PSA: The Ink in Splatoon 2 Will be Mayonnaise and Ketchup Colored for Splatfest

PSA: The Ink in Splatoon 2 Will be Mayonnaise and Ketchup Colored for Splatfest

Mayonnaise or ketchup, it's serious business.

The war between mayonnaise and ketchup has begun in Splatoon 2's first Splatfest since launching on the Nintendo Switch. And while there's nothing wrong with a little friendly rivalry between fans of condiments, Splatfest will apparently be making the color of the ink during the festival mayonnaise and ketchup colored.

First spotted on Reddit, Japanese screenshots of Splatoon 2's Splatfest showed Inklings blasting each other with ink that were colored pasty white and muted red, like mayonnaise and ketchup. They're a far cry from the bright, neon colored ink typically used in Splatoon. And frankly, the white and red color are so bland and muted, they give off the opposite effect of the fun and poppy neon greens and purples.

Mayo and ketchup together? No thank you.

As part of Splatfest players were asked to align with one of two factions for the remainder of the event, mayonnaise or ketchup. The warring factions spent the week leading up to Splatfest proclaiming their love for their chosen condiment of choice, with Inkopolis Square quickly filling up with campaign propaganda for either mayo or ketchup.

So the fact that the inks used during the matches will be condiment color isn't really surprising given how passionate players have been about the whole thing. In fact, this isn't even the first time Nintendo color coordinated the inks to the Splatfest theme. Back in the first Splatoon on the Wii U, Nintendo changed the color of the ink for the milk tea vs. lemonade Splatfest. That's right, white and yellow ink.

Splatoon 2 held a small Splatfest back when it was still in beta, that time between the factions of cake and ice cream. As Nintendo's only proper "shooter" game, the Splatfest is a clever way of stirring up a friendly rivalry in a decidedly Nintendo kind of way. You can read up about the Splatfest in our Splatoon 2 guide.

Now, go out and defend your condiment!

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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