Nintendo has announced several new IP over the course of E3 this year, though no new title has seen as much love as Splatoon, a family-friendly shooter that is making its way to the Wii U. This game has players teaming up for 4 vs 4 matches where, instead of firing bullets at each other, the main objective is to cover the arena in paint. The team who is able to cover the map with the most color, wins. Of course, things aren't quite as simple as they first appear.
Players have the option to switch between their human mode, which is the only way they can use their paint gun, to the more agile squid form, which allows them to quickly swim through their own paint. Knowing when to switch from one to the other, or how far you should spray before trying to cross into enemy territory, will prove key to your success. In turn, players who are caught in the opposing team's color will have a much more difficult time trying to cross the map. Walking through enemy paint slows your character down immensely, and will even begin to distort your vision if you stay in it for long enough.
Splatoon has been developed to utilize the Wii U's gamepad, and uses the touchscreen to showcase the match's paint spread in real-time. Teammates' positions will also be displayed on the map, allowing you to keep track of what everyone is doing during the game. Tapping a buddy's icon will allow you to super jump directly to them, making it easy to help out your friends when in a pinch.
Players will also have access to a variety of extra abilities in the form of splatter bombs and super weapons, and there's plenty of ways to traverse the map and paint the way to victory. Splatoon looks like an incredibly refreshing take on the shooter genre, though the footage that we've seen is clearly still early in development. Little details, such as the ability to see how much paint your character still has (ammo regenerates slowly, though being in squid form speeds it up a bit), just by looking at their backpack's gauge, show just how much thought and energy the development team has put into this title. We look forward to seeing more from Splatoon in the near-future, though Nintendo will be showing it throughout the week from their E3 booth. The game itself is expected to launch sometime in 2015.