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Splatoon launching in May on Wii U

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Splatoon, the colorful ink-based third-person shooter from Nintendo, will be released this May on Wii U in North America, the company announced today during its first Nintendo Direct presentation of 2015.

During today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen showed off some new elements of Splatoon. The game offers a hub world in which players can interact with other people's "inklings," or avatars. A tower in the hub world allows players to start playing online multiplayer matches, which provide in-game currency that players can use to purchase weapons and apparel. In addition to providing visual customization, those items bear buffs that affect inklings' abilities in battle. Trinen confirmed that Splatoon will be available at retail and on the Wii U eShop.

Nintendo revealed Splatoon at E3 2014, and said last November that the game would be released during the second quarter of 2015. The four-on-four shooter gives each player an "inkgun," which is used to spray the environment with ink and take down opponents. In addition, players can swim through the paint that's coating the world — as long as it's of the same color as their team.