Nintendo's Continued Support of Splatoon 2 Presents a Paradox

Splatoon 2's new Starfish Mainstage update represents something of an online paradox that Nintendo has created for itself.

Late last night Nintendo announced that it will temporarily close Splatoon 2‘s Starfish Mainstage map for construction on August 31st. Launching alongside Splatoon 2 last July, Starfish Mainstage is one of the game’s oldest maps. While the nature of Starfish Mainstage’s “repair work” is unclear, an image posted by the official Nintendo Versus Twitter account seems to suggest that the physicality of the stage itself will be altered.

In addition to announcing the upcoming renovations to Starfish Mainstage, Nintendo also announced that Splatoon 2′s monthly weapon shipment is still on track to arrive at the beginning of September.

Splatoon 2 (along with Arms) present an online paradox that Nintendo has created for itself. While the company is unable to get bare-bones online components right, it’s mastered the games-as-a-service model down to a tee. While certainly not producing any games like Destiny 2, Nintendo has been regularly been updating Splatoon 2Mario Tennis Aces, Kirby Star Allies, Arms, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 free of charge. Earlier this year Nintendo announced that it would be supporting Splatoon 2 with new maps, updates, and weapons through the end of the year– a six-month extension of the game’s original content plan.

It seems almost ironic that Nintendo is able to provide so much support for its rapidly-growing carousel of first-party titles while unable to provide a solid online infrastructure. Sure, the company can right the ship when they announce the Switch’s online system next month, however, it may be be too little too late. Making gamers wait this long for a messaging system, painless voice-chat, or cloud saving is frustrating if not utterly baffling. In fact, it’s still impossible to communicate with teammates in Splatoon 2 outside of Nintendo’s mobile app, yet, when playing Fortnite players can simply plug their headsets into the console itself.

What the future holds for Nintendo’s online strategy is anyone’s guess. After all, maybe the renovation of Starfish Mainstage, a Splatoon 2 staple, illustrates that Nintendo is not afraid to change something that needs fixing.

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Travis Verbil

Travis Verbil is a Staff Writer at DualShockers. Outside of writing, he is a musician from Queens, NY. He enjoys the New York Mets, tabletop gaming, and Donkey Kong lore.

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