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Splatoon is a third-person shooter set in a colour world. Players control Inklings, characters that run around and shoot ink with a gun but can also transform into a squid to traverse through the ink. The game is controlled through the GamePad with the left analog stick for movement. Next to regular means to aim, gyroscopic motion control, by tilting the device, is supported with the right analog stick to look left or right and the triggers to shoot with a machine-gun like weapon and throw large bombs. The game offers a large selection of primary and secondary weapons that can be equipped before battle. These include regular guns, rifles, bombs, grenades, a giant paint roller and items such as a shield, enemy detectors and inkstrikes. The game can also be played using a Pro Controller or Classic Controller, optionally in conjunction with a MotionPlus-enabled Wii Remote.

Shooting ink colours the environment and the areas that are covered in a colour can be used to traverse quickly as a squid by transforming. In squid form the character cannot shoot, but moves quicker, can hide and can also scale vertical surfaces and swim through grates. Ink ammo is not unlimited and is refilled by transforming into a squid. Characters can jump, also in squid form with a more powerful dash jump. Enemies shoot ink in a different colour that covers the environment as well. This slows down the characters in regular form and cannot be swum through in squid form, so they need to counter it by painting it over with their own colour. There is a limited amount of health that can be regenerated by seeking cover.

The game is set in Inkopolis that acts as a main hub. It offers access to different types of battles and characters that offer improved weapons and gear for aesthetic customization. By participating in battles experience is earned to level up along with a currency to buy new items. In the single-player part of the game Cap'n Cuttlefish asks to retrieve the Zapfish, Inkopolis' source of power, from the Octarians. It consists of a series of levels completed by reaching the Zapfish at the end. In this mode only the default weapon is used, but it is enhanced and upgraded by collecting power orbs in the levels. The environments offer platform challenges and enemies to take out. Each of the 27 levels also contains a hidden scroll with lore about the game world. Levels are grouped in areas and at the end of each area a boss needs to be defeated. This is rewarded with blueprints called sunken scrolls that can be exchanged at a weapons shop for new options.

Next to the single-player campaign the game supports local one-on-one multiplayer matches in the Battle Dojo. Online multiplayer games are divided into regular and ranked battles where maintaining a high rank by winning provides more experience and currency. Battles are played as four-on-four matches with two teams each with their own colour. Regular battles have the Turf War mode. They offer matches of three minutes where each team attempts to cover more of the map in the team's colour before time runs out. Ranked matches have Splat Zones, a King of the Hill game type where teams fight to keep a certain area in the team's colour to get a counter to zero and win the match. If time runs out, the team with the lowest counter wins. Additional game modes (Rain Maker, Tower Control) were added afterwards as DLC. There are also special events only available for a limited time. By splattering opponents until they run out of health, they are sent back to the team's respawn point. The GamePad can be used to access a map and instantly warp to a team mate's location or to assist with aiming.

The game incorporates the Miiverse to post messages that appear in-game as graffiti on walls. Through Amiibo Splatoon sets additional missions can be unlocked, as well as additional equipment and a bonus mini-game after completion.


Splatoon Wii U Boss fight.
Splatoon Wii U The single-player campaign's story starts when Inkopolis' main power source disappears.
Splatoon Wii U Title screen.
Splatoon Wii U Stores won't serve you until you start making a name for yourself.

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Alternate Titles

  • "スプラトゥーン" -- Japanese spelling
  • "스플래툰" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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Gamegravy Jun 04, 2015 9.5 out of 10 95
Nintendo Life May 27, 2015 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Destructoid May 27, 2015 8.5 out of 10 85
Giant Bomb Jun 01, 2015 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 28, 2015 8 out of 10 80
The Jimquisition May 27, 2015 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited May 27, 2015 78 out of 100 78 May 27, 2015 77 out of 100 77
GamePro (Germany) (IDG/Webedia) Jun 22, 2015 73 out of 100 73
FNintendo May 27, 2015 7 out of 10 70


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According to publisher Nintendo, Splatoon has sold over 2.42 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of September 30, 2015). In June 2015, the sales were divided per region in the following way: 476,000 in the Americas, 368,000 in Japan, 230,000 in Europe and 20,000 in Australia and New Zealand.

Sponsored Gear Sets

Version 2.0.0 added gear sets from the brands Famitsu and The SQUID GIRL. The Famitsu set was the result of a design contest held by the Japanese gaming magazine of the same name. The SQUID GIRL gear is based on the protagonist of the manga Shinryaku! Ika Musume, who, like Splatoon's Inklings, is a squid-like humanoid. The manga's artist, Masahiro Anbe, is a fan of Splatoon and had drawn fanart for the game prior to this official collaboration. Later, version 2.8.0 added a weapon and multiple pieces of gear featuring the logo of CoroCoro Comic, a Japanese children's magazine that frequently publishes manga and news features about Nintendo's franchises.

Splatfest Themes

A number of Splatfest themes are either references to other Nintendo series, or are the result of sponsorship deals with other companies. The tie-in Splatfests have included Miitomo, Transformers, Maruchan, 7-Eleven, and Pokémon.

Final Splatfest

The final Splatfest was held worldwide on July 22, 2016, and lasted 48 hours. The choice for this Splatfest was between the two Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, with Marie winning in all regions. To highlight the finality of the event, the normal Splatfest battle music was replaced with the final boss theme, "Calamari Inkantation".

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Sciere (728531) added Splatoon (Wii U) on Jun 13, 2015