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Final Splatfest and Major Game Update For Splatoon Is Coming

Posted on June 9, 2019 by Rae Michelle Richards

For the past two summers Squid Kids from all around the world have been able to beat the heat by partaking in Turf Wars on Switch. As we approach the second anniversary of Splatoon 2, Nintendo has announced the final Splatfest for the game alongside a “version 5.0” update which will bring the ability for players to host their own private Splatfests with their friends. While this marks the end of development of new content for Splatoon, it doesn’t mean that the online Turf Wars have to stop any time soon.

“Chaos VS Order” will be the final contest that Inklings and Octolings will decide by throwing down online. Make sure that July 18th – 21st is open on your calendar because that’s when then final concert in Inkopolis takes place. Dim the lights, chose your side and make sure to take in the final iteration of Shifty Station – also includes in the playlist will be every previous configuration will used in previous Splatfests during the weekend of the 21st!

Version 5.0 brings with it the ability for party hosts to create a Turf War Splatfests. All of the variations of Shifty Stations created by Nintendo will be selectable. It’s not known at this time of custom Splatfest “VS” themes will be supported – although I can certainly see why this may not be the case – it wouldn’t take long for someone to make something truly nasty and we know what happened when the Super Smash Bros level creator came online. Perhaps Nintendo will have a pre-defined dictionary of terms for custom Splatfests?

Are you sad that the development of new content for Splatoon 2 is coming to an end? Let us know in the comments.



TMNT themed Splatfest comimg May 4th

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has announced the latest Splatfest coming to Splatoon 2.

In promotion of the upcoming “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” animated series on Nickelodeon, this will be a TMNT themed tournament-style Splatfest. Round 1 takes place May 4th and features Raph vs. Leo.

Round 1: Raph vs. Leo
May 4 (Friday), 9 p.m. PT – May 5 (Saturday), 9 p.m. PT

Round 2: Mikey vs. Donnie
May 11 (Friday), 9 p.m. PT – May 12 (Saturday), 9 p.m. PT

May 18 (Friday) 9 p.m. PT – May 19 (Saturday), 9 p.m. PT

“We love working with unexpected partners to expand our brand and bring smiles to people’s faces in surprising ways,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Teaming up with Nickelodeon and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made perfect sense, as we share many of the same fans who enjoy family-friendly entertainment and classic characters.”


Next Splatfest set for Friday

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has announced the next Spaltfest for Splatoon 2. Off the Hook is getting ready for another big performance, and all Inklings are invited to a new Splatfest this weekend! Splatfests are the festival events where you can champion one of two special causes. Turf War wins during this time will help your side out and the winning side is determined by popularity, Solo Win percentage, and Team Win percentage.

The Splatfest is set for Friday, January 12th at 11:00pm ET thru Saturday, January 13th at 11:00pm ET.

The question being decided is for movie lovers and aficionados: do you prefer comedies or action movies ? That’s right, it’s side-splitters vs. explosions. Jokes vs. adrenaline. Slapstick vs. fight scenes!

The theme of this Splatfest is going to be shared globally so the results will be delayed until late Sunday morning.


The Splatoon 2 Splatfest Experience Retold In Screenshots

Posted on August 7, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Splatfests were one of the many highlights from the first Splatoon and I was really happy to hear that they’d be making their return for the sequel. This past weekend Splatoon 2’s first [thing] vs. [another thing0] competition took place – asking players to chose sides based upon their favorite condiment, either Ketchup or Mayo.

Upon logging into the game your lobby is instantly transformed into neon infused night variant complete with a performance by brand new Squid idols – Marina and Pearl. The aesthetics aren’t the only thing that changes in the lobby as the background music gets bumped up a notch to celebrate the coming condiment combat.

My first couple of matches pitted me against Team Mayo (I chose Ketchup, naturally, as it goes on everything from fries to burgers) but then the matchmaker started to get a little wonky.  Suddenly I found myself getting matched against a lot more Ketchup players than Mayo ones and for the majority of the remainder of the Splatfest this is how things stayed. I’m not sure if this is because of a population disparity – with more Inklings choosing to side for the internet favorite, Maria – or things simply being broken on Nintendo’s end.

The actual combat of the two days I spent playing Splatfest were pretty solid. Matchmaking issues and matchmaking disconnections aside I spent most of the time dying or covering enemy space in Turf War. Combat in Splatoon 2 is fast paced and since the rounds are only three minutes each time has to cover as much space with ink as possible. My weapons of choice? Ink Roller if I’m going for coverage or the brand new Splat Dualies if I want to play Splatoon 2 more like a modern shooter – complete with dodge. My absolute favorite part of combat during the Splatfest had to have been using the new Jetpack power-up. I don’t know what it is but there is something deeply satisfying about hovering in the air and dropping ink bombs on the opposing team.

