Nintendo announced the return of its ink-powered shooter franchise during Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct presentation Splatoon 3. The game’s first trailer did not give many details, just some excerpts from games and bits of the story. However, fans captured a meaningful change in Splatoon 3: Nintendo seems to have eliminated gender language when choosing a character. Instead of asking players to choose a boy or girl that Inkling likes Splatoon 2 do, Splatoon 3The character creator simply gives players the ability to choose “style”
The short clip we saw on Wednesday of the establishment set-up included other options such as skin color, hairstyles and a selection of Splatoon’s characteristic fun street style clothes.
The wording delighted Splatoon fans across Twitter, with many of them noting that Splatoon has officially eliminated the gender concept itself.
Many expressed excitement about how inclusive the change is, and developed fantasies related to change and color choices in the game. For example, some tweets noted that the colors in the logo are the same as in the non-binary pride flag.
WAIT THERE ARE NO GENDER OPPORTUNITIES IN SPLATOON 3 ALL PASSED CHILDREN ARE NON-BINARY CONFIRMED
– bit (@splatbit) February 17, 2021
This is not the first time fans of the game have queered Splatoon. Many fans were convinced that Pearl and Marina, the faces of Splatoon 2, went together.
Splatoon is not the only Nintendo series that does away with gender selection. Animal Crossing: New Horizons uses similar language and asks players to choose “style”.
We have contacted Nintendo to confirm these details and we will update this article with all the responses we receive.
Splatoon 3 is scheduled for release in 2022 on the Nintendo Switch.