Fantastic, lovely, and informative OP! Can't wait for everyone to jump in tomorrow. My friends all want to go out on the town to celebrate my birthday tomorrow night, and I'm seriously considering staying in all freaking night to play Splatoon 2.....
Good. For some reason I was convinced ARMS was at 3 am est but it could be because my girlfriend passed out and didn't want to play alone. I generally don't do retail releases digital but this will be a game I will probably always want with me
I've theorized for a long time that Inklings and Octolings aren't "inherently" opposed (think kind of like how in the Paper Mario series, there are a lot of Koopas and Goombas who are just passive good guys). The scrolls in Splatoon 1 showed that Inklings and Octolings used to live together in harmony, but something happened along the way that exiled Octavio to Octo Valley where he controls primitive Octarians for his own nefarious purposes. The credits for Splatoon 1 also show an image where some Octolings get along with Inklings.
So my theory with Marina is presumably she knows many Inklings view Octarians and Octolings negatively and that's why she's a lot more submissive/anxious, but Pearl maintains a gung ho attitude to keep her motivated like a big little sister. Maybe she's an idol because she wants to bridge the gap between Inklings and Octarians, kind of like a positive icon.
I guess you can read into the class/racial divide undertones in there somewhere.
Same deal. I'm S/S+, but have some friends who are B~ Rank. So we can only really play Turf War, where we don't always end up on the same side. Trying to play Competitive Modes with them, they can't quite play ball with the S Ranks that show up. Not trying to toot a horn; one friend literally told me that he doesn't want to play Ranked with me because of the enemies it pits us against. A horde mode is THE perfect answer. Always together, a scaling difficulty, and also just the thought of a hoard mode in a game so mobility-focused sounds fun!
Can't believe it's finally almost here. Excited to dive in and play with you all. Splatoon Pro controller probably won't arrive on time, but looks like I'm good to go for getting the game and the Amiibos on release date at least! See you on the battlefields all!