Splatfests were an integral part of the original Splatoon, and they’re returning with the upcoming sequel! Players pick between one of two opposing themes and spend the day battling the opposing team’s members to try and settle age-old questions like Cats vs. Dogs or Autobots vs. Decepticons (that was a great one). Today’s Splatoon 2 Direct gave us a brief summary of these events, as well as a surprising announcement: the first Splatfest will take place on July 15th, almost a full week before the game is actually available in stores.

It turns out that anyone who wants to join in on the fun of the Splatfests can do so, as the Splatoon 2 “Splatfest World Premiere” will be accessible to all Switch owners via the game’s free demo. From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM PST on Saturday, July 15th, you can join in on the fun of the very first high-stakes competition, as the Inklings of Inkopolis battle it out to determine which is better: cake or ice cream.

Alongside this major announcement, we also got some other info relating to these events. With Callie and Marie out of the spotlight, Splatfests will now be hosted by the game’s new diva pair: Pearl and Marina—the latter of which, interestingly enough, appears to be an Octarian. Just like their predecessors, they’ll be putting on a live show in the game’s hub during Splatfests for all to enjoy. Additionally, the Direct stated that we can expect two full years of Splatfests with Splatoon 2, twice as long as they lasted for the original title.

Will you be participating in Splatfests again with this game? Are you planning to join the very first, pre-launch battle? Or will you be sitting these out? And what do you think of our new Splatoon 2 hosts? Let us know your thoughts on all this in the comments!

Source: Splatoon 2 Direct

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Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.

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