Nintendo Is Selling An Empty Splatoon 2 Box

You can now order a Splatoon 2 box that has nothing in it.


In addition to the recently-announced Splatoon 2 Switch bundle, Nintendo is now offering an actual empty box for preorder in Japan. The box comes adorned with Splatoon 2 art, and it can be yours for the low, low price of ¥540 (approximately $5). It's the exact same box the bundle comes packaged in, except it contains neither Splatoon 2 nor a Switch console.

The company says the ¥540 (approximately $5) item is "recommended for Splatoon fans who already have Nintendo Switch." It is not currently listed for sale on the US, UK, or Australian Nintendo Stores.

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That's not the only strange Splatoon 2 package you can buy, however. In a separate listing on Nintendo's official Japanese store, the company is also selling a boxed edition of the shooter that doesn't come with a game cartridge. Instead, you'll get a plastic box containing a paper download code.

This is separate to a proper physical game card edition and a third version that comes with a download code and no plastic case. According to Kotaku, all three versions are the same price in Japan: ¥6458 (approximately $58). No other games currently have a "Game Card Free Version" listed for sale.

Splatoon 2--and its empty box variants--will launch globally on July 21. Nintendo recently confirmed the Switch exclusive will have a single-player mode in addition to its multiplayer portion. Take a look at the campaign in this new trailer.

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