Huge Splatoon 2 Update

Stages, Hairstyles, Battle Modes, and So Much More Coming to Splatoon 2


Nintendo has been treating us right with Splatoon 2. We’ve been getting almost weekly updates with new weapons, and stages. Now, the latest news confirms that new stages, hairstyles, battle modes, and even more are on the way. Let’s take a look.


This major update comes just in time for the holidays, considering the lull in sales and hype for the game. This lull was, of course, caused by the launch of Super Mario Odyssey, but Splatoon 2 has more life to give yet. To bring players back, the team behind the game are releasing a level cap increased to level 99, 4 new hairstyles, over 140 new pieces of clothing, 2 new music tracks, some new stages, and some new battle modes. Here’s a trailer from Nintendo.

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The gallery above showcases some of the new styles, haircuts, and clothes that you’ll be able to wear when the new update goes live.

Anyway, the update will be broken down into two different parts. The first will be coming this week on November 24, and the second will be coming sometime in December. Here’s what’s coming in November.

  • MakoMart stage
  • A new Salmon Run stage, Salmonid Smokeyard
  • 140 extra pieces of gear
  • New music from “the punk-flavored Bottom Feeders and classically-trained avant-garde-style Ink Theory”
  • New hair styles
  • Scan Splatoon amiibo to take in-game pictures
  • Max level raised to 99
  • Swap gear between battles within the online lobbies

Here’s what’s coming later next month:

  • Clam Blitz battle mode
  • New stage – Shellendorf Institute
  • Two more returning stages – Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall

That’s a lot of stuff! If you’re wondering what Clam Blitz battle mode is like, here’s Nintendo’s summary:

Competing Inklings are tasked with collecting clams scattered around the stage. After one is picked up, the clam weirdly follows you. Your objective is to throw the clam into the basket near your opponent’s base. The first team to score 100 points wins! The baskets are protected by a barrier, which must be destroyed first. After collecting 10 clams, you’ll earn a Power Clam. These super-powered clams are the key to breaking the barrier, so strategy will definitely be involved in deciding which clams are used to destroy the barrier and which are used to earn points. Not to mention the extra-satisfying opportunity to steal your opponents’ clams by splatting them.

Sounds like a blast! To finish off, here are images of the new stages directly from Nintendo.

What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll be sure to let you know when the second update will go live!

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