A few days ago we polled our readers, asking them what they wanted to see most when the Splatoon August update arrives in a few weeks. While we weren’t able to share each and every response, we did round up the most popular and noteworthy items of interest.
Listed below is the “Splatoon August Update Wishlist” — proposed changes or additions players would like to see incorporated, made possible by next month’s software update. If you have any thoughts that aren’t mentioned, please feel free to leave a comment below.
Increase the Maximum Level Cap
Splatoon is addicting. Some players have achieved the current maximum level of 20 in just a day or two. Interestingly, Nintendo never expected that milestone to be crushed in such little time. But level-maxed Splatooners can still rack up cash, upgrade gear, complete amiibo challenges, or even tackle the single-player campaign mode, Octo Valley.
It should go without saying that the August update will increase the max level cap to something that takes far more time to obtain. After all, a level 20 Splatoon player doesn’t necessarily mean he/she is superior to a level 10 Splatoon player; one just has more time on the battlefield than the other.
No News is Good News
Known as the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie provide players with the most up-to-date information around Inkopolis Plaza. At the top of every fourth hour, their “Stage News” segment reveals the current stages in the game’s map rotation for Regular and Ranked Battles.
Unfortunately, all players are forced to tune in while the sisters deliver the news. Button mashers can quickly cycle through the sisters’ spiel, but the whole process can become quite tedious — quite quickly.
At the very least, players would like to see a “skip” button added to the Stage News dialogue screen. In the game’s single player mode, Octo Valley, for example, players can skip the boss fight dialogue by simply pressing the “-” button on the Wii U GamePad.
Squidward DLC Costume
A Squidward DLC costume for Splatoon may seem a bit farfetched, but it’s not. In Japan there’s a popular anime series called Squid Girl. And the big Splatoon update in August will let owners of the Japanese version of the game don an Ika Musume costume — inspired after the main character from Squid Girl — for the Inkling Girl.
In America, SpongeBob SquarePants is quite popular among cartoon fans. In general, it’s a well-known series. Since Squidward is, you know, an octopus, it just makes sense for players in America to receive a similar DLC costume. It would also be a great opportunity for Nintendo to establish a fresh new business relationship with Nickelodeon and MTV.
More amiibo Support
Only three amiibo figures are currently compatible with Splatoon: Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Inkling Squid. Each offers unique gear, new mini-games, and replica weapons — unlocked after completing a series of fun, frustrating challenges.
Many fans haven’t been able to obtain Splatoon amiibo, so it would be nice of them to utilize a broader range of figures for the game to unlock fun bonuses. For example, each amiibo could unlock temporary Inkling outfits, much like how Mii outfits are used in Mario Kart 8. Or, they could unlock a certain amount of cash per day.
Splatoon Octolings can do everything their rival Inklings (players) can do; they just look different. Their octopus-like hair is just badass, too. Adding an option for players to choose between Octoling an Inkling would bring a new dynamic to the game, without [hopefully] significantly changing the formula.
A few weeks ago, a hacker managed to swap out the default Inkling outfit for an Octoling outfit. He even made a video showing what it looks like to play as an Octoling.
If you have any ideas of your own for the upcoming Splatoon August update, be sure to let us know by leaving a comment below. As always, remember to staaaay fresh.