Splatoon 2 is getting some big updates for the holidays

Alfred Osborne
November 21, 2017

Splatoon 2 is getting a massive update in just a few days, on November 24, and it adds a lot of stuff to Nintendo's family-friendly and extremely colourful shooter.

New Gear: Approximately 140 pieces of gear are being added. Shellendorf Institute will also be a new addition to the series, while Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall are returning from the first game. The second free update will be available mid-December and introduces a frantic new Ranked Battle mode called Clam Blitz, which involves picking up clams around the stage and trying to throw them into your opponent's basket. "This new content significantly expands the game and provides a great value for players, regardless of whether they purchased it on launch day or have it on their holiday gift lists". The big holiday update includes four new maps (rolling out on a slower basis), a new Salmon Run map, new gear, four hairstyles, a heightened level cap, new music (!), the ability to switch gear between battles (meaning no more exiting to the lobby), and because it's Nintendo, more Amiibo functionality. Take a look in the video below to see some of the new features in action. "Additionally, a level 99 player can reset their level display to "★1" so they can continue raising their level. In the Salmonid Smokeyard players have to work together to successfully operate mechanical platforms and keep other players mobile while defending evil Salmons and collecting important items. Clams are scattered throughout a stage. The aim is to throw clams into the basket near your opponent's base, with the first team to score 100 points the victor.

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I'm not 100% on what's going on with Clam Blitz, but there seem to be two components.

Nintendo teased a special announcement earlier today for Splatoon 2, and now we know what they were talking about, as this was regarding the plans for the rest of the year. The baskets are protected by a barrier, which much be destroyed first. These super-powered clams are the key to breaking the barrier, so strategy will definitely be involved in which clams are used to destroy the barrier and which are used to earn points.

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