August’s Nintendo’s Splatoon 3 Direct was packed (or should that be packed with ink?) with new stuff, announcements, sneak peeks and more for the upcoming splat shooter, and if you missed it – or just need a refresher on what was announced – then we’ve got you covered, little squid!
Here’s the stream VOD in case you missed it:
Now let’s get our hooks on that delicious new content!Read:DVD Drives Turned Into Microscopes
Everything Announced In The Splatoon August 3 Direct
Players can now enter photo mode to take pictures of their characters and the environment. These photos can be shared on social media, sent to friends or used as decor in the customizable lockers.
Players can use Squid Surge to quickly swim up walls in one go.
The Squid Roll is a technique designed for fast 180 turns and also includes a short i-frame that repels ink when the character glows.Read:Google might be working on a mysterious ‘small-screen’ Pixel flagship
New Battle Phases
New stages include Eeltail Alley, Scorch Gorge, Mincemeat Metalworks, and Undertow Spillway. There are 12 stages available at launch, including some recurring ones, but more stages will be added in post-launch updates.
A bow-like weapon that can fire in three directions at once, with the ability to fire loaded shots that freeze and then explode.
The Splatana Wiper
Part katana, part windshield wiper, the Splatana Wiper is a long-range weapon that can shoot ink in wide arcs using centrifugal force. Charge it up to release vertical slices that allow squid kids to swim against walls with ease.
The tactical cooler
A vending machine that supplies up to four players with in-game potions to improve their stats and skills. Pop it down at the start of a match for a tactical advantage!
the reef slide
A float with a shark pond that buzzes around the arena, exploding the enemy with ink.Read:Remembering the strange tale of Queen Elizabeth II and the golden Nintendo Wii
A tactical post that releases waves of energy, identifies enemy positions and deals damage. You can jump over the waves to avoid it!
- Museum d’Alfonsino
- Hammerhead Bridge
- Mahi Mahi Resort
- Tenta missiles
- ink storm
- Ultra stamp
- Booyah Bom
New and returning amiibo
Three new amiibo will be released this winter:
- Suspect (Yellow) – $15.99
- Octoling (Blue) – $15.99
- Small fry – $15.99
The amiibo can be scanned to access exclusive gear, take photos with it, and save your character’s gear combinations as Fresh Fits.
Some Splatoon 2 amiibos will be restocked with the new ones:
- Callie & Marie 2 Pack – $24.99
- Pearl & Marina 2-Pack – $24.99
Splatoon 2’s Splatsville hosts replace Marina and Pearl and are a new trio (yes, trio) Deep Cut: Frye, Shiver and Big Man, who is a stingray. They’re still musicians, so expect them to play some of Splatoon 3’s new music, like Anarchy Rainbow. Notably, their music seems more festival-themed than the poppy, hip-hop stuff from previous games.
Splatfest is back on August 27, two weeks before the Splatoon 3 launch on September 9. Instead of two sides, this time there are three…
Turf Wars for three players
Nintendo no longer seems to have two-sided battles to pit Splatoon players against each other, as is the new Turf Wars gimmick in Splatoon 3 three-sided fights. Turf Wars is now split into two halves: the first are regular 4-v-4 battles between the three teams, which determine who will start in the middle of the map in the second half, where all three teams will compete in the Tricolor Turf War Battle as a 4-v-2-v-2 match.
Part of the August 27 Splatfest, the first Turf War allows players to choose between Rock (Shiver’s team), Paper (Frye’s team), and Scissors (Big Man’s team).
Customizable Splashtags & Lockers
Plenty of online multiplayer games have some sort of customizable badge system to display your colors, and now Splatoon 3 is coming with Splashtags. These appear before a match and can be customized with a title (such as the Animal Crossing: New Horizons titles), a background, and a badge. You can also change the emote your character does when winning a match.
Your locker, which will appear in the lobby of players you’ve recently played with, can also be customized to display weapons, objects, photos, and more. You can also change the color of the locker.
Customization options appear in Hotlantis’ catalog, which will offer new items every three months for the next two years on a regular, seasonal basis.
SplatNet 3 app
Splatoon 3 is getting a companion app called SplatNet 3. It can be accessed via the Nintendo Switch Online app on your phone, which requires a membership.
SplatNet 3 gives you access to battle records, unique app gear, and something called Crusty Sean’s Wandercrust, which appears to be the ability to fund Crusty Sean’s backpacking trip using Inked Points earned by gaining territory in battle.
New Minigame: Tabletturf Battle
A new mode in Splatoon 3 where players can dump the ink for cards. Tableturf Battle is a 1-v-1 competitive game where cards are played to “ink” a grid-based battlefield, with over 150 cards to collect.
Anarchy Battles is the new name for Splatoon 2’s Ranked Battle mode. All four rotating ‘rules’ – Splat Zones, Tower Control, Rainmaker and Clam Blitz – return and players can compete for the best rankings in this goal-based explosions.
If you want to play with friends, you can join Anarchy Battle (Open). But if you’re thinking of going it alone, there’s also Anarchy Battle (Series).
Lobby Ghosts and Training Dummies
You can now see your friends in the lobby as ghosts, allowing you to join their matches, watch what they’re doing, and mess with them before a match starts. There’s also a rehearsal room in the lobby, which you and your ghost friends can use to try out weapons and tactics beforehand.
In the lobby you can also replay recent battles with the Memory Player. You can fast forward, switch character views and send clips to friends.
The catalog of customization options for lockers and splash tags will be released every three months from launch for two years and will be available for free to every player. At the same time, new weapons are added.
New stages will also be added to the 12 available from launch.
Other planned updates include X Battle and League Battle, which pit high-ranking players against other players to match their abilities.
While we don’t have any details, Nintendo is planning “large scale paid DLC” in the future.
Miiverse returns (sort of)
Splatoon 3 gives players the ability to draw little cartoons (or write words or post memes) and make them visible to other players in Splatsville… just like Miiverse did. And this time you can make vertical art too!
Up to four players can battle the Salmonids in the returning Salmon Run mode, which can now be played whenever you want.
Boss Salmonids have been added, such as Slammin’ Lid and Big Shot, and a supergiant King Salmonid named Cohozuna, who can appear at the end of a match. Players can beat this big boy with the new Egg Cannon, which fires golden eggs to deal massive damage.
The Splatoon 3 Direct also promised a new mode called Big Runs in the future, in which the salmonids invade Splatsvile itself…
Story Mode: Return of the Mammals
The single-player story mode is perfect for new players to learn the inky ropes, and it involves the Octarian Army, a group of strange, furry fish. You play as the new recruit of the New Squidbeak Splatoon, Agent 3, who is tasked with uncovering the secrets behind Alterna, the Fuzzy Ooze.
That’s all for now, but contact us for any information about Splatoon 3 as soon as it comes in. If you’re already sold on Splatoon 3 and/or the amiibo, be sure to check out our pre-order guide:
And if you missed the stream, while watching the video you can read our live blog and feel like you were there:
What was your favorite announcement from the Splatoon 3 Direct today? Tell us in the comments!