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Update (12/22): The Art of Splatoon is also coming to Europe. Amazon UK is listing the book here for June 13.


Original (12/19): Dark Horse Comics has announced The Art of Splatoon, a new book filled with artwork from the Wii U game. It will come packed with 2D and 3D illustrations of characters, maps, concept art, weapon and gear design, storyboards, sketches, hand-drawn comics, and more. Behind the scenes notes will be included as well.

The Art of Splatoon launches in North America on June 23. It’s already up for pre-order on Amazon here. You can also nab it on Amazon Canada here.

Christmas and New Year’s Day are nearly here. To celebrate, a special illustration was posted on the Japanese Splatoon Twitter account earlier today. We have it above.

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Amazon Prime is offering The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and Splatoon for $35. You can get Twilight Princess here and Splatoon here. Note that these deals are only for Prime members, and that the products themselves don’t appear to be in stock until next week.

Splatoon is the latest game to have been added to Nintendo’s maintenance schedule for next week. The shooter’s online services will be impacted for roughly 90 minutes on Monday (Tuesday in Europe).

The times are as follows:

– 5 PM PT (October 31) – 6:30 PM PT (October 31)
– 8 PM ET (October 31) – 9:30 PM ET (October 31)
– 1 AM in the UK (November 1) – 2:30 AM in the UK (November 1)
– 2 AM in Europe (November 1) – 3:30 AM in Europe (November 1)

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Throughout November, Nintendo will be hosting the Splatoon Showdown Series. It’s an opportunity for fans of the game to battle in open, online tournaments and win prizes along the way.

Separate events for Turf War, Tower Control, Splat Zones, and Rainmaker are planned. You’ll need to gather three teammates along with any backups and sign up on Battlefy. On the day of the tournament, show up early and use the check in button. After the bracket is seeded, you can set your game up with opponents via Battlefy’s Private Match Chat.

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Splatoon is heading to Nintendo Switch in some capacity. Based on the system’s preview trailer, it seems that hairstyles, pants, and new items will be included. Now we just need to know if this is an updated port or something that’s more on the new side!

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Last week, Nintendo of Europe published an interview with Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami and general producer Katsuya Eguchi. The second part of the discussion went up today.

While the initial round of questions were mainly about Splatfest topics, this portion is much more focused on the game itself. Nogami and Eguchi were asked about Splatoon’s origins (wasn’t initially set as a shooter, not tied to a Nintendo franchise), inspiration for its style, what aspect of the game’s success they’re surprised by, and the Squid Sisters popularity.

Continue on below for Nogami and Eguchi’s comments.

Splatoon has been a huge success, especially in Japan, and with that came the inevitable deluge of all kinds of merchandise – including a Splatoon-themed “candy kit” which allows you to make your own gummy candies in the shape of various Splatoon characters. Unless you live in Japan you won’t be able to eat these delicious (?) Inklinks themselves, so a video will have to do:

Over on Nintendo of Europe’s website, Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami and Katsuya Eguchi fielded a number of questions about the game. Most of the talk was about Splatfest topics, but they were also asked about things like their favorite weapon and who’s behind the Squid Research Lab.

Find Nogami and Eguchi’s answers below. A second portion of the interview is on the way, so look for that soon as well.

A few days ago, Nintendo posted an interview with Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami on its German YouTube page. An English version hasn’t been made available, but we do have a complete translation of the Q&A.

During the brief interview, Nogami touched on Splatoon’s reception, the competitive scene, and his preference of Callie or Marie. Head past the break for his full comments.

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