In continuing the celebration of Pokémon's 20th anniversary, the festivities have spread to another popular Nintendo franchise, Splatoon.
A Pokémon themed Splatfest will take taking place the weekend of 20th February through 21st February in all regions pitting players against each other based on their favourite first generation game.
In North America and Europe, teams will be split by Pokémon Red and Blue while in Japan, the choices will be Pokémon Red and Green.
In addition, new character art was released showing Inklings dressed in their finest Pokémon garb.
Voting is now underway in-game, so get your votes in and prepare for battle.
Which first generation game will you be representing? Let us know in the comments
Cough late Cough anyway still excited hype is real can't wait for Pokemon20 all year long.
Yup, I'm team Blue; Blastoise is my spirit animal.
Blue, a turtle with cannons is more awesome than a flaming dragon
Red for me but Blue is probably going to win. Any images from the Japan version with Green?
@Dankykong the picture with the inklings shows the Splatfest t-shirts for team red and green.
This is the coolest Splatfest theme since Autobots vs. Decepticons. And Blue is the only choice.
Is it going to be held at the same time in all regions? That'll be a first!
My struggle is I'm on the yellow team...
I'm a sucker for Blastoise. Team Blue for me.
Pokemon Red of course.
On a side note, the Pokemon Center stores in Japan are going to sell the Splatoon/Pokemon t-shirts.
Red, who doesn't like dragons?
Next one should be Green vs. Yellow :V
(Anyways, team Red)
@OorWullie I'm not sure about Europe, but it looks like they start at different times, but will intersect with eachother.
NA's will start on the 20th at 1am EST while Japan's will start a little earlier on the 19th at 4pm EST.
(If I got the time zone conversions right)
Now I really wish we could keep those t-shirts!
My first Pokemon game was Pokemon Red, but I picked Squirtle as my starter! 😢
Can't I just pick Pokemon Purple??? 😂
You know, I've always loved Charizard so I'd have to go with Red - if I were american. Btw when are the games gonna come out on VC?
That's a brilliant theme. My vote will be for Red, though Blue is also great.
Yay, great that Europe gets the same awesome theme as the US at the same time. That's much better than waiting an extra week or two for an awful theme.
Team Blue all day! The Squirtle Squad is back with a vengance! Hitting the streets with blasts of passion!
@GoldenGamer88 They're releasing on the 27th, Pokemon's 20th anniversary.
I might want to start playing Splatoon again this weekend just to relive my childhood spent playing Pokémon Red.
Got to be Red, my first Pokemon game and the game I've played probably more than any other!
Pokemon Red. Didn't have to think about that for even a second.
I will help Blastoise for the victory!
I'll be team Red, even though Blastoise is also ace. Guess I'll have to play Splatoon again!
Red! Blastoise is a cooler mascot but the exclusive Pokémon were so much better. Arcanine over Weepinbell (the worst Pokémon designed; yes worse than Muk and Vanillite) any day of the week.
I don't have Splatoon, but Blue all the way.
While I think both are awesome Pokémon, I'm still going to side with Charizard, just as I did back as a kid.
This is really difficult choice. I played both games, but I'm not sure which one to choose...
Just kidding, Blue all the way.
Pokémon Red, yup, easy choice.
I'd vote Blue, since I always choose Water Pokemon starters. However, I think I like Charizard as a Pokemon more than Blastoise.
If Yellow was available I'd vote for that over these two big time.
Well, this puts me in a pickle. Never really been a fan of Pokemon, so I've no clue which side to go on for this splatfest. Or if I should participate, because it could be interesting to see how many vote for either side...
Edit: I guess I could decide based on element.
The only Pokemon game I've ever played is Fire Red, which is my favourite colour, so this is an easy one for me!
Now THIS is a proper splatfest.
Blue all the way of course. (Though if I could vote green I would)
Poor Bulbasaur. For the one billionth time.
Since Pokemon Blue was my first game, Blue is where I'll go.
Oh, come on!... Bulbasaur was my pick in Gens 1 and 6!!! I want to be on Team Green! I'll probably pick Blue because I like the color more. 😛
Pokemon Blue was my first game (I remember the sound of Squirtle when you pressed the A button) so I'll go with Blue.
Get ready to be splatted Team Red!
Haven't played in months, but... uh... I GOTTA REPRESENT POKEMON RED!
Nintendo, come on guys... Please let us keep these Splatfest shirts.
Pokémon Blue! Though if I lived in Japan, I would gladly pick green.
@IceClimbers Thanks for the info
Yeah this was a tough choice for me. I had Blue growing up, but I chose Charmander as my starter. I was always made fun of at school for my choice, to which my reply was, "Um, his tail is on fire, how can I not pick him??"
Anyway, given that my first game was Blue, I had to pick as such. This will be a fun Splatfest.
Looks like I'm playing splatoon again
Should've been Red v Ash...
Though seriously, Blue all the way!!!
Team Blastoise! Water beats Fire any day.
Aww no, really? I mean, I'm glad we finally get a global Splatfest, that's great.
But it completely excludes anyone who never touched anything Pokemon-related.
Think I'll go with blue, solely because of the colour.
The bad thing is though that it will be on my last day in Berlin and I'll have company on that day. So I probably won't get to play anyway...
But on the other hand, I'm happy that they finally returned to the three-weeks-cycle. I hope they keep it that way from now on.
In my opinion Splatfests should even be a weekly or bi-weekly thing because of the sea snails.
I'm with blue, always loved him as my main
My first game was Pokemon Red! I still have the cartridge, and it works perfectly...but my favourite starter is Squirtle and its evolutionary line is my favourite. Thank goodness I don't have Splatoon, I couldn't choose.
Somebody help, which one do I choose?
Does this mean we'll get a Zelda-themed Splatfest this year?
Here's how you win a Splatfest:
Step 1.) Discover which is the most popular with younger players (or usually, the cooler one)
Step 2.) Choose the opposite one
Step 3.) Profit
@Joestar- works everytime
Really not overly impressed with this Splatfest theme. I understand that Pokémon is a rather big thing with most Nintendo fans, but I've never had a huge interest in it, and this isolates those who don't really care for those games. I prefer the Mystery Dungeon spin off to the main series (Explorers was such a good game) and as such I don't care for the teams or the results. I get that it's the 20th anniversary, but this feels like Nintendo trying to promote the VC release of the originals on 3DS. It feels very much a sellout more than anything else imo.
As for the popularity thing, that only tends to happen for NA Splatfests. In that Pineapple Splatfest, I picked Pro-Pineapple believing that it would get the higher win % and win overall but they were less popular and had less wins, so it's harder to call which team will win in PAL regions. As for this one, I'll probably pick Team Red, but again don't really care too much for it. To those who like the main Pokémon games and played the originals as kids, this is a great Splatfest and will have a great nostalgia factor, but for the rest of us, it's rather disappointing and more of a sellout for the upcoming VC releases.
Hmm, I got red when it came out, so I'd be more likely to pick that, but that blue ink looks cooler. Most splatfests I just pick whatever ink color I like more since I'm usually not invested in the choices.
Worst part going to be giving the shirt back.
@Joestar- So how does that work exactly? Someone else said something about choosing the less popular side if you want to win...
And the pokemon center is getting the actual shirts...anybody want to make a Japan run for me?
The very first video game I was ever allowed to own was Pokemon Blue! Easy choice!
RED! Charizard was my starter! and I also picked FireRed for the GBA so..... TEAM RED 4 THE WIN!!!
I would pick red.
RED!!!! Are you ready to be splatted blue?
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