Nintendo’s house of creatives cooked up an entirely new IP for the Wii U.
What was most surprising about it is the fact that it targeted a sub-genre that Nintendo rarely pays attention to – competitive online shooters. Thanks to a mix of tightly-tuned gameplay, magnetic personalities and a rocking soundtrack, Splatoon blossomed into a viable new franchise. Now that the Switch is in the middle of an initially strong run, Splatoon 2 is being prepped to give owners of the new system another original IP to enjoy. With it comes new gear, stages, modes and everything that made everyone fall in love with the 1st game.
Did you enjoy the Global Testfire and are super excited about Splatoon 2’s July 21 launch date? Then this preview is ready made to keep you busy until then.
1. The Single-Player Campaign is All About Searching for One of the Squid Sisters, Callie
So it’s been two years since the Inklings were introduced in the original Splatoon. For the sequel, the single-player component will make its return. The driving force behind participating in the main campaign is finding out where one of the famous Squid Sisters ran off to. While you’re exploring Inkopolis, you’ll find yourself heading off to another location to play through a myriad of cleverly designed stages on your own. One of the Squid Sisters (Marie) will aid you as you search for her compadre (Callie) and also look for the mythical Great Zapfish. Your main foes once again come in the form of the evil Octarian Army. For more background info on the Squid Sisters, check out the following link.
2. A New Weapon and Evasive Maneuver are Now Apart of Your Inklings Arsenal
If you spent hours ranking up in the original Splatoon, chances are high that you got real familiar with the game’s full set of unique weaponry. The main weapons that will make their return in the sequel includes the:
– Splattershot Pro
– Dynamo Roller
– Heavy Splatling
– Splat Charger
– Splat Roller
– Splattershot Jr.
As for the sub-weapons that will make their return, you can find out about those in the list below:
– Splat Bomb
– Suction Bomb
– Ink Mine
– Squid Beakon
– Splash Wall
– Burst Bomb
The newest piece of offensive gear that’s been revealed for Splatoon 2 are the Splat Dualies. They operate like dual sub-machine gun’s and allow you to pull off dodge rolls (you’ll be unable to jump while armed with them, though). Check out the video posted below to see how they operate:
The newest sub-weapons on deck have already been detailed by the unofficial Wiki page for the game, which can be read about below:
– Autobomb: a sub weapon similar to the Seeker from Splatoon. After being thrown, the Autobomb homes in on an opponent within its radius, and then explodes when it gets close enough to its target.
– Curling Bomb: another sub weapon similar to the Seeker. When deployed, the Curling Bomb travels in a straight line across the floor, leaving a trail of Ink and bouncing off of any wall or obstacle it encounters. It explodes after it has traveled its maximum distance. The Curling Bomb’s timer can be shortened by holding it before release.
– Toxic Mist: a throwable sub weapon that creates a slowing Area-of-effect mist where it lands. It is reminiscent of the Disruptor from Splatoon in both appearance and effect.
3. There’s Plenty of Modes to Get Embroiled in Through Local or Online Multiplayer Means
Thankfully, Turf War will be making its way into the sequel. If you’re unfamiliar with how this mode works, it goes like this – two teams battle for supremacy by covering a stage in the most ink with their associated color in the span of three minutes. The stages revealed thus far for Turf War and other modes includes:
– Humpback Pump Track
– Inkblot Art Academy
– Musselforge Fitness
– Starfish Mainstage
– The Reef
– Moray Towers
After reaching level 10 in Turf War, Ranked Mode matches will be unlocked. You and your squad of Inklings will be able to participate in Splat Zones, Tower Control and Rainmaker. For more info on the objectives of each mode, hit up the following link.
4. The Splatoon Amiibo Figurines Can Save Your Favorite Gear Loadouts
Like most of Nintendo’s 1st-party games, Splatoon 2 will be compatible with certain Amiibo figurines. After tapping in a Splatoon Amiibo into the game, you’ll be able to save your customized gear loadout to whichever figurine you choose. The Amiibo character you throw into the game will appear as an ally, so prepare to get acquainted with the Inklings listed below:
– Inkling Boy (Three Different Models)
– Inkling Girl (Three Different Models)
– Inkling Squid (Three Different Models)
5. A Brand New Horde Mode Called Salmon Run is the Game’s Biggest Addition
A new co-op mode called Salmon Run is the newest feature that Splatoon 2 boasts proudly. Two to four teammates are tasked with collecting Power/Golden Eggs while taking on an increasingly difficult wave of enemy Salmonids. The multiplayer/cop-op modes can be played locally, online or through old-school LAN Play. Also, Private Battles can now be played locally and viewed through a spectating mode called Private Battle Spectator. An extended Salmon Run play session can be seen in the gameplay video posted above.