Splatoon is just eight days away. Eight days for the seven of you who actually own a Wii U! I'm incredibly excited to get my ink on next week Friday - with an adorable inkling at my side. Thing is though, Splatoon was almost never about squid at all. In fact, early versions of the game had you shooting ink around as a delightful little blob of food.
If you know me at all, you'll no doubt know by now that I'm practically in love with Splatoon. Ever since the game's reveal I've been clamouring for more of it, and this weekend I got just that. Nintendo rolled out three hour-long testing periods for their inky shooter on Saturday, giving anyone the chance to hop into some rapid Turf War matches. They confirmed a lot of what I had hoped for the game to be - but also revealed a few cracks.
Here at Lazygamer HQ, there's rarely a day that goes by without mention of Splatoon [Ed's note: 97.9% of the time, it's by Alessandro] . The inky shooter from Nintendo is a surprisingly deep, online focused title that takes itself more seriously than some modern warfare ones out there, and it's easy to see why Wii U owners are clamouring for a chance to play. A chance that you'll get this weekend with a limited open beta.
Splatoon is a mess. An inky, colour filled heap of fun type of mess! It’s quickly racing towards launch later next month, and Nintendo is slowly starting to let some more facts about their competitive shooter trickle out from the cracks. Like a good look at the one weapon that caught many eyes in the last trailer.
ZombiU on the Wii U is one of my very favourite games for the system. One of the few “Mature” games for Nintendo’s ailing home console, ZombiU was a launch title that did more with the system’s game pad at launch than many games have managed to do since. It was tense, unforgiving, and actually managed to make zombies scary again.
Over the weekend, tons of people filled my twitter timeline with news that The Legend of Zelda was delayed into 2016. There was even speculation that it won't be launching on Wii U at all, coming to Nintendo's N(e)X(t) console instead. But where does this news come from? Well, directly from Nintendo, but there may be more to it.
Despite its cute, colourful exterior, Splatoon might just be one of the more hardcore games Nintendo has decided to bet on. The online shooter shares most of its DNA with traditional multiplayer tropes, including various different weapons and a bunch of customisable items. We’ve only seen a handful of them to date, but that changed with a screenshot explosion last night.
Bloodborne has released and is getting a ton of praise. As a PS4 exclusive, many people are wondering if this is a reason to buy the console. Of course, it takes more than one exclusive to ship a console, so here're all the ones that have been released and gotten love.
Splatoon is, for all intents and purposes, a strong multiplayer-focused shooter. The game twists the rules of conventional shooter mechanics by making you paint arenas rather than just shoot enemies, with Turf War rewarding the team that manages to spread their colour around the most. But it’s not the only trick the Splatoon pony knows.
There's no hiding the fact that I'm a massive Splatoon fan. The inky Nintendo shooter is one of the reason's I recently purchased a Wii U, and every time I see it in action I know I made the right decision. So you could've called yesterday an early Christmas for me, as a ton of new Splatoon footage hit the internet - and got it all messy.
So Nintendo invited 2 ladies from Playboy to their offices to try out Splatoon and as you can imagine some sections of the Internet are aghast. The number of immature sexual innuendos being thrown around by those claiming to support women are disgusting.
I'm still confused by Super Smash Bros. I know I like playing it, and it's a great little piece of gaming bliss for short, frantic play sessions. I also know I'm incredibly bad at it, and can't seem to get any better the more I play. Where I get confused is when it comes to content, because the entire package seems fairly light. But who cares when characters like Mewtwo are so close to launch?
Splatoon is one of the reasons I just purchased my very own Wii U, and I have to say that there's little to suggest that I made the incorrect decision. The paint-filled shooter mixes high paced action with a rather unique form of platforming, and it's coming with an arsenal full of squid weaponry later this year. If these three weapons are anything to go by, there's going to be quite a bit of strategy to the game too.
The Amiibo bug bite me hard a few weeks ago, where I went from owning none of the nicely made little plastic figurines to not being able to stop at three. Nintendo has been raking it in with their miniature collectibles, regardless of the fact that they’re pretty much damn useless when it comes to anything other than looking pretty. That said, I’d buy a stack of Splatoon ones in a heartbeat.
I knew that I was going to end up with all the consoles eventually - it's not really a choice for me. However, the order in which I got my Wii U and PS4 (and one day an Xbox One, too) was mostly dictated by local availability and timing for my bank account. Some lucky people in other parts of the world had access to all of them from launch, so what drove their decisions? It's probably not what you think.