Nintendo Announces Wii U Special Edition Splatoon Deluxe Set

An easy way for new Wii U adopters to get inked.

Nintendo of Canada has announced today that those interested in partaking of their home console library with the Wii U will soon be able to do so through a special version of their Deluxe console model that will come bundled with their upcoming team-based shooting game Splatoon.


Available on May 29th, the same day the game will be available to all Wii U owners, the “inkredible” bundle features the black Wii U Deluxe console and GamePad controller, a copy of Splatoon, and a pre-installed copy of Nintendo Land. The Canadian price for the Wii U Special Edition Splatoon Deluxe Set will be $329.99.

Splatoon is a wild new game from Nintendo that combines the creative and family-friendly fun Nintendo is known for with ink-spraying, turf claiming action. In the game, players take on the role of the Inklings, customizable characters that can transform into squids at the touch of a button. After splatting opponents and covering a level with colourful ink, players can transform into squids and swim quickly through their own ink or use it to take cover and hide from enemies.

Splatoon overflows with lots of ways to play: Teams of players from around the world will enjoy the frenetic four-on-four online “Turf War” mode, which tasks players to cover the most ground with their team’s ink while using the Wii U GamePad controller to see a top-down view of the map as it is covered in ink in real-time. Ranked Battle, which will be made available a short time after launch, will offer skill-based online rule sets, while in “Battle Dojo,” players enjoy local one-on-one matches with friends. Splatoon also features a robust single-player campaign that cleverly teaches players how to splatter, swim, leap, hide and climb walls, all using ink to try to thwart the nefarious Octarian army. Players can also use Splatoon amiibo figures (sold separately) to gain access to special challenge stages that will make it possible to earn special gear not found elsewhere in the game.

For more information about Splatoon, be sure to visit the official website.


My Thoughts: Opinions will undoubtedly vary, but looking at the back of the box (seen in the picture above, on the right), it almost seems like a shame that the Wii U console itself doesn’t have an “ink splattered” color scheme. Even some decals might be neat.


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