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.

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