Splatoon is one year old in Japan - a landmark that'll pass on 29th May in the West - and the game's official Twitter account has gone announcement crazy. Some of the details are certainly applicable to the West, and no doubt localised announcements will come in good time.
First of all Sheldon's Picks Volume 2 will come on 8th June in Japan, which will likely be the same date in Europe and potentially the evening of 7th June in North America.
Some tweets promote the Callie and Marie amiibo alongside rather neat little dioramas.
In addition July will see a new hardware bundle in Japan that includes the new amiibo.
Here's an exciting one, on 13th July a CD soundtrack will be released which will include tracks from the Squid Sisters' live concerts in addition to studio recordings.
Perhaps related, Tower Records in Tokyo seems to be teasing a Splatoon event in June...
FINALLY, there are a whole load of merchandise options on the way, including t-shirts, badges, hats and more.
That's a LOT of Splatoon, and shows just how big an impact the game has had not only on the gaming scene in Japan, but also in broader popular culture. We'll see if Nintendo of Europe and America have their own anniversary announcements later this weekend.
So, which of these goodies would you most like to own?
I don't get it, did this game do badly outside of Japan or something? They rarely ever seem to release this kind of stuff in the West which considering the lack of new games coming out, would perhaps be a good way to try and boost your income.
What a fun game can't wait for a sequel, a portable version would be amazing ink blasting on the go such awesome possibilities come on Nintendo.
@FragRed Splatoon as a video game has done great business in the West, I just think all the above taps into Japanese pop culture a lot more, hence why they'll make profits out of merchandise, water pistols, gummy sweets etc
Lots of cool stuff and nice that the 2nd weapon update is coming so soon.
Doesn't Marie's face look like a freaky monster when she's upside down? Could be why Callie got a fright.
A bit of an optical illusion. Was it intentional?
Now look at it a few feet away.
I want me dem shirts!
About time to give a discount
I highly doubt they will release any of this (besides amiibo) outside of Japan. That's just how Nintendo works with that kind of stuff, unless it's in New York. That sound track would be great. I'd get a hat (if ever in the US) if it wasn't flat bill.
GIMME ALL OF IT NAOW
I'm glad official t-shirts are a thing now, but where's the Zink Layered LS?
Happy it's still getting support. Great game, definitely one of the top 3 on the Wii U.
Would like the shirts & hats. I stopped playing it long ago, but I love the fashion sense in the game. Even when you're mismatched. Too bad they'll never come over here, i'll bite the bullet and import them.
There are some talented artists in the community, I am not one of them.
I want those hats!
That box art is awesome, both front and back. I wish they would have made the Smash Splat the default bundle rather than going back to MK8 after Black Friday but this is still a really nice promotion.
That price seems a bit absurd though, 37,000 yen = $335 US. I know currency exchange rates don't exactly work that way, but we're talking about a 3 1/2 year old system w/ a 1 year old game and 2 new amiibo, and that system has almost no new games for the next 9 months. I guess they know the Japanese will buy it for the amiibo and box art alone, sell the Wii U on Japanese Ebay, but they certainly arne't looking to sell too many Wii U at that price. Though I suppose if the Wii U is currently 37,000 yen in Japan this would be a good deal due to the 2 amiibo.
E3 would have been a great time to announce Spla2oon. Guess we'll hear about it at the NX unveil. Unless they go for a Spaltoon port first, then Splat2oon in a year or 2. Guess we still need to see if NX will have a Gamepad type controller, I can't see Splatoon working as well without a 2nd screen.
Oh well, congrats to Ntineod for the new IP cultural phenomena.
I might import some pins and the cd when they come out
Meanwhile in the west, Nintendo trolls people about the absence of Mother 3:
Bring the shirts west please.
so people are still gonna buy a wii u in july?
@FragRed yeah if these goodies are in usa i would love to buy it
I really want that CD.
I want one of those hats so bad! I would sell my soul for one if I were still a minor.
Japan is so lucky!!! I want everything! I hope NA and Europe get more Splatoon merchandise soon.
I want it ALL! But NOA doesn't want our money... No OSTs and no merch for this continent... u.u
I don't care where this happens, I just get excited whenever Splatoon stuff happens
I want a hat!
awesome! i am working on a 1 foot tall statue of the swuid sisters i 3d modeled and am currently printing them then going to hand paint and clear coat them! just in time! they going to look great i may sell the statue or keep it not sure i can always make another one!
I've been seeing the Disney Channel using the word fresh as cool lately.
Would have been nice to see some of those goodoes on My Nintendo, but I will not be spending real money on anything but the amiibo, no.
So that's where the 800,000 Wii U sales will come from. Splatoon amiibo hardware bundles in Japan.
The shirts and hats look cool, though it's beyond me why anyone wants the hats with the mesh-back. The mesh makes the hats look bad.
Hmmm...vacation to Japan??? Empty suitcase for all the Splat👀n goodies.
"MEET THE INKLING"
"Nyah name is Bleavy Nyepons Inkling and diss is nyah weapon. It costs nyah billion nyollars to glah this weapon for nyah seconds."
I hope at least the CD, and Takoroka mesh come to the west, I'm a big hat guy so that mesh is for me, and seeing that I wasn't at e3 or any splatoon event, I'll gladly pay money. Actually I wish the first Splatoon soundtrack CD would come out here too, give us something NOA. ...... ILL PAY MONEY ILL GIVE YOU MONEY NOA pls!
And of course it'll be Japan only. Because Nintendo of Europe and America don't like printing money anymore!
@LucasOne: It was comparable to TF2 from day one. There aren't many decent multiplayer shooters with non-realistic graphics. Overwatch seems to take the same line.
Can't wait for Sheldon's picks #2!
@0upshroom7 you're a big hat guy? You could become super rich as a sideshow freak and buy all Splatoon stuff and Japanese lessons....
@MadAdam81 Yes of course my brim eating act should drive the populace wild!..... ha. I like to collect hats lol
When you mentioned Sheldon, I thought you were talking about OUR Sheldon. lol
Still one of my favorite games
So... when are the Callie and Marie amiibos coming to America?
@RodSD64 June 8-10th if I can remember correctly, but they are up for preorder at best buy I just checked last night 😉
Consume, consume, consume!!!
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