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VIDEO: Splatoon 2 Gets Private Battle Spectator Mode & LAN Party Functionality

Nintendo has announced that Splatoon 2 will allow for up to 10 players to connect Switches together to play a match. 8 of those players will actually be battling it out while the other 2 will be spectators. They will be able to view the entire map in realtime as well as check any player’s load outs and freely see the action from any player’s viewpoint in Private Battle.


Eureka! We’ve just discovered a breakthrough in squid-observation technology! In Splatoon 2, a new feature called Private Battle Spectator View will allow up to two non-players to spectate a Private Battle. These two people act as camera operators in order capture all the action. This is, of course, in addition to the 8 players who fight in the Private Battle. Outstanding!



Nintendo also announced that Splatoon 2 will feature LAN Play, which allows you to create local Private Battle tournaments without needing an Internet connection. Of course this was always possible with the Switch being outside the dock as the system can connect wireless to seven other Switches. But now it appears that this can also happen while docked.


Previously, we’ve reported that Splatoon 2 will allow up to eight Nintendo Switch systems to connect via local wireless to play Private Battles. In addition to this, a new feature called LAN Play will enable players to connect eight docked systems using a wired LAN setup. This feature allows players to create local Private Battle tournaments without the need for an Internet connection.

If you’re willing to put in the work to set up LAN Play, you can also use the Private Battle Spectator View feature by hooking up two additional Nintendo Switch systems. Local wireless play is perfect for your regular gaming get-togethers, but LAN Play is where it’s at when you want to organize a serious tournament event with your fellow players.


Be sure to stop by our preview for more Splatoon 2 footage and information. Splatoon 2 is scheduled to release later this summer for the Nintendo Switch.


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Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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