Yup, you read that right, a new IP from Nintendo. Splatoon is a colorful third-person, 4vs4, multiplayer shooter with a bit of a twist. You'll be spraying your opponents with ink instead of bullets. In fact, you'll be spray everything with ink. The premise behind Splatoon is off the wall but simple. You're a bunch of transformable squid girls using your ink to spray anything and anyone in sight and when the timer runs out, the team with the most ink-sprayed territory wins. It's reminiscent and probably takes some inspiration from the Wii game de Blob.
Several mechanics make Splatoon not just another third-person shooter. For starters, as squid girls, you can transform from your humanoid form into squid form. Your own ink pools will increase your mobility, boosting your speed and even allowing you to wall climb, while stepping on any opposing ink will slow you to a crawl. It's not all about blasting the course with ink as any squid girls you take down will explode, painting the area with your own colors. Sneak attacks are also present as staying still in your own ink will hide you until the time is right.
Leave it to Nintendo to create a shooter that isn't all about blood and kill counts. Splatoon has the potential to be a great team based multiplayer game where working together towards a common goal trumps lone-wolfing it. It is such a unique and insane idea that you can't help but love the concept along with the vibrant world. The gameplay looks highly innovative and it really sets itself apart from the rest of the overplayed, dull military shooters that have been plaguing us for ages. It would seem part of the 4PN community agrees as SykoShadow had this to say:
Splatoon, a new IP for Nintendo, and it looks so fucking cool. I love the idea of swimming in my own fluids #4PNE3— Shadow (@SykoShadow) June 10, 2014
Great job Nintendo.
Splatoon is set to release sometime in 2015.