Let’s rewind to last year. In November, Nintendo teased news about their next console, which was codenamed the “NX.” The next day, they unveiled a commercial about the Nintendo Switch, a console that was going to take portable console gaming to the next level. In that commercial, they showed a lot of games being played on the Switch. One of them was Splatoon, the beloved game that arrived on the Wii U. Many thought we would be getting a port of the original game. But then, at the Nintendo Switch reveal event, Splatoon 2 was revealed, and the world went nuts.
No one honestly expected a full-on sequel, especially since the original game only came out 2 years ago. But with a true sequel coming, fans were hyped, especially those who didn’t get to play the original. Reddit user cfiggis told his fellow squid kids his story:
“I didn’t have a Wii U and wasn’t really keen on getting one. Then when the Switch was revealed and they announced that Splatoon 2 was going to be coming to it, I was basically sold then and there.”
Perhaps that is the true power of Splatoon 2, that if you don’t need to play the original to enjoy the sequel. But that raises a question. Was Splatoon 2 a big reason the system is selling so well?
The fair answer is yes and no. For the record, there are plenty of other games to get on the Switch. Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and more. But Splatoon 2 is a major title to be sure, and helps cement the amazing run of first party games that Nintendo is producing this year. Not to mention it’s a major multiplayer title, which a lot of gamers like. Splatoon 2 is splatting onto Switch July 21st.