Splatoon is an online shooter for people who hate online shooters

Nintendo plays it safe too often.

The company has become known almost exclusively for a small list of franchises. When you buy a new piece of Nintendo hardware, you do it because you’ll get to play a new Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and (eventually) The Legend of Zelda. Those games are great, but you already know what to expect: it’s pretty rare when Nintendo releases a game that’s genuinely surprising. But when it does, the results can be incredible, like the wacky life sim Tomodachi Life or small experiments like the black-and-white puzzle game Boxboy.

Splatoon is the most surprising release from Nintendo in years. It’s an online-focused, competitive shooter where groups of players team up to fight each other across a series of…

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Author: Andrew Webster

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