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RUMOR: Shiver from Splatoon 3 May Be Non-Binary

This is pure speculation, but if this is the case: it’s amazing news for representation!

Until this is explicitly confirmed by Nintendo, please take everything in this article as purely speculation, and with a grain of salt.


It appears to fans that Nintendo may have taken a step towards more diversity and inclusion in its intellectual property. Specifically, fans noticed that Shiver — one of the members of the new idol Deep Cut in Splatoon 3 — has only been referred to by gender-neutral pronouns in what the public has been shown of the game. While Nintendo hasn’t explicitly confirmed this, many online have shared their excitement for an addition of an non-binary character in a Nintendo series:

The game’s colour scheme that’s being used in promotions — consisting of yellow, white, purple, and black — are also the colours of the non-binary flag, which is further evidence for some that this is indeed the case. If this is indeed the case: the representation is absolutely great to see, especially in a major title like Splatoon 3!

The demo of Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere goes live August 27th, 2022. The full game releases September 9th, 2022 and is available for pre-order on the eShop now.