Nintendo Splatoon 2 Splatfest

This past week has been somewhat unusual for me. First I went to a Dota 2 event, which seems quite mad for a hardcore CS:GO caster and fan like myself. Then I accepted a rather gracious invitation from Sam “Tech Girl” Wright to the Nintendo Splatoon 2 Splatfest at the Nintendo Store in Sandton City, Johannesburg.

It was competitive. I swear.

Nintendo Splatfest
Some of the gamers in attendance having a blast playing Splatoon 2.

Splatfest was a contest between Tech Girl and Rob Forbes to see who would could lead their teams, the Cherriezand Cheezboyz respectively, to glory. What awaited the glorious victors of this battle to the dearth – of ink that is – was some sweet Nintendo gear and merch. As well as the ignominy of being beaten by a team with a silly name regardless of who won. It was competitive, but most of all it was several metric tons of fun!

Nintendo Splatfest
The challengers, the Cherriez. Again, the irony.

How would I know that? As transpired my name got pulled out of the hat to play on Tech Girl’s team. I had never actually played on a Nintendo Switch prior to Splatfest. I’ve got to acknowledge that it’s a rather superb little console. We were using the Pro controllers which I think helped matters a lot in terms of getting into the game initially.

What didn’t help my cause was that none of the members of our team, myself included of course, had ever played Splatoon 2 before aside from Tech Girl. Rob Forbes had a massive advantage in that he had some seasoned Splatoon campaigners on his team. The action was fast, fun, frantic, and over way too soon. We lost both maps by just over 1%. It was incredibly close. We men of the Cherriez (highly ironic of course) – and Sam – were proud of our efforts considering our complete lack of experience. Despite our best efforts the Cheezboyz prevailed. Well done to Rob and his minions.

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