To celebrate E3 2017 and to hype gamers for the upcoming Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch on July 21st, Nintendo invited competitive teams to play on the big stage and live-streamed the whole event.
Nintendo made a great call both with publishing Splatoon 2 and with hosting the tournament. The original Splatoon for the Wii U was a surprise hit, taking classic FPS elements but making them come to life with ink and paint rather than bullets. At first glance, it is a very childish looking game, but it quickly gets very competitive and even an older audience can play and enjoy it. It’s no wonder that, with the support of Nintendo and many tournaments, the first game was a huge success.
Naturally, with the second installment releasing for the Nintendo Switch, a new appreciation for competitive play on the Switch will come to gamers globally. Nintendo’s vision for the future of esports on the Switch was shown in past trailers, where they envisioned stadiums full of people watching professional gamers play. They’ve proven that their concept is working and the E3 tournament was a great marketing tactic to give this game another boost before launch.
- Classic Turf War mode with 4-on-4 battles on who can cover the most ground with ink
- Salmon Run as 2-4 player co-op survival mode
- New special and dual wield weapons
- Local and online multiplayer with up to 10 Switch systems connected in LAN mode
- Support of the upcoming Nintendo Communications App
- A whole new bunch of new items with unique features and stat boosts
- And amiibo support
An interview with two members of Team Deadbeat can be found here. More information regarding the game can be found on the official website. And if you missed the tournament and final match, you can check it out below.
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