Existing Characters were Considered for Splatoon, says Nintendo

Splatoon Wii U E3 2014

How would you react if you found out that Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and Kirby were playable in Splatoon on the Wii U? It was revealed that Nintendo actually considered bringing established characters in the Nintendo Universe to the game. Unfortunately, this idea was turned down, and you’ll soon see why…

At E3 2014, gameinformer was bestowed the honour of interviewing the minds behind Nintendo’s new 3rd-person shooter, Splatoon. In the interview, it was mentioned that established Nintendo characters such as the ones mentioned above were removed because the company felt as if new characters would fit the mold more. Take a look at the interview excerpt below:

Interview Snippet

“First we started with the ability to shoot ink but then we added the ability to swim really fast through it, and as we kept adding more abilities to what the player was able to do, there was this kind of moment where we all realized, Oh yeah, this would work really well with squids,” said Nogami.

“Making them squids, it made a lot of the actions easy to explain and also made it really fun, and it was also this idea where all the actions we wanted to include in the game could be built around the idea of squids to get them all in there.

“You can see all our existing IP on this Smash Bros. poster right here [there was a Smash Bros. poster in the interview room]. When we had a really good long think about, would one of those fit it? Or should this new squid idea be the way to go? we realized squids were definitely the only thing we could go with. If the Wii Fit Trainer would have been the perfect character for this game, we would have gone with the Wii Fit Trainer [laughs].”


Splatoon allows you to splatter enemies and claim your turf as the ink-spewing, squid-like characters called Inklings in Nintendo’s new third-person action shooter game for the Wii U. You’ll be able to challenge your friends in chaotic four-on-four matches, in which the goal is to get your ink on as many places as possible and claim your turf, all while strategically submerging yourself in your team’s colors and blasting your enemies.

In case you missed it, you might wanna check out the Splatoon trailer below. This title had its fair share of hype at E3 2014 so I really hope Nintendo keeps the hype train rolling on this one.

What do you think about Nintendo’s decision to drop established Nintendo characters? I’d love to know! You can let me know by leaving a comment below.

Source: gameinformer Via: My Nintendo News

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