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Nintendo Considered Existing Characters For Splatoon

Producer Hisashi Nogami has revealed that Nintendo considered using existing characters for Splatoon. The concept behind the forthcoming third-person shooter could have been built around an established franchise, but the firm ultimately decided that new material was more suitable for the game. Nintendo recently confirmed that Splatoon will contain a one-on-one multiplayer mode that can be played offline.

“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].”

107 thoughts on “Nintendo Considered Existing Characters For Splatoon”

    1. Splatoon Girl for SSB5, actually that sounds awesome, she has grenades and the paint roller and a whole load of other stuff

  1. Someone is surprise by this? It is well known that when it comes to creating new experiences, Nintendo has the tendency, for not calling it rule, to see if they can use one of his old IPs (Mario, do not argue with my, if they could, they would use Mario) to fill the bill.

    1. It would’ve been the exact same gameplay if it was mario but people would complain about the game because it’s not a new ip. Replace mario with a bunch of dumbass little girls and suddenly splatoon is amazing.

      1. SherlockWillFightBilbo

        I agree with everything up until “amazing.” The game seems bland. I like that gameplay is the focus, but I really don’t like the Nickelodeon art style. The characters look like the ones from “Rocket Power.”

        1. Yes I hope to see more interesting levels and maybe a slightly different style…tbh I was hopeing that nintendo would create an ip with more realistic visuals than what they have done with this or at least the characters to attract an even wider audiance than what nintendo mostly has right now. tbh I have no problem with how nintendo games look but some people are blinded by visuals to some extent and will never experience those games (in my opinion) if they dont get attracted over by something they already like.

      2. Lol I wouldn’t mind if it had Nintendo characters. I was questioning why you could only play as these girls. Eh, I’m getting it for the gameplay anyway. Don’t really too much care for these characters.

          1. Indeed there are boys and girls…or whatever they are…think they need better character design…something with slightly more realisum (cant spell) than what we have right now. they just look a bit forgettable..

  2. Pretty much not first… Well, I must say that when I first saw this on E3, I thought it was a ridiculous idea. However, I find myself thinking about this game more and more -now I cannot imagine passing this game up! It’s weird…

  3. Reeeeeaaally digging the character design. I’m glad they approached this the way they did, letting this IP grow it’s own identity instead of attempting to piggyback on the popularity of any of their other icons.

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  5. I was thinking earlier that it would have been cool if this game switched the squid characters with cell shaded mario characters and called it mario paintball. The premise being they got stuck in a painting, and could turn into paint. That way they could use the established mechanics but throw in mario items like stars, mushrooms, shells, etc. I’m ok with what they got though. It’s good that Nintendo’s got a new IP.

    1. are u f,ing kidding me, mario paintball is my idea and I’ve submitted to nintendo since wii u launch and this game is a ripoff of my idea, and the only thing about it that makes me mad is not even a thank u or acknowledgement of it being my idea. I sent it to them hoping they would use it and called it mario paintball fps but they took out mario and fps and put third person and said it was their idea, bs if u look at all my posts ever alba and sickr can even say i have stated this idea on here way before nintendo came out with this. I guess it was my fault for submitting it but the least they could do is thank me and maybe give me a copy for free.

                1. I am serious though I really did and have proof look up my nnid and read through my posts i mentioned on there and here in a couple articles way before it ever got announced. It really isnt a big deal just wish they would of acknowledged me and dont even have to be public.

              1. Nintendo Commander Quadraxis

                Like whatever Gods humans believe in hate their own creation, so did I create this abomination just to hate it and destroy it…

      1. Yeah, and in 1985 I submitted the idea to Shiggy about the idea that a Red Capped Italian plumber named Mario would go on an adventure to save Princess Toadstool too, and they didn’t give me any credit!

        1. I know and am not mad thats why I gave it to them but a hey thanx would be great and not make me feel as shitty about it

            1. Tallon Ridley XIII: Kalas

              You can use them for Miiverse handwritten posts. Super Mario 3D World used the stamps first for Miiverse posts from the game.

