City of Color

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City of Color (2023)
Artist Squid Sisters
Vocals keity.pop
Mari Kikuma
Callie (in-game)
Marie (in-game)
Game Splatoon 3
Heard in
Splatoon 3
Inkopolis Plaza (before the Halftime Report during Splatfests)
Jukebox
Album Splatune 3
Track list no. 32 (Splatune 3 Disc 3)
Genre Pop
BPM 130
Key signature C major
Length 0:59 (first loop)
1:24 (music video)
Audio file

Meeting the New Squidbeak Splatoon
Game Splatoon 3
Heard in
Splatoon 3
Alterna (When meeting the New Squidbeak Splatoon for the first time and after defeating Mr. Grizz)
Jukebox
Album Splatune 3
Track list no. 6 (Splatune 3 Disc 2)
BPM 138
Audio file

City of Color
Artist Squid Sisters
Vocals keity.pop
Mari Kikuma
Callie (in-game)
Marie (in-game)
Game Splatoon
Splatoon 3
Heard in
Splatoon
Inkopolis Plaza (Splatfest only)
Inkopolis News (Inkopolis News version, Splatfest only)
Squid Beatz
Callie and Marie amiibo
Heard in
Splatoon 3
Jukebox
Album Splatune
Splatoon Live in Makuhari
Splatoon 2 Live in Makuhari (Cho Party 2016 version)
Track list no. 1 (Splatune Disc 2)
26 (Splatoon Live in Makuhari)
5 (1st Concert, Splatoon Live in Makuhari)
17 (1st Concert, Splatoon Live in Makuhari)
22 (Cho Party 2016, Splatoon 2 Live in Makuhari)
Genre Pop
BPM 130
Key signature C major
Length 2:00
Audio file

City of Color (spelled City of Colour in the British English version of Splatoon) is a song performed by the Squid Sisters.

Description

City of Color is a peppy pop song. During Splatfests, the Squid Sisters performed this song on top of two trucks in Inkopolis Plaza. Using either the Callie or Marie amiibo also allows the player to watch the Squid Sisters perform the song as if they were in a Splatfest. It can also be heard in Squid Beatz after hearing it during a Splatfest and it is included in Splatune and Splatoon Live in Makuhari. In Splatoon 3, it can be played in the jukebox if the player has downloaded the Splatoon 3: Expansion Pass.

Lyrics

The booklet included with Splatune gives the official lyrics for City of Color. The lyrics are nonsensical; the Japanese hiragana simply gives the pronunciation.

City of Color (Kana version)

てゅりるりみょって うぃにうぃに
ゆわりにっちぇ なうぇもひ

てゅりるりみょへ うぃにうぃに ゆわに
ゆうぇに ゆうぇぬ な なにへぬ

ふぃはなんねに
ふぃはなんねに にえのうぇに

のえひにゅへらへ なうぇのに しゅめり
ひはな ふぃは にゅえに

ふぃはな みふぁ にえのうぇに
ふぃはな みふぁ にえのうぇな

にょえひぬへらへ なうぇのに にゅめり
ふぃはな みふぁ にゅえに

Hey! × 6

City of Color (Romaji version)

Tyurirurimyotte winiwini
Yuwarinicche nawemohi

Tyurirurimyohe winiwini yuwani
Yuweni yuwenu na nanihenu

Fihananneni
Fihananneni nienoweni

Noehinyuherahe nawenoni shumeri
Hihana fiha nyueni

Fihana mifa nienoweni
Fihana mifa nienowena

Nyoehinuherahe nawenoni nyumeri
Fihana mifa nyueni

Hey! × 6

Remixes and covers

Meeting the New Squidbeak Splatoon

A version of City of Color plays in Splatoon 3 when Agent 3 meets the New Squidbeak Splatoon for the first time upon reaching Alterna in Return of the Mammalians. It is heard again when Agent 3 first returns to Alterna after defeating Mr. Grizz. This version of the song is instrumental, with the melody of the original song's vocals played by synthesizers. The song is also slower-paced, with longer pauses between each phrase of the main melody.

City of Color (2023)

In Splatoon 3, a new remix of City of Color is performed by the Squid Sisters in Inkopolis Plaza during the first half of Splatfests. The arrangement is faithful to the original, the main difference being new instrumentation, mixing and re-recorded vocals. Some parts of the B section are reharmonized slightly and feature vocal ad-libs by Marie, and overall the track has a heavier electronic feel which is reinforced by the punchy synth drums and side-chained bass. The remaster was handled by Yumi Takahashi, the sound team member also responsible for Tomorrow's Nostalgia Today and Liquid Sunshine and represented in-universe by the producer You★Me.

Other versions

Inkopolis News (Splatfest)

This is simply the instrumental version of City of Color without the Squid Sisters singing, which also includes the Inkopolis News saying heard in the original Inkopolis News song. It was played immediately after the player has pressed ZL and ZR on the start screen during a Splatfest and played during Inkopolis News, replacing the regular Inkopolis News song. After the news segment ended, the vocals were added, transitioning it to the regular version.

Splatfest theme announcement jingle

This is a very shortened version of the song's intro with a lower pitch. It was played during Inkopolis News when the Splatfest theme was announced.

Splatfest final result jingle

Like the announcement jingle, this is a very shortened version of the intro, but with a more twinkly sound. This was played during Inkopolis News once the winner of the Splatfest was announced.

