All I got out of today was giant Pearl, but I'll take it


Not mushroom for anyone else

They say “Just because a day started badly, doesn’t mean it can’t end well,” but they don’t tell you what to do if it’s crappy at both ends AND all the way through. Still, there’s always a bright spot tucked away somewhere in every day, right? And for me it’s probably going to have to be this rad artwork of a 60-foot-tall incarnation of Splatoon‘s awesome host, Pearl.

I mean, I know I dubbed her “Queen of the World,” but this is probably a little much.

This delightfully psychedelic piece of art has been released by Nintendo to promote an upcoming splatfest, to take place in Switch shooter Splatoon 2 this weekend. The topic of debate this time around concerns two iconic power-ups from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, namely the Super Mushroom and the Super Star. As demonstrated in the artwork, Pearl will be in the corner of the sizeable ‘shroom, while Marina will be getting her high-speed invincibility on with the power of the Super Star.

As always, players will have the chance to battle it out for their chosen team, scoring points in Normal and Pro Play, as well as taking part in a public vote. The splatfest begins Friday, January 15 at 14:00 PT / 17:00 / 23:00 BST, with the curtain falling at the same time on Sunday, January 17. The winning team will be announced shortly thereafter.

Good luck squid kids, and stay Off the Hook!

The #Splatoon2 Splatfest is right around the corner! Pick #TeamSuperMushroom or #TeamSuperStar in game today, then help decide which Super Mario power-up is best when the action begins at 2pm PT on 1/15!

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 12, 2021