Splatoon 3’s meaty Version 2.1.0 update is now live

splatoon 3 patch notes nintendo switch 2.1.0.

Ready for all you weekend warriors

Load up on paint, and bring your friends, as Nintendo has released its hefty Version 2.1.0. update for its messy multiplayer shooter Splatoon 3. Now available to download on Nintendo Switch, the new patch brings a laundry list of balance tweaks, bug fixes, U.I. polishes, and much more.

It’s difficult to know where to start when an update has this much coverage… There has been an array of buffs and nerfs to many tools in the Splatoon 3 arsenal, from damage, to spread, to ink consumption, to fire rate. The Dynamo Roller, Jet Squelcher, Sloshing Machine, Aerosprays MG & RG, and Nautilus 47 have all been tweaked, for better or worse, while sub-weapons and gear skills such as Angle Shooter and Ninja Squid have also seen minor overhauls.

“A lot of the adjustments to main weapons were made to lessen the impact on some of the weapons from Splatoon 2 where the increased performance of the gear ability was negated in Splatoon 3,” says the development team of the rebalancing. “Regarding changes to Ninja Squid, while mitigating the issue where players would lose sight of each other when shooting at each other from a relatively short distance, we’re also intentionally maintaining the way to approach opponents with longer ranges.”

“We reduced the amount needed to fill special gauges for some weapons and within that group strengthened some frequently used short-range weapons to increase player options,” continues the notes. “We increased the amount needed to fill special gauges for some weapons and within that group curtailed somewhat the tactic of using sub weapons and special weapons to attack from a distance. We also made some adjustments to increase the manifestation of special weapons.”

In addition, an enormous litany of bug fixes and gameplay tweaks have been made to a variety of Splatoon 3‘s modes, including multiplayer, story mode, and the famous Salmon Run. These fixes range from score errors and environmental bugs, to certain stages becoming incompatible with certain weapons, and exploits that were allowing players to go out of bounds.

For the full list of all changes in Splatoon 3 Version 2.1.0. visit the official Nintendo website.

Chris Moyse
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