Nintendo Lifts The Lid On Splatoon 3 In New Direct

Fresher Than Ever

Splatoon 3

Our friends at the Squid Research Lab are back today with some new findings on our Inkling and Octoling friends as we get ready for the launch of Splatoon 3, set to launch on Nintendo Switch September 9th.

Taking place in Splatsville, a town in the middle of the Splatlands, Splatoon 3 has a new vibe that’s still very Splatoon but mixes a bit of a post apocalypse Mad Max style in to give it a unique feel. A new city means all kinds of new content and Splatoon 3 has players covered on that front.

Splatoon 3

The most popular mode in Splatoon is still Turf War and that isn’t going anywhere. This is the same game players already know, a 4 vs 4 competition to ink the most turf you can in three minutes. Whatever team is ahead at the end of that time wins. You can splat your opponents, but that isn’t how you win. It isn’t without benefit as taking out opponents does make them respawn at their spawn point but you can win a match without a single splat.

Splatoon 3 will launch with 12 maps, more than either of the previous Splatoon games. Splatoon 2 launched with 8 maps while the original game had only 5 at launch. Don’t worry though if that doesn’t seem like enough, ongoing DLC will add more over time. The initial 12 maps include 5 new ones and 7 returning maps, including 3 maps that were in the original Splatoon and never made it to the sequel. These include Hammerhead Bridge, Mahi Mahi Resort, and the very popular Museum D’Alfonsino.

Splatoon 3

There’s all kinds of new weapons too. All weapons from the last game are still here but they’re joined by the stringer, which is basically a bow, and splatanas which are like a mix of a katana and a windshield wiper which looks very cool. New special weapons include a Tacticooler which is a fridge with drinks you and your teammates can drink for power ups.

Other modes like Tower Control, Rainmaker, and more are back but there’s a new mode called Anarchy Battle which has my attention. This objective based mode will allow you to  raise your rank and try to survive strings of battles.

Splatoon 3

There’s even a new card game here called Table Turf Battle. With over 150 cards to gather, it will have you playing a sort of puzzle game inspired by Turf War. It looks like a very fun diversion.

All of this will be presented by a new trio who go by Deep Cut. This trio of Frye, Shiver, and Big Man are Splatoon 3’s version of the Squid Sisters in the first game and Off the Hook in the second. If those characters are anything to go by a huge fan following is sure to follow. It looks like this time though you don’t have to just sit there and listen to them every time you load the game. Instead, you can let their messages about news updates and battle stages play in the background which is a welcome inclusion. This joins other quality of life updates like the ability to now start a game on the same team as your friends instead of just being in the same match, potentially on opposing teams, and battle replays which let you watch your past matches.

Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3 will launch September 9th but you don’t have to wait until then to check it out. The game’s first Splatfest will take place August 27th from 9:00 AM PT to 9:00 PM PT. This will let you get used to the new 3 team Splatfests which will feature two rounds, including a round where losing teams get to team up in a 4 vs 2 vs 2 format. Definitely an interesting twist and one I can’t wait to check out.

Maps aren’t the only thing on the way in future updates either. Nintendo are promising two years of support for Splatoon 3, including a new catalogue update for gear every 3 months. New weapons and modes will also be on the way. They’re even planning a larger scale paid DLC, which makes me thing of the Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2 though details on this are yet to come. Still, I’m very excited to jump into Splatoon 3. You can check out today’s full direct below.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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