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Splatoon


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NINTENDO

Staaaay fresh with Squid Sisters amiibo

Callie and Marie, Splatoon's "Squid Sisters," are getting amiibo figures this July. The toys will be available in Japan from July 7, North America and Europe the following day, and Australia and New Zealand starting July 9, Nintendo's vario...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon's next Splatfest is SpongeBob vs. Patrick in the first US and EU event

Nintendo has announced a new Splatfest for Splatoon, alongside of the newest weapon update -- SpongeBob vs. Patrick. In an odd twist of all sorts of marketing loopholes, the developers pit the two best friends against one other, and apparen...

 
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Splatoon

Almost one year later, Splatoon is still being updated

Can you believe it?It's been nearly a year since Splatoon launched last May. And with this April 12 update, that would make it almost a year since Nintendo has been sporadically supporting the game with new levels, weapons, and other c...

 
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Splatoon

Ha! Nintendo teases physical Splatoon arcade for April Fools'

The April Fools' jokes keep rolling in! This time the official Splatoon Twitter account unveiled a "Squid Booth," which is basically a "mobile" platform to play Splatoon for up to four players. The account also claims that you can buy ...

 
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Splatoon lint roller

Splatoon has an official lint roller, ya filthy animals

Some of you know this, but I have a cat. And boy, what a cat he is. As such, I am perpetually covered in lint. Look at that luxurious hair. Sure, if I'm wearing black, it's doubly apparent, but I have lily white bath towels equally covered...

 
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Splatoon

Your next Splatoon Splatfest is snowmen vs. sandcastles

Splatoon isn't done just yet, and although it's very clear that we're going to get a sequel of some sort (possibly with another creature), the live team is still hard at work on ancillary updates, which includes Splatfests. The next co...

 
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Splatoon

Nintendo isn't done updating Splatoon this year

"It ain't over yet for Splatoon." As discussed during the Nintendo Direct presentation this afternoon, the inky shooter will continue to improve this year with more updates. First up, a patch is dropping on March 8 (March 9 in Europe) that ...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon is getting its own themed candy

Splatoon continues its steady rise to the top of the Wii U's all-time greats list and the cultural zeitgeist with...candy. Yep, over in Japan, Nobel is going to release special Splatoon themed candy which are shaped like squids an...

 
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Splatfest

Splatoon's battle over Pokemon Red vs. Blue is underway

On the off chance that, like me, you follow news about Splatoon's online events but can't seem to retain the information for more than a day at most, here's a timely reminder: the Pokémon Red vs. Pokémon Blue Splatfest is live...

 
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NINTENDO

Splatoon: Which is better, Pokemon Red or Blue?

Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue? Splatoon's latest Splatfest is forcing us choose between them. Players will need to pick a side by next Friday, February 19 at 10pm PT, when the shooter's latest special event is set to begin....

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon producer hints at more potential DLC

Although Splatoon's regular content updates came to an end last month, I'm sure Nintendo will be popping in occasionally to spice things up. At a recent tournament for the game producer Hisoshi Nogami confirmed just that, noting there might...

 
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Splatoon

Squid Sisters perform live, are rumored to get their own amiibo

Splatoon's regular roll-out of free weapon and stage updates has come to an end, but fan fever for the budding franchise is as hot as ever. A recent Splatoon event in Japan drew huge crowds, sporting real life replicas of Splatoon weaponry...

 
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Splatoon

Here's Splatoon's final map, Ancho-V Games

Splatoon’s final map, Ancho-V Games, will roll out at 6.00pm PT today in the US, and tomorrow in Europe. This final stage is set within the office of an independent video game developer.

 
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Custom Hydra Splatling

Splatoon is getting its final new weapon tomorrow

Nintendo has been lovely about bringing new content to Splatoon over the last six or so months, but tomorrow's new addition, the Custom Hydra Splatling, will be the last weapon added to the paint-based multiplayer shooter, according to the ...

 
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Splatoon

Next week's Splatfest is all about time travel

Splatoon wants to know: do you prefer The Flintstones or The Jetsons? Well, not really. They want to know what you would do if you could travel through time. Would you go backward or forward? I'd probably go back and tell little Zack t...

 
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Future of Splatoon

Splatoon's content updates will end soon, but it won't be abandoned

While I was sad to hear Splatoon is about to make its final big DLC push, I have to look back on the post-launch support fondly. It has been a hell of a year for this increasingly wonderful game. In a Famitsu interview picked up by Nintendo...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon is getting the new 'Piranha Pit' map soon

It's crazy how much Nintendo has added to Splatoon over time, and it's easy to see why it earned our Wii U Game of the Year award. It's about to get even more packed too, as the Piranha Pit map will be added to the game soon -- either ...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon is getting the Rapid Pro Blaster tomorrow

In true Splatoon fashion, new items are being added to the game all the time, and this week sees the addition of the Rapid Pro Blaster. It'll drop tomorrow on Christmas day at 11AM JST, and based on the screenshot above, it looks pretty fun...

