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Splatoon’s new update is now available. After applying the patch, your game will be brought up to version 2.6.0.

Missed the update notes we posted a few days ago? If so, head past the break to read them in full.

Even more Nintendo maintenance is taking place this week. Super Mario Maker, Splatoon, and Wii U/3DS online services will be affected.

Here’s the full lineup:

Super Mario Maker (all network services)

– 6 PM PT (Monday) – 7 PM PT (Monday)
– 9 PM ET (Monday) – 10 PM ET (Monday)
– 2 AM in the UK (Tuesday) – 3 AM in the UK (Tuesday)
– 3 AM in Europe (Tuesday) – 4 AM in Europe (Tuesday)

Splatoon (all network services)

– 4:50 PM PT (Tuesday) – 6:30 PM PT (Tuesday)
– 7:50 PM ET (Tuesday) – 9:30 PM ET (Tuesday)
– 12:50 AM (Wednesday) in the UK – 2:30 AM in the UK (Wednesday)
– 1:50 AM in Europe (Wednesday) – 3:30 AM in Europe (Wednesday)

Wii U/3DS (all network services: online play, rankings, etc.)

– 9 PM PT (Tuesday) – 1 AM PT (Wednesday)
– 12 AM ET (Wednesday) – 4 AM ET (Wednesday)
– 5 AM in the UK (Wednesday) – 9 AM in the UK (Wednesday)
– 6 AM in Europe (Wednesday) – 10 AM in Europe (Wednesday)

Previously-scheduled maintenance for this week can be found here.


What was Shigeru Miyamoto’s favorite movie of 2015? That honor goes to Star Was: The Force Awakens.

Speaking with Game Informer, Miyamoto shared some thoughts as to why he was impressed with the film:

“There were a lot of good movies last year. One movie that I would have to talk about is Star Wars. It was a movie that I was very worried about. I really enjoyed the original three movies. But as they started to rely more on CG and computer graphics, I gradually stopped watching the Star Wars movies.

I felt that for the people who were taking that on that it was a very big challenge for them. My expectation is that they’d maybe find a way to barely meet that challenge. But when I saw that movie, I was very impressed with what they were able to do.

As a creator, I really respected their ability to take on the challenge and bring back some of the feelings that people had the first time they watched the movies. I really liked that some of those actors from Episode IV came back after all these years, and you can see how they had aged. As a fan, it was a really great movie.”

Miyamoto also discussed his favorite games of last year: Splatoon and Super Mario Maker.

“I haven’t seen as many video games. Two of the games that I have been really happy with. One is Splatoon. We had a very young staff work on that game; particularly in the Japanese market, they’ve introduced a whole new genre of shooter.

And then Super Mario Maker, which Mr. [Takashi] Tezuka worked on, we’re seeing a lot of dads are playing together with their kids. That’s made me really happy.”


Stage Adjustments:

  • Object placement in Regular Battle for the following stages will be changed to match that in Splat Zones.
    • Arowana Mall
    • Moray Towers

During today’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that a pair of Splatoon updates are on the way. The first one is due out on March 8 and balances gear and updates the matchmaking system. Another patch will add weapon combos under the name “Sheldon’s Picks”.

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Two weeks ago we reported that a Splatoon manga series will be published in Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic, starting with the April 2016 issue (which is actually being released today). Today, a special one-off web-only chapter was published to celebrate the manga’s release. It’s available (in Japanese) here.


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Japanese candy maker Nobel will be making Splatoon-themed gummy candies and stickers. Currently, they only seem to be for Japan, and a release date was not given.


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After a day of intense battles, Splatoon’s latest Splatfest has ended. The results of the Pokemon Red vs. Blue competition in North America/Europe and Pokemon Red vs. Green event in Japan are now in.

You can see how things panned out in North America above. As for Europe and Japan, those results are below.

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