Nintendo shared a video of Splatoon 3 squid kites for the New Year. It is a brief clip at solely six seconds lengthy, however it reveals the Inkling and Octoling flapping in the air. There is not any information as as to if or not Nintendo plans on promoting these Splatoon 3 kites as merchandise. [Thanks, Game Watch!]
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The squid kites are a reference to a New Year customized in Japan. Back throughout the Edo interval, you might not fly kites in Japan besides throughout the New Year. In Japanese, the phrase “tako” is a homonym for each “kite” and “octopus.” However, Nintendo flying “squid kites” is definitely a reference to Japanese kite historical past. In the previous, the phrase for kite was really “ika-nobori,” with “ika” being a homonym for “kite” and “squid.”
Part of the motive why you couldn’t fly kites again in the day was as a result of giant kites would fall down and trigger injury to fields or buildings. Not solely that, however individuals taking part in with kites would possibly get into fights. These fights typically resulted in accidents and even loss of life. As a end result, the authorities banned kites. The residents acquired round that by pretending that they had been flying tako-age and never ika-nobori, and thus the Kanto area began to name kites “tako.”
Aside from slightly historical past lesson, Nintendo’s Splatoon 3 squid kites are its celebratory message for the New Year. Splatoon 3 is obtainable on the Nintendo Switch.