The Squid Kids are ready to paint the town

With Splatoon 2 set to launch later this month, Nintendo wants to make sure everyone is locked, loaded and ready to sling some ink around as soon as the game finally arrives. To that end, the publisher is gearing up for a Nintendo Direct scheduled for later this week. You can tune in on July 6.

Nintendo has announced that a special Splatoon 2 Direct will take place this Thursday, July 6, beginning at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET, because if there's one thing we know about Nintendo, it's that they hate people living on the East Coast. You can tune in directly through the Nintendo website, though we imagine it'll be streaming in about 72 other places at the same time. The splash page simply states you can "check out some new features" for the upcoming game, though Nintendo was a little more verbose in their official statement.

A new Nintendo Direct presentation providing a re-FRESH-er on some of the new features, weapons and styles in upcoming Nintendo Switch game Aplatoon 2 arrives on July 6.

The original Splatoon was one of those titles that managed to ink its way into the hearts of Wii U players, so it's no surprise Nintendo has its sequel ready to roll just a few months after the Switch's launch. Nintendo is known for their unique takes on popular genres, and this bright and colorful romp does for third-person shooters, what a game like ARMS does for fighters. But rather than Tom Clancy-ing around dark government facilities, while using state of the art military equipment, players take on the role of Squid Kids, who use all manner of weaponry to literally paint the world their team's color.

Nintendo has done a good job building hype for the game, showing off lots of gameplay, hosting a beta shortly after the Switch launched and broadcasting a couple events like this upcoming Direct. They even hosted a Splatoon 2 tournament during E3 this year.

On top of new guns and a cool-looking wave-based cooperative mode, we know that a bunch of new arenas will be introduced into Splatoon 2, as well as an expanded single player campaign for folks who want to master the mechanics and learn more about the world. I mean, what the heck is a Squid Kid, anyway, and why do they feel the need to spread graffiti?

For the five of you out there who had a Wii U and played the original, what are you most hoping to get a gander at in the upcoming direct? For those of you who played in the beta, what questions are you hoping Nintendo will answer? More importantly, are any of you readers already planning on picking up the game? Let us know in the comments below.

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