We are nearing the end of an era as the Switch draws near with Splatoon 2 in hand. All the squids are growing up. Yet still here I am, playing Splatoon on Wii U and enjoying it like it’s the first day of release. This game changed my life in such a positive way. I absolutely love the gameplay and the community. It’s fiercely competitive in the highest tiers of Ranked, but also very friendly and welcoming in the plaza and Turf Wars. This little writeup is for a special part of the community I haven’t talked about in my previous Splatfest writeups, the Japanese gamers.
Look at that. Japan is the only reason I am still playing this game daily. Wii U is a dying system but you can still find a group of players in any mode, any rank in Splatoon because of how big and active the Japanese community is. While the rest of the world has mostly given up, they are hosting national tournaments, sharing pics and drawings daily, and Splatoon is still selling copies in the charts and keeping the Wii U alive single-handedly.
We don’t speak the same language, but I’ve had so much fun with my Japanese friends that I’ve added a bunch of them to my personal friends list.
We all join each others games and understand each others play-styles. My friend teton will always run and jump at the start of the game if she is on my team. My friend mrk loves a healthy dose of squid bagging at the start of each match to get hyped. Sometimes in the middle of a match. As an Australian I’m extra lucky that we share the same timezone, so I’m not lonely when my European and American friends are asleep.
We all play really well on the same team and have a great time spamming “Nice!”. I’ve never said a word to them but we all know each other by our inputs in a videogame. We all speak the language of Splatoon.
Thank you Japan for,
- Always being there.
- Making me work really hard to get my S+ rank (multiple times).
- Giving me a reason to turn on the Wii U every night.
- Drawing amazing art on the Miiverse.
- Accepting me and being my friend.
Here’s a thank you message I made on the Miiverse, I hope my Japanese is OK. I was worried I wouldn’t get the characters right so it’s just a simple “Thank you”. I’d also like to share a video one of my friends in Japan took of our gameplay.
Just look how excited they are when I get killed. True friends.
What an amazing game and amazing community to have lasted this long on the Wii U. I hope Nintendo keeps the online running, because I know not everyone can get a Switch right away. Some of us might not make the journey, and there’s a few uncertainties about how the online will work. One thing I know for sure though, is when I search for a game, Japan will be there. This time, maybe even the rest of the world will show up too.
Until Splatoon 2, stay fresh!