Tuesday17th Nov 2020
And they're not cheap
Cutesy toy makers Goodsmile have opened pre-orders for the latest set of Splatoon 2 figma action figures, and these are really off the hook. Pop idol duo Pearl and Marina, fan-favourite characters from the latest kid-squid-shooter on Switch, are now available to pre-order. They're due to release in July 2021, both coming with...
Wednesday11th Nov 2020
Pick a side
To celebrate Mario's 35th anniversary, Splatoon 2 will be hosting a special Super Mario-themed Splatfest early next year in January. It's Team Super Mushroom verse Team Super Star. If you want to show your support for your select side and happen to be located in America, Nintendo's lovely and limited t-shirts are now back in stock...
Thursday8th Oct 2020
Another day, another amiibo restock, and this time it's good news for Splatoon fans. Callie, Marie, Pearl and Marina have all returned to the Nintendo Official UK Store, giving amiibo collectors another chance to grab them for their collections. Pearl and Marina were originally released in a double pack, which has returned here, while...
Tuesday6th Oct 2020
"Splatoon didn't need my music"
If you're a fan of funky fresh beats, you can't go past the famous video game composer Hideki Naganuma. He's best known for his music in the Jet Set Radio series back when he worked at Sega. For many years now, his fanbase has been begging Nintendo to allow him to compose some music for the squid shooter series...
Thursday17th Sep 2020
Remember the recently-announced Super Mario-themed Splatfest that's set to kick off in Splatoon 2 next year? Well, those snazzy real-life t-shirts have now appeared in Europe. Yes, now available on the My Nintendo store are these lovely Team Super Mushroom and Team Super
Friday11th Sep 2020
An entire new line appears at Nintendo Tokyo
A whole new wave of Splatoon merchandise has appeared on the Japanese My Nintendo Store and at Nintendo TOKYO today, and yes, we're going to sit here and sulk about it for the rest of the day. Nintendo's Japanese shops don't ship worldwide, meaning you'll need to have a friend living in Japan or take to...
Thursday3rd Sep 2020
And t-shirts on the My Nintendo Store
Splatoon 2 will host a special Super Mario-themed Splatfest in January to commemorate the mascot's 35th anniversary. The event was announced (as if you didn't know) as part of the Super Mario 35th Anniversary Direct which Nintendo dropped on the internet earlier today. For those not in the know, Splatfests are...
Tuesday18th Aug 2020
More weapon adjustments
Ahead of the chicken verse egg Splatfest this weekend, Nintendo has released a new update for its popular online team-based squid shooter, Splatoon 2. It primarily changes the specifications for some of the main weapons. The patch notes mention how the development team has been observing the changes in weapon choice since it...
Monday17th Aug 2020
A classic returns
Update (Mon 17th Aug, 2020 09:45 BST): Last month, Nintendo announced that a second bonus Splatfest was on the way to Splatoon 2, with even more of the things planned to take place before the end of March 2021. As a quick reminder, the first of these is taking place this weekend - make sure to choose your side and train up for the...
Tuesday21st Jul 2020
Believe it or not, Splatoon 2 first launched on Nintendo Switch three years ago today on 21st July, 2017. It was a super exciting time for Nintendo fans, with a new Zelda, a (kind of) new Mario Kart and a new Splatoon game all launching within the first few months of the Switch going on sale. Naturally, Breath of the Wild took most of the...
Tuesday7th Jul 2020
Update: Great news! The Splatoon and Animal Crossing iPhone cases have appeared on the My Nintendo website once again in the UK. They're available right now for the same prices as before (£29.99 for the fancy Splatoon ones, £24.99 for the more basic designs), although expect to see shipping fees on top. Act fast if you want one, because...
Thursday2nd Jul 2020
More changes and fixes to multiplayer
Nintendo might have officially stopped supporting Splatoon 2 with regular Splatfest, but it's still updating the game on a regular basis. The popular squid shooter has already received three updates this year, and now to add to this, it's received a fourth. Below are the full details, according to the official...
Wednesday1st Jul 2020
Remember the good old days?
We know we've said this plenty of times before, but we sure do miss the good old days of flicking through a game's manual. We imagine a fair few of you will have similar memories to us, picking up a new game from the store and eagerly looking through the booklet on the way home before loading it up, but that's sadly...
Thursday25th Jun 2020
"Splatoon's more a shooting game, and this is more close combat"
GungHo Online recently launched its free-to-play Switch title Ninjala, a game which has been repeatedly compared to Nintendo's Splatoon series (and not just by us). However, GungHo Online CEO Kazuki Morishita – speaking to our good friends over at Eurogamer – has been sure to...
Wednesday17th Jun 2020
Contains a few multiplayer fixes
Splatoon 2 might not get quite as much love as certain other first-party Switch titles nowadays, but Nintendo still is releasing some minor updates for it, fixing bugs and adjusting the game balance. The latest one - Version 5.2.1 - was actually released earlier this week. Below are the full details, according to...
