Nintendo of Canada’s Heather Potter Talks Splatoon

Plus fountain footage from the Eaton Centre.

On Friday, May 29th, I headed over to the Eaton Centre to check out the Inkling invasion of the mall’s central water fountain. Rather than the normal run of water that usually flows through its plumbing, this weekend saw the addition of a pair of Inklings and colored dye which turned the water orange… and gave me a tremendous craving for an orange Fruitopia.

Here’s a video package of it in action, complete with people checking it out:

Hey! Guy at 0:49! Don’t drink that! Just go to the McDonald’s downstairs like I did! The drinks there are only a dollar; it’s not worth risking your health over!

Anyway, while I was there checking it out, I also ran into the Nintendo of Canada crew, including spokesperson Heather Potter. As such, I opted to bring up a few questions about the game’s launch…

MH: Nintendo has launched some other new intellectual property (IP) in recent years, such as Pushmo, Dillon’s Rolling Western, and Code Name S.T.E.A.M. However, Splatoon feels like the first really big one (like, up there with Mario or Zelda big) to come along in quite a while. What has the atmosphere around the company been like in anticipation of this release?

HP: I think anytime we have a game launching, whether it’s a fan favourite like Mario Kart 8 or a new IP like Splatoon, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation. We spend a lot of time with these titles before they launch and the entire time we are thinking about how fans and families will receive them. With a new IP, there is a sense of the unknown which can be exciting. Once you start to see the excitement build with fans, you just can’t wait to release it.

How has the hype for the game been outside of the company? Any word on pre-order numbers at retail or in the Nintendo eShop yet? And how was the turnout for the Global Testire?

The excitement for Splatoon has been growing ever since last year’s [Electronic Entertainment Expo]. Once we announced the Global Testfires, we saw the excitement grow to a whole other level. Then fans had a chance to try out the Turf Wars and it became clear that fans were pumped for not only a new IP from Nintendo but a unique take on a 3rd person shooter.

Splatoon seems like a perfect summertime-themed game, which is only emphasized by its release date. Beyond the current Yogurty’s/Yogen Fruz promotion and the fountain events, are there any other further plans for more Splatoon events throughout the summer?

We are pleased to announce that we are bringing Splatoon across Canada this summer. Our Splatoon Splatter trucks are hitting the road on June 20th and touring the country until Labour Day weekend! Fans can come down to try out the Battle Dojo mode of Splatoon and take their photo with their friends and an inkling! There will also be onsite draws for some great Splatoon prizes. You can check out nintendo.ca for the full tour schedule.

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What’s one Splatoon event or promotion you’d like to see? Part of me thinks that something with paintball or Super Soakers would be appropriate…

Splatoon definitely owes a nod to paintball and water fights and both are great summer activities. We’d love to see fans getting out there and using their Splatoon skills in their real life Turf Wars and vice versa!

Just for fun, what is your favorite Splatoon weapon?

My favourite weapon to play online with is the Splattershot. I like its rapid fire ability and the range it gives me. When I play the Battle Dojo mode though, I like to use the Splat Roller. Rolling over your opponent makes for a more dramatic win!

Finally, are there any other Nintendo events coming up in Canada this summer you’d like to talk about? I know E3 is just around the corner…

E3 is just around the corner and we’re excited for fans to hear what we’ve got coming for the rest of 2015. Mario Maker is coming out later this year and of course its Mario’s 30th anniversary, so fans have a lot to look forward to. Stay tuned.

And stay tuned, I shall, and bring you whatever news comes our way! Until then, here’s my own footage of the fountain’s eruption cycle:

Splatoon was released for the Wii U on May 29th, 2015 at a price of $69.99 or in a bundle with the Wii U Deluxe Set w/Nintendo Land $329.99.

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