Nintendo Offers a Weapons Blowout for Splatoon 2

Nintendo has given a huge amount of detail on many of the weapons that will be available to utilize in their newest iteration of the immensely popular Splatoon franchise. Splatoon 2, due to launch globally on July 21, is set to have a massive amount of content at launch, and even more in the weeks and months to follow, as well.

As we get closer and closer to the game’s release, Nintendo is giving fans a very good look at what will be available to use when the game comes out. Below is a slideshow of many of the weapons that are new and returning for Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch.

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Which weapons are you most excited about testing out? Do you see you main weapon from Splatoon in the group? Which changes do you think will have the most impact?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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Splatoon 2 Tweaks the Rules for Ranked Battles

If it has not been apparent before now, it should be coming clearer daily that the name of the game is competition. The Splatoon franchise is all about competition and that competition has levels. The main mode of competition is and has always been Turf War, in which the objective is to ink more turf than your opponent within the given time limit. The additional modes are found inside Ranked Battles, and that’s where the competition really heats up.

The new game coming to the franchise, Splatoon 2, will feature a few new changes to the Ranked Battle modes, and Nintendo was excited to share them with us. The first thing to not of course is the fact that the three modes we’ve grown so used to playing in Splatoon will be returning for the newest game on the Nintendo Switch. The adjustments that have been made to each of these modes is shown here, from the company’s Spaltoon Tumblr page.

In addition to the above information, Nintendo of America has also shared what may be a new segment on their YouTube channel, Splat Chat which features several Treehouse employees discussing these changes. Here’s hoping they continue with this on other aspects of the game, as well.

Nintendo is doing an incredible job of making fans aware of the things that they have in the works right now, and that is such a refreshing thing because it eliminates quite a bit of the “guessing” that people tend to do when it comes to the company’s intentions. It puts much more focus on the phenomenal content that they have on offer, instead.

What do you like most about these new adjustments in Splatoon 2? Were you a primarily Ranked Battles player in the original game? Which is your favorite mode?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

New Splatoon 2 Details Are Emerging

As Nintendo continues to ramp up the promotion for new and upcoming titles for the Nintendo Switch, it seems that every day presents some new bit of information. Splatoon 2, which is scheduled to release globally in July, is no exception to the release of new details, either.

In the first update, we learn a little more about the Octarian army and some of their weaponry.

The second update shares with us who appears to be a new boss character in Octo Samurai.

The continual updates and release of details about the upcoming Splatoon 2 are wonderful and go a long way toward ensuring that fans have a full opportunity to learn as much as they possibly can about the game. When the first game launched on the Wii U 2 years ago, it was known that the franchise was brand new with a minimal team, only powered by what looked to be a very good idea. Bolstered by the surprising excitement around the newly announced game during an E3 presentation, the company prepared to launch a completely new franchise with a very small amount of backstory. Now, the foundation for the Splatoon franchise is set, and the backstory for Splatoon 2 is leading the way to launch, and I believe that will only serve to help the game to do well on the market, because I am very confident in the developers and their ability to deliver yet another incredible experience.

What do you like most about these new Splatoon 2 details? Are you a fan of the first game in the franchise? Are you excited about this game’s coming arrival, and will you be picking it up at launch?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Nintendo Scores BIG With ARMS Global Testpunch!

Over the course of the last 2-3 years or so, Nintendo has subtly and even aggressively changed the ways in which they share their message with the fans, and the gaming audience, on the whole. Gone are the days of the confusing messaging; gone are the days of “is it a new console, or is it an add-on?”; and gone are the days of “when will Nintendo make a new IP?” The company is swiftly moving into the realm of “This is what we are doing now, and you are going to love it”…and they’re absolutely right!

During the Wii U generation, the company was forced to make some aggressive and even unprecedented moves to ensure their messaging was exactly where they needed it to be. A new advertisement firm was hired to get the word out about Nintendo and their products, new personnel were hired to lead Sales and Marketing, and overall, the company has just done an amazing job of getting their hardware and software into the hands of potential purchasers.

dasumihxgaef3qcThis past weekend (Memorial Day weekend in the US, by the way) Nintendo launched a Global Testpunch for their new and quickly-releasing franchise, ARMS. Similar to the Global Testfire held for the Splatoon franchise, the ARMS Global Testpunch allows Nintendo Switch owners to play a demo version of the game globally during set time slots. This not only allows fans to get an early look at/play of the game, but also give Nintendo an opportunity to stress-test the servers in preparation to launch the game next month.

