Splatoon 2

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Splatoon 2

North American box art
Developer(s) Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Producer(s) Hisashi Nogami
Director(s) Yusuke Amano
Seita Inoue
Shintaro Sato
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release Worldwide: 21 July 2017
TW: 1 December 2017[1]
KR: 2 May 2019[2]
JP, HK & TW: 8 October 2021 (with DLC)
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Media Game card
Digital download (Nintendo eShop)
Game size(s) 6.1 GB (standalone)
8.1 GB (with DLC)
Age rating(s) JP: All Ages by CERO
DE: 6+ by USK
PT: 6+ by PEGI
RU: 6+ by RARS
EU: 7+ by PEGI
NA: Everyone 10+ by ESRB
AU: Parental Guidance by ACB
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Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is a third-person shooter developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch console, and the sequel to the Wii U game Splatoon. The game builds further on the ink-based shooting mechanics introduced in Splatoon, with the general gameplay being identical, but adds new content including new weapons, stages, and a new horde mode named Salmon Run.

The game was first teased on 20 October 2016 during the reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch and released worldwide on 21 July 2017.[3] A physical version of the game with its Octo Expansion DLC built in was released in Japan,[4] Hong Kong,[5] and Taiwan[6] on 8 October 2021.

The game proved to be massively successful, selling over 2.5 times as many units as Splatoon (13.6 million[7] vs. 4.95 million)[8] and going on to become approximately the sixteenth-best-selling Nintendo Switch title.

Splatoon 2's sequel, named Splatoon 3, was announced for the Nintendo Switch on 17 February 2021. It released on 9 September 2022.


Although teased with the reveal of the Switch console, Nintendo did not officially confirm this or any other game showcased in the video as being in development at the time.[9][10] The title was officially unveiled on 13 January 2017 at the Nintendo Switch Presentation in Tokyo, Japan[11] and a demo was playable at Switch hands-on events. The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire demo was playable from 24 to 26 March 2017.[12]

There are three versions of the game: Japanese, North American/Oceanian, and European. The purpose of the three versions is to separate region-based content such as Splatfests, especially ones containing advertisements. Previously, Oceania received the European version of the first Splatoon before receiving the North American version of this game. Each version has its own translations of the game, even with slight differences between the North American/Oceanian and European versions' English, French, and Spanish translations. For the European version, the game was also localized to Dutch, German, Italian, and Russian.


Base game

The events of the story mode take place two years after the completion of the first game's Octo Valley mode, while Cap'n Cuttlefish is on vacation with Agent 3. Callie and the Great Zapfish have disappeared and Marie recruits the player, designated Agent 4, to storm Octo Canyon to search for them. The Squid Sisters Stories mention the snow globe DJ Octavio was imprisoned in is shattered and Cap'n Cuttlefish's shack is smashed. This mode is set in Octo Canyon, a place similar to Octo Valley from the first game.

Octo Expansion DLC

Main article: Octo Expansion

The events of the Octo Expansion story mode take place at the same time as the base game's story does. The Octo Expansion is the 'vacation' Agent 3 and Cap'n Cuttlefish are on, which is referenced within the base game's single-player campaign. When Cap'n Cuttlefish and Agent 3 were in Octo Valley, Agent 3 battled against an Octoling that somehow led to both the Octoling and Cap'n Cuttlefish being captured and taken deep underground to an abandoned station in the Deepsea Metro, ran by the Kamabo Corporation. With the Octoling having lost their memory, they are nicknamed 'Agent 8' and team up with Cap'n Cuttlefish to ride the Deepsea Metro and escape the facility, along the way collecting mem cakes, which are physical manifestations of Agent 8's lost memories. Agent 8 and Cap'n Cuttlefish meet mysterious and shady characters such as the Telephone, C.Q. Cumber, Iso Padre and familiar faces such as Pearl, Marina and Agent 3.


Like its prequel, Splatoon 2 is a third-person shooter game focused on online multiplayer battles, in which eight players are divided into two teams of four. Players have two main forms and may switch between the two at will: their humanoid form, in which they can use weapons to spread ink and splatter opponents, and their squid form, which they can use to swim through ink at great speed and up walls, recharge the player's ink tank faster (while in their ink) and hide in their team's ink. Players can also utilize sub weapons, such as Splat Bombs, and special weapons, such as Splashdowns.

In the primary game mode, Turf War, players are awarded points based on the amount of turf (ground) they cover in their team's ink— the team that covers the most territory within three minutes wins the match.


Main article: Character





Main article: Mode


Main article: Stage

A total of twenty-three stages are normally playable in Splatoon 2. Of these stages, fourteen are brand new, while the other nine are returning from Splatoon.

