Inklings will be able to express themselves in ways they never have before with new hairstyles and gear coming in the holiday update. In the trailer, a male inkling can be seen sporting a spiky Mohawk, while a female rocks some short curly pigtails. Cue a quick photoshoot with some trendy clothing, before getting a look at one of two new stages.
Clean up on aisle…all of them. Players will be laying down ink in a new Supermarket themed stage named MakoMart. It has all the expected lanes, ramps, and you can even see what a Jellyfish buys on their typical shop. The second new stage is Shellendorf Institute, a historical museum and a location of cultural esteem. Considering the serene art installations in Museum d'Alfonsino of Splatoon 1, Nintendo appear just as committed to representing high culture, as they are to not dropping the price of the Nintendo Switch.
New weapons will be joining the selection. Firstly, a new shooter that’s literally a champagne bottle with a handle, will allow players to make it rain all over Inkopolis. There’s also a fresh addition to the newer Brella class with this one featuring a translucent fabric. This will allow players to see dangers ahead of them while the brella is opened, like something ripped straight out of Kingsmen.
Splatoon 2 will also see 2 returning stages; Walleye Warehouse & Arowana Mall. These were part of the original stages in Splatoon 1 and join Blackbelly Skatepark, Kelp Dome, Moray Towers and Port Mackerel with a fresh coat of paint. That will surely accompany the many more coats of paint that other inklings will fire.
Perhaps the biggest addition however is the introduction of a frantic new Ranked Battle mode called Clam Blitz! Until now Splatoon 1's regular battle mode; Turf War, and 3 ranked battle modes; Splat Zones, Rainmaker and Tower Control, have been the staples of the game since the great update of August ‘15. Now, players will be able to test their skills with a new objective that seems to be a competitive take on Salmon Run. Inklings race all over the map collecting clams (rather than power eggs) to deposit into a punching bag. We’re not sure why either. Collected clams follow behind you in a line, meaning the more clams you collect, the longer your enemies will be able to follow your trail and splat you before you make it home. If you are splatted before returning to the punching bag, your clams are then up for grabs. However, clams can be passed onto teammates by throwing an American football holding a number of clams. We’re not sure why that, either. But this should lead to some great coordinated teamwork opportunities, which will make for interesting viewing the more Nintendo pushes Splatoon 2 for the eSports arena.
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