Splatoon is the most notable new IP to come out of Nintendo in recent times, blending ink-blasting action with a bizarre sense of style to make for a memorable experience that’s unlike any other. Of course, the project was a long time coming, and went through numerous iterations and prototypes before arriving at the squid/kid action game that we got today. Referencing this, Nintendo recently showed off some footage and concept art form the earliest days of Splatoon, giving us a glimpse at what could’ve been.

Interestingly enough, the first prototype characters were rabbits, as the developers reasoned that they are highly territorial and that their neutral colors would nicely contrast with the bright colors of the paint. However, the idea was scrapped after the developers couldn’t come up with a good reason for why rabbits would be shooting ink, eventually leading them to decide on squids. Also, before the rabbits were considered, the first draft of gameplay involved monochromatic tofu cubes shooting ink at each other, and you can see some footage of that below:

What do you think? Would you rather the team had stuck with rabbits? What do you think Splatoon 3 will be like? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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