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Nintendo Explains Nintendo’s Tailor-Made Gameplay And Splatoon 2’s Map Rotation

Rolling Stone recently got to interview Jordan Amaro, a game designer at Nintendo’s flagship studio in Kyoto, and Amaro shed some light on why Nintendo sometimes restricts us on how we get to play their games. Amaro is one of the game designers behind the immensely popular Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch and when asked why we don’t get to choose when we play Salmon Run, he had this to say:

Rolling Stone: “With Splatoon 2, there definitely are people who want to know why they can’t play the Salmon Run mode all the time.”

Jordan Amaro: “I’m not allowed to speak on it, because I’m not the game director. What I can say, and what I think can be said, is that there are lots of reasons. You have to trust us that if you could play Salmon Run online anytime, that would result in a worse experience for you and everybody.”

When speaking about the thinking behind the rotation of levels, Amaro touched on the culture in Japan as one of the main factors behind their reasoning:

“In Splatoon, the maps rotate every couple of hours. And the modes change. “I bought this game. Why can’t I just enjoy this game the way I want?” That’s not how we think here. Yes, you did buy the game. But we made this game. And we’re pretty confident about how this game should be enjoyed. If you stick with us, and if you get past your initial resistance, you’re going to have the time of your life with this game. You’re really going to love it.

“You’ve probably heard Sheena Iyengar’s TED talk, in which she went to a restaurant in Japan and tried to order sugar in her green tea. The people at the cafe said, “One does not put sugar in green tea,” and then, “We don’t have sugar.” But when she ordered coffee instead, it did come with sugar! In Japan, there’s a sense of, “We’re making this thing for you, and this is how we think this thing is better enjoyed.”

You can read the full interview here.

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  1. Lmao yup sounds like Jap culture. They have strong rules and customs that’s ingrained in everything they do. I think the map rotation crap is stupid and the game would be better with more maps in the rotation but w.e it’s still fun either way.


  2. Sorry Ninty, you guys aren’t right on everything. Star Fox Zero’s whacked out dual perspective gameplay? Only being able to enjoy Splatoon 2’s only real new mode Salmon Run sometimes (how exactly do you think being able to play it whenever would make the game worse?)? FEDERATION FARCE?!?

    And honestly, how difficult could it be to make things so you can switch gear and weapons in Splatoon lobbies without having to back out once you’ve joined? Or to back out entirely if you accidentally hit “continue” after your last match when you meant to hit “quit”? That’s still my biggest gripe with the series (now that it can be called one).

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    1. Totally with you on that one. When I play in the same room as my friend, she’s always doing it. Funny how she always does it when it’s her turn to make the cups of tea though…


  3. I still don’t really understand the salt towards limiting Salmon Run’s availability to every other 24 hours. Makes the world feel more active and ongoing to me. I just look at it the same way timed mechanics worked in Animal Crossing or Pokemon games. But I dunno that’s just me.


  4. How is this different from the mantra “you’re holding it wrong” (iPhone 4 antennagate)???

    Stage rotation keeps all stages alive: some stages would inevitably be overused and some other neglected if choice was left to players.

    Same for Salmon Run: people would play just that (after all it’s the new game mode) exactly as players stop playing turf wars as soon as ranked battle is available.

    Long story short: you don’t read a book from the last page, you trust the writer to tell the story. Same with video games: trust the developers, they know better (and certainly better than most trolls).

    One word about “kiddie” games: 18+ games are usually played by kids around 12. As you grow up, you understand what is REALLY funny in video games (and it’s not-necessarily-blood and gore). Kids love adult games because they are “forbidden”. Adults are free to choose (nothing to prove to anybody), and lo and behold, most adults prefer Nintendo games.


  5. This is just pure elitism at it’s finest. This basically confirms that Nintendo doesn’t want us playing the game the way we want to but the way they want us to and the part where he says “Yes, you did buy the game. But we made this game” proves it.
    “You have to trust us that if you could play Salmon Run online anytime, that would result in a worse experience for you and everybody”. Okay why? Because I’ve played Splatoon 2 quite a bit since getting it and I can see absolutely no reason to why this is a good idea, it seems to me making this mode only open certain times hurts the game rather than does good.
    This is once again Nintendo applying their pointless restrictions and then trying to come up with bad excuses.

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  6. Finding Grizzco closed is just an incentive to boot the game the following day. Granted, Salmon Run’s availability may not coincide with several players’ schedule, but being unable to play a specific game mode is hardly the end of the world.
    Those who think it is should maybe review their priorities.
    That’s a pretty typical “culture clash” scenario: people from a different continent think and do things in a different way. Failing to understand this fundamental truth shows deep ignorance.
    It’s never too early to understand that every individual is different, and unless you are a f***ing nazi (many of those in the US recently), you’ve gotta get used to dealing with people who do NOT necessarily share your point of view, which in many cases is wrong anyway.


  7. King Kalas X3 {I only buy exclusives that interest me on Switch. For everything else that interests me, there is PS4.} says:

    And this is why I’ll pass on the Splatoon franchise. At least do like Mario Kart 8 & Deluxe where everyone picks a stage they want to play then the computer picks at random which stage to use out of the choices the guys in the online party picked. This map rotation thing is just utter bullshit. Hell! If they are worried Salmon Run will be the most used mode if it’s available 24/7, just make it to where the mode people play online is picked at random, too. If multiple people pick the same mode or stage, just put the choices that are the same together as one single choice during the random pick part.


  8. King Kalas X3 {I only buy exclusives that interest me on Switch. For everything else that interests me, there is PS4.} says:

    “Yes, you did buy the game. But we made this game. And we’re pretty confident about how this game should be enjoyed.” This mentality will be the death of you one day, Nintendo. You already came close with the Wii U, so watch it.


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