VIZ Media, has announced the acquisition of the publishing rights for a new manga series based on Nintendo’s hit game title Splatoon.
The Splatoon manga series, created by Sankichi Hinodeya, is scheduled to launch exclusively in print in late 2017 and will be rated ‘A’ for All Ages. Hinodeya is the creator of the manga adaptation of Splatoon that is currently serialized in Japan in Corocoro Comic Magazine.
Splatoon is a third-person shooter video game that was developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii UTM , released worldwide in 2015. The game was co-created by Shintaro Sato, a member of the Animal Crossing team, and centers around characters known as Inklings, who can transform between humanoid and squid-like forms. They can hide or swim through colored ink sprayed on surfaces using shooters, blasters, or brush-based weaponry.
Splatoon has won multiple awards including a 2015 British Academy Children’s Award, IGN’s Best of 2015, and a SXSW Gaming Award in 2016. A sequel game title, SplatoonTM 2, will be released this year for the Nintendo SwitchTM platform.
In the Splatoon manga series, four Inklings that can switch between human and squid forms get caught up in a “Splatoon Turf War” that launches them into all-new adventures inspired by the Nintendo video game.