Japanese players embraced Nintendo’s colorful, team-based squid shooterSplatoonwith open arms (or tentacles) in 2015. Featuring half-squid, half-human creatures who can swim through the ink that blasts from their guns,Splatoonis a fast paced and accessible game making a mark on Japanese esports.
Following its release in May, the game moved over 800,000 copies across the country and boosted Wii U sales. Japanese players are spending more and more time with these squids, too. In fact, many U.S. Splatoonplayers now express dread at facing off against competitors from across the Pacific because they are just too good to beat.