WWE Superstar Xavier Woods Lists Splatoon As His Third Favorite Game Of 2015

Xavier Woods recently compiled a list of his top 10 games of 2015, and Splatoon is up there. The WWE superstar ranked the Wii U-exclusive shooter as his third favorite game of last year, right behind Until Dawn and Mortal Kombat X. You can read what he wrote in regards to his ranking of Splatoon below. In addition to his career as a professional wrestler, Woods enjoys playing Mario Kart competitively. He also runs a YouTube channel dedicated to gaming called UpUpDownDown.

Squid… Yeah, I’m definitely a squid.

For being a super cute thing, Splatoon has no right to be as life-consuming as it is. Normally games that are in this type of cartoony world are fun for a bit but then get old after a run through. Splatoon can’t stop and won’t stop. The multiplayer has created some of my saltiest moments in 2015. That moment when you look at the map and you think that you won but then you realize that you lost by .2 percent because your roller didn’t get the back left wall… just the purest Salt. Regardless, changing from kid to squid to sneak up and blast your opponents with paint is a ridiculous concept that I have come to love. Add in the constant updates–stage changes, new weapons and items–and I’m hooked.

-Xavier Woods



  1. Hmm… I’m hearing all these good things about Splatoon. I know it’s good, but I don’t know if it’s really worth purchasing another Wii U just yet…

    1. I myself am afraid to buy Splatoon because I keep thinking there will eventually be a COMPLETE Edition released, with all previous DLC. And I’d much rather have a physical disc that’s already got it ALL than to have to buy it all separately (even though, in this case, I heard it’s all been free).

        1. True, but Nintendo also didn’t do DLC, Mobile, or Remakes/Remasters, but ook at them now. They aren’t the same Nintendo and its pretty clear by now.

          1. @DemiGOD,
            EXACTLY! Nintendo just hasn’t had the chance to make any “Complete Editions” yet. But I always felt that they eventually would. And that fear is keeping me from buying some games these days. Since I’m a lover of all things physical. And that includes DLC already on a disc. Not just digitally downloaded.

          2. DLC they did do in the past, just not the way it is done now, Galaxy 2 was essentially DLC, they had left over ideas that didn’t make it into Galaxy 1 so they made a 2 with the left over ideas. As for mobile….that was after 5 years of Iwata being pestered by DeNA and investors which ultimately killed the man from stress. Remakes/Remasters Nintendo may do that, but always from 2 consoles ago, never from a last gen game when backwards compatibility makes it possible. Granted you will bring up Twilight Princess HD, to which I say that is made by Tantalus, NOT Nintendo. Also the VC you could count as remasters in a way.

            1. I guess you could call MG2 DLC, I personally wouldnt though, to me it was more of an expansion. Nintendo has done that before though. A lot of their games are made with left over ideas, and I wouldn’t necessarily call left over ideas, DLC.

              Im not a doctor here, but I dont think Stress can cause cancer (like I said, im not a doctor, but that just doesnt make any sense.) As you said, it took a while for Nintendo to embrace mobile, but the fact remains that they are indeed embracing Mobile [b]now[/b]

              Be it who ever is making this remake, its still a remake of a Nintendo property for a Nintendo platform that they (Nintendo) ultimately have to the last say in. Yes, some of those 3DS classics are remade, so I would say those are remakes. Like I said, the new nintendo isnt the same so what ever comes from them has been from left field lately, we dont know what they are thinking so them announcing a GOTY, Ultimate, Completely, ect, ect Edition isnt out of the realm of reality.

              1. Jaded Ridley X3 {I'm not whining, you suckers... *cough* ..poor souls! I've just been driven insane by Nintendo failing me one too many times this gen!} says:

                It’s the fucking Legend of Zelda! You don’t do a god damn thing with anything of that series without Nintendo’s direct say so! The CDi games & 80s cartoon debacle has scarred not just fans from wanting voice acting in Zelda but has also scarred Nintendo into being very, very protective of the Zelda franchise.

    2. If there’s a couple other games you’re interested in, you should consider it. But in my view, Splatoon alone certainly isn’t worth spending $300. Personally, I don’t think I’d ever buy a new console only for one or two games I’m interested in, especially when the future of that console isn’t looking very bright either, in terms of upcoming games. Would take more than that for me to spends hundreds of bucks on a system. But that’s just me, of course, hah.
      If you think it would be worth it, go for it. :) You would know best if it’s worth it or not for you personally, after all.

      1. Mainly Xenoblade, Bayonetta 2, and Splatoon look tempting for me. But the ultimate deal breaker for me is depending on how good the next Zelda is going to be. I love the franchise. But some can be hit or miss. And personally, I found Wind Waker HD kinda disappointing. Hopefully, the next one can keep my interest.

        1. I don’t think there’s much you can do wrong with Xenoblade X, especially as a (J)RPG fan, if you do end up buying a WiiU. Can’t say much about Bayonetta, as it isn’t my type of game at all.
          As for Splatoon, I did enjoy it, but the online multiplayer experience, which I find to be pretty terrible, ruined it for me. The game certainly has a great and very fun concept, but I believe some things were poorly executed; the game could have been so much better. In the end, the frustration caused me to quit. I do go back to it about once a month or so, to see what’s new and all, but after a couple rounds, I just get reminded why I quit in the first place, hah. But that’s just my personal experience with it, of course. In no way means it’s the same for everyone.
          And about Zelda… I absolutely love the franchise, but I also agree on the hit or miss thing. Excluding Windwaker, which was only a remake after all (I love the original btw), the most recent Zelda game Skyward Sword was definitely a miss for me personally. I was looking forward to it so much prior its release, so the disappointment ended up being pretty big. That’s why I’m trying to keep my expectation a bit on the lower side for the upcoming Zelda, to prevent a Skyward Sword-situation from happening again, hah.
          But yea, that being said, the new Zelda is pretty much the only thing I personally have to look forward to in relation to the WiiU. Really unfortunate.

    3. I’m not giving in. Splatoon tasks me… I’ll sail around the moons of saturn, around the ocean’s maelstroms, Through perditions flames before I give in and buy it. Never! Not going to do it!

  2. firstly, how that make a Nintendo news??? To be honest Joe block also love Splatoon how comes that doesn’t make it in My Nintendo News. Wayne Rooney loves Fifa, Mario and play on it every time he can….

  3. Jaded Ridley X3 {I'm not whining, you suckers... *cough* ..poor souls! I've just been driven insane by Nintendo failing me one too many times this gen!} says:

    First Cody Rhodes, aka Stardust, & now Xavier Woods! Any other WWE Superstars that play Nintendo games?

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