City of Color (Live)

During live Squid Sisters concerts, an extended version of City of Color is used. Although each performance is different due to the live bands, they retain the same strong structure. There is a new guitar solo not found in the original, along with a slightly altered instrumental after the solo. Then it has a new outro, featuring another guitar solo before the song ends. Two recordings of this version from Shiokalive 2016 and Shiokalive at Chokaigi 2016 (labelled as 1st and 2nd live versions respectively) can be found in Splatoon Live in Makuhari, and one from Shiokalive at Cho Party 2016 can be found in Octotune.

City of Color (Shy-Ho-Shy Demo)

An early version of City of Color is included in Splatoon Live in Makuhari, featuring a much simpler instrumental than the final product and different vocals. Shy-Ho-Shy, the Squid Sisters' producer, was first mentioned in the booklet for Splatune as the committee member that originally discovered the Squid Sisters' talent. The vocals heard in the song are not from the Squid Sisters, but rather Shy-Ho-Shy herself. The demo was produced as a reference for the Squid Sisters during the making of the song and might have been recorded while she was practicing it.[1]

Samples and interpolations

Maritime Memory

Main article: Maritime Memory

The majority of Maritime Memory is a slower hip-hop cover of City of Color with altered lyrics and a new instrumental.

Octo Eight-Step

Main article: Octo Eight-Step

Octo Eight-Step by Turquoise October samples Callie's vocals from City of Color and reverses them.

Spicy Calamari Inkantation

Main article: Calamari Inkantation#Spicy Calamari Inkantation

The melody of City of Color's chorus can be heard after the end of the chorus of Spicy Calamari Inkantation during the small instrumental break. After the instrumental break, there are a few vocals before another short instrumental break that is also derived from City of Color.

Music video

The music video for City of Color first debuted during the Splatoon Direct on 7 May 2015. The song was played fully in the Japanese version, which has since been set to private, but also had narration played over it. In the Western versions of the Direct, the video was partially shown. A slightly different version of this music video was used for the JOYSOUND karaoke service in Japan when City of Color was added onto it on 30 January 2016.

The video starts at approximately 21:22.

The music video for City of Color (2023) was released on 23 March 2023, days before the start of the Nessie vs. Aliens vs. Bigfoot Splatfest, alongside Tomorrow's Nostalgia Today.

Quotes

In addition, this #Splatfest tune has been remixed as City of Color (2023), & the Squid Sisters will also be performing it in Inkopolis during Splatfests!
— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[2]
After seven years, the Squid Sisters' Splatfest anthem gets a fresh coat of ink, returning to #Splatoon3 as 'City of Color (2023)'. For those celebrating the Splatfest from Inkopolis, be sure to check out this performance!
— @NintendoEurope on Twitter[3]

Gallery

Trivia

  • Because of the end of Splatfests in Splatoon, it became impossible to listen to City of Color in Squid Beatz if the player had not participated in any Splatfests. Although one can still listen to the song through the amiibo performances, this still does not unlock it in Squid Beatz.
  • In-universe, City of Color is the Squid Sisters' debut single.[4]
  • In the 3.0.0 update for Splatoon 3, the Squid Sisters' dance animations for City of Color (2023) were datamined, but the actual audio file for the song was not in the game's files until later.

Etymology

City of Color is named after the appearance that Inkopolis Plaza takes during Splatfests, with it being lit up by neon signs, bright lights, and fireworks.

Names in other languages

The name of the song is the same as English in all languages except for Japanese. Only Meeting the New Squidbeak Splatoon differs between non-Japanese languages.

City of Color

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ハイカラシンカ
Haikara Shinka
High-Color[note 1] Evolution
Germany German City of Color Same as English

City of Color (2023)

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ハイカラシンカ'23
Haikara Shinka'23
High-Color Evolution '23
Germany German City of Color (2023) Same as English
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Meeting the New Squidbeak Splatoon
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese New!カラストンビ部隊との出会い
Karasutonbi butai to no deai
Encounter with the New Squidbeak Splatoon
Netherlands Dutch Ontmoeting met de nieuwe Kraakcommando's Encounter with the New Squidbeak Splatoon
CanadaFrance French Face à l'escadron Espadon, nouvelle version Facing the Squidbeak Splatoon, new version
Germany German Die neue Aquamarine The New Squidbeak Splatoon
Italy Italian Ecco a voi la Nuova Divisione Branchia Introducing the New Squidbeak Splatoon
Russia Russian Новый отряд специального назначения «Спрут»
Novyy otryad spetsial'nogo naznacheniya «Sprut»
New Squidbeak Splatoon "Octopus"
SpainMexico Spanish Llega el Comando Branquias The Squidbeak Splatoon arrives
China Chinese (Simplified) 与New!喷嘴部队的相遇
yǔ New! pēnzuǐ bùduì de xiàngyù
Encounter with the New Squidbeak Splatoon
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 與New!噴嘴部隊的相遇
yǔ New! pēnzuǐ bùduì de xiàngyù
Encounter with the New Squidbeak Splatoon
South Korea Korean New! 오징어입 부대와의 만남
New! ojing-eoib budaewaui mannam
New! Encounter with Squidbeak Splatoon
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Translation notes

  1. "ハイカラ" (Haikara) is also the Japanese name of Inkopolis.

References