Splatoon bids farewell to its popular Splatfest competitions

June 30, 2016 by Kris Ligman

More than a year from release, the Nintendo shooter is winding down content with a final, bombastic, paint-'em-up weekend.

Splatoon is one of those rare games which seems to cut across demographics, even the typically non-Nintendo-inclined. A casual-friendly team shooter which swaps out bullets for paintballs, a large part of of Splatoon's success is due to the game's charming and fresh aesthetic --  but Nintendo has also been smart to sustain interest in the game through regular content updates and its weekend Splatfests, regional multiplayer competitions in which players score points for one of two teams.

However, Splatfests are coming to an end. The final Splatfest is scheduled to run from Friday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 24th, with most regions kicking off around the same time, unlike in past events. Players will still be sorted into teams according to their geographical location (ergo, players in Japan will face off with other players in Japan; North American players with fellow North Americans; etc), with separate Top 100 leaderboards for each region.

All past Splatfest teams were based around a theme, like cats versus dogs or hamburgers versus hot dogs. In order to give the Splatfests a proper send-off, the teams for this final event are patterned after Marie and Callie, the two "squid sisters" hostesses who introduce each match. Marie and Callie have a fan following possibly even bigger than the game itself! Here they are appearing as two singing holograms at Nico Nico Tokaigi, a Japanese game event held earlier this year:

Splatfest voting will begin on July 4th, and you can keep track of this and further updates from Splatoon's official Tumblr.

(h/t Gamasutra.)