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Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Four Events of Splatoon 2 Inkopolis Showdown 2022

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A month of Splatoon 2 competitive events... before it's all over...

Wait, did I not just write about a Splatoon 2 tournament sponsored by Nintendo of America and hosted by eSports platform Battlefy a month ago? Yes, I did write about the Splatoon 2 Turf War May 2022. Team Starburst won it. They're really good at that. But now we will talk about a new event, the Splatoon 2 Inkopolis Showdown 2022. (I don't think there'll be a 2023 version of it. Maybe Splatoon 3 Splatlands Showdown 2023?)

Splatoon 2 Inkopolis Showdown 2022 July 1–2 8–9 22–23 29–30
I... guess I gotta explain the four dates here.

There are FOUR events here. Each of them has exactly the same ruleset—this is unlike 2021's four-event Splatoon 2 tournament series, the fantastically named Splatoon 2 Splatter Ladder 2021, where each event was dedicated to a specific game mode. In fact, the ruleset here is very similar to the Splatoon 2 North American Open March 2022. ...Actually, I think it's exactly the same.

The first day is a three-hour Ladder Round of Turf War. Each set in the ladder is a best-of-three. The sixteen teams (of four to five players) with the highest ladder score (defined as set wins minus set losses) move on to DAY TWO and the Bracket Round! (If you're not in the top sixteen, then... try again another event day!) Day two's Bracket Round is a single elimination bracket in Ranked Battle modes. Sets are best-of-five, with Nintendo-determined stage selection. Presumably, any of the Ranked Battle modes may appear. Finally, the Top 4 (still on the second day) will participate in another single elimination bracket with the same rules (though the FINALS will be best of 7). But presumably this will be streamed because it takes place at a certain time of the day.

The prizes are the exact same as the Splatoon 2 North American Open March 2022. Everyone on the winning team (even the fifth member who is a substitute) of an event gets a Gaming Chair, a trophy, 10,000 My Nintendo Gold Points, a gaming headset, a Splatoon 2 jacket, a backpack, and a Nintendo Switch Carrying Case. The team who gets second place (the inappropriately named First Prize) gets 7,500 My Nintendo Gold Points and a Nintendo Switch Carrying Case. The two semi-finalists who got into the Top 4 but lost right after get the Second Prize of 5,000 My Nintendo Gold Points and a Nintendo Switch Carrying Case.

Teams can enter all four events, even if they've won them. But they'll only be eligible for the prize for their highest-ranking placement on the earliest date. So if Starburst wins the Grand Prize on all four events, they'll only get one Grand Prize and nothing else. (They shouldn't do that and instead let other people win.) That's why Nintendo will contact each Grand Prize winner 2–10 days following each event, but they'll contact all of the First and Second Prize winners—even those for the first event—only after the last event. In case of those duplicate winners.

Alright, so if that sounds like fun to you, here are the links to each of the four events:

  1. Event #1: July 1 and July 2
  2. Event #2: July 8 and July 9
  3. Event #3: July 22 and July 23
  4. Event #4: July 29 and July 30

You'll need to either make your own team and get people to join it, or join someone's existing team. You can find people on their Discord server, or any Splatoon 2 friend groups you may belong to. You can register for each event all the way up to right before that event starts.

Ludwig played Splatoon 2 as recently as the day this was published... but only Salmon Run. All he really does is play Salmon Run. Despite being X-ranked in all game modes, he's not good at Player Vs. Player matches, and he's pretty rusty at it. He wouldn't recommend you trying to recruit him on your team. He much preferred the Splatter Latter gimmick of each event in the month having its own dedicated mode, as opposed to all of the events in the month having the same ruleset.

The next Nintendo-Battlefy Splatoon event is...actually for Splatoon 3!


  1. “It’s a not a ladder, it’s a step ladder”

    I’m glad Splatoon has gotten so big, but I wonder when they’ll start to branch off from the numerical names. I can’t imagine playing a Splatoon 15, years down the line. Sure final fantasy does it, but it gets extremely confusing. Mario stopped at 3( or technically 4) and I guess Zelda stopped at 2.

    I wonder if it’s true that people ar else’s likley to buy a game if it’s numbered 2 or 3. I bought Pikmin 3 before playing any of the other games, but okay cause I knew they weren’t connected to the previous games. Technically you can also buy Xenoblade/Metroid Prime games out of order, but to me it just doesn’t feel right. So in that aspect I can understand it. This wouldn’t be such a big problem if Nintendo made all the games in a franchise available on the same system, but then here we are.

    1. You say that as we got to Mario Party 10, and we also had the strange scenario where Mario Kart began without numerical names and then all of a sudden decided Mario Kart 8 was the way to go.
      So what do you call that? Branching on numerical names?

    2. I suppose so. I mean we started Mario Kart without any numbers and did fine until either ds or wii, when after those games came out they went to branching On numbering everything. Mario Party "recently" had that anniversary Star game for the 3ds, which wasn't numbered. I don't think it sold so well, for a plethora of reasons. So maybe Nintendo thinks unnumbered games won't sell well enough to risk unnumbering them?

    3. But I should add that Mario Party and Mario Kart are household names at this point, so the general audience does know that Party games like those, don't have any continuality in regards to the order they came out in. I mean, I can't remember any Mario Kart/Party stories at all. So the general audience, I think, knows they can play the games out of order without a care. So I suppose it comes down to how much research a gamer is willing to do prior to buying a game, as opposed to putting the game (ex Pikimin 2) off until they can get the first release (ex Pikmin) in that series. Harrumph!

    4. Hey, Mario Party 5's storyline was about the... Dream Depot and it had Star Spirits.

      And who can forget Mario Party 3's storyline about the stamps and who's the best? I dedicated a KoopaTV anniversary article to that!


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