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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...




Splatoon's first balance patch nerfs the Kraken


Two new weapons are being added tonight
Jun 26
 
We've got some Splatoon update information to share! Two new weapons are being added to the game tonight, and an actual balance patch is coming on June 30. The two weapons tonight are the Carbon Roller and Custom Dual Squelch...




Splatoon's first North American Splatfest rescheduled


Which side will you represent?
Jun 25
 
After postponing the first North American Splatfest in Splatoon, Nintendo is back with a new date: July 4, 2015. The online event begins at 12:00 AM PT and will carry on, barring technical (err, "tentacle") difficulties, unti...




It's official: Splatoon sold over a million copies


Not too shabby, squids
Jun 23
 
It was no secret that Nintendo was betting big on Splatoon, and it looks like it paid off. They've just announced minutes ago that the game has sold (not shipped) one million worldwide, clicking in at "over 476,000 units...




Rumor: Hidden data reveals new Splatoon stages, modes, and weapons


Ryu not confirmed (yet)
Jun 21
 
It's seems that Nintendo may have once again let some of their future plans slip out through the magic of hidden data. Some hard working hackers have found content in Splatoon's code that reveals two yet unreleased stages (Ca...




Saturday's Splatoon Splatfest postponed


Paint nearly as rare as amiibo
Jun 19
 
If you were planning on enjoying tomorrow's first North American Splatoon Splatfest, then you'll have to tame that excitement. Due to a "matchmaking issue" that "was discovered in the first Japanese Splatfest that resulted in...




Splatoon gets a new weapon today, here are the details


Splash-o-matic!
Jun 12
 
Splatoon players have been painting the town for two weeks now, and have had a heck of a time doing so. Tonight, they get one more method with which to carry out their madness. A tweet from Nintendo of America reveals th...




This Splatoon Transformer is more than meets the eye


Beast Wars 2: Back in the Habit
Jun 12
 
I like Transformers a lot, and although I haven't played Splatoon yet, I dig that game's style. So a mix between Nintendo's latest brainchild and Hasbro's favorite son was bound to be a Mike Cosimano Favorite. A fan arti...




Splatoon Splatfest trailer really doesn't explain what Splatfest is


You're bread now, you're rice now
Jun 10
 
Nintendo of Japan has released a trailer for its upcoming Splatfest event for Splatoon. I’ve never played Splatoon, and all I know is I’m going to slap the next person who says they’re a kid and/or a squid....




Splatoon takes over Fallout 4's Balls - Newstoid #3


Get your tentacles ready!
Jun 05
 
We are back with another episode of Newstoid, your favorite video game news show. On this episode we discuss all things Fallout 4, dogs, and Splatoon takes over. I might be a bit biased, but I think this is our best episode ...




Splatoon unlocks the paint brush weapon tonight


Look for it at 7:00pm Pacific
Jun 05
 
Nintendo is adding a free weapon, the Inkbrush, to Splatoon today. It functions much like the rollers (#TeamRoller), but it's smaller, more nimble. As for gear, it comes with the Sprinkler and Inkstrike. You'll be able to fin...




Japan is really into squids now and kids now


Pure domination
Jun 04
 
Nintendo's Splatoon is enamoring people everywhere it releases. The family-friendly shooter has fans across the world transforming from kid to squid and back again. That influence extends to Japan, where players are eati...




Splatoon developers talk about lack of voice chat


It doesn't seem to bother most of you
Jun 04
 
Just two days ago, I asked readers if the lack of voice chat in Splatoon, among other issues, really bothered you that much. Only 6.5% of you answered "yes" as of the time of this writing, and most people were more bothered b...




Nude, nippleless boy in the official Splatoon manga


Official Nintendo Rule 34
Jun 02
 
A recent issue of CoroCoro Comic -- a popular monthly manga magazine in Japan -- included an official Splatoon manga. The manga serves as an introduction into the world of Splatoon and its multiplayer mode Turf Wars. Besides ...




Do any of Splatoon's online shortcomings bother you?


No voice chat still a problem?
Jun 02
 
Splatoon is here, and our review was commented on more than The Witcher 3 or Hatred, which surprised me. People had a lot to say about Nintendo's newest shooter, and not everything was positive -- a lot of folk...




Splatoon ranked mode, new stages, and Zapper available in Europe


Are you a high ranked kid or squid?
Jun 02
 
Are you a kid or a squid who has been furiously playing Splatoon since launch in the hopes of unlocking that new wave of content for the game? If you're in Europe you're in luck, as a bunch of new content is being added to th...




Ranked battles are nearly unlocked in Splatoon


More players need to reach level 10
Jun 01
 
Before launch, Nintendo detailed the method in which ranked play (Splat Zones) was unlocked in Splatoon. It's accessible only by players who have reached level 10, but beyond that, there's an additional requirement that enoug...




