Here's everything you should know about the Wii U's Splatoon

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Interested in picking up Splatoon for the Wii U but not sure if it's right for you? The folks at Prima Games have put together this helpful primer to keep you informed. It's fast, frenetic, and colorful -- and you're about to know a whole lot more about it than you did going in!

Splatoon for Wii U: Everything You Need to Know

Nintendo surprised more than a few people when the company unveiled Splatoon at E3 2014. It's a four vs. four team-based third-person shooter that features humanoids called Inklings that transform into squid-like creatures. The premise of the title is to use ink to cover as much of the arena as possible. At the end of the match, the team with the most coverage wins the game.

At first glance, Splatoon will likely remind you of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. It's a similar arena-based team shooter that uses a third-person perspective. It also has the kid-friendly feel that Splatoon sports and that Nintendo has always been known for. While the development team plays Battlefield and Call of Duty as research, it seems that the final product will have quite a few things in common with Garden Warfare.


While covering the arena in ink is your primary goal, there are several abilities that add a considerably amount of depth to the game. When players are in humanoid form, they move at a steady pace until they reach the opposing team's ink. When walking through these areas, players will move much slower. However, if you change into squid form, players can swim through their own ink at a rapid pace.

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