Update from the Squid Research Lab: Introducing SplatNet 2


07/07/2017

During the Splatoon 2 Direct we caught a glimpse of SplatNet 2 for the first time! It’s a smart device app that connects to Splatoon 2 and will be free to use until the paid membership launches in 2018.

You may have a few questions about it, so we’ve created this special report going over all the details from the presentation.

What on earth is SplatNet 2?

SplatNet 2 is an ink-redible service that allows you to view your last 50 Splatoon 2 battle results, online records of the weapons you and your opponents have used and stages you’ve played on. It even shows your current progress in Hero Mode! Your win rates for specific modes and stages will also be shown, helping you analyse and improve your game.

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Tell me more about this Online Lounge area of the app.

So, in Online Lounge you can invite friends to join your Private Battles, League Battles and Splatfest Battles using your smart device. You can quickly invite them via social networks or messaging services, or by simply selecting someone you’ve registered as a friend on your Nintendo Switch.

You can also enjoy voice chat with friends in the Online Lounge.

So I can voice chat with my friends while I play?

Yes, indeed! In a Private Battle, everyone can talk together before they split off into teams. Once the teams are formed, it’ll switch so you’ll only talk to other players on your team. The system will automatically switch who you’ll chat with depending on the situation.

Can I find out what stages are coming up using SplatNet 2?

We’re glad you asked. You can! The stages in Splatoon 2 change every two hours and you can view all upcoming online stages for the next 24 hours in advance.

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When does it launch?

When the Nintendo Switch Online app* launches for smart phones on July 21st, you'll also have access to SplatNet 2!

Anything else you want to share?

Actually, yes! Annie is planning on opening an online store called “SplatNet Shop”! Once its doors are open you’ll be able to order gear using in-game money and then pick up your fresh purchases next time you play. We’ve reached out to Annie to learn more. Hopefully we’ll have more to share soon.

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The best part about all this is you can do all of this with your smart device, meaning you can check out your stats and see what’s happening when you’re away from your Nintendo Switch!

Splatoon 2 launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch on July 21st. You can give it a try early with the Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere, a free demo event** that takes place on July 15th between 17:00 BST and 21:00 BST! Find out more about it.

Discover more at the official Splatoon 2 website and keep your eyes peeled for more updates from us on the Splatoon Facebook page.

Find out more about the Nintendo Switch Online service here.

*A compatible smart device and internet connection required to use the Nintendo Switch Online app. Data charges may apply.

A Nintendo Account is required to use the service. The service cannot be used by account users who are under 13 years old. To set restrictions for the Nintendo Switch Online app, please refer to your smart device settings. The Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app does not include settings for this app.

**Broadband internet connection required. The registration and linkage of Nintendo Account and acceptance of the Nintendo Account Agreement and Privacy Policy are required.