A Taco Bell with Bloodstained windows painted by Splatoon - Newstoid #2


RIP green screen?
May 29
 
Newstoid is back, and this time with no green screen! We heard your cries of "your heads look weird" and "get rid of that fucking green screen" and we listened. Is this better? We are thinking of getting a small piece of gre...




Splatoon's servers have held up fairly well at launch


Hopefully they'll stay that way
May 29
 
Splatoon is finally here. There's been quite a bit of community buzz regarding the game, and in my view, it turned out to be a pretty great shooter despite the fact that it's a bit light on content at launch. The really ...




Tonight we paint the town orange in Splatoon live on Twitch


Splat-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-Splatoon
May 28
 
Update: The stream is over, but feel free to watch the replay embedded below! Tonight the game you've all been waiting for releases at midnight, Splatoon. I'm so darned excited I'm sitting here dripping ink in anticipation, b...




Why yes, I would like an NES Zapper in Splatoon


Too good to be true?
May 28
 
This supposed image of the Prima strategy guide for Splatoon shows some curious weapons including, oh my god, NES Zappers. The names even reflect the light guns' release years! Is this stuff real? One of the weapons, the Inkb...




Splatoon players hope to make it Nintendo's next big eSport


Competitive squidding
May 28
 
The minds behind the popular competitive Super Smash Bros. forums SmashBoards are at it again, and this time they have their eyes set on Splatoon. SquidBoards hopes to be the hub for all things competitive Splatoon, from...




Very Quick Tips: Splatoon


Jelonzo is the coolest
May 28
 
Just because Splatoon is a light-hearted online experience, that doesn't mean that it lacks depth. Here are some tips to help you along the path to ranked dominance.




Large shipment of UK copies of Splatoon stolen, GAME heavily affected


Check your email UK readers
May 27
 
Our Splatoon review just went up this morning, and a lot of people have been discussing the game in anticipation of Friday's launch. Unfortunately, a number of community members have brought a disturbing series of events...




Review: Splatoon


A splash hit for Nintendo
May 27
 
If you think Nintendo hasn't been taking risks, you haven't been paying attention. Yes, most fans await the next Mario and Zelda announcement with bated breath during every E3 presentation, but the publish...




This Space Jam/Splatoon audio mashup almost makes me not hate Space Jam


Space Jam is the devil
May 26
 
You know how a lot of Star Wars fans dislike Jar Jar Binks? As a life long Loony Tunes fan, that's exactly how I felt about Space Jam when I first saw it, back when it was originally released in theaters. I was pretty s...




Go rock this unofficial Splatoon outfit in Animal Crossing


You're a kid now
May 25
 
Do you still boot up Animal Crossing: New Leaf every once in a while? I'm a terrible neighbor -- I've probably caused a lot of woodland creatures to skip town because I never leave my house. For those of you who are stil...




Remember, the last Splatoon Global Testfire session is tomorrow


Ink out your schedule
May 22
 
Splatoon is almost out, but before then, you can enjoy one last Global Testfire session on Wii U. It'll take place tomorrow at 3PM PST, 11PM UK -- once again it will attempt to cater to players all across the world. As a...




The kids in Splatoon could have been rabbits!


I'm a rabbit now, I'm a squid now
May 20
 
In the latest of Nintendo's Iwata Asks series, the producer of Splatoon revealed that at one point in development you'd play as a rabbit instead of kids! Perhaps they changed it because "You're a rabbit now, you're a kid...




Squid Now - A Splatoon avant-garde art film


By your favorite person alive, me!
May 19
 
"Better than anything David Cage has been making" - Edgar Velasco (MoonSpiderHugs) "You've gotta be squidding me." - Zainré Fang "So Nintendo hired David Lynch to create a Splatoon commercial?" - quetzalcoat...




Game News Haikus: Bloodstained, Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, and more


Zen-distilled stories
May 18
 
To fans of weird deadpan comedy poetry: I'd like to extend my humblest apologies for the hiatus. I'd like to say I was celebrating the 10th episode by taking some time off, but the reality is that I have just been super busy...




Miiverse art shows up as graffiti in Splatoon


Prepare for dickbutts everywhere
May 18
 
Since it was brought to Wii U, Miiverse has been a home for a pretty even split of amazing art, terrible stick figure comics and rough sketches of genitalia. Now, prepare for Splatoon to be invaded with a similar mix of commu...




[Spoilers] Splatoon timeline partially revealed through unlockables


Not what I expected
May 17
 
The image above is not the official Splatoon timeline. It's a goof created by a fan. Still, it shows that some people are already invested enough in the game to start pondering where it fits in the larger Nintendo universe, d...




These Splatoon cushions are pretty much the best


Japan-only
May 15
 
[Update: multiple community members have sent in this link to AmiAmi, where they are on pre-order for July.] Nintendo is marketing Splatoon pretty aggressively, and the newest part of the blitz in Japan seems to be ...




