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Splatoon 2 introduces new moves and weapons
August 23 2017, 06:04 | Alexander Lowe
Pearl and Marina
With just over two weeks to go until the launch of Splatoon 2 on the Switch, Nintendo is streaming what we assume will be the final Nintendo Direct for the game before its release. It's coming out soon, too, since Nintendo announced it'll be available on July 21. That app will, appropriately enough, be called Nintendo Switch Online, according to a press release. Players will be able to utilize SplatNet 2 to track their online stats and performance in online battles.
With the advent of Nintendo Switch Online, there's a good chance that other games such as Rocket League won't have built-in voice chat capabilities, forcing audio through a smartphone.
Like its predecessor, Splatoon 2 will receive a good amount of post-launch support in the form of new weapons, gear and stages. The version shown in today's Direct featured a home screen with a special "Game-Specific Services" section, where all compatible titles will appear.
While Nintendo's multiplayer features are now free to access on the Switch, the full version will cost pla $20 (£16) per year when it launches, The Independent says. No definite date, however, has been set for the launch of the service.
Nintendo Switch Online will cost $19.99 per year, $7.99 for three months, or $3.99 per month.
The first Splatoon 2 Splatfest will start on July 15th. Subscribers will also be able to enjoy deals on the Nintendo eShop.
If single-player is more your thing, the single-player mode also sees you going on an adventure to find Callie of the Squid Sisters.
Interestingly, online play within Splatoon 2 will be free until the Switch Online service is rolled out in 2018.
In regular Super Mario games, if you run out of lives, you can still pick up from a flagpole checkpoint.