Those of you who play Splatoon 2 probably know about the frequent Splafests which take place on the title. Every few weeks, players get to split themselves between two teams, such as Ketchup and Mustard, and then partake in exciting Turf Wars over a festival to figure out which side comes out on top.

Things will be switching up a notch next month however, with tournament-styled Splatfests. The first two weekends of May will host two different Splatfests, with two different teams at each one. The two teams which come out on top during those ‘qualifying’ Splatfests will go to the finals on the 19th and 20th May 2018 to deem the trues victor.

Just what will the theme be however? May’s tournament Splatfest will decide which turtle is the gnarliest, awesomest, and overall bestest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Check out all the info you’ll need in the press release after the break!

26th April, 2018 – This May, Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch will host its first-ever tournament-style Splatfest to determine which brother from the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is the ultimate fan-favourite. Featuring characters from Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fans will vote in three rounds to crown one Hero in a Half-Shell. Will it be Raph, Leo, Mikey or Donnie?

To participate, players won’t be asked to order a pizza, hop on a skateboard or save the city from an army of masked ninjas… they can start voting for their pick beginning on 28th April simply by visiting the in-game Inkopolis Square. The first of three in-game Splatoon 2 Splatfest tournaments will pit Raph against Leo from 5th May – 6th May, with the second from 12th May – 13th May featuring Mikey vs. Donnie, and the final match between the winners of the first two showdowns takes place from 19th May – 20th May. The full schedule is below:

Round 1: Raph vs. Leo

5th May (Saturday) 16:00 CEST – 6th May (Sunday) 16:00 CEST

Round 2: Mikey vs. Donnie

12th May (Saturday) 16:00 CEST – 13th May (Sunday) 16:00 CEST


19th May (Saturday) 16:00 CEST – 20th May (Sunday) 16:00 CEST

Splatfests are recurring online competitions in Splatoon 2 that ask players to pick a side – in this case, their favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Once players choose a team, they’ll receive an in-game T-shirt adorned with an image of their preferred Turtle for their Inkling character to wear as they compete in online multiplayer Turf War battles to see which side comes out on top. In Turf Wars, players must claim territory by covering it in ink in heated four-on-four battles. The team that claims the most turf wins. You’ll need to use teamwork and switch tactically into squid form and back again to gain the edge.

At the end of the Splatfest, each team’s popularity and win rate is tallied up, and one team is crowned the victor. Depending on what Splatfest rank players achieve, they’ll receive Super Sea Snails, which can be exchanged to further customise their gear in the game. Because of the new tournament format, players need to pick up their Super Sea Snails by the Tuesday evening following each round. Splatfests are open to all Nintendo Switch owners who have the Splatoon 2 game and an internet connection.

Nickelodeon’s new animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. The 2D-animated series debuts later this year on Nickelodeon. For more information about the show, visit

In other Splatoon 2-related news, the Splatoon European Championship recently came to a close on 31st March, and it was German team Gucci Gang who came out on top with a 2-0 victory against El Firmament in the final. Gucci Gang will now represent Europe on the biggest stage of all, at the Splatoon 2 World Championship from 11th – 12th June in Los Angeles. They’ll be up against the top teams from the U.S. and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and Japan – can they emerge victorious on the world stage? You can watch the Splatoon European Championship – extended highlights by visiting our official YouTube channel.

The iconic characters from the upcoming animated show Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will be featured in Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch as part of a first-ever tournament-style Splatfest to determine everyone’s favourite hero in a half shell, starting on Saturday, 5th May. Nickelodeon’s new 2D-animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debuts later this year on Nickelodeon. On 31st March, German team Gucci Gang were crowned  European champions and will now compete at the Splatoon 2 World Championship which takes place from 11th – 12th June in Los Angeles.

Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!