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What’s in Your Box: Team Mayo or No Way-O

/ Aug 5th, 2017 No Comments

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Each week, we here at Gaming Illustrated are always playing a number of different video games. However, we may not be talking about them in reviews or editorials. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth talking about, but for any number of reasons an avenue to speak on them doesn’t come up. To remedy the issue, we’re going to ask our staff (and you, honestly) what’s in your box?

What’s in Greg’s Box

Boxarinos it’s time again to discuss my big fat box!

It’s been a Switch-tastic week for me as I played in bed and on-the-go a lot this week thanks to the marvel that is *echoing voice* MOBILE GAMING.

Splatitize Me Captain

This week it’s been a bit more of Splatoon 2‘s Salmon Run mode, which is a wonderful addition… when it’s actually open.

For some odd reason Nintendo decided to make this mode time specific, meaning that it’s only playable during certain (and strange) hours of the day.

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Let us play Salmon Run whenever we dang want!

Despite this bizarre choice, it’s hands down my favorite part of Splatoon 2. The splatfests and multiplayer scenes competitively are the bread and butter, and the single-player story is not to be sneezed at, but Salmon Run just fills a very special void and scratches the co-op itch perfectly.

To top it off, it’s guaranteed to always pit you and friends on the same team as there’s only one team: the good guys.

I’ve also engaged in a little more Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online, as a friend recently go their own Nintendo Switch to hold like a baby and coo at.

Pokemon Go Back Outside

When not tethered to my Switch I’ve been dabbling in Pokemon GO with the new legendary raids, which have finally brought out more of the social aspect that made Pokemon GO so great to begin with.

Sadly it often feels like “too little, too late” as many players I’ve talked to still expressing frustration with the issue of figuring out what raids players are actually at, without having to travel there directly.
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Hopefully next week will see me finally give Stardew Valley more of a shake, but like Yooka-Laylee (and numerous others) I’m waiting with bated breath for the Switch ports so I can take it on-the-go.

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

Portland had a terrible and sweltering heat wave. That meant my box got a lot of love as I stayed inside whenever possible to enjoy the delightful sin of A/C. Mostly I’ve been playing more Splatoon 2. For whatever reason, I can’t shake the need to play it. Largely it is due to handheld mode on the Switch because it means I can get my nightly or morning fix while throwing something on TV to zone out.
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Splatoon 2 is every bit as good as the first one that made the Wii U not seem like a bunch of cool ideas with varying degrees of execution. While Arms may be the new IP that the Switch is about, Splatoon 2 is definitely one of Nintendo’s flagship series now.

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Pop those supers before you get splatted!

I’ve been mostly trying to up my rank in competitive mode this week and get a better win-loss ratio. I have been successful on both ends. My rank is getting higher, and I’ve finally won way more than I’ve loss. My streak has been so good I managed to get a 17 super fresh ranking on my Aerospray MG. It is the little things that make you feel like you’re doing something in this game.

I still haven’t dipped my toes into the Ranked Battle waters. I’m too afraid I’ll stink up the joint and someone on the internet will be mad at me because I can’t play Splatoon 2 for seventeen hours a day. I’ll probably give a whirl after the Splatfest.

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Dualies are the Reapers of Splatoon 2.

Speaking of Splatfest, I’m glad they are doing one so soon after the Testfire. There is something deeply odd about the choices they give you. Mayonnaise and ketchup aren’t opposing condiments much like cake and ice cream aren’t diametrically opposed desserts. It feels like a distinctly Japanese choice, but it makes for a lot of the charm.

I’ve played quite a bit of the Splatfest, but still haven’t gotten the exclusive stage yet. It really chaps my buns better put some Mayo on ‘em! I look forward to ketchup winning as I succumbed to peer pressure because the one true condiment is mayo.

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Remember ink density is as important as ground covered.

Also can we talk about Furries and how the Splatoon 2 community is doing the lord’s work with memes? I don’t know how half the memes propagate in the game, but waking up one day to find nothing but Furry pictures in the lobby brings me endless joy.

If you haven’t tried out Splatoon 2 yet, and you own a Switch then you’re hot garbage and probably chose cake.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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