Splatoon 3 Introduces Weird Anthropomorphic Child Gangsters

Turf wars, team PvP, and a whole lot of paint. Here's what we know about Splatoon 3.

Nintendo recently announced Splatoon 3, the eagerly anticipated followup to the second game in the Splatoon series. Announced on the official Nintendo YouTube page, Splatoon 3 will introduce new mechanics with the same old core concept–cover everything, and I mean everything in paint. 

What is Splatoon 3?

Splatoon 3 is a 3rd person PvP action game developed by Nintendo. In the game, you’re what’s called an Inkling, who’s beefing with other Inklings and whose aim is to cover the entire map in paint. Oh yeah, you can also shoot enemy players with paint to take them out. 

It’s a strange cross between a tagging turf war between warring gangs and a pretty action-packed 3rd person shooter where your bullets are just streams of paint. If you’ve never played it before and have a Nintendo Switch, it’s worth checking out. 

In Splatoon 3, you can also transform into a paint squid and climb up walls or hide under the paint. It’s a weird concept, but it works–and adds a new and exciting element to the gameplay. 

Watch the full Nintendo Direct show for Splatoon 3 here: 

When Does Splatoon 3 Release?

Splatoon 3 releases on September 9, 2022. 

What Platforms is Splatoon 3 On?

Splatoon 3 will be available on the Nintendo Switch

What’s Different About Splatoon 3? 

In Splatoon 3, all weapons return from the previous games, and new weapons are being introduced as well, like the Splatana, a paint katana/windshield wiper that sprays paint from afar or can be used close by. Splatoon 3 is also introducing Special Weapons that provide power buffs that can help your team or damage your opponents. You’ll have a meter that fills up and unlocks these Special Weapons as you ink more turf in the game. 

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In addition to 4v4 team battles, there will also be a 4-player PvE mode, called Salmon Run, where you, along with 3 friends splat a map to collect golden eggs and overcome the Salmonids that are looking to ruin your fun.

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