Nintendo doesn’t announce new IPs. It’s time to change the record as guess what, they just did – and it looks AWESOME!

The biggest surprise no-one saw coming was that Nintendo was set to debut a brand new IP during their Digital Event yesterday called Splatoon. What is most surprising about Splatoon is how it marks Nintendo’s first steps into the shooter genre all whilst still remaining comfortably in their family-friendly wheel-house.

Splatoon is a four vs four online multi-player party game where each team is equipped with paintball guns, ink grenades and giant paint rollers as they fight it out to occupy the most ground in the various battle arenas. To start occupying the arena all you have to do is fire your paint and cover as many surfaces as possible. Where the game gets really interesting is that the characters in the game themselves are in fact squid-hybrids. With the tap of a button, they transform into squids able to swim quickly through their teams own colored puddles on the floor, on the walls and avoiding other obstacles such as grates. This is also how to quickly fill your weapons ink tanks. Tactical players can also use this game play mechanic to hide from opponents, waiting for their time to attack and ambush the competition!

The GamePad is used to show an isometric representation of the battle arena, with live player placement, ink cover and also a quick jump icon. In the eventuality that you get lost in all of the carnage and need to regroup with your team, players can simply tap a round arrow icon above their team mates heads to make a super jump to their location.

The one downside to the game? We have to check our excitement levels as the game won’t see release until sometime in 2015.

Written by Andy W.

I’m the Developer Liaison at Nintendo Enthusiast, and when I’m not working my butt off at the toy store I manage, I’m talking with developers from around the world, promoting crowd-funding campaigns, conducting interviews and also offering advice and support to developers looking to bring their games to Wii U & 3DS.