Splaton 2 released over five years ago for the Nintendo Switch, and the game continues to see online play as the launch of Splaton 3 approaches. However, it looks like Nintendo is discontinuing support Splaton 2 as the exclusive distribution of Nintendo Switch Online gear is ending soon.
First released on July 21, 2017, Splaton 2 was an important multiplayer title for the Switch’s launch year alongside Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The first one Splatoon was a hit given the Wii U’s low installed base, and the sequel broke Nintendo’s sales records for a new IP. By March 2022, Splaton 2 sold over 13 million copies and entered the top 20 best-selling first-party Switch games of all time. The success of Splaton 2 prompted the development of another sequel, Splaton 3, which aims to improve almost every facet of the previous title. New features in Splaton 3 aim to improve the foundations laid by Splaton 2.
Nintendo has announced Nintendo Switch Online-exclusive “Online Jersey” and “Online Squidkid V Shoes” gear for Splaton 2 will end on August 31 in Japan. Additionally, Nintendo Switch Online-exclusive gear codes associated with Splaton 2 expire on December 31 in Japan. In the United States, exclusive gear distribution also ends on August 31, and no further codes will be distributed after the deadline. Nintendo Switch Online subscribers in the United States can download the exclusive gear until August 31, 2025 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Annual Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers Received Exclusive Codes Splaton 2 gear in September 2018. The special came a few months after the release of Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion July 13, 2018. Octo Extension featured playable Octolings for the first time in the series and introduced a slew of single-player content. Octo Extension is the “ideal way to train” before Splaton 3 is coming, according to Nintendo’s eShop page.
Nintendo is probably ending support for Splaton 2 as the company prepares to support Splaton 3 for the coming years. The recent Splaton 3 Nintendo Direct has confirmed that two years of updates are planned as well as major DLCs. Remaining Splaton 2 players are expected to migrate to Splaton 3and the offer of Splaton 2 the exclusive gear probably won’t appeal to players by then.
Unfortunately, users have cited issues regarding the distribution of Splaton 2 gear codes, which means some Nintendo Switch Online subscribers may need to contact Nintendo Support to resolve potential issues. Nintendo should fix these issues before the August 31 deadline and the launch of Splaton 3. A smooth transition from Splaton 2 at Splaton 3 can prove beneficial during the first few months of the game’s release. Later this month, the new Splaton 3 The Splatfest demo gives players the opportunity to try out the game before it launches.
Splaton 2 is available for Nintendo Switch.
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