 
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New Splatoon maps

These new Splatoon maps look like good fun

Splatoon isn't done giving out content, which is great, because many of us aren't done playing. The next major update is going to be a pair of maps: Ancho-V Games and Piranha Pit. One is set in a swanky office with raisable platforms (like ...

 
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Splatoon sales

Splatoon celebrates 1 million sold in Japan with a concert

Everyone's favorite podcast (credit Animal Crossing with that joke) Splatoon sold one million danged copies in Japan and Nintendo is celebrating the success of its original Wii U game with a newly announced Squid Sisters concert on January...

 
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Splatfest

Splatoon's festive Splatfest is naughty vs. nice

I've missed the last couple Splatfests, but game of the year nominee discussion has me in the mood to get back into Splatoon. The next event is a good one, too. It's team naughty vs. team nice! The 24-hour battle begins Friday, December 18 ...

 
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Splatoon

It's burgers vs. pizza in the newest Splatoon Splatfest

I love the forced extremes of the Splatoon Splatfests -- it's one or the other. In this case, it's a no-brainer choosing pizza over hamburgers. I mean, what culture doesn't love pizza? It utterly surprised me during my first visit to Japan ...

 
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Splatoon

The Splatoon team had over 70 ideas before they settled on squids and paint

Did You Know Gaming has another episode ready for your eyeholes, and this time it's Splatoon related. While some of this was already known (it was supposed to be a Mario game, and then featured bunnies at one point), there's a lo...

 
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Splatoon DLC

New Splatoon map coming out tomorrow

During today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced the immediate DLC plans for its hit multiplayer shooter Splatoon. Starting today, an update with new gear will be rolling out. The bigger deal is the new map, Museum d'Alfonsino. It comes o...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon concept art reveals urinal warp zones

A 320-page Splatoon art book was recently released in Japan and it's chock full of never-before-seen images and notes about the game's production. A lot of it is the kind stuff you might expect to see in a book of this type, though a small ...

 
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Splatfest

Splatoon to settle the pirates vs. ninjas debate

Now this is a Splatfest worth getting behind. Nintendo will thrust Splatoon players into the familiar pirates versus ninjas debate just in time for Halloween. The stage is set: 9:00pm Pacific on October 30. The ensuing 24 hours of online ba...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon is getting a massive update next week, with weapon balancing

On October 20, Splatoon is going to be updated big time. Ranking fixes will be in place so that S users will be matched up with other S users more often, and six levels will be re-balanced to prevent exploits or unfair advantages. Addi...

 
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Wii U Bundle

There's a new Wii U bundle coming to the UK, and it's good

Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon are both pretty good games that came exclusively to the Wii U. The Wii U is a pretty nice console that's not selling very well. Nintendo's solution? A 32GB Wii U bundled with digital copies of our favorite kart rac...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon launches free web app SplatNet

It's been a bit of a wait, but Nintendo has localized SplatNet at last. The Splatoon web app lets you see which maps are coming up next in the rotation, look over your loadout and stats, and peek at what your friends are up to, among other ...

 
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Splatoon

It's cars vs. planes in the upcoming Splatfest

Splatoon has covered some thoughtful topics with its Splatfest events: cats vs. dogs, sleeping vs. eating, art vs. science. Next Friday, October 9 at 9:00pm Pacific in North America, players will compete against each other to determine if c...

 
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Splatoon map

Splatoon's Hammerhead Bridge drops tonight

The Splatoon community has outpaced me. I can hold my own on the original maps, but the last couple? Not a chance. Here is another, Hammerhead Bridge, to add to that list. It joins the rotation tonight at 7:00pm Pacific.

 
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Splatoon

It's art versus science in the next Splatfest

Of all the Splatfests to miss, it had to be the Transformers one. Damn. I would've loved to get an Autobot shirt even if it meant losing to Decepticon apologists. The topic of the next Splatfest isn't as noteworthy, but I'm as curious as ev...

 
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Splatoon

Decepticons dominate in Splatoon's latest Splatfest

Yesterday's North American Spatfest was a unique event, featuring the first of hopefully many brand tie-ins with an outside property. Splatoon's transforming squid kids were tasked to join either team Autobot or team Decepticon in a Transfo...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon's soundtrack is two discs, features 61 tracks

Man, the official Splatoon soundtrack sounds amazing! First off it's called "Splatune," which would be reason enough to buy it, but it's 61 whopping tracks. That includes 37 full songs, 14 sound effect tracks, and 10 "jingles." It'll c...