Multiplayer stages in Splatoon 2

The Reef

Musselforge Fitness

Starfish Mainstage

Humpback Pump Track

Inkblot Art Academy

Sturgeon Shipyard

Moray Towers

Port Mackerel

Manta Maria

Kelp Dome

Snapper Canal

Blackbelly Skatepark


Walleye Warehouse

Shellendorf Institute

Arowana Mall

Goby Arena

Piranha Pit

Camp Triggerfish

Wahoo World

New Albacore Hotel

Ancho-V Games

Skipper Pavilion

Shifty Station

Shifty Station

During Splatfests, a special stage called Shifty Station would be added to the rotation. The layout of this stage changed each Splatfest, and each layout was eventually made available in Private Battles with separate names. These stages are only available in private Turf War battles.

Shifty Station

Wayslide Cool

The Secret of S.P.L.A.T.


Windmill House on the Pearlie

Fancy Spew

Zone of Glass

Cannon Fire Pearl

The Bunker Games

Grapplink Girl

Zappy Longshocking

A Swiftly Tilting Balance

Sweet Valley Tentacles

The Switches

The Bouncey Twins

Railway Chillin'

Gusher Towns

The Maze Dasher

Flooders in the Attic

The Splat in our Zones

The Ink is Spreading

Bridge to Tentaswitchia

The Chronicles of Rolonium

Furler in the Ashes

MC.Princess Diaries


Main article: Weapon

Changes and additions

Splatoon 2 features both new and revamped stages, weapons (such as the Splat Dualies), special weapons (such as the Splashdown and Inkjet), and gear items, as well as additional character customization in the form of hairstyles and legwear. The game also allows for local multiplayer with up to eight people. Certain elements of the Heads-Up Display have also been revamped, showing the weapons each player has and whether their Special Weapons are ready to be used.

Judd is accompanied by a new cat with a smaller, younger and near-identical appearance to Judd's, named Li'l Judd.

After update version 2.0.0 the max level will be 99 (instead of 50 in the original game). After the player talks to Judd after reaching level 99 the player will have the option to restart at level ★1 and continue leveling up.

In addition to the new level cap after the update, players will be able to change their gear without having to leave the match room.

Mode changes

All ranked modes from the original Splatoon returned in Splatoon 2. All three have been changed in at least one way. The Rainmaker shoots large blaster-like exploding shots instead of a large ink tornado. Splat Zones has a new HUD UI that shows how much of the zone is captured. Tower Control now has checkpoints where the tower stops for approximately 5 seconds.

Salmon Run is a new co-op mode, in which players collect Power Eggs and Golden Eggs by defeating Salmonids to complete missions.

League Battle is a new online mode replacing Squad Battle, in which teams of two or four battle other teams to gain points in two hours.

Private Battles are now available for Local Multiplayer, and a new feature called LAN Play allows docked Switches to play Private Battles on a LAN without an Internet connection.[13] A spectating mode called Spectator View has been added for Private Battles only.

New ranked mode

On 13 December 2017 in the 2.1.0 patch, the first brand-new mode for Splatoon 2 was introduced. The mode Clam Blitz was added to the Ranked Battle stage schedule, alongside Splat Zones, Rainmaker, and Tower Control.

The objective of Clam Blitz is to pick up clams, which are scattered around the stage, and deposit them into the goal near the opposing team's base. The team who scores 100 points by depositing clams, or has the most points scored when the timer runs out, wins the match.

New main weapons






Dualies (New)

Brellas (New)

New sub weapons

New special weapons


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  • From 5 July 2017 to 17 July 2017, Nintendo of Denmark held a competition with fifteen winners of the prize of four tickets to LEGOLAND valid through the 2017 season. The contestants had to mail in the right answer to the question: "Which colorful shooting-game releases on the 21st July [the same year] for the Nintendo Switch?" and write "Sommerkonkurrence" (summer competition) as the topic to info@bergsala.dk. Three options were given: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch, Pokkén Tournament DX, or Splatoon 2. The right answer was Splatoon 2. The competition was concluded on the 17th and the winners were contacted through mail.[14]
    • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch (which later turned out to be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) did not exist at the time of this contest and Pokkén Tournament DX was released on 22 September 2017.
  • In Hong Kong, both the Japanese and North American/Oceanian versions are offered in the country's eShop.[15] Ratings were also given out to both versions in South Korea,[16] but only the North American/Oceanian version was released, physically and digitally.
  • The signature ink color set of this game is similar to one of the Turf War color sets in Splatoon, as well as the Squid Sisters' color scheme.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese スプラトゥーン2
supuratūn 2
Splatoon 2
China Chinese 斯普拉遁2[17]
Sī pǔ lā dùn 2
Splatoon 2

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