Take A Trip Into the Future In The Newest Splatfest

To all the Splatoon aficionados out there, there’s a new Splatfest that soon you’ll be able to partake in. With the theme coming with a futuristic vibe, it brings you a little sense of how many kids (and squids) think about each side.

Starting on March 19th, you’ll be able to be Team Hoverboard or Team Jetpack. The choice is yours of course, so choose wisely! Whether you want to catch some gnarly air waves or reach the clouds, be sure to not run out of gas for this Splatfest! As of now, it’s a Europe only Splatfest, but if any news emerges for other territories, be sure to stay tuned in for information about it on our site.

Splatoon Sells Over 1 Million Copies In Europe

 

No matter if your a squid or a kid, it can be agreed Splatoon is always a good time with a couple of chaps on the sofa at your house or through online.
It’s become official that Splatoon has sold over 1 million copies in Europe, that’s a lot ink to deal with. It was announced throughout the Nintendo of Europe Twitter page that it had become official.

In commeration, the Art Direct of the game, Mr. Inoue has drawn a beautiful drawing in celebration. (as seen above)

Attention All Kids And Squids! Splatoon Version 1.3.0 Is Set To Arrive Next Week.

Time to ink and roll! Erm, roll over those pesky Octolings that is. This update is set to introduce various features in the game to improve your play time with Splatoon. This update is set introduce Splatfest, a competitions where you choose one side and duke it out against your opponents as you attempt for your side to become victorious and win. In fact, if you thought choosing what pair of socks to wear in the morning, the Splatfest might make your head spin with the decision of your favorite side.

And of course, nerfing certain items and abilities as needed. After all, the game is meant to be accessible and enjoyable to all types of players. What exactly is included in this update you ask? As provided by Nintendo themselves through their website, these are the offical notes regarding the update that 1.3.0 will roll out (pun not intended) on June 30th for users in North America.


Information:

On June 30, 2015, new update data for the Splatoon game will be available for download. Users will be required to download this update prior to using the software’s online multiplayer features.

Update details:

Splatfest:

  • When there are more members on one team than the other and the match-making process takes too long, members from the same team will be able to battle each other
    • Members will still receive Splatfest Points even when they battle against members of the same team
    • Note: Only the results from matches against the opposing team will be included in the overall Splatfest results
  • Adjustments have been made to allow some players at random to participate as early as 5 minutes prior to the official start time of Splatfest in order to make for a more pleasant gaming experience (Note: All players will be able to participate once the event begins)
    • This adjustment was made to lighten the server load at the beginning of the Splatfest
  • Adjustments have been made to the number of Super Sea Snails distributed to members of the losing team that have earned either of the top two Splatfest rank titles

Special Weapon Adjustments:

  • Inkstrike: The amount of area covered will be more consistent regardless of where it lands
  • Kraken: The amount of knockback is increased when taking damage from an opponent while using Kraken

Ability Adjustments:

  • Ninja Squid: Swim speed will be lowered when using this ability
  • Stealth Jump: The amount of time it takes to Super Jump will be longer when using this ability
  • Ink Resistance Up: The effects with respect to the amount of damage and speed when moving through enemy ink will be adjusted

Other:

  • Other adjustments will be made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience

 

Thieves Make The Most Of The Situation By Stealing The Splatoon Special Edition amiibo

It’s unfortunate to give the news that your Splatoon Three-Pack amiibo may be gone and not get replenished. All of this is due to thieves tried pulling a fast one and stealing the inventory that was planned to be distributed in GAME stores through Europe. A delivery truck was carrying the amiibo, which was scheduled to leave the distribution center soon. While it’s still unclear whom were involved in this incident, officials will be on the crackdown on who were involved with the missing inventory.

As of now, GAME has been the only store reported to be affected by the incident. This leaves other store in Europe such as GameStop still fulfilling orders as expected. Both GAME and Nintendo of Europe have released statements regarding the incident and how the future for customers who purchased such items will be affected.

Below you’ll find what GAME had to to say on the current situation:

We regret to inform you that the lorry transporting the Splatoon stock from Nintendo’s European warehouse to GAME UK has been stolen. Included in this delivery was our allocation of the Splatoon + Squid Inkling amiibo. As a result, we are unable to honour your original pre-order due for delivery on the 29th May 2015.

Due to these extraordinary circumstances, we will unfortunately not be getting replacements for these missing items. We have no option but to substitute the Splatoon + Squid Inkling in your order with the standard version of the game. You will still receive your Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy amiibo. We will be discounting this edition by £10 from £52.99 to £42.99 to apologise for this inconvenience. We will also be sending your order by First Class post on Friday 29th May, as we want to make sure that you are happy with this substitution.

If you wish to cancel your complete order, or cancel your Splatoon game order and place an order for just the Inkling Girl or Boy amiibo (priced £14.99 each), please contact customer services on 0208 827 0099 or email us at customer.services@game.co.uk by midday Friday. If you wish to accept this substitution you do not need to contact us.


 

And also the official statement that was provided by Nintendo of Europe

We can confirm that the lorry transporting the Splatoon stock from Nintendo’s European warehouse to GAME UK has been stolen. Included as part of this delivery was GAME’s allocation of the Splatoon + Squid Inkling amiibo and as a result we are unable to honour pre-orders for this item in GAME. We are working with GAME to contact those customers affected. Whilst these unfortunate circumstances were out of Nintendo UK and GAME’s control, we apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment that this has caused.


 

Obviously this is upsetting to hear for fans who were expecting their orders to be replenished. If you in fact did order a special three pack Splatoon amiibo. GAME has offered to give you the option of having a Boy Inkling and Girl Inkling amiibo plus a discount of 10 pounds to your original order, although the Squid won’t be able to fulfilled hence the discount. If none of these trigger you, you can simply get a refund for your original purchases.

Splatoon Makes A Splash Appearance On The Cover Of EDGE Magazine

With all the building hype around Splatoon, Nintendo’s newest IP sets to shoot high with it’s push to strive the Wii U. With the media and players who have had the opportunity to demo a build of the game have been loving it so far.

In fact, it’s been so big it’s even taken the cover of the latest issue of EDGE, respected gaming magazine which is full of content. You can see the humongous orange look sported down below.

The hype is real ladies and gentlemen. In fact, you’ll be able to pick up Splatoon for the Wii U on May 29th in North America. What are your impressions on the latest EDGE magazine cover? Let us know in the comment section below!