"Nintendo’s 2002 platformer, Super Mario Sunshine, gave players a singular mission: Clean up the world with a water pack. Splatoon, on the other hand, is all about coating the world with ink. While this messy disposition may seem like Sunshine’s antithesis, the inspiration of Mario’s GameCube adventure abounds in Splatoon. The controls, the physics, and even the level design deliver a familiar level of Nintendo polish. Splatoon looks, sounds, and plays great, but with some design elements and a lack of content weighing it down, I was left wanting more."