Game Overview / Synopsis

Splatoon is one of the more unique multiplayer games to hit the Nintendo Wii U in recent years, and since then Splatoon 2 has become available on the latest Nintendo Switch system.

Players are tasked with running around and splashing paint all over the city – and enemy team members. Online, players can take part in 4v4 ‘turf wars’, with the team that paints the town the most in their own colour wins.

There are a host of different weapons, from paint guns to rollers, and the team-based gameplay makes the title ripe for competitive matches.

The 3+ age rating and paint-focused gameplay makes this a shooter that’s ideal for children and families to try out.

While the esports tournaments in Splatoon aren’t like the competitions in big established esports titles (there’s a lack of prize money in Splatoon for one), it’s paved the way for an esports future from Nintendo – there was even an official UK Championship earlier this year.

Game Specifications

Platforms: Wii U, Switch
Typical game length: 3mins
Players: 4v4
Genre: Shooter (with paint)
Price: Around £25
Publisher: Nintendo
Notable tournaments: Splatoon Showdown Series, UK Championship

Popularity: 4.5m+ sales as of September 2016
 Outside the top 50 most watched games in October 2016
Launched: May 2015 (Splatoon), July 2017 (Splatoon 2)
PEGI age rating: 7
Other Pegi info: Violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context