Splatoon Is A Turf War Game With Cute Ink-Spewing Squid-Like Characters

By Sato . June 10, 2014 . 3:30pm


Splatoon is an upcoming third-person shooter for Wii U that Nintendo revealed this morning. The premise of the game is to claim your turf by splattering as much territory possible with the your four-man team’s color of ink.


In Splatoon, you play as the ink-spewing, squid-like characters called “Inklings,” who participate in 4v4 battles of color-based turf wars. While it might sound pretty simple, there are some strategic elements to keep in mind while playing the game.


For example, covering more territory with ink can unlock powerful super weapons that can be used to attack rivals or cover more turf. However, the Inklings don’t have infinite ammo, so they’ll need to recharge it by standing on top of ink of any color.


By being in your team’s ink color, the Inklings hide from enemies and move faster, or turn into a squid by diving into the ink,


Splatoon has multiple control options on the Wii U GamePad controller, which also includes the gyroscopic controls for better aim and control. The game also has online four-on-four matches.


Splatoon will be released sometime in the first half of 2015 for the Wii U.

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  • AkuLord3

    Really like the concept of this game, a fresh cool team base shooter. Totally will keep an eye on it.

  • Desk

    reminds me of de blob

  • 하세요

    MLG this badboy, son.

  • endril

    you gotta be squidding me

    • Jettythesunfish

      De gesou!

  • This is easily one of my favourites from the whole show. I never thought I’d ever be interested in a multiplayer shooter ever again. It’s really amazing how Nintendo can take a simple concept and turn it into something engaging and strategic.

    Not going to lie though, I was a little disappointed at first, only because it looked like they were teasing a Mario Sunshine 2 for a moment. But the actual gameplay got me excited again.

    • I’d like there to be an offline split screen 4 player mode in this where a fifth player can use the pad to play as Sunshine Mario and clean things up, lol!

  • David García Abril

    Aaaand, the number of gamers that will ignore this game exists and will keep saying Nintendo doesn’t create new IPs…

    Yeap, unchanged. -_-

    • Cazar

      What’s wrong with asking for new IPs? And are you some kind of psychic? Talk about cynical.

      • ronin4life

        No one is asking. They are DEMANDING. And only of Nintendo.
        That is why people are getting fed up with this: Nintendo *Does* make new IP all the time. But instead of actually acknowledging this, gamers set up arbitrary and changing guidelines and rules and complain that no games fit them, all while every other developer gets a free pass.
        It is a one-sided illogical viewpoint, and it sucks.

        • Cazar

          It sounds like the fanboy side of you just can’t handle criticism.

          You have to admit that Nintendo has been lacking in terms of putting out new major IPs in the past several years. You can’t just write of every tiny eShop game that they put out as adequate.

          As a fan of the company who actually cares about the direction that they’re headed in, I’m allowed to expect things instead of dickriding every single thing they do.

          • ronin4life

            I can handle Criticism just fine. This isn’t criticism- it is Bull plain and simple and has always been.

            The Quality of the E-shop content has never been held against them: It was always only because these games weren’t “AAA physical ‘Franchise’ pushes”… all the while Journey and Flower get a pass. And new games that ARE of this variety like Pikmin, Chibi Robo, hell, Wii Sports, get ignored and are criticized(Historically) for not being Mario or Zelda.

            Battalion wars. The Excite series on Wii. The Wii RPGS. NintendoLand and Tomodachi Life. Plus Returns of old franchises like Kid Icarus, Punchout and Sin And Punishment that bring back near decades old and older games often in completely new ways, and New game design ideas with familiar faces plastered on- Don’t count. And while that makes some sense for the latter group in most ways, Why should other companies be able to take the exact same game designs of other IP and add new characters and call it a “Brand new IP” while actively not being praised for originality(Or being unduly praised for originality that isn’t actually there)

            They haven’t relied on established franchises any more than anyone else and have been creating new content at an overall similar pace(Sometimes less, sometimes more). Criticism overall is welcomed if you actually can look at their last 10 years and find little originality, but that isn’t how people have painted them at all: they have ignored their last 10 years and decided they did ABSOLUTLEY nothing but Mario and Zelda.

