Splatoon 3: Is It Finally Here? News, Updates & More

Splatoon 3 has been at the center of debate, predictions and theories for the last 3 years. When Splatoon was released, it was a pleasant surprise for Nintendo fans. It shifted away from the usual type of games that Nintendo gave its fans. The incredible reception for it and its loyal fan base is the result of Nintendo essentially re-inventing a third-person shooter in their own way. You can find the latest iteration of the game on the official Nintendo website. We will discuss everything to do with the hopefully upcoming game.

Splatoon 3 Gameplay


Squid Research Lab has kept Splatoon’s core gameplay the same. The purpose of the game is to get your ink on as many surfaces as possible and claim your territory. The original Splatoon came out on the Wii U in 2015. Its successor was Splatoon 2 which came out in 2017 on the Nintendo Switch. What the developers did was improve upon an already successful concept and make it better. The first noticeable difference between the two is the visual upgrade. As soon as the game boots up it’s clear that there have been visual upgrades. As a result, the ink looks more realistic along with better lighting, vibrant colors and better textures. Even though the core mechanics stay the same, there are  tweaks to how weapons work. Veteran players did experience a change. Nintendo also added new modes; Hero Mode (Single Player), The Shoal, League Battle and Salmon Run.

Looking at the pattern we can safely assume that when the new game comes to the market, we can expect similar upgrades in graphics and modes. Along with that, we can expect new modes with the core mechanic of the game staying the same. Unless Nintendo is planning on releasing a new console, Splatoon 3 can be expected to be released on the Nintendo Switch.

What We Want in Splatoon 3

The game will clearly aim to be better than its predecessors. So, here is a list of the things we want to see when it comes out:

  • A better spectator mode
  • More stages at game launch
  • Custom rules for private battles like in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Better sub weapons
  • Quests to gain levels faster

Splatoon 3 Easter Eggs

Nintendo has a habit of being leaving cryptic teasers about their games on the internet. This is seen in a lot of there games. The creator of Pokémon posted a picture of a map of Hawaii to tease the Gen 7 games. This is why the picture below took the Splatoon community by storm.

Splatoon 3 Easter Egg

The ‘3’ in the hair is what fans believe to be an indication of the new game being teased by the creators. It is theorized that the ‘3’ in the hair is what the ‘3’ in the logo would look like. Is it an indication? We don’t know. But, we sure hope so.

Release Date for Splatoon 3

There is no official release date for the game. However, since the updates for Splatoon 2 have stopped, the third installment does seem to be on the horizon. Speculations were that it will be around the middle of 2020. But, with everything slowing down because of Covid-19, delays are to be expected. Fans should also keep in mind that the main creator of Splatoon 2 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the same person. Since the latter game is already out of development, it can be expected that work on the third installment of Splatoon has begun.

Splatoon 3 Trailer

Check out the Nintendo Switch Presentation for Splatoon 2 below. Even though we don’t have an official trailer for the newest iteration of the game, the gameplay should be similar.

As soon as we get any updates about the newest game, we will let you know at Herald Journalism.

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