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Splatoon will make me buy a Wii U in May

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Try explain this is five words

I never really wanted to own a Wii U up until last year. It’s virtually impossible to ignore how strong Nintendo’s line-up was, and after Nintendo Direct last night it’s hard to imagine that they’re going to slow down soon. There are already countless reasons to finally pick up a Wii U, but my ultimate seller has to be Splatoon. And now it has a release date.


The colourful, squid-hopping, ink-shooting exclusive will land on the Wii U sometime in May. Nintendo has already shown off the game’s incredible addictive multiplayer (which I couldn’t get enough of at rAge last year), as well as the game’s adapted single-player mode already. During the Direct stream yesterday, Nintendo showed how all of these modes are tied together in a singular hub, and it’s pretty rad.

The central hub world will allow you to interact with other player’s avatars, or “inklings”. The central tower also acts as a speed point to the game’s multiplayer. Playing online earns you in-game currency, which can then be spent back at the hub on new weapons and apparel. Along with a new cosmetic look, these new items also grant buffs and special abilities – so essentially Splatoon’s own form of character progression.

Watching it all in action reminded me a lot of Jet Set Radio in terms of style, and that definitely kicked my own hype meter into overdrive. Don’t be put off by the game’s childish appearance either. Splatoon plays like an intense, strategic multiplayer title, albeit with enough charm to appeal to a younger crowd. I don’t care if I’m the oldest person at a stand waiting to play – I can’t get enough of it.

It’s the reason why I’m willing to pay the exuberate cost of a Wii U console locally, and I can’t really say the same for most other consoles at the moment. Keep doing what you do well Nintendo.

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

81 Comments

  1. Will the Wii U come with a power adapter???

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    • ToshZA

      January 15, 2015 at 14:40

      Too soon? 😛

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 15, 2015 at 14:42

        Yeah,too soon:/ 😛

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      • HairyEwok

        January 15, 2015 at 14:54

        WAY too soon.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 15, 2015 at 14:45

      Yes but no cable to charge the controller. People should have kept the ones from the WII

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    • CDDE

      January 15, 2015 at 21:24

      Lot of not just good but great AAA games on the Wii U at the moment. Probably more than any other console.

      Splatoon, Zelda and X will certainly add to the reasons to pick one up.

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  2. RinceThis

    January 15, 2015 at 14:42

    This game won rAge for me. It was so much damn fun! Played it with @guild Avo and a few others. Really, nothing quite like having Guild scream ‘EAT SOME’ into the face of a crying 8 year old as he did his victory lap.

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    • ToshZA

      January 15, 2015 at 14:45

      What we can take from this is that while Rince doesn’t like making little boys and girls cry, he’ll cheer on anyone else who does.

      Nice.

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      • RinceThis

        January 15, 2015 at 14:47

        Damn skippy! Eat that little Timmy! You lose! You hear that!? YOU LOSE!

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 15, 2015 at 14:54

          You probably run over kittens and puppies too…. Considering you don’t have a soul and all ;P

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          • RinceThis

            January 15, 2015 at 15:09

            No, animals I like. Humans are the fucked up ones.

          • ToshZA

            January 15, 2015 at 15:11

            Cannot disagree with that, sadly.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 15, 2015 at 15:11

            Oh, I see. Tell me, is your lucky number 666 perhaps? ;P

          • RinceThis

            January 15, 2015 at 15:12

            No, but it is my area code, how did you know?!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 15, 2015 at 15:13

            Wild guess. And the odd sulphur smell whenever you’re around 😉

          • RinceThis

            January 15, 2015 at 15:21

            I like eggs!

    • Hammersteyn

      January 15, 2015 at 14:45

      I heard the kid cried because Guild dropped the controller on his foot.

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      • Skyblue

        January 15, 2015 at 15:25

        I call foot stomp.

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  3. Admiral Chief

    January 15, 2015 at 14:50

    Llew really wants this game, I’m sure if we all chip in R7, he would be sorted in no time

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 15, 2015 at 14:51

      Where is the little guy? He’s been MIA for some hours now! LOL

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 15, 2015 at 14:52

        • Quo Vadis?

          January 15, 2015 at 14:53

          WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

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        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          January 15, 2015 at 15:00

          Oh come on!

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 15, 2015 at 15:01

            Hahaha I’ll stop for now, but I can’t speak for the others

          • ToshZA

            January 15, 2015 at 15:07

            His reply to my comment on that article, made me lol so much! 😀

      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 15, 2015 at 15:00

        *grumble* right here

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    • Kensei Seraph

      January 15, 2015 at 14:54

      I think we’d have to each chip in about R77,77 at least.