  6. Why are these games taking so long to come? They look like they almost done and I’m not seeing much that needs to be added. This is what really frustrates me about the Wii U. The good games get announced and then don’t come out until a year later. I’m tired of playing the waiting game. I’m already doing that with Smash Bros… >:|

    1. splatoon I think comes out this year if I recall and they still have to make sure any bugs are out while they can.

    2. Nintendo Commander Quadraxis

      Because unlike the corrupted forces out there, our empire wants to ensure that the sacred games we create have as little problems as possible…

      1. Commander is right. You don’t want the next Legend of Zelda to end up being another Sonic 06 or BF4 now do you? Plagued with tons of glitches.

  7. If it were estqblished characters it wouldn’t be Splatoon, it’d be Super Paintball Brothers… then Metal Gear creators will want to put Snake… never dismiss a game until you’ve tried it you’ll just sound bitter.

    I just imagined the female Wii Fit trainer would have been a distraction when she gets wet from paint… but at least she get some color on her… :-D

  8. Glad they went this direction, mainly because the demand for new IPs from the company has been strong. Hopefully it leaves more of an impact being for a console, as both Pushmo and Dillon tend to be forgotten in that conversation.

    1. Nintendo Commander Quadraxis

      Agreed, however both the other 2 games you mentioned only needs more advertising…

  9. I’m personally okay if it was a new character or an old one. It’s just the same thing with a different skin.

  10. Sony Emperor Xperia

    Another game from nintendo, For kids,im really tried of Nintendo with their kiddy cute games

    Here is a confession If nintendo buys crapcom and saves them. I will respect Iwata, you did talk about Mergers and aquisitions right?


    signing out

    So its high time you do it Mr Iwata

    1. I repeat: Does the fact that it looks colorful affect the amount of fun you have with it? Only children will agree to that, desperate as they are to feel like a grown up and look ‘mature’, when all their doing is making themselves look even more childish

  11. LMFAO, PS3 games crush Wii U games

    PS3 games:
    Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
    GRID Autosport
    Sniper Elite III
    Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn
    Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty
    Sacred 3
    Ultra Street Fighter IV
    Risen 3: Titan Lords
    Tales of Xillia 2
    PVZ Garden Wafare
    Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
    Madden NFL 15
    NHL 15
    Natural Doctrine
    FIFA 15
    Skylanders Trap Team
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
    Alien: Isolation
    NBA 2K15
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
    The Evil Within
    Battlefield Hardline
    Just Dance 2015
    WWE 2K15
    Costume Quest 2
    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
    Far Cry 4
    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

    Wii U games:
    Wii Sports Club
    Hyrule Warriors
    Bayonetta 2
    Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
    Art Academy
    Project CARS
    Disney Infinity 2.0
    Just Dance 2015
    Watch Dogs
    Smash Bros
    Sonic Boom
    Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham
    Skylanders Trap Team

    1. Oh… you mean a console that has been out for 7 years has more games than a console that’s only been out for 2 years now?

      Wow, you trolls are getting worse.. .

      1. Let me rephrase that: A last gen console that’s nearly dead is getting more support than a current gen, 1 1/2 year old system

            1. Mhm, says the troll who doesn’t do much research at.

              I’m sorry but I’m just telling the truth which seems to be getting you all mad ;)

              1. What’s there to research? I speak the truth. You, on the other hand, are sounding as desperate as desperate gets

              2. And what’s the truth exactly? Current gen systems should be getting at least twice the games last gen systems are getting by now, which is the case for everyone except, sadly, the Wii U

                1. See there’s the truth right there but the wii u not getting many game. You would think that PS4 and the Xbox One would be getting more games than the wii u, another part of that truth is that Nintendo actually won this years E3, I was disappointed in it but I keep hearing the hype more from Nintendo then any other games for the other systems. Buuuuurn…

                2. Tallon Ridley XIII: Kalas

                  Funny how your entire thing is ignoring the fact the PS4 is also getting beat on by the PS3. Same for the Xbox One with the Xbox 360. Did you know only desperate people use double standards?

