The Splatoon team recently took part in a huge interview with online gaming publication Kotaku. One of the things to note is that this is a younger team compared to other teams that work on Nintendo franchises. Tsubasa Sakaguchi and Hisashi admitted that they and the team play first person shooters and games on other company’s hardware. They said that they do this as part of their job and also because they love video games in general.
For example, when I asked Nogami and Sakaguchi about other shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield, Nogami said, “We definitely play those types of games,” adding “There’s definitely guys on our staff who are super into shooters. We definitely play other games and other company’s hardware. We do that as part of our jobs and we also do that because we’re gamers and love to play games.”