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  4. CypherGate

    January 15, 2015 at 14:52

    Funny enough I havent found many places selling the WIIU anymore. Even online. Thats what I noticed. Mainly accessories and games.

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  5. Kensei Seraph

    January 15, 2015 at 14:52

    Hm… my sister’s birthday is in May.
    I wonder if she would want a Wii U?

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 15, 2015 at 14:54

      Swap birthdays

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      • Kensei Seraph

        January 15, 2015 at 14:55

        I like my September birthday.
        Besides, she uses my PS3 more than I do at this point.

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        • Hammersteyn

          January 15, 2015 at 14:56

          When in September, 11th? 😛

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          • Kensei Seraph

            January 16, 2015 at 08:00

            Only my closest friends and family know the exact date.
            Not even my co-workers know and I’ve been here for over a year.

    • HairyEwok

      January 15, 2015 at 14:56

      May the 4th? If so may the 4th be with your wallet.

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      • Kensei Seraph

        January 16, 2015 at 08:02

        16th… 17th?
        Around there.

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  6. Hammersteyn

    January 15, 2015 at 14:56

    MS will sue Nintendo for ripping of MS Paint

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    • ToshZA

      January 15, 2015 at 14:58

      It’s MS. They haven’t yet achieved full HD. This is in full HD. There’s nothing to sue here people, move along.

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  7. Ghost In The Rift

    January 15, 2015 at 14:57

    I think Asari will find this game offensive,and if anybody wants to argue ill go get Anita:-P

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  8. Raptor Rants A Lot

    January 15, 2015 at 14:57

    *clears throat*

    SSSSSSPPPPPPPLLLLLLLAAAAAATOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

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    • ToshZA

      January 15, 2015 at 14:58

      7 P’s?

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 15, 2015 at 14:58

        XD

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 15, 2015 at 14:59

        *grumble grumble*

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 15, 2015 at 14:58

      Seven Ps? What are you getting at?

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      • ToshZA

        January 15, 2015 at 14:58

        SNAP!

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 15, 2015 at 14:59

        No! NO NO NO!! No freaking ways! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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        • HairyEwok

          January 15, 2015 at 14:59

          Oh hey there you are, we kept the 7th seat warm for you.

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          • HairyEwok

            January 15, 2015 at 15:00

            That’s the one right between 6 and 8.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 15:00

            Run… Fast….

          • HairyEwok

            January 15, 2015 at 15:02

          • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            January 15, 2015 at 15:03

            SANIC!

          • Admiral Chief

            January 15, 2015 at 15:04

            Geoff is always around, reading, not commenting, only waiting for the opportune moment, to strike

          • ToshZA

            January 15, 2015 at 15:05

            Rings look like giant 0’s, that’s what attracted him.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 15:04

            dafiq is dat?

          • Admiral Chief

            January 15, 2015 at 15:05

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 15:07

            woah

          • HairyEwok

            January 15, 2015 at 15:13

            O.o this should not be listened to while tripping.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 15, 2015 at 15:15

          • HairyEwok

            January 15, 2015 at 15:18

            Now that’s Sanic fast.

          • ToshZA

            January 15, 2015 at 15:16

            Holy shit that’s loud.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 15, 2015 at 15:16

            XD

          • Shas 'O Norm

            January 16, 2015 at 07:44

            Bwahaha!

      • Quo Vadis?

        January 15, 2015 at 15:03

        Seven L’s too. His name starts with L. Coincidence? I think not….

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        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          January 15, 2015 at 15:07

          My full name + surname also has 7 L’s in it 🙁

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          • Admiral Chief

            January 15, 2015 at 15:07

            NO WAI

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 15, 2015 at 15:08

            Alas it is true

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 15, 2015 at 15:10

            Wow. Unlucky. Which also has seven letters in it, btw 😀

          • ToshZA

            January 15, 2015 at 15:16

            It doesn’t end, does it? 😀

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 16, 2015 at 07:37

            doubt it ever will. Shame, poor guy.

          • ToshZA

            January 15, 2015 at 15:08

            NO HAI!

          • ToshZA

            January 15, 2015 at 15:08

            It was your destiny…

  9. HairyEwok

    January 15, 2015 at 14:58

    Orange and blue…. They catered even for the colour blind. Thats really thoughtful.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 15, 2015 at 14:59

      LOL

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  10. CAE9872

    January 15, 2015 at 15:49

    It may make me buy one as well.

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  11. Unkempt Herald

    January 16, 2015 at 18:53

    Its 2015 and you still don’t own one?

    Stay pleb.

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  12. Lenny L Boogie Harris

    February 28, 2015 at 08:35

    I stopped reading at “I never really wanted to buy a Wii U” Not wasting my time >_>

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