Nintendo and their “Squid Research Lab” just revealed a ton of new information on Splatoon 3 in a dedicated Nintendo Direct that aired on Aug. 10th, 2022. Check out the 30-minute archived live-stream above to watch the reveals for yourself, or view the bullet-points below to see everything that was announced. A more detailed overview can also be found via Nintendo’s official website here.

GoNintendo’s Splatoon 3 Direct LIVE-BLOG:

  • Squid Research Lab introduces Splatsville, Inklings, and Octolings
  • Turf War battles detailed and explained
  • New “Squid Surge” and “Squid Roll” moves revealed
  • There will be 12 total stages at launch (Scorch Gorge, Eeltail Alley, Hagglefish Market, Undertow Spillway, Mincemeat Metalworks, Hammerhead Bridge, Museum D’alfonsino, Mahi-Mahi Resort, Inkblot Art Academy, Sturgeon Shipyard, Makomart, Wahoo World)
  • More stages coming in free updates
  • All Basic Weapons from previous Splatoon games return
  • There will be Splatland specific weapon-types (including Stringers)
  • Splatana-type weapons revealed (including Splatana Wiper)
  • Special Weapons detailed and explained
  • New Special Weapons (Tacticooler, Wave Breaker, Reefslider)
  • Returning Special Weapons (Tenta Missiles, Inkjet, Ink Storm, Ultra Stamp, Booyah Bomb)
  • “Ammo Knights” weapon shop owned by Sheldon
  • “Sheldon Licenses” are the in-game currency (earned by leveling up and using weapons)
  • “Naut Couture” headgear shop owned by Gnarley Eddy
  • “Man-o’-Wardrobe” clothing shop owned by Jel La Fleur
  • “Crush Station” shoe shop owned by Mr. Coco
  • Gear abilities detailed and explained
  • Anarchy Battles detailed and explained (Splat Zones, Tower Control, Rainmaker, and Clam Blitz are on rotation)
  • Private online lobbies announced
  • More info on modes can be found via the Splatoon 3 official website
  • There is a Test Range practice area in the Lobby
  • There are online “Ghosts” to play alongside friends in battle
  • Battle Replays and video sharing feature revealed
  • There’s a Locker Room to design your own locker and view the lockers of recently played-with players
  • “Hotlantis” item shop owned by Harmony
  • Customizable Splashtags announced (change your banner, badge, and title)
  • Emotes announced (dabbing confirmed)
  • A new catalogue of items will be released every 3 months for two years
  • Table Turf Battle mode announced, a 1v1 competitive card battle spin-off of Turf War with 150 collectable in-game cards
  • Salmon Run mode detailed and explained
  • New Boss Salmonids revealed (Slammin’ Lid, Big Shot, King Salmonid Cohozuna)
  • Mysterious “Big Run” event in Salmon Run will happen once every few months
  • “Return of the Mammalians” Story Mode detailed and explained
  • There is a mailbox in the lobby for posting drawings
  • There is a Grab-n-go food concession stand in the lobby for consumables
  • The Shoal is available in the lobby for local communication play
  • Photo mode announced
  • Recon mode announced
  • Splatnet 3 via the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app will be available at launch
  • amiibo functionality returns with special gear and photo ops
  • Three new Splatoon 3 amiibo are coming Holiday 2022
  • X Battle and League Battle will be added as free updates
  • Large-Scale Paid DLC is in development
  • Frye, Shiver, and Big Man are part of the musical idol trio Deep Cut, who host the Anarchy Splatcast news podcast
  • Sea Cucumber phones available for viewing news from the lobby
  • Splatfests return, this time with three teams
  • Tri-colored Turf War mode announced for the second-half of Splatfests, first half will be regular 4v4 Turf Wars
  • Splatoon 3 Splatfest World Premiere (Rock vs. Paper vs. Scissors) happening on August 27th at 9am - 9pm PT
  • Splatoon 3 “Enter the Splalands” Invitational 2022 happening at PAX WEST, will be live-streamed on September 5th, 2022 at 2pm PT

Finally, you can see a roundup of new screenshots and art in the video below.


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2y ago

I won't bother watching this live. If I hear anything of interest coming out of it, I might watch it later. Splatoon is Splatoon to me since the first one, just more of the same really.


2y ago

“Naut Couture”, “Man-o’-Wardrobe”, “Crush Station”.
Quality nautical puns.


2y ago

Oh, well. You made it, Nintendo.
I went from "no, thanks" to "Day-1" purchase.

It's almost shameful to compare two $60 games (Splatoon 3 vs Mario Strikers) on the content side.

It really is just little incremental steps each game. Splatoon 2 felt like "Splatoon 1.5". This one feels like "Splatoon 1.75"

But I'm pretty sure I'll love the single player campaign and Salmon Run like I did in the last game, so I'm probably getting it.


2y ago

I loved everything they showed in this direct, I was going to buy the game anyways, but now I'm even more excited about it! A completely new game mode of sorts would be nice, but I wasn't holding my breath for it. What I do expect are 1 or 2 more "Anarchy Battle" modes and a few new weapon types + new gear. Maybe we will get one last announcement at the planned Invitational, similar to how they used an Invitational to announce Octo Expansion. As long as they keep the same update cycle from past games, we are sure to keep playing this game for years to come.

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