Almost a year after its launch Splatoon is still a go-to game for many Wii U owners, especially those looking for some online gaming. The colourful shooter has proven to be a significant hit and new IP for Nintendo.
It's attracted the occasional big-name partnership, too, and it's now been announced that the next Splatfest will tie-in with Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. The choice will be between Team SpongeBob and Team Patrick, with cool in-game outfits for both sides.
It's taking place from 23rd April (at 6am Pacific / 9am Eastern / 2pm UK / 3pm CET) until 24th April (at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK / 9pm CET). It's the first time that North American and European players will be fighting it out together in a Splatfest, too.
So, will you be Team SpongeBob or Team Patrick?
Whoa! WHAT?!?!? Smash Bros announcer voice "INCREDIBLE!!!"
The freakin'.... What? Why?
Anyway, as stupid as Patrick is, I love the marine star idiot. And It's Marie as well, so...
No Japanese players?! Maybe the laggers will be seen less frequently these matches.
Neither. I'm Team 25. It's the only team funnier that Team 24.
This is, to say the least, unexpected.
Go with team Patrick people. Do it because I told you to.
BECAUSE YOU TOLD ME TOOOOOO!
People, we are one step closer to Squidward dlc! The hype is real!
@TheLastLugia FOR THE KRUSTY KRAB!!
that was unexpected (although they did transformers. so... )
(might just have to get that new Charger for my Wii U. to play this after all!)
I guess one team can't be Squidward, because fighting against kin and all that.
Awful. Absolutely awful. There are much better franchises out there for collaboration if they want to do that. Urgh.
I dislike this cartoon, so count me out. I hope the fans have a great time, though.
Despite the fact that I've grown and dislike the cartoon, I will participate this Splatfest. Now, I just gotta pick which side I want to choose. That's the tough choice...
I appreciate the extended hours, even if the team options kind of stink. Are all Splatfests going to be cross-promotional from here on out?
@NintendoFan64 Squidward's really an octopus, so that's never gonna happen until Squidlings and Octolings settle their differences. :u
It's not my favorite choice for a Splatfest, but oh well, it's Splatfest! General inclination for cartoon humour disgusts me, but I'll be going with first season Patrick, since in the first season he was merely that lovable klutz who gave slightly incorrect advice.
Welp. It happened. Too bad there is no team Squidward...or SquidWard for my fellow Agents of SHIELD fans...
awesome!!! Love the theme!
An extended splatfest? Yes please!
This is sweet. I'd get those shirts if they were DLC in a heartbeat.
@Whopper744: Thank god he's not an option, or we'd see that "beautiful Squidward" face everywhere. Actually, we still might XP
Never liked SpongeBob, so I don't really care.
This is probably my favorite splatfest ever!
This is a combo that should've been more than obvious in retrospect. Especially considering how Nintendo is often(?) a sponsor for Nickelodeon events.
Seeing as how I have a masters in Wumbology, I'm tempted to go Team Patrick.
Moments like these make me wish both versions of Splatfest shirts were available permanently for people.
Hmm Spingebill or Pinhead Patrick such a tough decision
I CAN ALREADY HEAR VOICES!!! heh.
@dorkeybubblehead Makes sense to me as an a joke Splatfest. People have been jokeingly saying: "we want Squidward/Spongebob DLC" since the game's launch and this is a funny way of doing that. Plus its Spongebob, it has anthropormorpic seacreatures just like Splatoon. Im hyped.
@DTFaux You see that tombstone over in the distance? There lies my hopes and dreams.
I feel like with all the spongebob hate, patrick is gonna be most popular. But that could also set up yet another where the minority wins the most games and it doesn't matter what was more popular.
Or could this the first in a while of popular = winner? Oh snap. I'm going team Patrick!
Really wish I could choose Squidward......this is cool though...the shirts are well done. I'd like to see more like this and transformers. Maybe we can get a jedi/sith next
Team Dirty Dan vs. Team Pinhead Larry!
I'M DIRTY DAN!
Anyhoo, I haven't actually played this game online yet. It's a shame because every time I had tried to my connection dropped me in like 10 seconds so I just gave up.
@DTFaux Wumbology? The study of wumbo? It's first grade.
Also can anybody tell me if ink is an instrument?
Y'know, I just realized something: This should've been Team Krusty Krab vs Team Chum Bucket.
Patrick FTW... Awesome !!!
Let the Spongebob memes on Miiverse commence!!
And who says we don't get any interesting themes for Splatfest, no one that's who (in NA).
Looks like the squidward meme level is going into overtime/
Is there a Team "That Show Sucks"?
I'd rather be on #TeamSandyCheeks. Oh well. Spongebob it is then.
Nickelodeon is partnering with Nintendo? Didn't see that coming. Then again, Splatoon IS inspired by - and even reminiscent of - that network's aestethics from the nineties...
This is the WORST Splatfest ever! (I hate SpongeBob SquarePants). I'll only play it because I missed the last one, and because its both NA + Europe, that's cool. (That is, if I'm available to play it! Splatfests are always at the worst times for me...)
I don't know who I'm rooting for in here.
THE INNER MECHANISMS OF THIS SPLATFEST ARE AN ENIGMA. Spills bucket of orange ink
It makes a lot of sense, but I was kind of hoping it would be limited to the Americas (like Transformers), and that us Europeans could go back to duking out something like Chrysanthemums Vs. Azaleas or Nutmeg Vs. Cinnamon.
