Officially, Nintendo confirmed it’d wrapped up work on new weapons for Splatoon late last month. How truthful the company was being about its future plans for the game is being called into question though. Reportedly, deep-diving into the game’s latest code has revealed new Splatoon Amiibo figures and content are on the way.
NWPlayer123, a community member who’s been known to dig into the company’s code on the hunt for interesting things, reported on Twitter that she’d unearthed two entries in the game for new Amiibo figures that aren’t already present. “AmiiboIdolA” and “AmiiboIdolB” are the two entries she purports to have found.
Amiibo are small figures that users purchase separately from their games to unlock new content. Each figure belongs to a specific franchise, but unlocks content across Nintendo’s entire portfolio. For example, Hammer Slam Bowser works with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Maker and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy. That’s despite the character’s roots in the Mario franchise.
Always Nintendo speculates that the two entries aren’t new characters to the game, but based on two characters already present. “The files go by the names of AmiiboIdol A and AmiboIdolB, possibly referring to the game’s Squid Sisters Marie and Callie.” The two sisters are music artists in the game already, putting the “idol” in the rumored Amiibo entries into context. Amiibo figures are ridiculously popular, usually selling out and becoming collectibles long before casual buyers can get their hands on them.
Eh, screw it. Squid Sisters amiibo, coming soon to a retailer near you pic.twitter.com/yzE8dsKSLB
— Twilight ✨ (@NWPlayer1234) January 30, 2016
Nintendo has yet to confirm that these two Amiibo figures are coming, or that Splatoon will get any further updates at all. The company added new weapons to the game for the final time last month.
Splatoon, was a different kind of game for Nintendo. First, it’s a arena shooter, something the company typically doesn’t make. Second, it was the first game to ever get treated sort-of like a service by Nintendo. The company started updating the game after its release in May almost immediately. It added new gear for users to customize their characters and new levels for gamers to play in, at a pretty steady pace. It didn’t charge for any of these monthly content updates.
What Nintendo did charge for was access to the three Splatoon Amiibo figures that already exist. The Splatoon Amiibo 3-Pack of figures launched alongside the game back in June. Buyers of that package get Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid figures to use with their Nintendo Wii U and Splatoon. Amazon has the figures on sale now for $29.81, roughly $5 lower than they were at launch. Each of the figures is now available separately from GameStop for $12.99 too.
These rumors of new Splatoon Amiibo come on the same week as Nintendo seems to be taking a victory lap and celebrating the flurry of activity that the game offered. The company revealed that Splatoon had sold 4 million copies.
According to GameSpot, that’s enough sales to place the game sixth among the best-selling Wii U games of all time. Super Smash Bros for Wii U topped Splatoon with 4.6 million in sales. That’s even more than Super Mario Maker. Roughly a third of all Wii U owners brought the game.
What Nintendo has planned next for Splatoon is anyone’s guess at this point, but sales figures for a completely new franchise like that could guarantee Splatoon gets more content or a follow-up t some point in the future. If the company does have plans to extend the game’s life, expect them to be announced as late as this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo or earlier in a Nintendo Direct video stream.