It’s always interesting to hear insight from some of the experienced figures within Nintendo, who often come to the table with a unique perspectives on a variety of matters. Matters, such as who is likely to win in Splatfest competitions.
IGN recently had the chance to speak about just this with Hisashi Nogami (producer on Splatoon) and Katsuya Eguchi (Nintendo EPD general manager)at Gamescon. They picked three previous themes used by Nintendo, made up two of their own, and let the producers decide who would win in such a battle.
Below are extracts of the thought-process behind some of their choices:
Cats vs. Dogs:
Nogami: “My reason for preferring dogs is that I feel you can communicate with them more deeply. Cats just kind of go off and do their own thing.”
Eguchi: “I prefer that cats are more selfish and do their own thing. I like that they’re independently spirited.”
Mario vs. Luigi:
Nogami: “In real life, I am someone’s younger brother. In that respect, I have an affinity for Luigi.”
Eguchi: “My reason for choosing him is Mario’s portly figure. Since I was a child, I’ve always been a little on the tubby side. So I feel a closer affinity to Mario rather than Luigi, who looks tall and thin.”
Tom Nook vs. Isabelle:
Nogami: “Tom Nook has looked after me. The Animal Crossing series is 15-years old this year, and I am currently 45-years old. For a third of my life, Tom Nook has accompanied me. I like Isabelle as well, but I’ve only really known her for four years. I go back 15 with Tom Nook (laughs).”
Eguchi: “I love Isabelle’s smile and the way she waves to you. At my age, people don’t always wave to you like that. But Isabelle is always there, she’s always smiling, and she’s so happy to see you. I find that charming.”
Both producers were co-directors on the first Animal Crossing, which goes some way in explaining their fondness for Tom Nook and the series as a whole.
Splatoon was released on Wii U in May 2015 and has sold 4.42 million copies worldwide since its launch. Players who haven’t picked the game up can try it out during the latest Splatoon Global Testfire, which is taking place 25 – 28 August.