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Splatoon 2 introduces Li’l Judd

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Earlier this week, Nintendo showed off the furry Splatoon 2 character found in video footage and the Testfire event on its Japanese Twitter page. An English name was made known today. Officially, the character is called Li’l Judd.

Here’s the introduction for the Splatoon 2 Tumblr page:

“Breaking news! We’ve confirmed the identity of the furry creature seen previously in both video footage and the recent Testfire event! Ready for it? Everyone, meet Li’l Judd!

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit he’s adorable, but from what we’ve been able to observe, he’s gunning for Judd’s spot as premier Turf War judge like a bloodthirsty tiger crouching in the jungle underbrush. The details of his origins are still shrouded in mystery, but rest assured our research on this fuzzy subject will continue.”

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In the original Splatoon, Judd was around at the end of matches as the results were presented. He’s back in Splatoon 2, but is also joined by another character.

Nintendo gave a glimpse at the other “judge” character that has been seen in past videos and the Testfire event today. In Japanese, the name is literally “Kojudge-kun” (that’ll likely be changed in English). He may look cute, but apparently it’s watching vigilantly for an opportunity to take Judd’s position. His origins are still shrouded in mystery, but will continue to be investigated.

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Back in February, Nintendo revealed the Diadema Amphitheater stage for Splatoon 2. The series’ official Tumblr page updated today with a final English name for the level: Starfish Mainstage.

We have the following overview:

“This is Starfish Mainstage. It’s an outdoor music venue that hosts concerts for all types of music acts. The now legendary ‘Squid Squad’ played here once, and its considered a bit of a holy site for devotees of rock music. It’s a wonder that all the ink spray doesn’t cause the equipment to short circuit, but I guess they’ve got it figured out.”

In case you missed it, below are a few screenshots showing Starfish Mainstage:

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After announcing the Humpback Pump Track stage for Splatoon 2 earlier today, the series’ official Tumblr page updated with the news.

First, we have the following overview:

“Introducing Humpback Pump Track. This new stage is an indoor BMX track, but Inklings use it as a stage for Turf War. It features many curvy ups and downs, and the bike track surrounds a small hill in the middle. You’d think the openness makes for great visibility, but the hump abundance creates a surprising amount of blind spots. Inklings can employ multiple strategies, including frontal breakthroughs or attacking from the side.

Oh… and we just realized that jellyfish can ride bikes? What!?”

And these screenshots:

Nintendo has announced several new stages for Splatoon 2 since the initial reveal in January. Other levels include The Reef, Musselforge Fitness, and Diadema Amphitheater.

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At the ESL Go4Splatoon Europe Grand Final today, Nintendo revealed a brand new stage for Splatoon 2. Producer Hisashi Nogami appeared in a video and briefly introduced Humpback Pump Track.

Humpback Pump Track “is based on an indoor BMX track,” Nogami explained. It also “has a lot of curvy ups and downs.”

Here’s a close look:


Just like in the first game, you will have the ability to reroll abilities on a piece of gear in Splatoon 2. This task is once again performed by a sea urchin – not Spyke though. Instead, a new character called “Spiky” (this is his Japanese name, could likely be changed in the English), who is said to be an admirer of Spyke, will do this for you. In the example image, rerolling all three abilities on a pair of shoes is shown to cost 20,000 gold. It will also be possible to use Super Sea Snails to pay for this service, though we don’t know yet how they can be obtained in Splatoon 2.

When you reroll abilities, you will also get “Ability Fragments”, which can be used to add abilities to a piece of gear, if you collect enough of them.

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Splatoon 2 introduces gear

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Just like the first game, Splatoon 2 features gear. There are three categories: headgear, clothes, and shoes. The Splatoon 2 Twitter account teases new gear keeping in line with the fashion trends taking place in Inkopolis Square.

Every piece of gear has an ability. With abilities, it’s possible for the same kind of gear to be unique. With the two years that have gone by since the first Splatoon, it sounds like some abilities are new or have changed.

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The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire took place this past weekend, and Digital Foundry now has an analysis about its resolution and frame rate in particular.

At least currently, we can expect Splatoon 2 to run at 1280×720 while in docked mode, and at a dynamic resolution while playing in handheld mode. It also has a rock-solid 60 frames per second.

Here’s the full analysis:

GameXplain has recently put out a video detailing the changes made to the Splatoon 2 stage “The Reef” since it was first revealed to the public two months ago. While it’s not a surprise to see changes made to pre-release versions of games like this, it’s interesting to see what’s been going on behind the scenes with the game. Check it out below.

Splatoon 2 will be ready sometime this summer. However, Nintendo has been giving fans an early taste of the game with Splatoon 2 Global Testfire. Hour-long sessions have been taking place since yesterday, allowing players to battle against others online.

How many of you have had a chance to give Splatoon 2 Global Testfire a go? What do you think of the controls and new Muscle Musselforge Fitness stage? Did any of you skip the first title and might be willing to give this one a shot? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Highlights from last week’s topic: Which indie games are you looking forward to on Switch?

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