Chapter 3 – Squid Sisters Stories

The Squid Research Lab continues to dive deep into the story behind the Squid Sisters and what they have been up to since the last Splatfest several months ago. Splatoon 2 will be releasing globally soon, and Nintendo is doing a lot to make sure the promotion is as highly effective as possible. As you may be well aware, Callie and Marie were very present in the first Splatoon game, and they have been just as absent in the promotion to this point leading to the upcoming Splatoon 2. These stories are serving the purpose of giving more in-depth lore to the franchise, as well as helping to promote the game in another unique manner, that falls squarely in line with the personality of the IP.

If you missed Chapter 1 and/or Chapter 2, be sure to check them out. Otherwise, enjoy:

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I am really enjoying everything that Nintendo is doing right now to make sure the word is out about the company’s newest game console, the Nintendo Switch. From the steady roll-out of new and incredible content to the ways in which advertisement has been a main focus, everything has been at peak quality. The more they continue to follow that model, the more they will be able to advance the momentum that they are experiencing right now. Be sure to stay tuned for more as it becomes available.

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Chapter 2 – Squid Sisters Stories

The Squid Research Lab has released the second chapter of the Squid Sisters Stories, and it is shedding more light on the situation between Callie and Marie. These two busy entertainers are dealing with the demands of rising popularity, and trying to maintain their relationship all at the same time.

If you have not seen Chapter 1, be sure to take a look at that, and enjoy Chapter 2, below:

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This story is getting more and more interesting the deeper we get into it. The emotional account of Marie in this entry is painting a picture that really illustrates the amount of lore behind the Splatoon franchise that has been absent, but also can truly be filled in going forward. I am excited to see what comes next, and be sure to stay tuned for more as that story continues.

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Chapter 1 – Squid Sisters Stories

Last week, the Squid Research Lab released some Top Secret documents that hinted at the reason behind the absence of the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, during the recent promotional footage of Nintendo’s upcoming Splatoon 2. The singing duo were the mainstays for the Inkling World in Splatoon, and now we are starting to get some insights into their disappearance.

For the next few weeks, we will be finding out more and more information as it becomes available, and Thursday evening saw the release of the first chapter in The Squid Sisters Stories. It will be interesting to see how we will get more of the lore behind this incredible franchise. Below is Chapter 1:

 

 

 

Squid Sisters Stories - Chapter 1

Nintendo has done an amazing job continuing to build upon the fledgling Splatoon franchise, with constant support, additional content, various events, and now deeper story lines. The Squid Sisters Stories truly has the potential to go much further than giving a backstory on the absence of Callie and Marie, too. That is what makes what the company is doing that much more incredible because there is potential for supporting manga, anime, and more. We will have to wait and see.

What more do you think we will see from these stories? How are you enjoying them? Be sure to stay tuned for more as more becomes available.

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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Splatoon 2 is Going to Be Amazing!!

Last Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct gave Nintendo fans a brand new glimpse into the world of Splatoon 2, as we were treated to loads of great information. Over the past few weeks, we have been getting more and more details about the newest iteration in the Splatoon franchise, and the Nintendo Direct offered up even more.

tumblr_inline_oof8sltyk91t4m0j9_1280The Direct came with the introduction of the newest mode in the franchise, Salmon Run. This new mode is an online multiplayer (for 4 teammates) mode akin to a “horde mode”. Salmon Run looks like a lot of fun, and I am really looking forward to spending a lot of time with it and any other new aspects of Splatoon 2.

There was also the newly announced amiibo compatibility that will be a part of Splatoon 2. Along with new abilities, Nintendo announced the arrival of three more franchise amiibo, bringing the total number of amiibo that will be compatible with Splatoon 2 to eight (Phase 1 Inkling Boy/Girl, Inkling Squid, Callie, Marie, and now Phase 2 Inkling Boy/Girl, and Inkling Squid).

The first game arrived, and it was a very tumblr_inline_oof8skggpd1t4m0j9_1280successful “experiment” by the company, taking a chance on a new idea, brought to life by a younger team who were allowed to create a fantastic gaming experience. Now, we will see what experience, and two years of creative thinking will afford Nintendo Switch owners the opportunity to experience.

