Splatoon 2 Gets the Octobrush Nouveau to Kick Off the New Year

The latest addition to the Splatoon 2 arsenal, the Octobrush Nouveau, coincides with the Japanese tradition "Kakizome" or "first writing."

on January 3, 2018 11:04 AM

Splatoon 2 continues its reign as Nintendo Switch’s favorite competitive shooter, and Nintendo isn’t planning on giving up that title anytime soon. Announced in a Tumblr post from Splatoon Labs, the Octobrush Nouveau was released to ring in the New Year.

The Octobrush is a main weapon with the roller class, with the Octobrush Nouveau being the latest addition to the Nouveau brand (which usually features lighter materials featuring higher mobility).

The Octobrush Nouveau was actually featured in the first Splatoon and is a New Year’s tradition, with the original being released on January 1, 2016. The date has further significance in that it coincides with the kakizome tradition: the first Japanese calligraphy written at the beginning of the new year. It is typically Kanji or sometimes even a phrase or poem.

The Octobrush Nouveau’s sub-weapon is the Squid Beacon, which allows super jumps. The special weapon for the new loadout is the Tenta Missiles, which allows players to lock onto up to four opponents at once, firing homing missiles when released.

While the Octobrush Nouveau was released in the US on January 1 to mark the New Year, the item unlocking in Europe and Japan the following day to line up with tradition — the Kakizome is typically finished on January 2.

Of course, this isn’t the only content drop that Splatoon 2 has seen recently. The previous weapon update on December 20 was the Undercover Brella, which acts as a shield like the normal Brella, but with the addition of being transparent so you don’t miss the action ahead. Shortly before that on December 23 was the Squeezer: an ink weapon with a multitude of firing modes depending on how long the trigger is pressed.

Splatoon 2 is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch; you can check out the gallery below:

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