I unreservedly adore the Splatoon series, quite possibly almost as much longtime Nintendo stalwarts like the Super Mario Brothers and Kirby at this point. That has meant, in part, getting too much merch in various forms over the past four years.
Here’s a little photo album chronicling what all of that stuff is.
To start, the games themselves!
At this point, I’ve accepted going digital for games on the PC and for indie/digital-only games on the various console shops, but I’m still in the stage where I tend to get AAA console games—including for Nintendo—in physical form if that is an option. Hence these two beauties right here.
I also built up a humble little collection of Amiibo, all pretty much coming from the first game.
I got the orange Inkling girl and blue Inkling boy separately; the squid figure, on the other hand, was something that I initially didn’t really want. That ended up biting me in the ass once I did want it later on, because at that point, it could only be found in the boy-girl-squid three-Amiibo bundles, not individually. And there was no sense getting two Amiibo copies just for the squid!
Thankfully, as if to specifically heed my minor lamentations, Nintendo eventually released alternate colors for the three figures—the green Inkling girl, the blue Inkling boy, and the orange squid—and that included a bundle with all three. Now that was something I was willing to get all three of; it was ultimately even kind of a blessing to have waited, because I preferred the orange squid to the originally-released green one anyway.
Finally, the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie. Pretty sure I got them in a bundle. While positioning all of the Amiibo for these shots, I was about to thoughtlessly put Callie on the right and Marie on the left, but then got the suspicion that I was wrong. Thus, I looked the positioning online to ensure I wasn’t doing things wrong. Good thing for that.
I was also in the mood to take some closer shots of them all, so I did. Hopefully these fruits of my vanity came out alright.
The original squid kids.
The alternate squid kids. I particularly like my attempt to frame this one.
The Squid Sisters.
And finally the squid. It’s kind of hilarious how intense this one is. Do not mess with them.
My Splatoon love extends as well to clothing. Specifically, I have not one, not two, not even three, but four t-shirts. And now you’ll have to forgive me, because in order to get the best pictures for demonstration, I opted to wear them, so prepare to see too much of my dumb face.
It all began with this one, bought at a convention, shortly after the first game came out, if I recall correctly.
Jump forward some amount of time, when my girlfriend, brothers, and I took a day trip hanging around New York City. One of the stops we made was to Nintendo New York. They had this Splatoon shirt with an awesome design. Sandra convinced me to take the plunge and get it; I do not regret it.
Later on, I found this buncha-squids one at Hot Topic during a southern Jersey mall trip with my friends.
Finally, this last one was a Christmas gift from Sandra!
Finally, I’ve even gotten calendars with the series as the star. It is, for one, this year’s calendar, hanging up on the bedroom wall.
(so of course I took the title-cover shot on the couch instead)
It’s got a whole lot of pictures in the same visual style as the game. It’s pretty baller! Here’s what it looks like for this month.
Also, that print at the left was done by comics colorist Matt Herms; I bought it at a gaming convention sometime in the last couple of years.
The best calendar that I’ve gotten so far, however—and probably my favorite piece of Splatoon merch as a whole that I’ve gotten so far—is this 2017 Splatoon Ikasu calendar. Sandra got this for me, also as a Christmas present. It is absolutely incredible. Just look at it.
Look at it!!
I think I’ve been greatly in luck with being a big Splatoon fan, because this series doesn’t just have plenty of merchandise to throw things at, but its whole style also happens to lend itself exceptionally well to merch.
Nintendo has always been a stalwart when it comes to excellent artistic design, but that is usually most often in the vein of looking fairy taile-esque or storybook-ish...or occasionally inspired by puppet-centric supermarionation shows like Thunderbirds in Star Fox’s case.
Splatoon, on the other hand? Splatoon is modern and worldly in a way that virtually nothing else by Nintendo is. It goes right for streetwise and stylish. It takes Tokyo as a direct inspiration. It’s got graffiti art influences everywhere, and with all the paint-based gameplay, that’s a perfect match. And it is all of these things while still keeping Nintendo’s tradition of strong art design intact.
In other words, Splatoon looks cool! I’m glad to be able to have pieces of it for myself.
Special thanks to a Nintendo Switch deluxe case, a box of dual-tip artist’s markers, and a couple looped pieces of duct tape (not pictured) connecting my phone to the marker box. Without you, some of this photographic content wouldn’t have been possible.