During the latter portion of the life of the Wii U, Nintendo was forced to rely on their ingenuity and desire to succeed. That response by the company is why, by many accounts, you should never “count out Nintendo”. When most people have predicted their demise over and over again, they continually surprise people with their resiliency. Having the ability to thrive at the very time that many don’t expect you to survive is the mark of excellence. The Splatoon franchise was born out of that time, just like many other times in the company’s history. My advice…stay tuned!

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Splatoon Players Could Win a Trip to E3

Some time ago, Nintendo partnered with the online competition site Battlefy. Now, that partnership is being used to create another means for players to engage with the company in one of the largest gaming events in the US, the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) this year.

Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, has already been quoted as saying that Nintendo has some “big plans” for E3. Now, it appears there will be a competitive element attached to those plans, as the company will be hosting a Splatoon tournament, from which players will have the opportunity to compete and win a trip to E3 this year.

As E3 draws nearer, we will continue to see a lot of fantastic ways in which Nintendo will build upon the momentum that they have created for every aspect of their business, currently. Their most prevalent and exciting aspect at the moment is, of course, the Nintendo Switch, and that will be the main focus at E3, so I fully expect the on-site finals will feature the new Splatoon 2 which is due for release in the Summer!

Will you look to participate in the competition? Did you compete in the previous tournament?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Splatoon Showdown Series Coming in November

Nintendo has partnered with the eSports platform Battlefy, and they have set a series of online Splatoon tournaments for every weekend in November, called the Splatoon Showdown Series. This move seems to be yet another in the string of steps that Nintendo has made in their embracing of the eSports scene, especially when it comes to the smash-hit Splatoon.

Each weekend, the tournament will feature a different mode of competition, starting in the first weekend with Turf Wars. After that the modes will shift to Tower Control, Splat Zones, and finally Rainmaker. Nintendo has sponsored several Splatoon eSports tournaments over the last couple of years, and most have been overseas in Japan, but now we have the opportunity here in the states to participate.

I have actually never heard of Battlfy before, but this concept has such a natural feel to it, that I am flat-out excited about it, and the possibilities. For those who are unaware,

Battlefy is an eSports management tool focused on building infrastructure for tournament organizers.

One of the most intriguing things about this Series is the fact that participants can compete in the tournament and not all have to be in a single location. Obviously, players will definitely want to make sure their internet connections are solid, but boy the possibilities are endless. Imagine competing in a Nintendo-sanctioned tournament for prizes, and doing so comfortably from your home without the hassle of traveling to different venues. Amazing!

What are the possibilities you see in this partnership between Nintendo and Battlefy? Do you think you will compete in any of the tournaments? Have you ever participated in any other Battlfy tournaments? Had you ever heard of them before?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!


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The Final Showdown…

Nintendo has announced the next and last Splatfest, and it will be a global event…of sorts. Splatoon has seen more than a dozen of the contests, and the final one will take place next month.

Get ready for the Squid Sisters Showdown–#TeamCallie versus #TeamMarie!

Splatoon has had an incredible run of updates and support for more than a year since release, and with this final Splatfest, we are seeing the last of the formal overarching support for this amazing game. Splatoon started out as a hopeful new IP being shown off for the first time at E3 in 2014, and the audience was absolute zero, but the charm was immediately apparent once the first part of that initial trailer was played. The game was heralded by many as the surprise hit of the show, garnering awards, praise and lots of attention. It wasn’t always seen as a sure-thing that it became, prior to its actual launch, though. There were many who continued to rage about how Nintendo was messing up, yet again. There were the cries of the company not listening to the fans; the whining about the company’s choice for advertisement; the way the content was being rolled out over time…all of these things seemed to be the telltale signs that Nintendo was completely out of touch with gamers today! Well, obviously Splatoon was not the death knell for the company that was being foretold, despite the threats of boycotting the game until all of the in-game content was released, or at least until the “big update” came a few months after launch.

Are you ready for the big showdown? How often have you participated in the Splatfest events? Will you choose #TeamCallie or #TeamMarie?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!