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  • Nintendo and Nickelodeon bring SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest to Splatoon for Wii U on 23rd April


    14th April, 2016 – Nintendo and Nickelodeon are partnering for a special SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest event in the colourful shooting game Splatoon for Wii U. Between 14:00 (UK time) on Saturday 23rd April and 20:00 (UK time) on Sunday 24th April, players will battle it out to decide who’s Bikini Bottom’s more popular resident: SpongeBob or Patrick, from Nickelodeon’s hugely popular animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants!


    The rules of Splatoon are simple: two teams of four players battle to claim turf by covering it with ink in their colour. Players control characters known as Inklings, human-like creatures that can change into squid form to swim through their team’s ink faster, or manoeuvre up walls to access hard-to-reach areas in battle. Outside of these Turf Wars, the city of Inkopolis is home to all manner of cool crustaceans, funky fish and other oceanic individuals, making Splatoon and SpongeBob SquarePants a match made in H2O heaven.

    During the regular events called “Splatfests”, players vote on important topics like whether pineapple on pizza is delicious or disgusting, then team up with like-minded players to battle the opposing school of thought. In a first for Splatfests, players in Europe and North America will play together as Team SpongeBob and Team Patrick compete for under-the-sea supremacy, with the results from both territories producing one final outcome to settle the debate once and for all. After voting opens at 15:00 (UK time) on Friday 15th April, Inklings can show their allegiance by wearing a special Splatfest Tee of either SpongeBob or Patrick until the end of the event.

    This Splatfest is also the perfect opportunity for players to try out eight new weapon combinations, called “Sheldon’s Picks”, which were added in a recent free software update. Inklings enter battle with a main, sub and special weapon, and new sets offer fresh strategic options and ways to play.

    As Splatoon gears up for its one year anniversary in May, it recently passed the major milestone of one million copies sold in Europe and over 4 million worldwide, in addition to racking up multiple high-profile awards and nominations.


    SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon since first premiering on Nickelodeon in July 1999. The series has been the most-watched animated program for more than 14 consecutive years and is seen in over 185 countries and translated in more than 50 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

    Players who are jumping into the fray for the first time can get some helpful hints straight from the game’s co-director, Tsubasa Sakaguchi, in a series of Splatoon – Top Tips! videos covering the basic skills players need to master.

    It’s the Bikini Bottom battle for the ages from 14:00 (UK time) on Saturday 23rd April until 20:00 (UK time) on Sunday 24th April, as Team SpongeBob SquarePants battles Team Patrick in the next Splatfest for Splatoon, only on Wii U.

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    Splatoon website http://www.nintendo.co.uk/splatoon

    Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk

    Nintendo on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo

    Wii U on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WiiU

    Splatoon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Splatoon

    Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK

    Nintendo UK on Twitch http://www.twitch.tv/nintendouk

    Nintendo of Europe on Twitch http://www.twitch.tv/team/nintendo

    Nintendo UK on Instagram https://instagram.com/nintendouk/

    Nintendo of Europe on Instagram https://instagram.com/nintendoeurope