Splatoon Splatfest “Westernized Again!”

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Popular ink-based shooter Splatoon has enraged some of its fans over its upcoming “Splatfest”, which has had its theme heinously altered from food products to the characters of western cartoon “Spongebob Squarepants” – yet another example of Nintendo babying its audience.

The competition originally pitted “Tuna Mayonnaise Onigiri” vs “Red Salmon Onigiri”, but has since been changed to “Spongebob” vs “Patrick” for “easier consumption” by the west’s E-rating demographic:

Some have regarded the blatant westernization as an inevitability considering the previous Splatfest was also forcibly changed…

The Splatfest will take place April 23rd and April 24th.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They should have just changed it to different types of donuts. I would've voted for jelly-filled.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 27/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nothing beats a jelly filled doughnut!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    That Pokemon reference, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    GOOD JOB DUDE YOU GOT THE REFERENCE HERE'S A BILLION DOLLARS FOR POINTING IT OUT

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's a Pokemon reference. A reference to the Pokemon.

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    Comment by ScottyT14
    16:30 23/04/2016 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Rarely have splatfests ever been the same across all three regions.

    "Some have regarded the blatant westernization as an inevitability considering the previous Splatfest was also forcibly changed…"

    Wow, such attentive people. I'm glad they noticed the previous splatfests were forcibly changed. If by previous, they mean the very first one 10 months ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:33 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    OK, this is just stupid now. No, not the change... the article.

    For starters, [citation needed] (and sources) on ALL the claims. Not a single ingame Miiverse comment is about anyone being upset about the change (and they KNOW it was changed). Not a single online community for the game is complaining about it either, they just found the change funny. And lastly, this is not even the first Splatfest change, so why is this one more "criminal"..?

    And what did you expect..? "Onigiri" is not a big thing outside Japan, it would be STUPID to not change the theme. Maybe if it had been SUSHI, then it could remain unchanged, since that one is also popular outside Japan. Why lay shit on Nintendo for making a very smart business choice..? The only one I have seen enraged here is whoever wrote this article, probably the reason why no sources of discontempt were cited.

    Like, OK, I understand that, due to the site's nature, some Japan bias is expected, but this is just diving deep into weeaboo mentality now... Totally ridiculous. And what is with the "babying" claim..? As if Spongebob was for kids ONLY..? Sure, that is probably why it was aired on MTV before that channel was shit.

    Just... no.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only point I will refute is that Spongebob is legitmately, 100% targetted towards the child demographic. They are on record with this. While some adults may enjoy child programming to the extent that the sewer-of-cable MTV can find success with it is an entirely separate matter from the cartoon being directly aimed at young children in general.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The last Splatfest I know of was Past vs. Future. The one before that, that I know of, was Cats vs. Dogs. What's the actual problem here, besides it being cringy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is that it's Nintendo. The number of sankaku articles on Nintendo not nitpicking on pretty much anything Nintendo does must be quite easy to count.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can't see how this can be considered in any way worse than two identical images of rice balls, with just the text and background color changed, especially considering hardly anyone in western markets have even tried onigiri, let alone have a preference between two flavors.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't see what the big deal is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's all about the clickbait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly... there's no real issue here. The real cringe IMO are the adults complaining that a game for children has an event designed to appeal to children.

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    Comment by GeekyLibertarian
    15:36 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    There really is no issue here. It is kind of weird to see Spongebob in Splatoon, I gotta say, but Splatfests can vary from country to country so what's popular in one country may not be successful in another, so Nintendo made a wise move.

    That being said, I'm not really a big fan of Nickelodeon nowadays. I miss the Nick I grew up with. I wish they'd combine "Legends of the Hidden Temple" with Splatoon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This article is more than a little bizarre. Nothing was "changed" from how it was "supposed" to be... Japan, Europe and America have always had different splatfests, at different times and with different themes.

    Sometimes, as with this case, they're sponsored. Nickelodeon threw some cash Nintendo's way, just as Hasbro did previously on the Transformers one. It's still less silly than the (also sponsored) noodle thing one Japan had awhile back.

    And in both cases, at least we're not in Europe where they get themes like "Eating vs Sleeping" or "Paper vs Cardboard".

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    For a website that try to mock SJWs for their over-sensitivity about video games and anime/manga, you seem awfully sensitive about a nothing event in a video game

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What an article about nothing. Splatfest are usually different across all reason Japan didn't get Hot Dog vs Marshmallow. Recently EU got the much better Hoverboard vs Jet Pack over the lame Snowman vs Sandcastle NA got.

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    Comment by MARl0
    00:30 25/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another perfect example of Sankaku Complex failing in its attempt to create something out of nothing. Splatfests, have always been different between each region. Even between North America and Europe. This is actually one of the extremely rare ones where America and Europe are together.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 26/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    team retard vs team retard?
    we all lose

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 26/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese version uses food that everyone probably knows about. That makes a fuckload more sense.

    Nintendo USA: "If you're not a kid, get the fuck off of our console!"

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    Comment by Mascarpone~~
    09:28 25/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm perplexed, though. Why not feature Squidward
    instead of Spongebob? Eh? Eh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 25/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Babying it's audience" I mean enjoy Splatoon all you want but it is primarily a game made for children. Someone nerf Sankaku, their reach is too far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    western barbaric cartoons looks so inferior and dumb in front of japanese characters

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're either a ducking weeb or haven't seen enough western animation to notice how great it can be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:13 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    neither

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    Comment by Palmtop Twintails
    16:56 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is a Wiimote an istrument?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No team Squidward. Completely missed the opportunity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 23/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't Sponjibobbu popular in Japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    It actually is. The really FUNNY thing about Spongebob in Japan is that it's actually also censored, as in scenes removed and even some entire episodes pulled from Japanese syndication. For instance, the episode "Ripped Pants" has never aired in Japan because it shows Spongebob's pants being ripped and then him being naked. Another example would be a scene removed in "The Smoking Peanut" where Patrick is licking a yellow popsicle stick because it looked too phallic.

    For fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke9r-ldeX6g

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    Comment by Anonymous

    Another case of blatant cultural misapropiation for the sake of money. Western kids don't know what your game's about? Don't worry, just replace anything with the lastest fad they've liked and you won't have to actually do something aimed for them! Just plain modding for the price of a real project!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 24/04/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "The latest fad" in this case being 17 years old, debuting before the main demo was even born?

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