Not content with his pineapple under the sea, it seems that SpongeBob wants to get in on some splat action by joining his cephalopod friends in the latest Splatfest.
April 21 will be the day that Nintendo and Nickelodeon team up for the next Splatfest competition and in turn will give players the option to join either Team SpongeBob SquarePants or his best friend from Bikini Bottom, Patrick Star.
This is what Nintendo had to say in its recent press release following the announcement:
Splatfest is a recurring online competition that asks players to pick a team – in this case, either SpongeBob or Patrick. Once players choose a side, they’ll receive a free in-game T-shirt adorned with an image of SpongeBob or Patrick for their character to wear as they compete in the online multiplayer Turf War mode to see which team comes out on top.
At the end of the Splatfest competition, the side with the most points is awarded Super Sea Snails (no relation to SpongeBob’s pet, Gary), items that allow them to upgrade gear in the game.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest competition kicks off in Splatoon on April 23 at 6 a.m. PT and runs until April 24 at 12 p.m. PT. This also marks the first Splatfest in which players from North America and Europe can be matched together.
Further commenting on the event, NOA Vice President Scott Moffit had this to say:
“Two international pop culture sensations meet when the SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest comes to Splatoon. Fun partnerships like this take advantage of the crossover appeal that family-friendly franchises like Splatoon and SpongeBob provide. Personally, I’m team SpongeBob all the way.”
It’s great to see how committed Nintendo is to the continued success of Splatoon. Being a Wii U owner who has yet to own the game, DLC and crossover events such as this are the reason that I am becoming more and more tempted to rush out to my nearest store to make that all important purchase.
Will you be taking part in the upcoming Splatfest? Are you Team Spongebob or Team Patrick? Let us know in your comments.