          • Cazar

            Why do care so much about what people think about PlayStation if it’s inherently irrelevant to your interests? That just sounds like childish resentment. And even then I’d say many of your points are just as biased as the ones you’re speaking out against but I’m not going to argue with you over Sony vs Nintendo new IPs.

            The only point I was trying to make is that it’s perfectly okay to expect more out of Nintendo without it just labeling it as bitterness. The fact that so many of their “new IPs” have been small eShop games proves that they have been afraid to earnestly invest in them.

            Anyway it’s pointless to debate over their pre-E3 state. My thoughts on this new IP: This was much more in-line with the level of IP that people have been expecting, but perhaps not the type of IP that they wanted. The whole multiplayer only pseudo shooter thing is a bit dubious. While it does look fun, something more substantial may have more easily been able to stand out as a new major IP, but you can’t please everyone.

            Just because they put out this new IP doesn’t mean I think that they should stop there either though. Again, there’s nothing wrong with expecting more. Suggesting that the primary reason behind Nintendo putting out new major IPs is to extinguish the flames is completely missing the point and just plain juvenile.

  • Suicunesol

    I feel like a bunch of people are going to treat this like Nickelodeon shovelware, but I think it’s wildly inventive and could be hugely popular. The gameplay is very exciting to watch.

    …de geso.

    • Fruity Insanity


    • David García Abril

      The way I see, it either becomes the “Super Smash Bros” of shooters… or falls into obscurity.

      The problem is the art style is very uninspired. As you say yourself, it looks like something out of a Nickelodeon show.

      Which is a shame, since it looks damn fun! I think a good online mode will be crucial.

      • Suicunesol

        Actually, I think the art style is very inspired. By squids. I like the squid girl designs.

        But I think a selection of characters would help instead of making everyone look the same.

    • MadokaXHomura

      Am i the only one who wants Ika Musume as Guest character?

    • Shippoyasha

      I kind of hope it’s more than 4 players vs 4, but I guess it could work with the kinds of smaller maps they’re going for. More classes could help too.

    • J_Joestar

      “fanartists” seem to be embracing this game a lot, i don’t think I’ve ever seen a certain internet rule being implemented with such speed and quantity on to a brand new IP like this has.

      • endril

        Touhou Fast™

    • TalesOfBS
  • Göran Isacson

    Man do I hope they advertize the hell out of this. This looks like exactly the kinda thing that could be a huge all-ages hit and beloved by families who want to game together, as long as they actually know it exists.

    EDIT: also holy hell guys, am I the only one who wants to see a cross-over between this and Octodad? Because this… this might have been dad’s end-goal all along! His children now walk among us, hidden in plain sight! And they’re making a right, colorful mess of the place!

  • otakumike

    good news guys, shooters are ok again!

    • ronin4life

      The thing is, This and Sun-Set Overdrive are not just “Shooters”. They are THE Shooters. Actual variations of classic gameplay instead of new coats of paint on an established idea.
      Actual new gameplay ideas and mechanics, fresh visual styling and a focus on these things over lame C movie “Plots” and Leader Boards addictions.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    One of the most innovative shooter i had seen for a long time lol.^_^

    Nintendo is really killing it recently even on FPS genre here.

    Steel Diver? Very slow, tactical FPS which focus more on positioning and team supports.

    Seems this one will also be another one with crazy fun mechanic too here.^_^

  • Hmm. I’m actually really pumped and excited for this. I hope this grows as a franchise too~.

  • chroma816

    This looks super fun, actually.

    Also, yeah – first thought was Ika.

  • Tarkovsky

    Said this before and I’ll say it again. This is how you innovate and push the shooter genre. Most interesting and unique shooter(alongside Sunset Overdrive) to be announced at the show but will be overlooked by many because they think it’s just some kiddy game. Their loss though.

  • Julien_N

    For me, this game is definitely one of the highlights of this E3’s presentations.

    It is a game that nobody could have seen coming, especially from Nintendo as it is different from the majority of their main series. Not only Splatoon is a third person shooter with an online multiplayer focus, but it also features plenty of new mechanics that add an interesting layer to the genre’s usual conventions.

    And yet it still has the “familiy-friendly” and colorful look that make Nintendo IPs stand out.

    This is a promising title, and I hope the efforts in creating this fresh IP will pay, because seeing it being ignored by the player base in favor of “safer” games would paint a very cynical vision of the games industry.

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