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Nintendo Releases New Details for ‘Splatoon 3’

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More kids, more squids.

Since its initial reveal a few years ago, Nintendo has been surprisingly mum in the leadup to Splatoon 3, the third game in its youngest multiplayer-shooter series. The release of the game is only a few weeks away on September 9, but right before then, Nintendo has finally released a lengthy presentation about the game.

Splatoon 3 is once again a multiplayer shooter in which two teams of four compete to cover the most area of a stage with their color of ink. All of the weapons from the previous games will be returning, as well as several stages, some of which have been overhauled. Of course, Splatoon 3 will feature its own brand new stages and weapons, with more stages and weapons to be added for free post-launch.

The game features various quality-of-life improvements, including a dedicated currency for buying weapons, training and recon modes for exploring stages on your own, loadout saving, and the ability to skip the news briefs when you log in. Speaking of the news briefs, Splatoon 3 also features a new musical group, Deep Cut, which includes three members: Shiver, Frye, and Big Man. They’ll be hosting the regular Splatfest events as usual, though in a new twist, Splatfests will feature three teams instead of two. At the end of the event, representatives of the teams will engage in three-way Turf War battles to determine the final winner.

Side mode Salmon Run is also making a return with new boss Salmonids, as well as gigantic King Salmonids. On occasion, the Salmonids will even invade the hub area in special recurring raids. Splatoon 3 also features a card game called Tableturf Battle, which includes 150 cards to collect and battle against CPUs or friends.

Ahead of the release, there will be a Test Splatfest August 27. While not explicitly stated, this will likely be a free event for players to try out ahead of the release.