The worst part of the '90s are alive in this Splatoon commercial


Kidz Bop is better
May 13
 
The '90s had some terrible commercials, like for real. They often times had really cheesy or bad jingles, just like this new commercial for Splatoon. The only thing this is missing is a geeky kid with glasses covering a bull...




Here's everything from the Splatoon Nintendo Direct


The demo is out today
May 07
 
Nintendo just ran a Splatoon-centric Direct presentation, and it provided a ton of information on the soon-to-be-released shooter. First, to play ranked modes online, you have to reach level 10 (as was previously announced), ...




A special Splatoon Nintendo Direct is coming next week


May 7
Apr 30
 
Splatoon has captivated the hearts of many Wii U fans, and soon, we'll be able to learn a bit more about it. On Thursday, May 7 at 10AM EST, Nintendo will hold a Splatoon-centric Direct for the world. No details were given, but I expect to see more regarding the campaign, and possibly the amiibo functionality. Join us next week for the event, and we'll give you a full rundown of what happened.




Splatoon is a shooter, so of course it will be getting DLC


Nintendo confirms it
Apr 23
 
It was pretty obvious that Splatoon would be getting some form of post-launch DLC, but now Nintendo has confirmed it. Speaking to GamesRadar, producer Hisashi Nogami notes that "we do have some plans to follow ...




Nintendo felt the need to share ten facts about squid


The beginning of Squidtoid, probably
Apr 14
 
Did you know Splatoon is going to release kind of soon? Nintendo's fully aware, and it wants to make sure you know too. But, it doesn't have any game-related information to share on April 14, 2015, so it sent along ten f...




Nintendo tries something new for Splatoon amiibo


Bundle them up!
Apr 01
 
Well, this is a change of pace for Nintendo's amiibo release. We've known for a while now that Splatoon would get its own figures. However, Nintendo revealed at today's Direct that it's bundling the game's three amiibo togeth...




Splatoon to have splitscreen mode, ranked battle


So much for local multiplayer matches
Apr 01
 
As reiterated during today's Nintendo Direct, Splatoon is going to have four-versus-four online ranked battles with specific rules that differ from the normal mode. Splat Zones is a ranked mode where players battle over speci...




New Splatoon screenshots reveal clothing, weapons, stages, and characters


May is going to be messy
Mar 26
 
Nintendo released over 100 screenshots for Splatoon today, my favorite of which are in the gallery below, that reveal new characters, enemies, modes, weapons, maps, and clothing for customizing characters. Looks like there ar...




I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign


Definitely a good thing
Mar 23
 
While Splatoon's multiplayer was on display for all to see at E3 2014, the single-player campaign was fairly under wraps. We now know that it will be a completely separate affair from online play, complete with a full na...




Nintendo: 'Splatoon is aiming to do for action shooters what Mario Kart did to racing'


Reggie Fils-Aimé is hopeful for the future of this 'major new IP'
Mar 23
 
At a recent event at Nintendo of America's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, I was able to play Splatoon for the first time since E3 2014. It's come a long way since then, and Nintendo is particularly proud of what it...




Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it?


Ranked battles are confirmed, but are coming post-launch
Mar 23
 
Nintendo isn't exactly known for its online experiences. With the exception of a few recent titles like Mario Kart 8, the public is typically clamoring for some form of online support. Games like Mario Party 10 would pro...




Miyamoto originally pitched Mario for Splatoon


Maybe that scared the team into coming up with something more creative
Mar 18
 
Splatoon's squishy squids that characterize the game came long after the graffiti-tagging gameplay concept. "We had found that the ink-battle play mechanic was fun, and the team was working very hard to brush up on that aspe...




The joy of painting: Splatoon's Splat Roller looks fun


My love of painting and squids, together at last
Mar 10
 
Not to just gush about Splatoon every darn time we bring up the game and its delightful nonsense, but I'm feeling this short, no-frills showcase of the Splat Roller weapon. Got 20 seconds to spare? The oversized paint roller...




Daily cat fix: Splatoon's Judd takes a cat nap


Haha what
Mar 04
 
Most developers put out lots of trailers, gameplay footage, and screenshots galore to get us excited about their upcoming games. Nintendo uploads this 30 second video of Judd, the feline judge from Splatoon, taking a nap. Ye...




Splatoon's adorable squids originally looked like tofu


Sounds tasty!
Feb 19
 
Can you imagine Splatoon's "Inklings" looking more like tofu than squids? Speaking with Famitsu, the shooter's designers (Hisashi Nogami, Yusuke Amano, and Tsubasa Sakaguchi) revealed the creatures actually started out that w...




Good start, Monday: Splatoon's cat has a bow tie


It's actually his fur!
Feb 09
 
What's a "Splatoon cat"? Sifting through my email this morning for gems to share with you, my eyes darted straight to one from Holmes with that subject line. Whatever it is, I'm in. As translated by NeoGAF user StreetsAhead, ...





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