Gamers looking for a reason to insert Splatoon back into their Wii U systems may have just found one. Well, gamers in Europe, anyway. Beginning this Sunday, September 11, the first Go4Splatoon European ESL tournament raises the stakes with a surprising announcement. The grand prize, which will be given to each member of the winning team, is an actual Nintendo NX game system. Again, this is a European tournament and seems to be open only to those living in the same.
The Splatoon tournament will go on for six months, stretching into 2017 where the final round should conclude sometime in February. The NX releases in March, thus the winners won’t have long to wait for their consoles. For those either living in the wrong region or lacking in squid power, another way to score the mysterious console recently presented itself.
Clothing company Uniqlo partnered with Nintendo to announce a t-shirt designing contest. The grand prize winner receives $10,000, an invitation to an awards ceremony to meet Shigeru Miyamoto, and an autographed NX system. Second place scores $3,000 and a signed console, and runners-up get $500. The submission window has already closed, but the awards ceremony takes place in March 2017.
Of course, these prizes would be far more exciting if anyone on the face of the Earth knew what the NX actually is. We have been speculating for a few months now and are anxiously anticipating its arrival.
Nintendo’s paranoia about having it stolen is beginning to border on the psychotic. No one copied the Wii or the Wii U, no one’s going to take the NX. That’s what patents are for. Be that as it may, we’ll learn about the console soon enough, and certainly no one is going to complain about having one for free, even if it somehow turns out to be pedal-powered.
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Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.