Cowabunga, Inklings! Nintendo has just announced the theme for next month’s Splatoon 2 Splatfest, and things are going to be a little different this time around. Different, and turtle-y.
The Splatoon franchise began in May 2015, with the release of the original for Wii U. One of Nintendo’s more quirky ideas (and that’s saying something), the whole thing is an adorably cartoony third-person shooter. Players take the role of Inklings, human/squid hybrids that can switch between forms at will. In this way, they can either fire their ink-based guns or swim swiftly through said ink as the battle dictates.
The franchise developed quite a following, and the fanbase has only grown with the release of the Nintendo Switch sequel. Splatoon 2 continued the tradition of the first title’s Splatfests, time-limited in-game events. In a similar fashion to ARMS’s Party Crashes, players choose a side to support and fight for them, with victories contributing to their side and a winner declared at the end of it all.
While Party Crashes are contests between two characters, Splatfests are about different sides of a debate. Previously, we’ve seen Splatfests that pitted mayonnaise against ketchup, say, or flight versus invisibility in a which is the best superpower stand-off. On May 4, though, things are set to get really serious. Which is the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?
As Nintendo Life reports, things are going to be a little different with this one. May will see not just a one-off Splatfest, but three separate events: two rounds and a final. The first round will see players choosing to support either Raphael or Leonardo, and will run from 9pm PT May 4 to 9pm PT on May 5.
On May 11 to May 12, same times as above, round two will pit Mikey vs Donnie. The winning turtle from each round will do battle again in the final, which will take place over a 24-hour period beginning on May 18, again from 9pm PT.
The inclusion of other franchises in Splatoon 2 may even indicate more cross-promotion in the future - TMNT-themed weapons or skins, perhaps?
So, which of the turtles get your vote? Whether this is a hot button issue for you or you’re not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sort of person, another Splatfest is always welcome for Splatoon fans. Look out for this special Splatfest event, in partnership with Nickelodeon, from next Friday. It’s great to see Nintendo continuing the heavy post-launch support for Splatoon 2, with the hefty 3.0 update that launched earlier this week.