The final Splatfest is upon us with one important question: Callie or Marie?

Splatoon has been one of the most popular and successful titles on the Wii U along with Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario Maker. It has been Nintendo’s first real look into online multiplayer shooter and really its first major step online besides Mario Kart. Each month has seen a theme for a special event called ‘Splatfest’ and Nintendo announced the last one will happen at the end of July.

Splatoon has been one of my favourite games in the last year and has been one of the titles that Nintendo has kept plugging and updating since its release. A couple a weeks ago there was a new weapons pack added which presumably will be the last and was launched in the run up to the ‘travel the world or space’ Splatfest. In the upcoming weeks there will be new amiibo being launched of Splatoon mascots Callie and Marie and 2nd generation inklings, but if the game is to be no longer updated, is this just a sweet send off from Nintendo?

It is debatable whether we will see a second instalment of Splatoon as we do not know much about the Nintendo NX. For this reason we do not know if there will be multiplayer or online on the game. With no more Splatfest’s, it will be interesting to see how the game continues with the lack of snail endorsement to players. Snails are prizes that are given to players after participating in a Splatfest – the more you participate, the more you earn. Each item of clothing as a different ability such as speed or defence and snails can enable you to change that on the clothes you want to wear.

leave timehere is one of the abilities which is the ‘last ditch effort’.

Splatfest is a tournament in Splatoon where you choose one side. In the past there has been Spongebob vs Patrick and Pokémon Red vs Blue. You contest to climb up ranks of fiend, defender, champion and king and from then can collect wins for your team. The team with most victories and team votes will be the winner. In the last Splatfest, players are allowed to vote for their favourite map to be featured in the game. Instead of 24 hours hours, the Splatfest will take place over two days.

Director Yusuke Amano has said that if there is a lot of support from fans (which now doubt there will be), he would like to make a sequel. Splatoon is a multiplayer shooter which has a multitude of weapons such as long range shooters, snipers, short range guns, rollers and paintbrushes. Instead of firing bullets, players fire ink with the aim to cover ground. The most covered wins. You can get kills and also player rank battles which include tower control and base capturing.

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There is also a single player game that lets players learn the game but also face an interesting array of bosses. The game is very modern with a focus on fashion and music as Callie and Marie are singers who sing throughout the games and will have music videos unlocked from their amiibo. What is missing from the game is private lobbies and voice chat. Games also do not end if players disappear and on top of this players cannot rejoin. Splatoon does become very frustrating and it is probably a good thing there isn’t voice chat.

What I would have liked to have seen would be a better incorporation of amiibo from other series for new skins and more rank battle games. Expansions to sizes of maps and the amount of players would also be a nice addition. It’s sad to see one of my favourite games coming to an end as the Splatfest is one of my favourite game-types. I hope Nintendo carries on with multiplayer titles and carries on with the Splatoon series.

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Digimon Tri to get English dub (Spoilers included)

On September 15th, American cinemas will be treated to the first part (Saikai) of the six-part Digimon Tri movie series. The series has already released two parts in Japan, the second being Ketsui and will see its third release in September. I expect once shown in the cinema, an English dub will be available online.

Digimon Tri takes place six years after the original series and follows on from Digimon Adventure 02. The absence of the second Digi-destined is not really addressed, but there are hints they are in the Digital World. Unlike Digimon Adventure, this series doesn’t treat the Digi-destined kindly with attention to school, teenage life and the issues of growing up. Along with a new art style, the series is a modern anime with festivals, romance and spa trips instead of the earlier seasons’ Digital World focus. It appears at first that the characters are becoming more destined as they grow up, but that all changes once there’s an unexpected disturbance.

The show presents a better idea of the destruction caused by Digimon fighting instead of a Power Rangers approach where a city is destroyed and is fine the next day. It’s a show that has taken what the originals did, but has been inspired from other anime genres such as slice of life.

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It appears that their could be a separate timeline seeing as Kari and TK have the second generation digivices, Tai still has his goggles and as aforementioned no second digi-destined. You may not get much out of Saikai in terms of Digimon battles, however what we do see is a nice throw back to the original series. What you will find is character development as the movie is split into six parts. Tai and Matt feud again, but this time whether Digimon should fight as Tai is unsure where he stands anymore. Joe cowardly tackles responsibilities such as education which makes his character more frustrating than ever. Mimi questions her flamboyant nature. They take what was familiar in the first season and make it more realistic and relatable for their fans who have grown up.

I previously spoke with Coleen O’Shaughnessey and Jeff Nimoy who played the roles of Sora and Tentamon in the original series. They said if asked they would reprise their roles they would definitely take the opportunity and so it will be interesting to see if they will be featured.

New characters and Digimon have also been introduced into the series. It seems like this series has taken an influence from Digimon Tamers. The reason for this idea is that there are more people who know about the Digimon’s existence and have been working undercover. New characters include Daigo Nishijima and Maki Himekawa who have been monitoring the digi-destined. Another influence from Tamers is the focus on Digimon being data. Like computer data, Digimon are manipulated to become evil through a virus and turn into data when defeated. Looking like data and glitching out is different, but the interception of digital/electronic devices from the movie are still a major part. The Digital World itself envisions a more computer-like aspect than the originals and reminisces the movie with empty space surrounded by code.

The series is full of nostalgia for fans of the originals who have grown up and lost touch with other series’ down the line. There’s plenty of new content, humour and Digimon but, still the same feeling of these characters we watched on TV.

I highly recommend checking out the Japanese versions already available. There’s also a pretty sweet intro theme as well.