Another wonderful side effect of these Tests is the opportunity to raise awareness and anticipation for new titles as they prepare to launch. ARMS is definitely benefiting from this treatment as it is climbing up the Amazon Best Sellers chart this weekend as people get a taste of the game and what it has to offer.

Amazon Best Sellers as of May 27 at 10pm

Amazon Best Sellers List for Video Games as of Saturday evening, May 27, just after 10pm EST.

Having avenues to continually connect with fans, gauge demand, and gain feedback is imperative for the company and it appears to be working wonders for them thus far. I am constantly remarking that this is an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan, and it seems that each week Nintendo keeps proving me right. The company’s mission to put more smiles on the faces of the people they come in contact with by the use of their strong and storied IP is only bolstered by their stellar performance in the marketplace right now, and the surprises that are sure to come over the next couple of weeks are sure to keep that performance going.

Were you able to participate in the ARMS Global Testpunch? What were your impressions of the game? Are you anticipating getting the full retail version? What do you like most of the Nintendo Switch, so far?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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Chapter 3 – Squid Sisters Stories

The Squid Research Lab continues to dive deep into the story behind the Squid Sisters and what they have been up to since the last Splatfest several months ago. Splatoon 2 will be releasing globally soon, and Nintendo is doing a lot to make sure the promotion is as highly effective as possible. As you may be well aware, Callie and Marie were very present in the first Splatoon game, and they have been just as absent in the promotion to this point leading to the upcoming Splatoon 2. These stories are serving the purpose of giving more in-depth lore to the franchise, as well as helping to promote the game in another unique manner, that falls squarely in line with the personality of the IP.

If you missed Chapter 1 and/or Chapter 2, be sure to check them out. Otherwise, enjoy:

Squid Sisters Stories - Chapter 3

I am really enjoying everything that Nintendo is doing right now to make sure the word is out about the company’s newest game console, the Nintendo Switch. From the steady roll-out of new and incredible content to the ways in which advertisement has been a main focus, everything has been at peak quality. The more they continue to follow that model, the more they will be able to advance the momentum that they are experiencing right now. Be sure to stay tuned for more as it becomes available.

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Chapter 2 – Squid Sisters Stories

The Squid Research Lab has released the second chapter of the Squid Sisters Stories, and it is shedding more light on the situation between Callie and Marie. These two busy entertainers are dealing with the demands of rising popularity, and trying to maintain their relationship all at the same time.

If you have not seen Chapter 1, be sure to take a look at that, and enjoy Chapter 2, below:

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This story is getting more and more interesting the deeper we get into it. The emotional account of Marie in this entry is painting a picture that really illustrates the amount of lore behind the Splatoon franchise that has been absent, but also can truly be filled in going forward. I am excited to see what comes next, and be sure to stay tuned for more as that story continues.

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Chapter 1 – Squid Sisters Stories

Last week, the Squid Research Lab released some Top Secret documents that hinted at the reason behind the absence of the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, during the recent promotional footage of Nintendo’s upcoming Splatoon 2. The singing duo were the mainstays for the Inkling World in Splatoon, and now we are starting to get some insights into their disappearance.

For the next few weeks, we will be finding out more and more information as it becomes available, and Thursday evening saw the release of the first chapter in The Squid Sisters Stories. It will be interesting to see how we will get more of the lore behind this incredible franchise. Below is Chapter 1:

 

 

 

Squid Sisters Stories - Chapter 1

Nintendo has done an amazing job continuing to build upon the fledgling Splatoon franchise, with constant support, additional content, various events, and now deeper story lines. The Squid Sisters Stories truly has the potential to go much further than giving a backstory on the absence of Callie and Marie, too. That is what makes what the company is doing that much more incredible because there is potential for supporting manga, anime, and more. We will have to wait and see.

What more do you think we will see from these stories? How are you enjoying them? Be sure to stay tuned for more as more becomes available.

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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