Nintendo Details 'Splatoon 2' Game Modes, Companion App, Demo

Watch today's 'Splatoon 2' Nintendo Direct live stream right here

Nintendo Switch Online launches for free on July 21, 2017.

And as we learned from previous Splatoon 2 marketing, Callie and Marie have split up. We assume it's supposed to help Nintendo preserve its family-friendly image by making sure children aren't exposed to the horrors of competitive online games, but not having this functionality on-console might be more trouble than it's worth.

On Saturday, July 15 from 3-7pm PT / 6-9pm ET (or, in the United Kingdom, a separate event from 6pm on the same day), players will pick whether cake or ice cream is better, then fight and die to prove their point.

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Customization is much more varied in Splatoon 2, including eye color, hair style, and skin tone.

Nintendo revealed many other tidbits about the team-based shooter during the broadcast. It will also allow players to order in-game items.

SplatNet 2, a mobile app created to facilitate Splatoon 2's online multiplayer mode, will launch on July 21st, the same day as the game, as part of Nintendo's broader Switch online app.

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Online play in Splatoon 2 and other Nintendo Switch games will be free until Nintendo Switch Online is rolled out sometime in 2018. You'll need to download the free demo of the game in advance, but you'll be able to play on the 15th July 2017, nearly a week before it's out on the full launch on the 21st. Even better, it is possible to play now at Splatoon 2! The demo can be downloaded starting today.

There will also be a $4 (£3) option for one month's access. The lack of raw power has begun to cost Switch some exciting games. United Kingdom pricing is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo. Mario will be losing ten coins rather than losing a life every time he "dies". Nintendo says that "Super NES games continue to be under consideration".

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