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Splatoon 3 to be released on September 9th; more footage

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was to be released on July 29th worldwide, instead of this September (as revealed during the Nintendo Direct in February). This announcement came as quite the surprise, because it’s not that often that a game is moved forward by nearly 2 whole months (especially in Covid times), but we finally know the reason behind this unexpected move: Splatoon 3 is to be released in September instead!

On September 9th, players around the world will be able to discover the third entry in the splat-astic series Splatoon. To celebrate the announcement, Nintendo shared a brand new video for the game, showcasing the Turf War mode:

Here’s some additional details and the (North American) boxart:

Across Splatsville and the sun-scorched Splatlands desert of the Splatoon 3 game, you’ll engage in ink-soaked battles with other Inklings and Octolings, and discover features, weapons and (of course) the trendiest gear this side of the sun. If you’re game to witness this chaos unfold firsthand, then get ready to dive into the ink when the game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on Sept. 9.

In Splatoon 3, online 4-v-4 Turf War battles can create heated matches across a mix of new and returning stages, where teams of four face off to cover the most ground in their ink. Newly uncovered footage provides insight on one of these new stages, Eeltail Alley, along with a look at the stringer – a new bow-shaped weapon type that enables you to sling ink sideways and vertically.

In addition to frantic 4-v-4 multiplayer matches, Splatoon 3 also features a fresh single-player campaign and the next iteration of the co-op Salmon Run mode. In the single-player story mode, you’ll join Agent 3 in a fight against the unruly Octarians and discover the secrets of a mysterious place called Alterna and the Fuzzy Ooze. When diving into Salmon Run, you’ll ink up with teammates to fend off waves of dangerous Salmonid bosses, some of which are colossal in size!

In Japan, the official website was launched, and provides us with some extra footage for the game.

Here’s a video gathering all video clips available as of writing:

Also, the game is now available for digital pre-order worldwide for 59.99€ / £49.99 / $59.99 / 6 500 Yen (you can use a Game Voucher to buy it if you’re in Europe or Japan). The Japanese version of the game does offer an English language option, so if you’re interested in importing this version, you can go ahead and place your order now!

If you’re yet to play Splatoon 2, it will be on sale from April 25th to May 8th in Japan. You will be able to get it with a 30% off discount (or 4 604 Yen instead of 6 578 Yen). Right now, we don’t know if there will be a similar sale in Europe and/or North America.

Finally, there’s a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers: starting today, the Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2 is included in the Expansion Pack. Now is the time to check out this challenging expansion while waiting for Splatoon 3 if you haven’t tried it yet.

And a little extra for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers: if you play Splatoon 2 at least once before May 9th, you will get 100 Platinum Coins as reward! Check out this page to find out about the other Nintendo Switch Online missions!

Splatoon 3 (Switch) comes out on September 9th worldwide.

Source: Nintendo PR


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