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<pre><pre>The last splatfest of Splatoon 2 starts today and marks the end of an era

Inkopolis Square, the social center for Nintendo painters Splatoon 2, is a space full of memes. Players can post art and messages and there is almost always a joke. Yesterday I saw a clown drawing and the line "Who wants chaos? I do that!" Another in-game pop star Marie dressed as a judge and said, "There will be order on my property." My favorite simply said : "Good luck for both teams!"

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The messages all relate to Splatoon 2& # 39; Splatfest & # 39 ;, an event where players have to choose a side for a particular question – this time it's whether you prefer order or chaos – and then fight for their team in the game. It is always a nice diversion that makes the community enthusiastic, but this splatfest is a particularly memorable moment: it will be the last in-game event in Splatoon 2. The game will continue to function after this weekend, but it will not receive any new content. Things started this morning and the game has a vibe that is both festive and sad. It marks the end of an era for one of the weirdest and most successful Nintendo games in recent memory.

The original Splatoon seemed to come from nowhere. It combined two things that Nintendo was not particularly famous for – shooters and online games – but did so in a way that Nintendo felt intrinsically. Instead of a realistic battlefield, Splatoon transported players to a bizarre, colorful post-apocalyptic world populated by human-squid hybrids. It had a skate-punk aesthetic and was certainly non-violent; instead of shooting bullets, players hit each other with ink splashes. And the goal was not to kill your opponents, but to cover the level in ink of your team as much as possible.


It was strange, certainly, but it was also a game that felt like it was aimed at a new segment of the market, a goal that no other competitor could have achieved. I have a terrible goal, but I like the idea of ​​being a team in a competitive environment. Splatoon felt directly for me. I didn't have to be a great photo – I could contribute in other ways by finding the spaces at the level that was ignored to forge a new territory for my team. It helped that Splatoon had an eclectic series of weapons, from paint guns to giant reels, all of which were fun to play with.

The biggest problem with the original game had to do with the platform. It was released on the ill-fated Wii U and its audience seemed to disappear pretty quickly, just like new content updates. But the franchise got a huge boost Splatoon 2, which was launched in July 2017, just a few months after the explosive debut of the Switch. It improved the original in almost every way. Although the core game remained the same, there was a greater range of weapons and skills, a more robust single player campaign, and the ability to play it anywhere.

One of the things that I always had to come back to Splatoon was his style. The squid-punk characters had a huge number of clothes to choose from, and I often checked on the game daily to see what new outfits were available in the in-game stores. This was given a new level Splatoon 2, with regular updates that provided even more options. On some days I would like to browse the stores for a few minutes and never really play a game. Not only did the equipment look cool, it also had an incredible amount of attention. There were shoes in it Splatoon 2 those were new models from those from the original game, and the first major update in holiday 2017 included a winter clothing collection.


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"My approach is not only to create art, but also to try to feel what the content and function of a game demands of art, and to create art that is in line with the specific needs of the game," says Hisashi Nogami, Splatoon& # 39; S producer, told me last year. This gave the game a very holistic feel, with every element – whether it was clothing, music or level design – feeling like it had a purpose and a place in the world.

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Nowadays, most online games come with things such as daily challenges, and that makes me come back to something like that Fortnite every day. Splatoon 2 have not had, which was refreshing, but possibly also contributed to the decline. I still play the game, but not as often as before, and the games that have filled that space are where there is always a shiny new thing to see.

It is important to note that Splatoon 2 is not over yet. Nintendo will not shut down the servers after this weekend's struggle between order and chaos. But this moment marks the beginning of the end; as soon as new content and events disappear, this will ultimately also become the player base. If you have lost weight, this is a good time to jump back and remember how good Splatoon is. Just be prepared for some surprisingly emotional moments. At the moment, Inkopolis has a darker appearance than normal, and team order and chaos use silver and gold ink in battle.

During the opening segment of the game, Off the Hook, where hosts Pearl and Marina explain what's new, Marina now has a long speech about what Splatoon means to her and how being on the show gave her hope "during a dark time in my life." Her co-host tells her: "No need to get everything dramatic. You have way more for you than just for Off the Hook. "The same applies to the game itself. There may not be any new content Splatoon 2 – but there is more to it than that.

The last splatfest starts today and continues until July 21.