The good people at Destructiod spent some time at the Splatoon booth during E3 this year, and while there they spoke briefly with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about his hopes for the new intellectual property. He seems to have a lot of ambitions for the game, noting that it is “aiming to do for action shooters what Mario Kart did for racing.” He also expressed interest in it becoming a “major” new IP for the company.
He isn’t pulling all this confidence out of nowhere, either. Aside from the title’s already growing following, it follows the example of Mario Kart of a game that is easy to play even for non-genre fans. The game is “not just about kills. It’s designed to be fun no matter what your skill level is,” to use Reggie’s own words, and Nintendo certainly has the marketing and production quality arms to make it a major series if it is even somewhat successful when it launches in May.
Nintendo also confirmed Miiverse functionality for the title, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but now we know for sure it will be there.