Nintendo has announced another set of Splatfests for Splatoon 2. Players in North America will have a choice between baseball and soccer, while those in Europe get to pick their popcorn preference with sweet and salty options.
— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) March 31, 2018
How do you like your popcorn – salty or sweet? 🍿
Pick a side in-game and battle it out from 15:00 (UK time) next Saturday! pic.twitter.com/aDXFrKYfwk
— Nintendo UK VS (@NintendoUKVS) March 31, 2018
As always, Splatfests are events in which players pick a faction and compete against the opposing team in special Turf War matches. During the competition, players will only team up with others in their faction, though they may fight each other if the opposition lacks members. Each Splatfest also has its own unique map that will appear in the rotation along with two normal stages.
After the event ends and the results are revealed, players will receive special sea slugs based on their performance. Players can exchange these slugs to add slots to their gear, eliminating the need to choose between fashion and function. These slugs are also necessary to change the primary ability of a piece of gear. All participants will get some, but those on the winning team will get more. The popular vote as well as the win rates in team and random match-ups determine which side gets the bonus loot.
While the war goes on, players can only wear the shirt they received for voting. Those who pick early can prepare by racking up experience and earning abilities before the event begins. These shirts also happen to be cheaper to scrub. As such, these events are a great opportunity to farm for ability chunks.
Each Splatfest will last for 24 hours. The festivities begin in North America at 9:00pm (PDT) on April 6, 2018. In Europe, the event will start at 3:00pm (BST) on April 7, 2018.
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