Tuesday2nd Jun 2020
Based on Splatoon 2's characters and designs
Splatoon might only be up to its second game, but it's already become an insanely popular first-party series for Nintendo. As a result of this, the Japanese video game giant is eager to build on its success with clothing, toys and even manga. If you have read any of the Splatoon manga before, you might...
Friday29th May 2020
Five years ago (well, five years and a day ago, actually) the original Splatoon inked its way onto the Wii U. It was an exciting and fresh take on the online shooter and a completely new venture for Nintendo - and boy are we happy that it was released. Splatoon and its sequel, Splatoon 2, have arguably been two of the most important...
Wednesday29th Apr 2020
Play free for a whole week
Just in case it had slipped your mind, here's a reminder that the Splatoon 2 Special Demo 2020, available to download from the Switch eShop as we speak, will be going live tomorrow. By downloading this special software option from the eShop, you'll be able to jump online and splat it out in 4-on-4 Turf War battles with...
Thursday16th Apr 2020
Everything that's new and different
Nintendo has revealed that Splatoon 2's next update will arrive next week, with changes set to go live from 22nd April. The update, which was seemingly accidentally mentioned by Nintendo on social media ahead of time last week, will be distributed at 10am on 22nd April in Japan (so that's 2am BST / 3am CEST in...
Thursday26th Mar 2020
Download the update now
A free update for Nintendo's hit exercise game Ring Fit Adventure has been announced via today's surprise Nintendo Direct Mini. A new score-based Rhythm Game mode will enable you to stretch and squeeze your Ring-Con to the beat of some swingin' Nintendo tunes from the likes of Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoo
Saturday11th Jan 2020
Following on from our reader-voted Top 50 Games of the Decade, Nintendo Life staff members will be picking their personal favourite Nintendo games between the years 2010-2019. Today, Alex recalls the growing pains of his first major step into his career, and how one squid and/or kid-based shooter made all the difference... “These controls...
Monday6th Jan 2020
Multiplayer undergoes some changes
As promised, today sees the release of Splatoon 2's latest update, taking the game to Version 5.1.0. Nintendo has released the full patch notes for this multiplayer-focused update, and we've shared the full list of changes for you below. You should find this update waiting for you the next time you boot up the...
Friday3rd Jan 2020
Splatoon 3? More DLC?
It looks like 2020 might well be about to bring us something new in the world of Splatoon, with a promotional image shared by Nintendo seemingly teasing... Well, something. Below, we've shared a tweet from the official Splatoon Twitter account in Japan. It's wishing players a happy new year and providing a...
Tuesday24th Dec 2019
The last twelve hours or so have been rather stressful for Splatoon fans, with excitement, nerves, and confusion all coming their way thanks to the belief that maybe - just maybe - Nintendo had teased a 'Splatoon 3'. As it happens, that's not the case at all, but with the phrase 'Splatoon3' trending online and with plenty of Inklings...
Friday15th Nov 2019
Judd and Li'l Judd are included, too!
Japanese toymaker figma has announced some new Splatoon figures for 2020, and they're looking insanely good. A new 'DX' double pack – which contains two Inkling Boys, Judd and Li'l Judd and a whole bunch of accessories – is available for pre-order now. This pack comes with Splattershot guns, a...
Monday14th Oct 2019
What a line up!
Forget the million-seller chart-toppers. Forget that band who have been your favourite since your teenage years. This right here is the concert you've been waiting for. As part of the Nintendo Live 2019 event which took place over the weekend, Nintendo held a concert starring Callie, Marie, Pearl, and Marina of Splatoon fame. As...
Thursday19th Sep 2019
Version 5.0.1 is near
Splatoon 2 will see yet another update next month, taking the game to Version 5.0.1. Unlike the big bump to Version 5.0 - which was supposedly the final major update for the game - this new patch is being put in place to tweak two minor issues. The patch is expected to go live on 10th October in Europe, Australia, and Japan...
Friday6th Sep 2019
Well, we didn't see this coming
Two of the biggest and best online shooters available on Nintendo Switch might be about to join forces, should the findings of a data miner be anything to go by. Hypex, one of social media's most popular Fortnite leakers, has revealed that items potentially relating to Nintendo's Splatoon franchise have been...
Wednesday31st Jul 2019
Including Splatfest battle mode
Splatoon 2 has now been updated to Version 5.0.0, likely the final major update that the game will receive. As promised, it brings options for players to play on previous Splatfest stages as well as lots, lots more. Thankfully, Nintendo has issued the full patch notes. We've got them all for you below, so strap...
Tuesday9th Jul 2019
Check out the Japanese retail release as well
This weekend, Tetris 99 is celebrating the final Splatfest in Splatoon 2 with a special themed Maximus Cup. As previously noted, this event runs from 12 a.m. PT on July 12 to 11:59 p.m. PT on July 15. If you participate in this event and earn 100 event points, you'll get a n