- Release May 29, 2015
Nintendo isn’t really known for releasing new IPs, preferring to stick to tried-and-true classics like Mario and Zelda. But that’s set to change with Splatoon, a totally new creation from Nintendo that aims to make a family-friendly team shooter.
Rather than shooting the bullets we expect of shooters, the Inklings in Splatoon will shoot ink to coat the level in their color. The Inklings can shapeshift from human to squid form, with the former allowing them to do the ink shooting and the latter allowing them to travel through the ink splats and fill up their ink supply.
The game will feature a single-player mode as well as online and local multiplayer, allowing players to take on NPCs or friends in one of two already-announced modes: Turf War, where players aim to paint the majority of the level in their color before time runs out, or Splat Zones, where players must keep an area of the map covered in their color for a certain amount of time.
Releasing a new IP, especially an IP with shooter mechanics, is a huge step for Nintendo. It’s hoped that Splatoon will mark the start of more original work from the company, who—despite giving us some of the most beloved original characters and stories in gaming history—has been releasing sequels and party games for some time.