Nintendo is hosting the first-ever tournament-style Splatfest inside Splatoon 2. The campaign, a crossover with Nickelodeon, will allow fans to choose which of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is their favorite and represent their character over the course of two weekend rounds.
This Splatfest is meant to celebrate Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a Nickelodeon cartoon featuring the quartet. Players will be able to start voting on April 27 by visiting Inkopolis Square in Splatoon 2. The brackets are set up as follows: Raphael will compete against Leonardo on May 4 until May 5, while Michelangelo goes up against Donatello May 11 until May 12. The finals, which will obviously be between Michelangelo and Raphael with Michelangelo dubbed the eventual winner, will take place May 18 through May 19. Each round will run from 9 p.m. PT on the first night until 9 p.m. PT the next night.
During each Splatfest, players earn Super Sea Snails, which are used to purchase and improve gear. Fans will also have access to new cosmetic items for this Splatfest, including the TMNT-themed shirts and sneakers shown below.
Splatfests have occurred throughout the Splatoon franchise. The first to take place in North America occurred in July 2015, where the (under) dogs narrowly beat out cats. The first Splatfest for Splatoon 2 actually took place before the game even launched — in July 2017, Nintendo asked fans to make the impossible choice between cake or ice cream. Ice cream was victorious in all regions.
This isn’t the first sponsored Splatfest. Other collaborations have included companies such as Hasbro (Autobots vs. Decepticons), Square Enix (Go All Out vs. Focus on Healing, a nod to the Dragon Quest franchise), 7-Eleven and McDonald’s.