What’s Up With Splatoon 2’s Splatfest Choices?
Splatfests were a fantastic idea. Unlike a typical competition, Splatfests gave Splatoon players a choice, had them pick a side, and then had them battle it out to see which choice would “win.” They included match-ups like cats vs. dogs, pirates vs. ninjas, and in the climactic final Splatfest, Callie vs. Marie.
Some of these Splatfests were more skewed than others, but a lot worked out to be a pretty even divide in popularity, making it all the more interesting to see who would win.
However, Splatoon 2 has had two Splatfests so far, and neither has been even.
Cake vs. Ice Cream
The first Splatfest took place before Splatoon 2 came out. Players could use the demo to battle for either cake or ice cream. 76% of players preferred ice cream. The actual competition was surprisingly close, but ice cream came out on top.
Mayo vs. Ketchup
Splatoon 2’s next Splatfest, the first official one after the game’s release, focused on condiments. Not ketchup vs. mustard, as many people might have guessed, but mayonnaise vs. ketchup. This time, 73% of players voted for ketchup… but when it came to the competition, Team Mayo came out on top in both Solo and Team battles and took victory.
Are mayonnaise fans just that much more passionate? Well, when Splatfest teams are this skewed, players on the more popular team end up facing each other. Team Ketchup spent a significant amount of time fighting Team Ketchup, and it’s unclear how Nintendo counts that. That might be the reason the more popular team didn’t win.
This sort of thing happened in the first game, too. For example, 72% of fans preferred ninjas, but pirate fans claimed victory. Still, it’s not the best start for Splatoon 2’s Splatfests. Here’s hoping the next Splatfest choice is a bit more evenly split.