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Splatoon 2

As we reported last week, Splatoon 2 received a new 5.5.0 update last night. It took Nintendo a bit of time, but the official patch notes have finally been published.

The new update comes with weapon adjustments, changes, and fixes. For the full Splatoon 2 patch notes for the version 5.5.0 update, continue on below. 

A new 5.5.0 update will be made available for Splatoon 2 next week, Nintendo has just announced. It will go live on September 29 in Japan, so that should translate to the evening of September 28 in North America.

English patch notes have not yet been posted. However, we can confirm that adjustments to weapons are planned, along with a couple of fixes. We’ll bring you all of the information in English as soon as it’s available.

Many fans are getting excited about Splatoon 3, especially as it was just shown again during today’s Nintendo Direct. That being said, the game is several months away as it’s planned for 2022. In the meantime, it looks like Nintendo will continue supporting Splatoon 2, even if it’s primarily for things like balance updates for weapons.


Over in Japan, Nintendo is planning re-releases of two big Switch titles. Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 are seeing new retail versions, which will come with DLC.

For Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Expansion Pass will be included with the base game. Splatoon 2 players will gain the main game and Octo Expansion.

These new versions of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2 are due out on October 8.


Nintendo has announced the discontinuation of the Online Lounge feature in Splatoon 2. Since launch, this has worked via the Nintendo Switch Online app.

Nintendo says the ” the app will continue to allow friends to voice chat, and no other changes will be made to the app at this time.”

For those that have been using Online Lounge, it will no longer be supported starting July 28.

Here’s the full notice:

Nintendo today announced a new partnership with PlayVS that will make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 officially recognized varsity athletics at participating high schools. Both titles will be added to the official PlayVS lineup for the Fall 2021 High School season, allowing teams around the country to compete against each other in online matches. The season begins on September 20.

Also worth noting is that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be joining the action as well. That game will join the PlayVS roster for the Spring 2022 High School season early next year.

Here’s some additional information about the partnership:

Yesterday a new update for Splatoon 2 was announced for February 23. This update brings quite a few balancing changes. Check out the patch notes below.

Nintendo announced Splatoon 3 yesterday, but still isn’t finished with Splatoon 2 just yet. It’s been announced that a new update is planned for next week.

Version 5.4.0 will be releasing on February 23 / February 24. For the most part, the patch will include balance adjustments.


Splatoon 2 finally held its Super Mario Bros.-themed Splatfest over the past couple of days. In honor of the series’ 35th anniversary, players could choose between the Super Mushroom and Super Star.

Following a weekend of battles, the results of the newest Splatfest are in. Here’s a look at how things panned out:


This weekend, the final bonus Splatfest in Splatoon 2 begins: Super Mushroom vs. Invincibility. Nintendo has published some special art to celebrate the event. We’ve included it above.

This special Super Mario-themed Splatfest will start on January 15 in North America and Europe, and will last 48 hours.



Nintendo is celebrating the 2020 holiday season with some new art featuring Splatoon 2. Get a look at the image above.

As a reminder, Nintendo isn’t quite done with Splatoon 2 yet. A Super Mario-themed Splatfest will be taking place next month.