splatoon The series is widely regarded among fans as one of the best franchises in the Nintendo lineup, showcasing the style and modern sensibility that other IPs touched on in their catalogues.
With Splatoon 3 though, it appears that Nintendo has taken a big step towards diversity and representation. As part of her latest live show, it is revealed that a new trio called “Deep Cut” will handle the in-game news, replacing the “Squid Sisters” from Splatoon 1 and Pearl and Marina from the previous match. The group includes Shiver, Fry, and Big Man, the former of which proved to be a popular talking point among fans, many of whom believe that Shiver may have been Nintendo’s first major non-binary character.
shudder (left), big man (center), freak (right) – Photo: Nintendo
Although not explicitly confirmed or denied by Nintendo, fans have noted that so far all references to Shiver have explicitly avoided mentioning his gender or using gender-specific references.
This seems to be consistent across languages, avoiding the need to conjugate adjectives or verbs with written dialogue in a way that clearly indicates gender (for example in French or Spanish). Due to the extensive work that is being done to localize the Games in different regions, this coincidence is almost impossible.
In addition, the game’s Japanese script does not refer to shiver by any first-person pronouns. Words such as “achi” (for women) or “buku” (for men) are commonly used, but again, it seems that a very conscious decision was taken not to use such signs Is. In relation to Fry and Big Man, both characters are referred to in terms of gender, with Fry specifically referring to herself as the “Queen of the Serpents”, in the French version of the introduction to Deep Cut.
Many fans have responded positively to the possibility of a non-binary character in the Nintendo franchise at large:
Deep Cut from Splatoon 3!
The shouts of Goosebumps (Non-Binary Kings), Fry (Goblin Queen), and Big Man (Big Man). pic.twitter.com/OAtFeRdAge– Jayconian🏳️🌈 (2/3 Open Commission Slot) (Jayconian) 15 August 2022
Splatoon 3’s shiver is likely to be non-binary! Hello this is so cute!Pumpkins! (@dreamyPumpkins) 13 August 2022
In addition to the following, Fans also saw The game’s logo and general color scheme is remarkably similar to that of the non-binary flag, with widespread use of yellow, purple, white and black, as shown in the sample below. This, of course, may be a coincidence in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a great detail worth noting, regardless!
Photo: Nintendo Live
In fact, if true, the introduction of a notable non-binary character for Splatoon 3 would mark a huge step forward for representation in Nintendo video games, and we’re here for it!
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