It's well documented that the anticipated Wii U squid shooter, Splatoon, is heavily focused on team-based ink wars, and the the latest Nintendo Direct celebrating the title's upcoming release has revealed the trend will continue with themed events known as 'Splatfests' – further encouraging team spirit.
These regular events will ask players from their respective regions – North America / Europe – to ponder answers to burning questions. North America will kick off with the following: do you prefer cats or dogs? To actually answer these questions, players will be required to pick a side and represent it. These events will also include their very own ranking system, and based on a player's overall rank, a valuable item called a 'Super Sea Snail' may be received at the end of an event period allowing players to freshen up and improve their gear.
The first Splatfest will take place in North America on 20th June and Europe will be able to pick a side and represent it one week later on 27th June. The starting theme in Europe asks which theme do you prefer – rock or pop?
Let us know in the comments if you like the proposed concept of Splatfest, and if so which side you'll be fighting for.
Reminds me of the Everybody Votes Channel on the Wii.
@Captain_Gonru This is what I'm dreading...
Why the long delay for these? Why not have one o these the first weekend?
Dogs, of course! guau guau!
Why pop over EDM, rap or even classical music?
It's impossible for me not to side with rock - but only because jazz has no say in the poll.
@Captain_Gonru Ahh, don't jinx it!
@arronishere Japanese pop culture revolves largely around rock and pop when it comes to music, so it's safe to assume the poll kinda reflects on that.
I think this is cool. If I get the game, I'll miss the first one but it's still cool.
Off the subject, but while we're on the subject of music, did anyone else find the music to be annoying? Maybe it's just me but the metal-like screaming heard about 23 minutes in made me want to mute the direct.
I love this concept; a great neutral way to develop epic competition. Need more of this in politics imho, but alas I'll take it with games. Bring it in dog lovers!
Dogs and Rock
@Captain_Gonru Haha, don't sweat it! I know what you mean, and I can relate to it. ^_^
And yes, "pop" is a very broad term for music, but japan seems to have a very specific idea of it - at least in this game.
I kinda wish they just did teams of the same color/faction a la Mortal Kombat X. The cats v. dogs thing is too childish for me. Perhaps choose different mascots each time that are the color of your team.
Also, hunting for new armor sets in MH4U has gotten me excited to try to collect as much swag in Splatoon as I possibly can! I'm way too excited!
@Captain_Gonru Yeah, because that is totally Nintendo's style. All this unjustified cynicism is really starting to get annoying.
Pop and Cats all the way!
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