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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

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...

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

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 ...

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