The Octarians are coming! Noooooooo! Oh, uh, hi. Guess I lost my cool for a minute there. That look in your eye… it’s the look I’ve been lookin’ for! Please, you gotta help me rescue the Great Zapfish! I’ll take your booting up the game as a yes. Starting today, you are a speedrunner of the New Squidbeak Splatoon! Now let’s go get those octojerks. I’m countin’ on you, bucko!
You can skip to 3:05 if you just want to get straight to the action – everything before that is from starting the game fresh (HA! I snuck in a Splatoon pun right under your nose!). This is an all-scrolls run by Movefish, the record holder by a respectable fifteen seconds. This is one of those “don’t blink” kinds of runs where the stage is over before you expect it. What I want to know is, how the fish is he splatting those Octos so quickly when it takes me several shots to do the same darn thing? Oh, wait, I’m remembering the second game.
Speaking of, it’s time for Splatoon 2, an all-collectibles run.
The action starts at 3:20 this time. Hashedrice is thirteen seconds ahead of second place. You’ll notice the difference in the Hero Shot’s capabilities right away in Splatoon 2 and how runners adjust their weapon usage around it. Upgrading the Hero Shot at least once is necessary for sending Octavio’s fists back at him easily, otherwise the gun doesn’t have enough power. Glad to have you back, Callie!
Way to be, agent speedrunner! You really gave those Octarians what-for! The Great Zapfish is back and peace has returned to Inkopolis. But if you’re still itching for some more runnin’ and gunnin’, I’ve got a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 cover for ya to check out. Just don’t expect it to be as colorful as these Splatoon ones.
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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.