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In addition to a spectator mode, Splatoon 2 will also include the ability for up to eight players to use a wired LAN connection to host local Private Battle tournaments without the need for internet.

The information comes straight from a blog post by the official Splatoon Tumblr account, which reveals the name of this mode to be “LAN Play.”

“Previously, we’ve reported that Splatoon 2 will allow up to eight Nintendo Switch systems to connect via local wireless to play Private Battles,” reads the blog post. “In addition to this, a new feature called LAN Play will enable players to connect eight docked systems using a wired LAN setup. This feature allows players to create local Private Battle tournaments without the need for an Internet connection.”

Additionally, the post mentions compatibility with the newly-announced “Private Battle Spectator View” mode.

“If you’re willing to put in the work to set up LAN Play, you can also use the Private Battle Spectator View feature by hooking up two additional Nintendo Switch systems,” reads the post. “Local wireless play is perfect for your regular gaming get-togethers, but LAN Play is where it’s at when you want to organize a serious tournament event with your fellow players.”

Splatoon 2 is scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch in Summer 2017.

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