 
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Splatoon

Europe's next Splatfest has a decidedly theatrical slant

While we wait for Europe's next Splatfest to start on August 29, we now know that it's not going to share North America's robotic battle theme. Say goodbye to Autobots vs. Decepticons -- Europe's next Splatfest will be Singing vs. Dancing. ...

 
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New Splatoon Map

Splatoon's newest map epitomizes the game

Splatoon's newest map, Flounder Heights, is amazing. It takes place on top of an apartment complex and is absolutely gigantic. There's so many routes to take at any given time! There is a lot of potential in this map, and it is a blast to t...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon is getting the 'Flounder Heights' map today

Today at 7PM Pacific, a new map will join the rotation in Splatoon -- Flounder Heights. I really like the vertical feel to it, and I dig the urban aesthetic. All things told it reminds me of one of my favorite Call of Duty maps in...

 
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Splatoon

The next Splatoon Splatfest is Autobots vs. Decepticons!

Uh, wow. While the previous Splatoon Splatfests were all good fun, this one actually interests me on a whole new level. Nintendo has teamed up with Hasbro for an "Autobot versus Decepticon" event! Your ink will match the color scheme of you...

 
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Splatoon updates

I can't keep up with all these Splatoon updates!

It seems like every time I boot up Splatoon, Callie and Marie are telling me about something new added to the game. Weapon variations are added all the time, and just recently, a big 2.0 patch hit. New gear, new types of weapons, new music,...

 
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New Splatoon mode

Splatoon's Rainmaker mode looks fantastic

I'm not usually one for capture the flag, and I've stayed away from Splatoon's ranked battles for the most part, but I'm loving the look of the upcoming Rainmaker mode. Teams compete to shatter the Rainmaker's shields, then snag it and swim...

 
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Octoling > Squids

Splatoon player finds a way to play as an Octoling

Splatoon player and self-proclaimed hacker Nikki has found a way to play the game as an Octoling. For those not in the know, Octolings are the octopus-like bad guys in Splatoon's story mode, and normally aren't playable. However, Nikki was...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon now has a nifty little web app

Nintendo has launched a website for Splatoon that lets players preview the current and upcoming map selections, spy on friends, and double check their online loadout and stats. Yep, I sure do love the Krak-On Splat Roller. Thanks for the co...

 
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Jonathan Holmes vs Jed

Splatoon Splatfest Faceoff: Marshmallows vs Hot Dogs

Get your tentacles ready, there is about to be another Splatfest in Splatoon for those of us in North America and this time the theme is marshmallows versus hot dogs. Jonathan Holmes and I decided to debate why our side is the best on...

 
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Splatoon

Next week's Splatfest is a campfire debate

I linked news of the next American Splatfest in our staff chat and it snowballed into a discussion about condiments. Leave it to Splatoon to get us talking about the real issues, like whether ketchup is too boring and what's best to roast o...

 
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Splatune

Stay fresh and listen to Splatoon's new music

Splatoon players already have a huge update to look forward to next week with new matchmaking modes (including private battles!), a substantially higher level cap, two new weapon types, and lots more gear. This game disc isn't leaving my Wi...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon's first major update is coming August 5

Earlier this year, Nintendo promised a big update for Splatoon in August, and we now have official confirmation that it will arrive on August 5. It'll bring Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking modes -- the former of which allow...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon developers were 'worried' about players who reached the level cap quickly

Splatoon is a pretty great shooter, and over time, it's added more modes, weapons, and levels. Next month will see its first major patch to add in better matchmaking, and for now, all of the content given out so far has been free. Hilarious...

 
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Splatoon

Splatoon's newest map splats onto your Wii U tomorrow

If you’re still trying to figure out if you’re a child or a mollusc, fear not. You’re in for a treat tomorrow, and a new chance to truly find yourself, when the new map for Splatoon arrives. Camp Triggerfish is the new map...

 
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Splatoon

I can't afford all of these new Splatoon weapons

I keep pumping all of my Splatoon fun bucks into new clothing I don't need when I could be spending that money on weapons I'll use once but still want. Such is the kid/squid's dilemma. Nintendo is adding another fresh pair of guns to the ga...

 
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Splatoon

The second U.S. Splatfest goes to the smaller, better team

[Art by 3D Rod.[ Splatoon's second U.S. Splatfest is over, and this time, skill won out over popularity. After the enormous upset that was the Cats Vs. Dogs contest, it's nice to see superior play (and the superior Squid Sister) come out on...

 

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