Nintendo have announced the first Splatfest of 2018 via their @NintendoVS Twitter account: #TeamAction VS. #TeamComedy. This Splatfest happens to be the second-ever global Splatfest in Splatoon 2, so it’s time to grab your best guns (or else your best jokes) and get ready for some all-out Turf War once again, starting next Saturday here in the UK at 12pm GMT.

Unlike the previous few Splatfests, where North America, Europe and Japan have all had different topics (e.g. the last set were #TeamSocks VS. #TeamSweaters for North America, #TeamFilm VS. #TeamBook in Europe, and – this is a weird one – #TeamWarmInnerWear VS. #TeamWarmOuterWear for Japan), this Splatfest will unite the continents in a battle to see which kind of films are better – action films or comedy films.

If you’re new to Splatoon 2 and don’t know what a Splatfest is, don’t worry – they’re easy to understand, and lots of fun, too! Splatfests are timed events which split players into two teams and pit them against each other in a Turf War. Teams of four players battle it out to cover the most territory in their ink and earn the most points, contributing to their team’s overall Splatfest score. Super Sea Snails are offered as prizes to players for performing well and contributing significantly to their team’s success, and the number you earn is entirely dependent on your Splatfest Title, which improves the more points you collect during the Splatfest.

Once the 24 hours are up, the Splatfest is over and the results are determined through the assessment of three categories: the popular vote, victories in individual matches, and victories in team matches. Whichever team wins the most categories wins the Splatfest, and all of the glory it holds for its players! You’ll know when a Splatfest is on as the stage for Pearl and Marina is set up above the Lobby entrance, as you can see in the above picture when it was #TeamFlight VS. #TeamInvisibility – so be sure to cast your vote and take part if you see one happening!

The Splatfest voting booth is already live and waiting in Splatoon 2′s Square, so be sure to head onto the game and choose your side sooner rather than later. Remember, Splatfests are always the perfect opportunity to grind for Ability Chunks and high-class gear as Murch is willing – though I wasn’t supposed to tell anyone, oops – to scrub your Splatfest Tee squeaky-clean for a mere 2,000 Cash.

An amazing deal, am I right? So get out there, play some matches and get some practice in, and ready yourselves for the upcoming global Splatfest next week. As usual, the Splatfest will start at different times across the different continents despite having a global theme, so be sure to check the starting and finishing times where you are and don’t miss out!

I’ve already made my choice of team, as you can see – apologies to #TeamComedy, but it’s got to be #TeamAction for me – so what will yours be? Be sure to let us know what side you’re going to be on here at Quillstreak, and stay with us for all the freshest Splatoon 2 news.

Now remember: don’t get cooked, stay off the hook! (Or, y’know, stay fresh.)

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Georgina Howlett
20-year-old aspiring author and journalist, regularly found fleeing into the night in search of Pokémon. Working my way through my third year of an English Literature undergraduate degree at Newcastle University. If I'm not writing, I'm yelling at useless people on Overwatch and Splatoon 2, or else sleeping. Or eating. Nintendo Switch ID: 0203-3480-8054

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