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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Rondina

Highlights from the Splatoon 3 Direct

Nintendo shared plenty of new details around Splatoon 3 from unique weapons, never before see stages to brand new amiibo, here are all the highlights.

In a 30-minute Splatoon dedicated Nintendo Direct, new details were revealed ahead of the game's September 9th launch. Splatoon 3 is the new sequel that adds items and modes that have never been seen in a previous iteration of the series. It will also bring back fan favourite modes in unique ways. Here are all the highlights from the Splatoon 3 Direct:

3 Main Game Modes Revealed

The new story mode in Splatoon 3 called “Return of the Mammalians,” features a single-player narrative campaign. Turf War returns with four-on-four team battles with new weapons and classic stages. Salmon Run, is a co-op mode in which a team of four fends off waves of enemies and adds bosses to the mix. At release, there will be a total of 12 stages, including what was shown in the presentation. The number of levels will also grow with future free post-launch updates.

The Splatlands’ New Weapons

The biggest addition in Splatoon 3 is the new batch of weapons, which includes the bow and arrow-like Tri-Stringer and the Splatana Wiper spins ink with the centrifugal force generated by swinging it, sending blades of ink at opponents. There are also special weapons like the Tacticooler that makes a fridge appears with stat-boosting beverages for the team. The Wavebreaker broadcasts sonic booms in all directions. The Reefslider is a shark-shaped, ink-propelled float that charges forward, causing an ink explosion on opponents.

Splatoon 3 Battle Modes

In Anarchy Battles, players compete for rankings in objective-based showdowns. There are four modes in total: Splat Zones, Tower Control, Rainmaker, and Clam Blitz. You can also take on opponents solo by selecting Anarchy Battle (Series). If you want to play with your pals, Anarchy Battle (Open) is the best option.

New Amiibo Make a Splash

Splatoon 3 amiibo are set to debut this holiday, including figures for Inkling (Yellow), Octoling (Blue), and Smallfry. Players may save their favourite gear combinations as Fresh Fits and swap costumes simply by scanning the amiibo in-game. Each character comes with exclusive gear, and it’s possible to snap in-game photos together with them. Plus, Splatoon 2 amiibo figures will be relaunching both the Callie & Marie 2-Pack and the Pearl & Marina 2-Pack will be available at select retailers.

Splatoon 3 Will Receive Post-Launch Updates

After the game is released, a free season catalog update will be available every three months for two years. During these updates, new weapons will also be added to help keep the combat splat-tastic. Additional features will be added in the future, such as X Battle and League Battle. After gaining a high status in Anarchy Battle, X Battle will be unlocked in future updates. In future, large-scale paid add-on content will also be available. More information on the larger pieces of paid DLC will be provided at a later date.

Check out the Full Splatoon 3 Direct Below

If you want to experience the full direct for yourself, check it out below. As always keep it locked on for all your latest Splatoon and Nintendo related news.


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