Today, Splatoon 3 was released for the Nintendo Switch.
As such, many dedicated fans have taken to Splatoon 2 to say their farewells to the beloved game, leaving Inkopolis Square awash with truly heartwarming messages.
Taken by Eurogamers Martin Robinson and Ed Nightingale, here is a small selection of pictures documenting Splatoon 2s last few moments of being the most current release in the series.
Meanwhile, some players can be seen lamenting that they will be unable to join those moving on to Splatoon 3. Something, that is not lost on the Splatoon community.
Martin recently awarded Splatoon 3 a Recommended badge, remarking that while there are “few surprises to be found in Splatoon 3s multiplayer or campaign” it is still the “best Nintendos spectacular series has been to date”.
“Its more Splatoon, and I understand if for many thats not quite enough,” he wrote. “But also: it is more Splatoon, and is a generous new outing for one of the most polished, playable and impeccably executed series from within Nintendos group of first-party developers.
“Its lacking the shock of the new, but with Splatoon 3 youre getting the sense of a special series thats really hitting its stride.”
For Eurogamers supporters, you can hear more about Martins thoughts on Splatoon 3, and the series as a whole, over on Berties weekly podcast.