Splatoon 2 - Squid Sisters Stories: Chapter 1

The final Splatfest rocketed the Squid Sisters to new heights of popularity. Callie and Marie went from mere Inkopolis idols to the biggest stars in Inkling society, seemingly overnight. Their days became filled—from dawn to dusk—with the duties of this newfound fame.

Callie and Marie still lived in the first apartment they rented upon moving to Inkopolis. It had all happened naturally when they'd first arrived: being roommates made adjusting to city life easier, and besides, the two had been inseparable since they were young. But even after their finances had stabilized and they'd gotten used to the bustle of Inkopolis, they never gave a thought to living apart.

They were always together, both at work and at play. After releasing their first solo recordings, though, their work began to take them down separate paths more frequently. Callie, true to her outgoing nature, began to make guest appearances on variety shows. Filming would often continue late into the night, and many days she didn't return home at all.

Marie received critical praise for her recording of "Tide Goes Out" and became a frequent guest on music shows, in addition to performing live concerts on her own. Up to this point, whether heading out for the day or coming home at night, the two had always been together. Now, though, their different schedules meant they didn't see each other as often, even on their days off.

They spent more and more time apart with each passing day...

Splatoon 2 - more Salmonoid screens

Nintendo releasing new wave of ARMS, Splatoon 2 and Zelda-themed Switch accessories in Japan

- ARMS, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch pouches due on Dec. 31st for ¥2,462 each
- Splatoon 2 case that holds the full Switch console, priced at ¥4,298

Splatoon 2 - new wave of merch heading to Japan

- Splatoon 2 Neon Pink Girl Hooded Towel and Neon Green Boy Hooded Towel from Taito
- Splatoon 2 merch heading to 7-Eleven
- right-hand side are lottery items, left-hand side should be sold regularly

Nintendo UK - Introducing Salmon Run, a new co-op mode in Splatoon 2

In Salmon Run you and three other Inklings will take on the role of Freelance Power Egg collectors. Your mission? To work together with the other freelancers to defeat creatures of the Salmonid genus and collect the treasured Power Eggs they leave behind. You’re even provided with special gear and weaponry to complete your task! Sound easy? Well, it’s not just one wave coming at you, it’s a horde!

Communication and cooperation will be absolutely key in defeating the Salmonid, especially the Boss Salmonid that Inklings are paid a bounty to hunt. Need a life saver? Incapacitated Inklings can be resuscitated if they’re inked by an ally.

Some foes will even drop rare Golden Eggs that Inklings can harvest by transporting them to the containment unit in the centre of the site. Is this the freelancer’s ultimate objective? To harvest Golden Eggs and haul them to Inkopolis? The rewards for such a perilous mission must be worth the effort!

More research will be required on Salmon Run so look out for further updates soon!

Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that three new Splatoon amiibo (sold separately) – Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid – will arrive alongside Splatoon 2 on July 21st. Check ‘em out!

You can tap a compatible Splatoon amiibo to make the figure character appear in-game. Befriend your amiibo character and it can remember your current gear, player settings and camera options. We bet that’d be pretty handy when waging Turf Wars at a friend’s house, or as a convenient way to have a pre-set loadout ready to go!

Inklings are a social species so it should come as no surprise that you can snap all kinds of photos with your amiibo friend to share on social media via the Nintendo Switch Album. Your amiibo friend might even give you some special gear as a gift.

We’ve also discovered that Splatoon 2 is compatible with previously released Splatoon amiibo (sold separately) as well.

Lots of new info and lots of excitement here at the Squid Research Lab! You can find out more about Splatoon 2 at our official Splatoon 2 gamepage, and get more updates at the official Splatoon Facebook page, where we publish our findings.

Jakks Pacific has more Splatoon toys in the pipeline

Jakks Pacific has put out their Q1 2017 financial report, and tucked away inside is a mention of some more Splatoon merch heading our way.

“As we look ahead to the next few quarters, we will continue to focus on margin improvement and our long term strategic goals. Our fall lines are moving forward as planned and we have a strong line-up of new product introductions that are a balanced mix of owned IP and licensed brands, including Real Workin’ Buddies™ Mr. Dusty, XPV® Extreme Performance Skateboard RC, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3, DC Superhero Girls and Nintendo Splatoon,” said Berman.

No mention of what specifically is in the works, but one would have to imagine that at least some of these projects will be tied to Splatoon 2.

Splatoon 2 - official website updates with 'Prologue' info

About nine months have passed since the final Splatfest.

Twilight lowers its curtain on Inkopolis. Neon signs paint the dusk in brilliant shades of green and pink. The Squid Sisters dance on, as though driven by the Inkling love of battling for turf.

Memories such as these linger, vividly etched in my mind, but feel too like remnants of a long-forgotten past.

It happened the night the final Splatfest came to an end.

The showdown of Callie versus Marie ended in victory for Marie, but there was no ill will between the two. The girls left the studio arm in arm, smiling and laughing as they always had. The bond between them would continue, unbroken, for years to come.

Or so it seemed at the time...

Seems like this is going to be a regularly updated feature on the official Splatoon 2 website. We'll be sure to share future entries right here.

Viz Media releasing Splatoon manga in US, due out late 2017

Well that's a nice surprise from Viz! We'll all be neck-deep in Splatoon 2 by the time late 2017 rolls around, but I think we'll still be hungry for some reading material! Thanks to PC for the heads up.

Nintendo UK - Rock out on Starfish Mainstage, a brand new stage in Splatoon 2

Recently we revealed Humpback Pump Track as a new stage in Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch, and now we’ve only gone and discovered another one!

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 it's 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 we suppose they’ve got it all figured out.