Since its release in May 2015, Splatoon on Nintendo’s Wii U garners a large active following online. Many critics have praised the game for being a breath of fresh air for Nintendo’s catalogue of titles that doesn’t feature any of its marquee mascots. But what is a true testament to Splatoon’s quality is the heavily addictive gameplay and bold choice to be original in a copycat dominated genre. The game has since gone to sell more than 1.62 million copies since its launch on the Wii U. This makes Splatoon the most important game release for Nintendo in the eighth console generation.
Splatoon is a third person shooter that takes all of the qualities of the genre and shakes everything up. You still have the solid controls and quick reactionary gameplay found in the genre’s best titles, but it all comes with many clever twists and personality that make it charming and addictive. This is credited to Splatoon having two completely different experiences between solo gameplay and online multiplayer, both of which are superb in their own right. But it’s the over-the-top originality to both experiences that makes Splatoon something to take note of.
The main objective in all of the game’s modes is to cover everything in paint, not frag your opponents like in other shooters. To the uninitiated, this might seem out of place for the genre and a very Nintendo thing to do. Yet Splatoon does this in a way that still has the heart of something like Unreal Tournament or Quake. The quick reactionary gameplay, the team based coordination, and the meta-game of player abilities and subclasses are all reminiscent of those genre defining titles, but presented with a different coat of paint.
Splatoon’s importance also comes from being one of the few Nintendo games over the recent consoles generations to be impactful without including any established Nintendo characters. Including someone like Mario on the cover might have boosted sales of the game, but its relevance to gamers wouldn’t have been the same upon release.
As a new IP amongst Nintendo’s vault of iconic characters, Splatoon shows that Nintendo can make a high quality game without relying on their past accomplishments. At the same time, Splatoon is also a great example of how a company like Nintendo is willing to take big risks on fresh game concepts that other companies have avoided doing in recent years.
There are only a few games found within the Wii U’s library of titles that are justifiable reasons for purchasing the console. Hardcore Nintendo fans might argue about which games are better to own on the Wii U, but everyone would unanimously agree that Splatoon is one of the best.
Splatoon marks a very important time in Nintendo’s recent history, as this is the kind of originality that everyone has wanted from the company for a very long time. If you own a Wii U and don’t own Splatoon by now, you’re missing out on Nintendo being at their finest in years.
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