Each side in the condiment conflict tried to win over undecided kids & skids with some really excellent drawings. Some featured Pearl and Marina representing their respective sides while others used characters from other games, like Sans from Undertale, to push their topping choice to victory. Perhaps the strangest batch of player made art are the occasional Fury rooting for either side – although that while thing is another story.

At the end of it all Mayo came out on top, even if during my several hours of play I saw more Ketchup players (and Ketchup vs. Ketchup match-ups) than members of Team Mayo. Here’s hoping Nintendo works on the backend stability and is able to reduce the same side match-ups and disconnections that can occur while the matchmaker is looking for available players.

The last Splatfest was two weeks ago on July 15th and the original game had a tendency to hold at least two Splatfests a month for the first year and a half of that title’s life. We’ve got a lot more team base rivalries to settle on the streets of Inkopolis – Perhaps Nintendo could rekindled the friendly rivalries between themselves and SEGA before Splatfests in the sequel go dry?


The next Splatfest will also be the last

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Jason Nason

After fifteen Splatfests the folks at Nintendo are hanging up their ink guns. Nintendo announced today that the next Splatfest will be the last.

The theme for the last Splatfest will be one that will surely be hotly debated, even moreso than the Pokémon themed one previously. Are you Team Callie or Team Marie?

The showdown begins at 5:00 AM ET on Friday, July 22nd and will run until 5:00 AM ET on Sunday, July 24th. This is an extra special event as it will last two full days rather than the usual 24 hour contest.

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Another Splatoon Splatfest coming this weekend

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has unveiled the latest Splatoon Splatfest.

The choices for the latest Splatfest are “early bird” or “night own.” Which one will you choose? The early bird may get the worm, but the night owl gets like four more hours of sleep and who the heck wants a worm anyways?

You can vote right now in the Splatoon plaza for the next Splatfest: Early Birds vs. Night Owls. The showdown will start on June 24th at 9:00PM PT.


Nintendo and Nickelodeon Bring the Next Splatfest to a Pineapple Under the Sea

Posted on April 14, 2016 by Jason Nason

On April 23rd, Nintendo is partnering with Nickelodeon to bring a SpongeBob SquarePants-themed Splatfest to Splatoon. Players will be asked to declare their allegiance to either the world’s most lovable sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants, or his starfish sidekick, Patrick Star, from Nickelodeon’s animated television show SpongeBob SquarePants.

“Two international pop culture sensations meet when the SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest comes to Splatoon,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Fun partnerships like this take advantage of the crossover appeal that family-friendly franchises like Splatoon and SpongeBob provide. Personally, I’m team SpongeBob all the way.”

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Splatoon Splatfest Results: Blue wins the Day

Posted on February 21, 2016 by Jason Nason

The results of the latest Splatfest are in and it looks like Blue has won the day.

Despite Red winning the popular vote, Blue had a higher win percentage and took the round in points. I had chosen team Red because my very first Pokémon game was the red version with Charizard on the cover. I got the game way back when it was first released.

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Gotta Catch ’em All at the Next Global Splatoon Spatfest

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has announced the theme for the next Splatoon Splatfest, and it’s being kept close to home. The next Splatfest theme is none other than Pokémon!

Head to the Inkopolis Plaza and select which game is your favorite: Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue! This Splatfest will begin on February 19 at 10:00 PM PT and will run until February 20 at 10:00 PM PT.

This Splatfest will also happen simultaneously around the world. Like any other Splatfest, however, players you get matched with will be from your region, and the results will also be tallied by each region.

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Final Splatoon Weapon Drops Tonight

Posted on January 15, 2016 by Jason Nason

The end is near. The final new weapon will splash into Splatoon today making a total of 74 weapons available in the game.

The final weapon is called the Custom Hydra Splatling and will arrive tomorrow. While no time was mentioned in the announcement, the last weapon was released at 9:00pm so that is likely the time that the new weapon will be released.

Fans of Splatoon have had a great run of original DLC being released for the game, and kudos to Nintendo for keeping the content coming and keeping it free. Many games go the DLC route and can end up costing fans the cost equivalent to another full game.

The new weapon coincides with the latest Splatfest, which asks the question would you rather visit the past or the future.

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