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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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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'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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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'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'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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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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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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Do you use motion controls in Splatoon?

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 remember playing ...

 
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New Donkey Kong-esque map available in Splatoon soon

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 first level of t...

 
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The next Splatfest announced for the Americas

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 teams? Roller coa...

 
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Tower Control is the best mode in Splatoon

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 already reached the...

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

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 shooting off fire cr...

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

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 those goes live to...

 
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Splatoon's first balance patch nerfs the Kraken

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 Squelcher. The Ca...

 
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Splatoon's first North American Splatfest rescheduled

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, until 11:59 PM PT. ...

 
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It's official: Splatoon sold over a million copies

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" in the Americ...

 
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Saturday's Splatoon Splatfest postponed

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 long wait time...

 
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Splatoon gets a new weapon today, here are the details

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 that the Splash-o...

 
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This Splatoon Transformer is more than meets the eye

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 artist on Twitter -...

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

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 yet.  So t...

 
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Splatoon unlocks the paint brush weapon tonight

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 find the weapon li...

 
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Japan is really into squids now and kids now

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 eating it up. Accor...

 
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Splatoon developers talk about lack of voice chat

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 by a lack of con...

 
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Nude, nippleless boy in the official Splatoon manga

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 some goggles an...

 
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Do any of Splatoon's online shortcomings bother you?

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 folks were bothered...

 
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Ranked battles are nearly unlocked in Splatoon

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 enough players ...

 
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Splatoon's servers have held up fairly well at launch

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 good news thoug...

 
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Tonight we paint the town orange in Splatoon live on Twitch

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, because I'm a sq...

 
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Why yes, I would like an NES Zapper in Splatoon

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 Inkbrush, is defini...

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

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 tournaments to...

 
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Very Quick Tips: Splatoon

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.

 

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