Developer/publisher Nintendo (EAD Group 2) Origin Japan Release Summer
Splatoon was frequently updated in the months after release, which perhaps explains the Switch game’s title – assuming, that is, that the most recent update to the Wii U original was version 1.9. Yes, there’s a new social hub, and some familiar faces will have new stories to tell, given that two years have passed since the launch of Splatoon. There are new stages, gear and weapons, too, but when you’ve given so much of this stuff away for free in the past, it suddenly becomes a tough sell – especially since it appears some of the first game’s maps will return, and Nintendo has declined to reveal any game modes beyond the standard Turf War. Still, there’s plenty that’s new on the way, such as the Splat Dualies, a set of dual-wielded pistols that cover a wide spread of ground and give the holder access to a zippy dodge move.