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Splatoon: Which is better, Pokemon Red or Blue?


The new Splatfest makes you choose
Feb 11
 
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 i...




Splatoon producer hints at more potential DLC


'Organize a little something else'
Feb 01
 
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, not...




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


Stay Fresh 2016
Jan 31
 
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 Sp...




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


#ithinkimoutofajob
Jan 21
 
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.




Splatoon is getting its final new weapon tomorrow


Custom Hydra Splatling
Jan 14
 
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 company. Let your ink be fast and true.




Next week's Splatfest is all about time travel


MARTY
Jan 08
 
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 tel...




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


New Splatfests, balance updates in 2016
Dec 29
 
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...




Splatoon is getting the new 'Piranha Pit' map soon


More stuff!
Dec 28
 
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 ...




Splatoon is getting the Rapid Pro Blaster tomorrow


For Christmas
Dec 24
 
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 l...




These new Splatoon maps look like good fun


The squids are all right
Dec 16
 
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 p...




Splatoon celebrates 1 million sold in Japan with a concert


Japan sales double since last report
Dec 16
 
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 con...




Splatoon's festive Splatfest is naughty vs. nice


Oh, this is going to be good
Dec 12
 
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 Frida...




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


Like there's a choice
Nov 30
 
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 ...




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


Did You Know Gaming
Nov 23
 
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...




New Splatoon map coming out tomorrow


New guns today
Nov 12
 
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'Alfons...




Splatoon concept art reveals urinal warp zones


Putting the 'ink' in 'tinkle'
Nov 03
 
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, ...




Splatoon to settle the pirates vs. ninjas debate


Halloween Splatfest
Oct 23
 
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 hou...




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


Better matchmaking too
Oct 16
 
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 a...




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


Is that a kid or a squid in that kart?
Oct 07
 
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 fa...




Splatoon launches free web app SplatNet


They didn't forget about us!
Oct 05
 
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 t...




It's cars vs. planes in the upcoming Splatfest


For some reason
Oct 02
 
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...




Splatoon's Hammerhead Bridge drops tonight


More free content updates
Sep 17
 
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.




It's art versus science in the next Splatfest


New weapon drop tonight
Sep 11
 
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 a...




Decepticons dominate in Splatoon's latest Splatfest


Autobots, you don't have the touch
Aug 30
 
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 Deceptic...




Splatoon's soundtrack is two discs, features 61 tracks


'Splatune'
Aug 25
 
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 "ji...




Europe's next Splatfest has a decidedly theatrical slant


Singing, dancing, & all-around theatrics
Aug 24
 
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 Singin...




Splatoon's newest map epitomizes the game


Instant favorite
Aug 21
 
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 ...




Splatoon is getting the 'Flounder Heights' map today


For free of course
Aug 20
 
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 Du...




The next Splatoon Splatfest is Autobots vs. Decepticons!


August 28 through Aug 29
Aug 18
 
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 colo...




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


So much new content
Aug 17
 
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 weap...




Splatoon's Rainmaker mode looks fantastic


Launching tomorrow at 7:00pm Pacific
Aug 13
 
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 s...




Splatoon player finds a way to play as an Octoling


Get your tentacles ready!
Aug 09
 
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. How...




Splatoon now has a nifty little web app


Japan leads the way
Aug 06
 
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. Th...




Splatoon Splatfest Faceoff: Marshmallows vs Hot Dogs


Holmes vs Whitaker / Nipples vs Weiners
Aug 03
 
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...




Next week's Splatfest is a campfire debate


Two new weapons in Splatoon tonight
Jul 31
 
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 ...




Stay fresh and listen to Splatoon's new music


Gimme that new update
Jul 28
 
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'...




Splatoon's first major update is coming August 5


Matchmaking and more
Jul 27
 
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...




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


No planned paid DLC at this time
Jul 24
 
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 ...




Splatoon's newest map splats onto your Wii U tomorrow


Is Grunkle Stan a kid or a squid?
Jul 24
 
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...




I can't afford all of these new Splatoon weapons


But keep 'em coming!
Jul 21
 
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...




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


Team Coasters for life
Jul 19
 
[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 Sist...




Splatoon is adding new weapons in time for tonight's Splatfest


Another Zapper and brush
Jul 17
 
Tonight at 9:00pm Pacific, Splatoon players will begin battling to determine which is better: water slides or roller coasters. I don't think as many people will have the level of intensity that we saw in the cats vs. dogs Spl...




Do you use motion controls in Splatoon?


I don't want to learn
Jul 10
 
Earlier today, I was watching an interview conducted by the folks over at Nintendo Life with Splatoon co-director Tsubasa Sakaguchi, and it hit me -- some people actually use motion controls in this game. I still re...




New Donkey Kong-esque map available in Splatoon soon


Donkey Kong meets Splatoon
Jul 09
 
Nintendo of America's Twitter let it be known that a new map (pictured above) will be available in Splatoon at 7:00PM PT tomorrow, and it looks really fun. The zig-zagging towers of Moray Towers look reminiscent of the f...




The next Splatfest announced for the Americas


How do you like your rides?
Jul 09
 
Nintendo of America has announced the details for the next Splatfest in Splatoon, and it's much sooner than I thought it would be! The Splatfest starts the night of July 17, at 9:00 PM PT, and runs for 24 hours. As for the te...




Tower Control is the best mode in Splatoon


The Sploosh-O-Matic is my new favorite
Jul 08
 
Splatoon has gotten very frequent update ever since its initial release, and I have been gobbling them up as much as I can. New weapons, maps, and modes have consistently kept the game fresh, even for those who have alre...




Splatfest fallout: Why isn't merit rewarded in Splatoon?


Popularity contest burns Team Cat
Jul 06
 
Perhaps the greatest injustice of the year happened over the July 4 weekend. Nintendo's shooter Splatoon ran its first splatfest event, pitting cats versus dogs. The sides shot it out while less patriotic Americans were shoot...




Squid Now 2: Splatfest - A Splatoon avant-garde art film sequel


Splatfests change a kid
Jul 05
 
[Warning: The above video is not safe for life and features a large man only wearing booty shorts.] Splatoon's Splatfest may be over, with those bastard dogs winning via popularity when cats are clearly better, but that didn't stop me from making a sequel to the critically acclaimed avant-garde short film Squid Now. Eat your hearts out David Cage, David Lynch, and David Duchovny. 




Weekend Deals: Wii U Splatoon bundle & 'Buy 2 Get 1 Free' GameStop used game sale


B2G1 returns for the 4th
Jul 04
 
Nothing to do this 4th of July? How about some deals? Because we've got some deals. I mean they're not Black Friday good but they're pretty good. Sorta. Kinda. (Do we earn our copywriting merit badge now, Mr. Scoutmaster?).&n...




Splatoon's new mode is like king of the hill with a twist


Mobile gaming
Jun 30
 
One of the primary criticisms of Splatoon upon release was its lack of variation in online game modes. Nintendo's been slowly working to fix that, as it has a set of free updates scheduled through August. Another of tho...








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