Splatoon owners may have noticed that you don’t have to download a software update every time a new weapon, map, or mode has been released for the game so far; this is because all of these updates (so far, at least) were already on the game disc, and simply needed to be activated. Now, thanks to a data miner on Twitter, we know that there are tons more of these updates included on the disc. If you want to know more about all of the goodies coming your way in the months ahead, then read on below; however, if you don’t want to spoil any upcoming announcements, this is your one and only warning!
Still here? Great, here we go! So far, the data miner has discovered that there are ten total maps included on the disc. Of these, eight maps are already available for play, leaving two locked for future updates: a camp and a skyscraper. The miner has also found that there are two new game modes that will be added to the ranked battles category in the future: Tower Control, which has already been announced by Nintendo but hasn’t been released, and a brand new mode called Rainmaker. The miner has also uncovered images that will be used on the ranked battle game mode selection screen.
In the Rainmaker ranked battle mode, two teams battle to take control of an item called the Rainmaker; the object of the game is to grab the item and carry it to your opponent’s base. However, it’s not as simple as it sounds; for starters, you’ll have to break the Rainmaker out of a shield (presumably similar to the Zapfish from the single-player campaign) before you can carry it. You’ll then have a limited amount of time to carry the item to the opposing team’s base; if you run out of time or get splatted, you’ll drop the item and its shield will return. Because of the Rainmaker’s weight, you won’t be able to super jump, so you’ll have to work together with your teammates to successfully make it to the goal; luckily, you’ll be able to shoot ink from the Rainmaker like an Inkzooka, so there are perks to carrying the item! Your goal distance will drop when you get closer and closer to the enemy base; if no one has been able to make it to the enemy base with the Rainmaker by the end of the match, the team with the lowest goal distance wins!
In addition to the new maps and game modes included on the Splatoon disc, there are also 33 new weapon sets that will be unlocked in the future; some of these weapon sets have complete descriptors, while others do not. All of these weapons are included on the disk in some form, but some of them may not be complete yet. Here’s the full list of weapons:
- Sploosh-o-matic – Squid Beakons & Killer Wail
- Neo Sploosh-o-matic – Point Sensor & Kraken
- Neo Splash-o-matic – Burst Bombs & Inkzooka
- N-ZAP ’89 – Sprinkler & Inkstrikes
- Custom Dual Squelcher – Squid Beakon & Killer Wail
- Luna Blaster – Ink Mines & Inkzooka
- Luna Blaster Neo – Splat Bombs & Bomb Rush
- Range Blaster – Splash Wall & Inkstrike
- Custom Range Blaster – Splat Bombs & Kraken
- Rapid Blaster Pro – Seekers & Inkzooka
- Rapid Blaster Pro Deco – Disruptors & Killer Wail
- L-3 Nozzlenose D – Burst Bombs & Kraken
- H-3 Nozzlenose – Suction Bombs & Echolocator
- H-3 Nozzlenose D – Point Sensor & Inkzooka
- Carbon Roller – Burst Bombs & Inkzooka
- Carbon Roller Deco – Seekers & Bomb Rush
- Inkbrush Nouveau – Ink Mines & Bubbler
- Octobrush – Squid Beakons & Kraken
- Octobrush Nouveau – Splat Bombs & Inkzooka
- Triple Bloblobber
- E-liter 3K Scope
- Custom E-liter 3K Scope
- Bamboozler 14 Mk I
- Bamboozler 14 Mk II
The data miner has also uncovered Sheldon’s descriptions for these weapons, which can be found in the NeoGAF compilation thread below. After all of that, there can’t possibly be anything else included on the Splatoon game disc, right? As it turns out, there could be even more! The data miner is posting updates on his progress on his Twitter account, which you can find a link to below; a user on NeoGAF has also been compiling the data miner’s findings into an easy-to-read forum thread, which you can also find a link to below. Also, you can check out all of the images from the link in the gallery below!