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Splatoon is a third-person shooter announced for Wii U video game console during the Nintendo Digital Event at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
In Splatoon, players compete against rival teams to cover a battlefield in ink. Whichever team has splattered more ink across the field by the end of the match wins. Players can walk and shoot ink while in human form and switch into a squid to swim through their own team’s ink.
Splatoon was first announced during the Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event on June 10th, 2014. The title gained notability for its unique take on the shooter genre and for being one of Nintendo’s first new products for hardcore gamers.
On June 14th, 2014, NeoGAF Forums member maxcriden posted a thread about Splatoon fan art. Within five days of its announcement, over 350 fan arts were uploaded to DeviantArt under the tag “#splatoon.”