Splatoon 2 is coming, but the spokes-squids for the first game, Callie and Marie, are having some problems. Inkopolis won't be without pop stars, though. The July 6 Nintendo Direct for Splatoon 2 revealed two fresh new personalities: A female Inkling named Pearl, and a female Octoling named Marina.
Whereas the Splatoon fandom is split nearly in half in the case of "Callie vs Marie," there's no question Marina is the favorite figure in the new pop duo. Fan art and exclamations of love for the shy Octolilng filled up Twitter and Tumblr in record time.
i extremely relate to the new splatoon character, the octopus with anxiety pic.twitter.com/0wbleWIJC1— XANDER (@XEECEEVEVO) July 7, 2017
Yeah, Marina does look perpetually frightened, but at the same time, she seems to love her job? Maybe she's an extreme introvert who's also good with people? I feel that feel, Marina.
It's been less than 12 hours since the Nintendo Direct stream, yet the internet is now 30% drawings of Pearl and Marina by mass.— Jeremy Parish (@gamespite) July 7, 2017
Former USgamer Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Parish is wise in the ways of the online world.
Doomfist looks way different than I expected pic.twitter.com/dvgIx9nbe2— OMOSHIROI (@herecomesbeef) July 6, 2017
Here's what happens when big news about a franchise intersects with big news about another franchise.
Pearl already knows she's not the favorite, Squid-God help us all.
She still has a few people cheering her on, though!
Case in point.
i love these two so much please dont be mean to my gremlin daughter she does not deserve this hate pic.twitter.com/pwEWY6BTKa— Jack McGee (@Drooling_Demon) July 6, 2017
(Pearl does kind of look like a gremlin, though. And not the fuzzy, huggable Mogwai kind, either.)
I had a pair of sunglasses just like that when I was six!
Sometimes we can fool ourselves into believing the world will be OK.
Real talk: Pearl and Marina's catch phrase, "Don't get cooked / Stay off the hook" reminds me of the kind of stuff I'd hear out of second-rate mascots warning us schoolkids away from drugs. The '80s were a hell of a time, man.
I just want Pearl, Marina, Callie, and Marie to get together for coffee at the end of everything.
Their eyes are in their zippers. What does this mean pic.twitter.com/kocxmpDZQT— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) July 6, 2017
I'm not going to unsee this any time soon, either. Thanks for this, it's just wonderful.
From far away, Kat is shouting at me about deadlines I've missed over and over. I hear her not. My entire world, my entire being, is about staring at Marina's "hair."
*Splatoon 2 Direct**Marina shows up*tumblr: deviantart:twitter: pic.twitter.com/bwUVvZs5sD— Nibel (@Nibellion) July 6, 2017
Who knew the choice would be so easy this time If you like Pearl better than Marina block me back pic.twitter.com/ObLf5pr5kT— DC (@dcwastaken) July 6, 2017
Things are already personal.
There's no denying Nintendo's character creation has been on-point lately, though I've seen poor Pearl compared to a "garbage hobo." The competition between Callie and Marie ultimately caused a rift between the Sisters; I wonder if the overwhelming support for Marina will ultimately kindle a nuclear war.