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Nintendo has updated its maintenance schedule once again. Splatoon will be undergoing maintenance later tonight, followed by overall downtime for Switch / Wii U / 3DS next week.

Here’s the full schedule:

Splatoon (all network services)

– 6 PM PT (June 20) – 7 PM PT (June 20)
– 9 PM ET (June 20) – 10 PM ET (June 20)
– 2 AM in the UK (June 21) – 3 AM in the UK (June 21)
– 3 AM in Europe (June 21) – 4 AM in Europe (June 21)

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

– 5 PM PT (June 26) – 8 PM PT (June 26)
– 8 PM ET (June 26) – 11 PM ET (June 26)
– 1 AM in the UK (June 27) – 4 AM in the UK (June 27)
– 2 AM in Europe (June 27) – 5 AM in Europe (June 27)


Last week, Nintendo started the “Squid Sisters Stories” for Splatoon 2. This new initiative intends to tell the tale of Callie and Marie following the final Splatfest.

The Squid Sisters stories introduction and prologue were posted last week. Now Nintendo has made chapter 1 available, which we have in full below.


Nintendo has just released a trailer for the finals of the U.S. Inkling Open tournament for the original Splatoon which takes place on April 29th, and will be streamed live through Twitch. You can find Nintendo’s full description of the event below.

Last weekend, over 100 teams competed in the Splatoon U.S. Inkling Open Qualifiers, an online tournament hosted by Battlefy, using the Splatoon game for Wii U. This Saturday, April 29 at 11 AM PT the top 16 teams will compete in the finals. These teams will battle in a single-elimination tournament across different game modes, including Turf War, Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker. The winning team from the Splatoon U.S. Inkling Open will be invited to a Splatoon 2 pre-release exhibition tournament at E3 2017. Tune-in this weekend to at 11 AM PT to see who will be victorious and win a trip to E3 2017!


The arcade game Taiko no Tatsujin: Yellow Version has been updated with new Nintendo collaboration content – specifically from Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Kirby. A video for the Zelda costume and music is posted below. 

VIZ Media has announced that it will be localizing the Splatoon manga. It will debut in late 2017.

VIZ passed along the news on Twitter:

Originally, the Japanese publication CoroCoro hosted the Splatoon manga, which began in 2015. A new manga based on the franchise will premiere in its June issue.


The arcade game Taiko no Tatsujin: Yellow Version was updated with a Splatoon song last month. Next week, it will be receiving even more Nintendo content.

Bandai Namco announced today that a Zelda: Breath of the Wild Medley and Meta Knight’s Revenge Medley are being added. Those who use a Bana Passport Card can also earn special Link and Kirby costumes.

All of this content is planned for April 26. Various images are posted below.

CoroCoro has announced that a new manga based on Splatoon is on the way. This will be kicking off with the magazine’s June issue, releasing on May 15. The May issue comes with a full-color preview chapter for the manga.

As for the March edition of CoroCoro, that has a pamphlet with a one-shot manga adaptation of Splatoon 2. Sankichi Hinodeya, who is leading the way on the new manga, drew the one-shot. You can view the full pamphlet with the one-shot manga online here.


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Battlefy is hosting an online Splatoon tournament, and it’s offering a pretty huge prize in the end: a trip to E3 2017. Those who are 18 and up living in the United States with a Wii U, a copy of Splatoon, and internet access are eligible to enter. The winning team will be granted a trip to this year’s E3 and an opportunity to see what Nintendo has in store at the expo.

Nintendo has the following information about the tournament:

“The qualifying round (Turf War) is on April 22 at 11 a.m. PT, but make sure to log in early and click the ‘Check In’ button an hour before tournament time. Once the bracket is seeded, you can set up your qualifying match using Battlefy’s Private Match Chat and then proceed to splat your way to hopeful victory. The top 16 teams in the qualifying round will then move on to the finals. In the finals, teams will play Turf War, Splat Zones and Tower Control in succession in single-elimination best-of-five play until only two teams remain. The Grand Finals will see the final two teams doing battle in Rainmaker mode to determine the winner. The finals will begin on April 29 at 11 a.m. PT.”

You’ll need to enter the tournament with three other friends and an optional backup. Then register your team here.

Source: Nintendo PR

Taiko no Tatsujin has regularly appeared on dedicated game systems, but it also has various versions in arcades. Yesterday, the new Taiko no Tatsujin: Yellow Version was released in Japan, and it even features a song from Splatoon – specifically Calamari Inkantation from the Squid Sisters.

Here’s a look:

Splatoon’s SplatNet service is still up and running. The website can be used to check the online status of friends, let them know when it’s time to battle, and compete for the best rank.

Note that SplatNet will be undergoing a bit of maintenance next week. The site will be impacted for around an hour in a few days.

The schedule is as follows:

– 6 PM PT (March 20) – 7 PM PT (March 20)
– 9 PM ET (March 20) – 10 PM ET (March 20)
– 1 AM in the UK (March 21) – 2 AM in the UK (March 21)
– 2 AM in Europe (March 21) – 3 AM in Europe (March 21)


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