Hi! My name is Nikigod, and I am a member of the Exion community. I am somewhat of a recent joiner, as I have only been on the server for a couple of months now. However, the community is welcoming and friendly to all, and as such I feel no like I am no less of a member than anyone else. Case in point is Cloud (The head honcho of Exion) letting me write an essay on something that I love- Splatoon! I have been playing for years, since Splatoon 1 on the Wii U, and am a part of the competitive community in the sequel. The game has a childish charm, and yet is intriguingly competitively deep. Splatoon is even how I got into Amiibo training! I had some Inkling Amiibo that I used in Splatoon 1, and realized I could use them in smash! I loved training them so much that I decided to join the community! Talking about communities, Splatoon feels very similar to the amiibo training community in that it feels like a small, tightly-knit circle of friends, even though the community is larger than you might think. As you can see, Splatoon has been a part of my life for a while now, and I wanted to write about it. When I approached Cloud about this idea, he was very supportive, and here we are! For this overview of the game, I am going to be focusing on Splatoon 2, however I am going to be using the labels Splatoon and Splatoon 2 interchangeably in this summary. So, what exactly is Splatoon? Well, Splatoon is one of the newer Nintendo IPs, with the first game releasing on the Wii U in 2015. Splatoon 2 was released in 2017. It is a 4v4 shooter that is heavily focused on map control, as the guns shoot ink, which creates lots of strategy involving the aforementioned map control and weapon choosing. There is a wide variety of maps and modes, which will be touched upon later. The weapon variety is excellent, and you can sink lots of hours into this game without it feeling stale. You hooked yet? Let’s dive into this game, and what makes it so great.