Splatoon 2 is a worthy follow-up to one of the Wii U’s flashiest games, according to reviewers. What really makes it worth the dip is its co-op mode, Salmon Run, which has already won over so many fans that it’s become a trending topic on Twitter ... even though Nintendo doesn’t want us to play too much of it.
If you’ve seen us play Salmon Run live on YouTube — the archive’s below, if you missed it — you have a sense of how this mode works. Up to four players work together to take down three waves of enemies, each of whom have unique weak spots and drop golden eggs in their wake. Hitting the egg quota before time runs out moves you onto the next wave.
It’s intense, it’s ridiculous and it’s great team-bonding. We’ve been excited about people getting into Salmon Run since before the game launched, and now that it’s here, people are singing its praises.
So Salmon Run is super legit. Nothing fishy about that, except the smell of FRESH— Andre Segers (@AndreSegers) July 21, 2017
omg Salmon Run is so fun... i watch my teamates get eaten alive slowly and painfully and im addicted— Namie (@namgoreng) July 21, 2017
Salmon run is VERY fun. Just be a team player, don't be the hero or everyone will FAIL! It's also scary ;^;— DemureDusk (@PixelInkling) July 21, 2017
Salmon Run is the most fun I've had with a video game in a long time.— Nine (Charles) (@NineWholeGrains) July 21, 2017
It even became a big trending topic in Japan when Splatoon 2 launched last Friday.
In Japan, it's not #Splatoon2 that's trending on release day, but its co-op mode #SalmonRun. pic.twitter.com/o4TYyRdxtU— Jordan Amaro (@jordan_amano) July 21, 2017
The only problem? Salmon Run is only playable online on a schedule, putting some severe limits on what many think is Splatoon 2’s most fun addition.
@NintendoAmerica Make Salmon Run accessible 24/7. I'd rather get burned out on that than tilt off the face of the earth in Turf War.— Unkindled One (@Bruce_Ragas) July 24, 2017
>advertising salmon run as this amazing new mode— Jinu (@JinuSenpai) July 20, 2017
>only available to play certain times in the day pic.twitter.com/jH4znDFOw6
I'm so mad that we can't play Salmon Run all the time now, I don't get it. This mode is amazing, why is it only available sometimes?— Nathaniel Bandy (@NathanielBandy1) July 21, 2017
When Nintendo revealed how Salmon Run’s online portion worked, players were both confused and preemptively annoyed. We’ve asked Nintendo as to why Salmon Run works like this online, but consider that other games have similar rotating live events. It’s just a shame that Salmon Run is so, so fun — the kind of fun that we want to check out as much as possible.
Luckily, Salmon Run is rad in local multiplayer too, if you have pals around. There’s also Turf War to play online whenever ... but that horde mode is a special kind of novelty that won’t wear off for a while.