The Splatoon universe (スプラトゥーン Supuratūn) is a franchise first represented in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and later represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Splatoon series had its first title on the Wii U, with a sequel released on the Nintendo Switch. The series was represented in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in the form of Inkling Mii Fighter Costumes for the Mii Gunner; the Inkling characters were then confirmed to be newcomers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being the first official iteration of the characters in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Franchise Description

Splatoon was first created by the EAD in late 2013. The team had thought of over seventy game ideas, but decided to focus on a game involving covering the map in ink. At first, this concept featured black and white blocks of tofu with noses that sprayed ink. The game featured a top-down view, allowing the tofu blocks to blend in with their splattered turf.

However, these characters presented a variety of problems, so development began on a different character that was vaguely humanoid in shape. A rabbit was chosen as the design, because its floppy ears would indicate what direction it was traveling when viewed from above. Many EAD developers criticized this idea, so ideas such as Mario, robots, and macho men were considered. The rabbits were later scrapped in favour of humanoid squids, which, the team felt, fit the theme better. They could also be easily used as arrows on the map. However, the transformation mechanic was yet to be integrated during this period of development—these anthropomorphic squids did not transform fully into squids before swimming around, unlike the final game's Inklings.

Splatoon 2 was created as a direct sequel to Splatoon to meet the existing fans' expectations. It was important for the development team that it appeals to not only the first game's playerbase, but to the demographic that was interested in Splatoon despite not buying it. This makes it a proper sequel in the team's eyes.

The intended appeal was worked toward by giving the game a new take on existing aspects and resetting old strategies, creating an entirely new meta that would still change based on updates. While performance was a factor in changes to weapons and gear, the developers focused more on how they would feel to use.

The dev team also set the game world two years later than in Splatoon to make returning players feel as if the series were growing with them.

Another point of focus was on utilizing the features of the Nintendo Switch, such as creating tactile experiences using HD Rumble, making sure Splatoon 2 always runs at 60 FPS and continued amiibo compatibility for the series.

The game was teased on October 20, 2016, in the First Look at Nintendo Switch trailer. It was properly announced in the Nintendo Switch livestream on January 13, 2017, confirming that it is a sequel and not an updated Splatoon port in the vein of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

List of games in the Splatoon franchise

  • Splatoon (2015, Wii U)
  • Splatoon 2 (2017, Nintendo Switch)
    • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion (2018, Nintendo Switch) (DLC)

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Although the Inklings are not playable, there were Inkling Mii Fighter Costumes for the Mii Gunner.


Name How to Unlock PictureTrophy BoxDescription
InklingPurchase an Inkling Outfit on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
N/AMeet the Inklings, a mysterious race of beings that can transform into squid at will! They like to octopi their time with frantic, multicolored turf wars, and they won’t miss out on any oppor-tuna-ty to get to the top. And we wouldn’t go so far as to call them cod’s gift to fashion, but check out that fresh style!
  • Splatoon (05/2015)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Inklings make their debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as playable characters. Both genders of the Inklings can be swapped in their palette swap.



  • Inklings: The default female and male Inklings appear as the new characters in this game, taking their designs from the original Splatoon.

Assist Trophy


  • Annie & Moe
  • Cap'n Cuttlefish
  • Crusty Sean
  • D.J. Octavio
  • Great Zapfish
  • Jelfonzo
  • Judd
  • Octoling
  • Octoling Boy & Octoling Girl
  • Pearl & Marina
  • Spyke
  • Zapfish


Moray Towers

The Moray Towers Stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


  • Bomb Rush Blush
  • Seaskape

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