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Splatoon 3 Details Revealed at Nintendo Direct

Nintendo showed off more of the colorful co-op third-person shooter

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A screenshot of Splatoon 3 from Nintendo's September Direct.
Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Nintendo revealed more details about Splatoon 3 at today’s Nintendo Direct, straight from a “squid researcher.”

An extended trailer—excuse me, research footage—shows off more of the world of Splatsville. The resident squid researcher, who is definitely not Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami, detailed the turf wars common in Splatsville. But he also revealed that research uncovered new main and special weapons, as well as footage from Splatoon 3's story mode. The single-player campaign will focus on the return of mammals in this sea creature-filled city, which is sure to fuel more turf wars.


The labcoat-clad researcher noted that research continues, and more updates can be expected as new findings come to light.

A screenshot from Nintendo's September Direct.
Stay in school, kids, and maybe one day you too can become a renowned squid researcher.
Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Splatoon 3 was previously announced at a Nintendo Direct on February 17 of this year. That trailer showed off new character customization options, a Smallfry companion, and a scenic desert map that will presumably appear in the game. Kotaku noted that the “dusty backdrops” and “derelict trainyards” are an aesthetic departure from the series’ usual bombastic style.

Splatoon is a colorful third-person shooting series with online co-op play. In both previous entries, players control colorful squid people called Inklings who battle for control over territory by spraying their surroundings with ink. It’s a vibrant and messy good time, as the urban environments get covered in bright colors, and players morph into their floppy squid forms to zip away when danger approaches.


The official website notes that Splatoon 3 will include new bow-shaped weapons, new styles, and the return of four-vs-four battles. Up to eight players can play Splatoon 3, and both digital and physical versions of the game will be available.

It seems likely that the latest installment of Splatoon will expand on the lore of its setting. The Sunken Scrolls that were scattered in the previous game offered compelling evidence that the series takes place on Earth. Then the Splatoon 3 trailer showed a glimpse of an overturned Eiffel Tower in a desert landscape, makes it evident that the game’s world has suffered a devastating climate apocalypse.


Splatoon 2 has a very vibrant competitive community, and the game lends itself well to being watched by an audience. Nintendo also held its own Splatfest competitions in which Splatoon 2 players would compete in teams over the course of a multi-day event. The final Splatfest was held in July 2019 as post-development support for Splatoon 2 wound down.

Splatoon 3 is scheduled to be released in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch.