Nintendo introduced Splatoon 2's new Splatfest hosts, Marina and Pearl, during a livestream earlier today. These two are part of a pop duo called Off the Hook, and Splatoon fans already are obsessed with Inkopolis’ hottest musical act.
With Callie and Marie, the first game’s pop superstars, being a part of the game’s single player mode, Pearl and Marina will be our hosts for Splatoon 2’s multiplayer offerings for the foreseeable future.
Who are these fresh new faces? Why it’s Pearl and Marina of the group Off the Hook, the newest sensation in Inkopolis! pic.twitter.com/9ei8JKHx1P— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 6, 2017
The YouTube stream’s live chat moved at a feverish pace once the duo appeared on screen for the first time. Fans seemed to fall in love with them instantly. On Twitter, the sentiment about Marina and Pearl is overwhelmingly positive.
Honestly seeing Pearl and Marina makes me happy bc now we know that it's possible for Inklings and Octolings to be besties— デニース @ARMS (@petalblade) July 6, 2017
"who's the better girl, pearl or marina"— Juliana Chen (@fivepaninis) July 6, 2017
BOTH YOU FOOLS
THEY'RE A TEAM
Players really appreciate how much the duo seem like a team, instead of two sisters who routinely argue, like Callie and Marie. That’s not to say that Callie and Marie weren’t a lovable pair. Of course, a favorite has already emerged among the two: Marina. Some of the chatter has been friendly, while others have been putting down Pearl in their quest to show off their devotion for Marina. Others have been more civil about the discourse.
Pearl and Marina just got announced today May we just respect and appreciate BOTH of them?— Girafaichu (@GirafarigTree) July 6, 2017
Comparisons between Off the Hook and Callie and Marie are flying all over Twitter at the moment. Players are already invested in these characters — and hope to see both duos becoming friends one day.
I want Marina and Pearl to hang out with Callie and Marie and have loads of good, fun times together— ✨Roya @ 25 days✨ (@rsdream12) July 6, 2017
Nintendo has even released some teaser music from the Off the Hook. Hopefully we’ll hear even more of their music as Marina and Pearl will be our hosts for Splatfests for at least the next two years.