When Nintendo released its tentacled multiplayer online shooter Splatoon in mid-2015, no one expected it to blow up in popularity as quickly and effortlessly as it did. For months, fans have been crossing their fingers for the possibility of a pair of Amiibo featuring the Squid Sister celebrities, Callie, and Marie. The two Splatoon pop stars, along with re-colored versions of the original Inkling girl, boy, and Squid Amiibo, hit store shelves on Friday, July 8.
The original Inkling girl was orange, the boy was blue, and the squid was green. The alternate versions offer a green-haired girl, purple boy, and orange squid. In effect, the girl and squid have switched and the boy was given an entirely new design. The clothing worn by the new Amiibo is different as well. Functionally, they unlock the same challenges and rewards as their older counterparts – the girl grants a school outfit, the boy a samurai, and the squid, power armor.
Callie and Marie work much differently from the rest. After scanning one of them in, the player is given a song list. Selecting one will transform Splatoon’s Inkopolis hub area into a pseudo-Splatfest party featuring the chosen song. The tracks are largely the same for both Amiibo, however each of the cousins (yup, they’re cousins) has an exclusive song they can sing. It’s important to note that while the song is playing, the shops and multiplayer lobby cannot be accessed.
Don’t forget that Splatoon’s last-ever Splatfest, themed Callie vs. Marie, is happening on July 22. So far, Callie has racked up the majority of wins, with a 9-6 lead over Marie in the US. alone, and 27-18 worldwide. Whether this is due to honest opinions, support of one’s favorite cousin, or trying to predict the winning side is a more complicated matter. One thing is for sure, thanks to the new Amiibo, the party will go on even after the end of Splatfests.
Team Callie for the win!
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.