Fortunately for creativity, lag, and community-building, it appears that not every future Splatoon Splatfest is going to be sponsored by some company. It also appears that not every Splatfest is going to be shared across countries. And, better yet, it appears that Europe can have original and somewhat decent Splatfest ideas!
Behold the theme for this weekend in Europe (wait...I hope they're not playing Splatoon during E3?):
|Would you rather TRAVEL THE WORLD or GO INTO SPACE?|
A word on what Marie said in the above screenshot: A holiday doesn't just refer to a “holy day”, but also travelling.
Anyway, only Europe is having a Splatfest this weekend. So while I am not officially joining a team, I would like to state my support for Team Travel The World. (Team World?) I have a few personal reasons why, and then I'd like to talk about Star Fox.
Let's make things clear: I don't go to space. I ride around in a Doomship and I can fly over the world I'm in, choosing to land at remote castles that I can turn into booby-trap infested dungeons while waiting to ambush plumbers that come my way. I don't build these castles myself, contrary to a lot of people's belief. I don't know anything about structural engineering or architecture. And I certainly don't have permanent residence in these places.
So I've seen a lot of the world in my travels, and never once did I think to myself in my whole life, “When I grow up, I wanna be an astronaut!” And that's why I wasn't in Super Mario Galaxy or Super Mario Galaxy 2. Bowser Jr. was in that phase of his life, though. He's since grown out of it.
|Shortly after the Boomsday Machine incident, Bowser Jr. wanted to become an Olympic Equestrian.|
...That whole Rio Olympics was a nightmare, so now he thinks he can be a horse.
The world still surprises me with its natural wonders and beauties. It's a large one, alright. Too bad I'm not allowed in a lot of the kingdoms in it because of... unfriendly foreign relationships between those places and Koopa Kingdom. The only time I get to fly over those places is after we've conquered ‘em.
Therefore, I'd love to keep travelling the world. Space is for chumps. I have more evidence of this.
Compare Star Fox Adventures and Star Fox Zero. Now, Star Fox Adventures had the exquisitely detailed Dinosaur Planet (some call it “Sauria”), full of mysticism and beauty. Your time in the game is spent as Fox and Tricky traversing through this fantastic landscape. That's travelling the world.
|Classic exploration moment: Playing ball with your EarthWalker for absolutely no reason|
There were also weird flying intermissions in space that were filler and added as an afterthought just to halfheartedly prove to people that Star Fox Adventures is an actual Star Fox game.
Meanwhile, Star Fox Zero is a much more traditional Star Fox game, with huge space missions. You got the original squad back, you got your Arwing, the story is the same as Star Fox 64 (which is the same as Star Fox on the Super Nintendo) again. Get to it and go into space!
|Behold the glories of space! In all of its...dark...empty...void...|
I'm trying to say this: You see the above screenshot? All of the nothingness? That's going into space. You see space once, you see all there is. Oh, you might find a star somewhere. Or a planet. But if you land on that planet and explore its specific features, that's travelling the world. You gotta stick to looking at space if you choose Team Space. That means you're taking a 10,000 foot view (I'm not sure what the European metric equivalent of the expression is) of everything.
Once you're that high up, all of the details are left out. Without details, everything is... the same. That makes things boring.
Callie has a similar interpretation of Team Space as I do, by the way:
|“No, I just think space looks super boring.”|
No, that doesn't contradict my decision for Team Plane over Team Car. I mentioned there that binoculars exist, and the sky has awesome scenery. There isn't really anything for space-to-surface vision, and as you saw above, space's scenery sucks.
One concession: The Inkling in the astronaut gear is cuter than the Inkling in the hiking gear. What if she's only into other astronauts? ...Nah, I'll leave her to the Russians.
KoopaTV's resident European doesn't even have a Wii U, so Ludwig writes this stuff instead with no actual skin in the game. Have fun with Splatfest this weekend, Europe! If you miss the Sunday events of E3 (given the companies, you won't be missing much), KoopaTV will keep you up-to-date!