Although you would be right to think that a collab between Nintendo and Nickelodeon to promote the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series via Splatoon 2, would be some kind of prank, it’s not. Such a collab is a reality and instead of being a singular event with one TMNT themed Splatfest, there’s going to be 3 as part of a Splatfest Tournament and both North America and Europe will be able to partake. Below is the official announcement, along with the dates & times provided by Nintendo of America and Nintendo Europe:
PICK YOUR FAVOURITE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE IN NEW SPLATOON 2 SPLATFEST
Raph, Leo, Mikey or Donnie – who is your favourite Hero in a Half Shell?
26th April, 2018 – This May, Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch will host its first-ever tournament-style Splatfest to determine which brother from the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is the ultimate fan-favourite. Featuring characters from Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fans will vote in three rounds to crown one Hero in a Half-Shell. Will it be Raph, Leo, Mikey or Donnie?
To participate, players won’t be asked to order a pizza, hop on a skateboard or save the city from an army of masked ninjas… they can start voting for their pick beginning on 28th April simply by visiting the in-game Inkopolis Square. The first of three in-game Splatoon 2 Splatfest tournaments will pit Raph against Leo from 5th May – 6th May, with the second from 12th May – 13th May featuring Mikey vs. Donnie, and the final match between the winners of the first two showdowns takes place from 19th May – 20th May. The full schedule is below:
Raph vs. Leo
4th May (Friday) 21:00 PT – 5th May (Saturday) 21:00 CEST
5th May (Saturday) 16:00 CEST – 6th May (Sunday) 16:00 CEST
Mikey vs. Donnie
11th May (Friday) 21:00 PT – 12th May (Saturday) 21:00 CEST
12th May (Saturday) 16:00 CEST – 13th May (Sunday) 16:00 CEST
Round 1 winner vs. Round 2 winner
18th May (Friday) 21:00 PT – 19th May (Saturday) 21:00 CEST
19th May (Saturday) 16:00 CEST – 20th May (Sunday) 16:00 CEST
Splatfests are recurring online competitions in Splatoon 2 that ask players to pick a side – in this case, their favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Once players choose a team, they’ll receive an in-game T-shirt adorned with an image of their preferred Turtle for their Inkling character to wear as they compete in online multiplayer Turf War battles to see which side comes out on top. In Turf Wars, players must claim territory by covering it in ink in heated four-on-four battles. The team that claims the most turf wins. You’ll need to use teamwork and switch tactically into squid form and back again to gain the edge.
At the end of the Splatfest, each team’s popularity and win rate is tallied up, and one team is crowned the victor. Depending on what Splatfest rank players achieve, they’ll receive Super Sea Snails, which can be exchanged to further customise their gear in the game. Because of the new tournament format, players need to pick up their Super Sea Snails by the Tuesday evening following each round. Splatfests are open to all Nintendo Switch owners who have the Splatoon 2 game and an internet connection.
Nickelodeon’s new animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. The 2D-animated series debuts later this year on Nickelodeon. For more information about the show, visit http://www.nick.com/rise-of-the-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/.
Just like in Highlander, there can only be one and being a Leo fan all my life, I sure hope it’s him!
Source: Nintendo PR