Nintendo usually doesn’t release new IP’s, but they’ve decided to go against the grain and showcase something new. On May 29, 2015, the Big N and developer Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 are set to introduce its audience to multiplayer online shooting. Ladies and gents, get ready to enter the world of Splatoon.
For those who don’t know, Splatoon is combination of the words “Splat” and “Platoon.” This brand new franchise is set to bring Wii U owners online into a multiplayer shooter that’s full of ink, balloons, little tykes with paint guns, octopuses and more.
We’re here to give you a breakdown of everything you need to know before you lay down some ink in Splatoon.
1. The Single Player Campaign Mixes Elements of Platforming, Shooting and Puzzle Solving
It’s widely known that Splatoon primarily focuses on its multiplayer suite, but it does offer something to players who’d rather play by themselves. The main campaign will pit the player against an army of Octarians who have stolen the valuable Zapfish creatures.
Zapfish are essential to the Inklings home since these creatures provide electricity for their home, Inkopolis. You’ll navigate through several levels as you shoot down Octarians, encounter massive bosses, hop around the spacious levels and run into mind-bending puzzles from time to time.
2. The Multiplayer Modes Feature Local and Online Features
Splatoon’s multiplayer modes come in the form of local and online options. For players who choose to do multiplayer offline, they’ll be able to play Battle Dojo. This mode pits two players against each other to see who can shoot down the most balloons. One player will run around the game’s world by watching the TV, while the other player will utilize the Wii U Gamepad’s screen. Regular Battle is unranked and casual multiplayer, while Ranked Battle is unlocked once players reach Level 10. Ranked Battle will require a higher level of team synergy as players look to increase their letter ranking.
As for the online multiplayer modes, players will participate in either Turf War or Splat Zones. Turf War pits two teams against each other as they attempt to cover the arena with the most ink before time expires. Both teams will have their own color of ink to represent them, which helps distinguish which team’s ink is more visible on the current map. Splat Zones is a King of the Hill-style mode where two teams fight to control a designated area by covering it with the most ink.
Post launch, more downloadable content such as modes will be offered to players for free. One piece of DLC that will come after Splatoon’s release is another online multiplayer mode called Tower Control. Tower Control’s main objective involves players standing atop a mobile tower that has to be pushed toward a designated area in enemy territory.
3. A Nice Array of Stages Will Be Offered Upon Launch
Splatoon will offer players the following stages upon launch – Arowana Mall, Blackbelly Skatepark, Saltspray Rig, Urchin Underpass and Walleye Warehouse. More stages will be given to players as DLC post-launch, such as Camp Triggerfish, Greenhouse and Railroad.
Check out the stage listing below to see what multiplayer modes can be accessed on each stage:
– Arowana Mall: Regular Battle (Turf War), Ranked Battle (Splat Zones, Tower Control, Rainmaker), Battle Dojo
– Blackbelly Skatepark: Regular Battle (Turf War), Ranked Battle (Tower Control), Battle Dojo
– Saltspray Rig: Regular Battle (Turf War), Ranked Battle (Splat Zones), Battle Dojo
– Urchin Underpass: Regular Battle (Turf War), Battle Dojo
– Walleye Warehouse: Regular Battle (Turf War), Ranked Battle (Splat Zones), Battle Dojo
– Camp Triggerfish: Regular Battle (Turf War), Ranked Battle (Splat Zones, Tower Control, Rainmaker)
– Greenhouse: No multiplayer modes confirmed yet for this stage
– Railroad: No multiplayer modes confirmed yet for this stage
4. Splatoon Amiibo Models Will Be Released
As expected, Nintendo will release a line of Amiibo figurines based on Splatoon’s characters. There’s one modeled after the Inkling Girl, Squid and Inkling Boy. By interacting your special Splatoon Amiibo’s with the game, you’ll unlock a special set of missions, extra equipment and bonus minigames.
5. There’s a Special Splatoon Wii U Bundle Available From Best Buy
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