I might sit this one out. I already more Sea Snails than I know what to do with, and I think my tolerance to pictures of Squidward was exceeded within the first week of the game's release.
Well, that's an interesting partnership. Kinda makes sense too, since they're both sea life themed franchises.
Oh cool, a shared Splatfest for NA/EU!
I liked Spongebob and Patrick equally, so I'll go with Spongebob because of the ink colour.
Team SpongeBob or Team Patrick? Come on! Why not Team Squidward amirite?
@bouncer0304 yeah it's 30 hours long! So cool!
Assuming we're talking about the older episodes as opposed to the below average newer episodes, then it's pretty hard to choose between the two.
Not sure I'd get around to playing this one anyway.
Even though it makes sense for such a theme - meh, there are more Nickelodeon properties out there that Nick hasn't run into the ground yet and I'd rather see. Like Avatar or Danny Phantom. With Spongebob and Patrick, I'm sorta indifferent to them because those were always the characters I've never quite liked. I was more of Squidward or Mr. Krabs guy you know.
Seeing as I've never seen the show, I have no idea.
The amount of plaza memes will be unbearable...
That said, i'm excited!
I'll be join the superior team, team squidward.
I guess we'll see which wins out: my dislike for this cartoon, or my desire for those sweet, sweet super sea snails.
Why not Team Squidward, though? He was the only relatable character in that show for me.
Not even going to bother. I dislike Spongebob.
I really, really dislike SpongBob. But I missed the last two Splatfests so I may have to put my prejudices aside, but since I find the main character detestable I may have to side with the pink blob thing.
Why can't we have a Europe Vs NA Splatfest? That would shake things up a bit.
How unexpected yet fitting! Nice.
While Patrick is a douche in the more recent episodes, I've gotta go with him because he was so awesome in the early ones.
Also, we getting Squidward DLC now or what?
Neither. That show stopped being good after season 1
No, this is Patrick!
Now I want future Spongebob DLC. Like being able to play as Spongebob. Or even better, make a sequel that's a crossover with Spongebob.
And just like that I'm dragged back in to the battle, first 3 seasons and the movie are where it was.
Go Team Marie... I mean Patrick!
Yes! For the Krusty Krab!
@YouSeemFRAZZLED Well, seeing as how nearly every episode after season 3 was terrible. Im sure most people have seen Spongebob at his worst and just assumed that the entire show was terrible.
Team Squidward? I guess I'll flip a coin.
yeah a splatfest with a spongebob theme for both europe and the US! team spongebob for me! but to be honest i feel like this should be a week later because it will be the 17th anniversary for the first ever spongebob sqaurepants episode Premiere in america in 1st may
Spongebob and Callie would make a cute couple <3
GOLD TEAM RULES
I was slightly too old when Spongebob started for me to get into it, plus the characters seemed so annoying and unlikeable.
Team Spongebob for me since I prefer yellow to pink. Also, Spyke needs his fix of super sea snails.
This is strange... and despite the ocean theme it somehow fits in even worse than transformers, which was actually really cool to see. Also rather than good vs evil, or protagonist vs antagonist, or general opposites, it's... protagonist vs comic relief character. I'll probably sit this one out.
That's only going to make Splatoon look worse.
Sigh, what one has to do for some snails...
I think I will be skipping this Splatfest...
...I've never watched SpongeBob... but I cannot resist that wobbly star <3
Star Fox Zero AND a Splatfest?? What a weekend!
@Williaint How so? Spongebob is wildly popular and we could at least only count the first few seasons
Wonder how much they're being paid for this.
Why not Squidward vs Squiliam
Why not Squidward vs Squiliam
Patrick: BECAUSE HE TOLD ME TOO!
@Whopper744 I see what you did there 😉
Good thing I stopped playing this or this might have been annoying.
"Dang it Nintendo, stop trying to crossover with anime."
Very interesting... Let's go all the way and have the winner put into Mario Maker.
On the flipside, my friend showed me this just last night:
P.S. I'm shocked @SheldonRandoms hasn't commented anything yet.
This splatfest can rot.
F is for friends who play Splatoon together, U is behind Wii, N is for Nintendo!!!
Oh my god.
Wow, there are a lot of people here that don't like Spongebob. Have you all watched the episode "Band Geeks"? If you've seen that one (which is one of the best) and don't like the show then by all means dislike it, but anything past season 3 is completely distorted from the original show.
Spongebob is a huge part of my childhood, but even so I completely detest anything past season 3, other than one or two ok episodes.
If only we could keep these t-shirts. Also, Patrick is the best!
KRUSTY KRAY-AH-YAY-AH-YAB, YAY-AH-YAH-AH-YAB PIZZA!
IS THE PIZZA YEAH-HEH FOR YOU AND...
Officially the only Splatfest I'm excited for, and I haven't even watched Spongebob in like 5 years!
Band Geeks is easily THE best episode, as far as I'm concerned, though pretty much any Squilliam episodes are great. Of course, I am definitely talking about pre-season 3. In my mind, Spongebob was cancelled after that.
On a side note... Definitely team Patrick. Too bad I don't actually own Splatoon, though...
Nintendo: Trying desperately to pander to the audience they really think they have since...IDK, the last few years or so?
This is a parfikt combination!
Spongebob isn't nearly as funny as it used to be. Now it just hurts my brain. However, Team Spongebob all the way!
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