08 July, 2017
Splatoon 2 will come to the Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2017. That app will, appropriately enough, be called Nintendo Switch Online, according to a press release. SplatNet 2 lets Splatoon 2 users check out their online play stats and info on upcoming game features.
And yes, it's still ridiculous that you'll need to use a standalone smartphone app for voice chat instead of it simply being built into the Switch itself, but that's Nintendo for you. You'll also be able to access SplatNet2 to view online play statistics and details about game features coming down the pipeline.
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Splatoon 2 is set to launch on July 21st. It looks like friends can be invited from your social media contacts, your Nintendo Switch Friends List, or from a list of people you've battled against previously.
Not to beat a dead seahorse, but restricting vital features to a mobile app-and the accompanying Frankenstein's Headset-is befuddling. All you have to do is download the free demo in eShop on your Switch console, and choose a team before the Splatfest kicks off. 3, Dr. Mario, and Balloon Fight. The subscription program will be offered to players for free when it launches later this year, but Nintendo will start charging an annual fee starting in 2018.
While numerous core mechanics remain the same, Nintendo has some tricks up its sleeve to make Splatoon 2 stand apart from its predecessor. Duelies have also seen to work with a new dodge roll capability that will help you to get out of the way of an attack before returning fire yourself.