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Monday, February 13, 2023

NintendoVS's Splatoon 3 Turf War February 2023 Competition!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - If you haven't had enough Turf War.

Did you play lots of Turf War over the weekend in support of the Splatfest team representing your favourite kind of chocolate? ...The outcome was ultimately unjustifiable and horrible, but I'm actually planning to make that its own, independent and separate rant / article / KoopaTV experience.

But this article is actually to let you know that Nintendo of America (as NintendoVS) and eSports platform Battlefy are once again collaborating on a new Splatoon 3 competition external from the game: The Splatoon 3 Turf War February 2023. You and three to four pals or strangers can register a team by February 18, 2023 (that's when the event is, specifically at 13:00 Eastern. It's a Saturday) to play in a ladder format (meaning, win or lose, you can keep queuing up for games on and be match-made) for up to four hours for the best score your team can get. Scores are calculated by set Wins minus Losses, and sets are best-of-three Turf Wars. More details below, including prizes.

Splatoon 3 Turf War February 2023 NintendoVS key art
That's 10:00 Pacific. Also, per usual, Splatoon 3 official art lends itself well to cool tournament banners.
It looks like they caught the hooligan from the Splatoon 3 Turf War December 2022 event that I complained about in that key art banner.

Each team has a designated captain, and the captain is the one that goes to to match-make with a find battle button starting when the event starts. You match-make for one set at a time and will pair you up with another team who is also looking for a match. The captains will communicate on the match page chat (it's text-based) to exchange friend codes and create a private battle lobby in Splatoon 3 (in-game). That same chat also lets captains report what the set score is, or ring a tournament admin if something goes wrong or the opposing team hasn't appeared in the chat after ten minutes of the match-making starting. You don't have to play the full four hours, but the teams that will get a prize probably will play that amount of time, so if you want to win the event, you better have some time commitment between you and the rest of your team. If more than one of you has to go (assuming you have a team of five where one gets to be a substitute), then that's the end of your team being able to play.

As for what those prizes are? The top four teams with the highest scores on the ladder will get some kind of prize. Fourth and third place will win 5,000 My Nintendo Gold Points, a Splatoon 3 pin set, and Splatoon 3 tech decals. Second place on the ladder will win 7,500 My Nintendo Gold Points, a Splatoon 3 “hip pack” (which is the least hip thing possible, because fanny packs aren't cool), and those pin sets and tech decals. The grand prize first place team on the ladder gets the pin set, tech decals, the hip pack, 10,000 My Nintendo Gold Points, and a Splatoon 3 Turf War February 2023 Trophy. All members of the team get the prizes.

Really, this is the same tournament as the December 2022 one, except December's took place on a Friday while February's takes place on a Saturday. Same ruleset. Same prizes. Same structure. They just replaced December 30, 2022 and December 2022 with February 18, 2023 and February 2023. Still doesn't detract from the fact that it's fun Turf War action with you and your friends! (If you have any.)

Ludwig has friends, but none of them have approached him with interest on playing Splatoon 3 for a long period of time like that and trying to win at it, so he's not actually on a team. He also wouldn't play with a bunch of strangers. He's still a moderator of the official Discord server for the tournament series, and since the tournament is sponsored by Nintendo and the rules explicitly say to be in the server while participating, that means he's a moderator of a Nintendo-sponsored server. But he won't play in its events. Let him know if you have questions about the event and he should be able to answer it.

Here is that separate rant about how White Chocolate won the Splatfest and it shouldn't have.
The next events hosted on Battlefy are in June 2023.


  1. 4 consecutive hours is quite a long time, but I imagine if your a hardcore Splatoon player like the winners of this competition are bound to be, then you probably already put in at least 2 hours daily anyway. Forming a team may be hard but thank goodness the match is on a Saturday, nobody is gonna want to do this on a weekday directly after work for 4 hours. Although I suppose there are people who work on the weekends who consistently miss out on splatfests and things like this.

    Thinking about it, would Splatoon 1 and 2 ever get remasters? I know that’s unrelated but what reason do people have to revise the older games other than story mode? If there’s no active splatfests or community than do games like that just kinda stay forever dead? Splatoon a main focus is multiplayer, and who’d want to play a remaster of the first game when it has less content and is arguably less interesting than whatever the current Splatoon game is. But I haven’t really played them all that much, so maybe it just seems that way to me.

    1. Well, you can see that the top team, Destiny Bond, won 16 games and lost 0 of them and played throughout the whole four hours:

      People still, to this day, play the first two games for...some reason. Like, if you go to queue up for a match you'll find people.
      But all of the community organised attention is on the latest game, yes.


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