enough and ranked and league battles come out to play. Been there, yeah? Well, there’s also ‘Salmon Run’, a fab-fun horde mode that’s let down a tad by only being available at specific times.

The clunk-o-rama Wii U gamepad isn’t missed, with maps call-uppable at any time and hand cramps a thing of the past. Well, unless you... Nah, let’s not go there.

Splatoon 2 isn’t spurting with content, but much more is promised via free updates – and the history of the Wii U version leaves us confident that Nintendo will deliver.

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