        1. On a Last Gen console that has had support since day one…. so he’s basically damage controlling XD

            1. Yes, because clearly you aren’t showing it right now ;)

              Seriously, Sony ponies like you are blind as a mole. Can’t see the fact that Sony is slowly dying whilst Nintendo keeps getting richer ;)

              1. What I see is Nintendo having a fourth consecutive loss this year, and Sony returning to profits by at least 2016

    2. LOL this dumbass put an Xbox one launch title in there. The hypocrisy is strong with this one. And if you were going to compare, least you could do is put some exclusives!

      1. Shows that the devs have the sense to abandon a Kinect trash console and port it over to the REAL gamers console

        And why should I put exclusives?

          1. Wii U has to be the weakest current gen console my eyes have ever seen, no third party support, Mario Zelda rehashes, and a gimmick gamepad. Playstation has both third parties and the best first parties, like Infamous, God of War, Uncharted, Gran Turismo, Jak and Daxter, Killzone, Little Big Planet, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, Sly, Wipeout, etc.

            1. And how many games are on the PS4 that will be released this year?

              LBP3 and LOUR…. OOooooh, scary….
              Seriously, the Wii U and Xbox One already destroy that XD

              1. You really want to know?

                List of PS4 games coming out this year:
                Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
                The Swapper
                Valiant Hearts: The Great War
                Sniper Elite III
                Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
                The Last of Us Remastered
                Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
                Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
                Madden NFL 15
                NHL 15
                Natural Doctrine
                FIFA 15
                Skylanders Trap Team
                Driveclub October 7
                Dragon Age: Inquisition
                Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
                Alien: Isolation
                NBA 2K15
                NBA Live 15
                The Evil Within
                Samurai Warriors 4
                Battlefield Hardline
                Just Dance 2015
                Assassin’s Creed Unity
                WWE 2K15
                Costume Quest 2
                Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
                Rabbids Invasion
                The Crew
                Far Cry 4
                LittleBigPlanet 3
                Final Horizon
                GALAK-Z: The Dimensional
                Golf Club
                Pier Solar and the Great Architects
                RBI Baseball 14
                Ready to Run
                Race the Sun
                Velocity 2X
                Cosmic Star Heroine
                Grand Theft Auto V
                Guns of Icarus Online
                Hotline Miami
                Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
                Hyper Light Drifter
                Just Dance 2015
                Lords of the Fallen
                Ray’s The Dead
                Road Not Taken
                Rocketbirds 2
                Secret Ponchos
                Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
                The Witness
                Tropico 5
                Anomaly 2
                Assault Android Cactus
                Blast ‘em Bunnies
                CastleStorm Definitive Edition
                Defense Grid 2
                Divekick: Addition Edition
                Energy Hook
                Foul Play
                Gone Home
                Legend of Raven
                Nuclear Throne
                Planetside 2
                Project Cars
                Pure Pool
                Rogue Legacy
                Samurai Gunn
                Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
                Super Exploding Zoo
                The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
                The Elder Scrolls Online

            2. Can I just say, that I enjoyed the way you listed the first party games in order like that? “Playstation has both third parties and the best first parties, such as these:

              Seriously though, I understand you’re playing a fanatic in order to irritate the members of this site.

    3. Of all the PS3 games you listed, I only want Oddworld New & Tasty.
      While for the WiiU, I want just about all of them.

      So you failed.

  12. I think these characters could be pretty fun for Smash Bros. as playable. You could ink people, and/or the ground to hide or move around in. Smash moves could use other weapons and such. I wouldn’t mind that.

  13. I hope they have a name already. Who knows maybe they’ll include them in the next iteration of Smash Bros.

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